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Iron County attorney: Mining opponent campers breaking law

HURLEY, WI (WTAQ) - The attorney for the Iron County government says a camp where mining opponents have been gathering is in violation of a county ordinance.

The County Board’s Forestry Committee will meet privately on Tuesday to decide what to do about it.

The conservative Media Trackers’ Web site reported earlier this week that the Lac Courte Oreilles Indians have exceeded their two-week time limit to camp on county lands.

Corporation Counsel Michael Pope says they’ve been there since May. He said the tribe could have applied for a more open-ended permit reserved for large gatherings – but it didn’t.

Camp spokesman Paul DeMain tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the county has raised no concerns to him about violating any permits. He said the matter seems politically-motivated.

State Senate Democrat Bob Jauch of Poplar says the camp is, “one of the bright lights in this very difficult issue.”

Jauch said the group’s members helped authorities identify at least one of protestors who wore masks while harassing Gogebic Taconite mining workers on June 11th, damaging equipment and stealing a worker’s camera and cell phone.

Katie Kloth of Stevens Point is charged criminally in the incident.