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Wis. Capitol to host photo display of mine area


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A coalition of peace, religious and environmental groups plans to set up photographs in the state Capitol of a northern Wisconsin wilderness targeted for an iron mine.

Florida-based Gogebic Taconite wants to mine iron ore in the Penokee Hills near Lake Superior. The company says the project will create hundreds of jobs. Environmentalists fear the mine would pollute the area.

The Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice plans to set up a collection of photographs of the Penokee wilderness in the Capitol rotunda early Monday evening. An opening reception will include speakers on the potential impacts of a mine.

A special state Senate committee studying whether to expedite the mine's permits is scheduled to meet for the first time in the building Tuesday morning.

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