Category Archives: nature

Wisconsin’s February and the 2013 Mining Bill

To combat the symptoms of cabin fever that came packaged with this Wisconsin February I got out of the farmhouse and into the woods, an activity dating back to my childhood. My father was its chief proponent. We then lived … Continue reading

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Gogebic Taconite and Our Wetlands

Published in the Green Bay Press Gazette under the headline “Gogebic’s iron mine should be examined from all angles.” A link to the commentary is provided below. Count on the debate over the permitting process that would allow Gogebic Taconite … Continue reading

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Gogebic Taconite: Their Mine, Our Water

Published in the Wisconsin State Journal on Sunday, February 18, 2012. A link to the essay appears below. Water. You can’t live with it. You can’t live without it. If water is part of a river, stream or wetland that … Continue reading

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The Boy, the Mine and the Earth

Published in the Duluth News Tribune on Sunday, February 12, 2012 with the headline “Flambeau mine gives us a reason to protect the Earth.” A link to the essay appears below.   I think of the boy frequently as I … Continue reading

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Cancer and the Growth of Wisconsin’s Economy

Published in the Wisconsin State Journal on Saturday, February 4, 2012, under  the headline, “Don’t ignore the malignancies of economic growth.” A link to the essay is provided below. Cancer and economies depend on growth. The dominant belief is that … Continue reading

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On Croutons, Buicks and Taconite

Published in The La Crosse Tribune on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 with the headline, “Scars from mining will never go away.” A link to the essay is provided below. Crouton and Shred Division. That’s the wording of a sign that … Continue reading

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On Gibbsville and Gogebic

Published the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Friday, January 20, 2011. A link is provided below. Two weeks ago I drove through Gibbsville, a village in Sheboygan County north of my hometown of Cedar Grove. Most of the small dairy farms that … Continue reading

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