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Hikers on closed land near G-Tac's proposed mine

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Gogebic Taconite says people have been hiking for several weeks on land that's closed under a new state law. Indian mining protestor Paul DeMain told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel yesterday that he and others hiked with snow-shoes in a 12-hundred acre restricted area -- and they'll keep doing so. DeMain said there's a contest over quote, "Who is going to get the first citation." Both DeMain and Bob Seitz of Gogebic Taconite says people have been walking on both the open and closed areas where the company is studying a possible new iron ore mine in Ashland and Iron counties.

Seitz also said the site was vandalized in the last week, when somebody replaced a lock on a company gate with another. He said Iron County deputies and Gogebic's own security force have kept an eye on things. A state law was adopted in November restricting public access to within 600 feet of mining roads on the site, and within 600 feet of all mining activities.

Last Friday the D-N-R released a map of the restricted areas.