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Wisconsin residents can monitor a day-long hearing about the prospect of taconite mining in northern Wisconsin by following the attached web link.

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MADISON -- A state Senate Democrat proposes an alternative mining bill, as lawmakers get ready to hear 12 hours of testimony Wednesday on a GOP package which tries to make it easier to open a new mine in northern Wisconsin.

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A joint Senate and Assembly hearing was to begin at 9 a.m. on a package that seeks to lure Gogebic Taconite back, after it scrapped plans to build an iron ore mine last spring.

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