Negotiations have begun between Iron County officials and the Lac Courte Oreilles Harvest Camp. Tribal members and supporters set up camp in May near the site of a proposed iron mine in the Penokee Hills.
After signs that county officials planned to evict the group, the tribe asked to negotiate for a long term arrangement. Tribal member and camp overseer Mel Gasper says he believes the conversations will be fruitful.
The Department of Natural Resources held its first public hearing on the Penokee Mine project Thursday. Hundreds of people showed up in Hurley.
People came from far and wide to voice strong opinions on the proposal. There were even a few speakers from the Navajo Nation in Arizona, and an Ashland, WI contingent actually biked the 40 miles to the hearing. Cyclist Michael McKenna says they wanted to their voices to be heard:
The public has its first chance to share opinions with the Department of Natural Resources on the Gogebic Taconite mine proposal. The DNR is holding a hearing Thursday at Hurley High School, from 10 am until 8 pm. DNR Hydrologist Larry Lynch says DNR officials are hoping for feeback on the specifics of GTac’s plan for bulk sampling and testing of the proposed mine site in Iron and Ashland Counties. The public can also comment on the preapplication for mining filed by GTac - the first step in the permitting process.
Rhinelander’s Ministry St. Mary’s Hospital is hosting a gathering for cancer survivors.
It’s the sixth annual Celebration of Life. Event organizer Kim Hetland is a Manager in Radiation Oncology at Ministry’s James Beck Cancer Center. She says the evening is also a chance to honor those lost to cancer.
“We wanted it more than just a cancer survivor event. We wanted it more of a celebration – of life, that would honor not only our cancer survivors but also our patients that have passed on.”
The victim in a Monday night shooting in Rhinelander remains in critical condition.
The 49-year-old male received a single gunshot wound in the abdomen. Police responded to the incident at a residence on Mason Street at 7:45 pm. The wounded man was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander, and was later airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield.
Public safety workers got a chance to test their emergency preparedness in a mock exercise today at the Rhinelander Airport. Crews simulated a response to an airplane engine catching fire while taxiing.
A Nicolet College fundraiser has raised almost $2500 for local food pantries. Empty Bowls is based around a soup dinner served in bowls donated by local potters and Nicolet College students. Patrons make a donation for the soup and take home the bowl. Laura Wind Norton is an instructor at Nicolet, and she helped coordinate this year’s event. Wind Norton says hunger is an issue that touches many in the community.
You may have been spotting an unusual number of shooting stars in the night sky. And you might already know they’re part of an annual meteor shower that’s been lighting up the Northwoods.
Astronomers predict the Perseid meteor shower should peak Monday night, with possibly hundreds of meteors passing through the night sky in just a few hours.
Frank Kovac owns Kovac Planetarium and has been stargazing for 25 years. He explains that what we see as shooting stars are actually bits of dust…in this case coming from a large comet called Swift Tuttle.
Mothers-to-be have a chance to learn more about breastfeeding resources. The Northwoods Breastfeeding Coalition is hosting several educational sessions this week. Cheri Nemec is a dietician who works with the Wisconsin WIC program and the Great Lakes Intertribal Council. She says a lot of moms plan to breastfeed, but may switch to formula if they start to worry about whether they’re doing it right.