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Reader appalled at mine for Iron, Ashland counties PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor:

For months now, I’ve followed the mining controversy in Iron and Ashland counties. As a resident of Vilas County, I’m appalled that anyone would even consider such a thing as “the world’s largest open pit mine” anywhere in my state.

You see, I’ve stood at the edge of what was then the world’s largest open pit mine. It was back in the late 1970s, after the Hibbing/Virginia, Minn., mines closed and left everyone’s homes worthless. Standing there at the edge of this unfathomable hole brought one word to mind — rape. And it changed me forever. The people of the area were left with nothing but an ugly hole in the ground. That mining not only raped the land, but it raped the people who lived there.

Now, in the name of jobs, mining interests want to do that in northern Wisconsin.

Rep. Brett Hulsey has another idea, the Penokee Hills Conservation Proposal. His proposal would help the area build on tourism with minimal cost to taxpayers. I think this is an outstanding opportunity for all parties involved. He’s taking public comments on this proposal now at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .­gov.

The Penokees are an underdeveloped area. With young families embracing camping, biking, snowmobiling and all the rest, we can offer them places that are as exciting as they are educational. Places that are as relaxing as they are sublime. And I hear the trout fishing is outstanding.

Linda Hansen


Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:45 AM

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