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Wis. Mine Opponents Allowed to Stay, for Now

Posted at: 07/30/2013 9:49 PM



HURLEY, Wis. (AP) - A group opposed to a northwestern Wisconsin iron ore mine will be allowed to continue camping on Iron County forest land, for now.

The Iron County Board decided to postpone action on the camp at Tuesday night's meeting. Instead, The Daily Press reports the board sent the issue back to its forestry committee.

The camp organized by the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe has occupied a site near the proposed mine since mid-May. It has become a meeting place for those opposed to Gogebic Taconite's mining plans.

County forestry administrator Joe Vairus says the encampment has grown to 20 to 25 wigwams and has become a squatters village. Vairus says the camp is violating county ordinances by occupying without a permit.

Information from: The Daily Press, http://www.ashlandwi.com

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