- The mining issue might deicide the winner of the 25th State Senate district. The huge district covers a large portion of northern Wisconsin. Two types of mines have caused controversy in the district: a proposed taconite mine in the north and sand mines in the west. Newswatch 12s Adam Fox sat down with both candidates; he'll have the story tonight.
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25th Senate candidates differ over mining law, agree on importance of broadband and education
RHINELANDER - The mining issue might decide the winner of the 25th State senate district. The huge district covers a large portion of northern Wisconsin stretching from parts of Vilas County to parts of Barron County. Two types of mines have caused controversy in the district. A proposed taconite mine in the north, and sand mines in the west.
Gogebic Taconite is proposing a four-mile open pit taconite mine in Ashland and Iron County. Project leaders say the project will lead to 700 direct jobs, as well as numerous spillover jobs because of the construction of the mine.
Republicans rewrote and passed the state's mining law in 2013. Many believe the rule change weakened water protections, but Republican candidate Dane Deutsch doesn't agree.
Minocqua Chamber of Commerce members break ground for expansion
MINOCQUA - Minocqua gets many tourists. An expansion to the town's chamber of commerce might bring and keep more people in the area.
Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce board members broke ground outside of the chamber Friday. They'll be adding an extra 900 square feet of office space.
"It'll have a small kitchenette for gatherings and then a really large open concept room with all concealing. It'll have a new foyer for guest," said Minocqua Building Committee chairman, Mike Brighum." Then we'll also be remodeling about 150 square feet of the existing building to make it more useable for the staff for efficiencies."
MINNEAPOLIS - A Twin Cities advertising agency has created a TV and radio ad that it hopes will make a strong point about why Native Americans and others oppose the Washington Redskins' name and logo.
Opponents of the name believe it's a racial slur that mocks Native American culture. Red Circle agency owner Chad Germann is a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwa. The ad his agency created features a diverse group of people individually speaking a slur about their ethnicity. The racial slurs are bleeped out of the ad, until the face of an American Indian appears and speaks the Redskins name.
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