Updated: 07/24/2014 11:11 PM
Created: 07/24/2014 9:23 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson
With Representative Janet Bewley vying for retiring Senator Bob Jauch's 25th Senate District office, Wisconsin's 74th Assembly seat is open.
Wednesday night, the two democratic candidates hoping for her position participated in a debate at the Great Lakes Visitor Center in Duluth.
Mining was a issue central to the debate.
"The problem is not can we mine this area or not. The problem is the fact that the mining law is so irresponsible at this point that it doesn't even vaguely reflect the form of law we had," said Graham Garfield of Mason.
Garfield just graduated from UW-Superior as the student body president. He said the current mining bill needs to be repealed, with a more responsible bill to replace it.
Garfield's opponent, Beth Meyers, shared similar views.
"We all have cars. There is metal in the cars. There is salt on our table that is mined. Most people support responsible mining. I do not believe the mining law today that we have is responsible," she said.
Meyers said it is not about being pro-mining or anti-mining, it's about mining responsibly.
Meyers is a 4th generation Bayfield County resident and serves on the county board.
The 74th Assembly district covers Bayfield, Ashland, Iron and Price counties, and parts of others.
August 12 is the primary election.
Lake Superior Ice Show Goes Out With a Bang
It was the final weekend for the Lake Superior Ice Project Ice Show, and the community celebrated with a bang Saturday.
Esko Robotics Rookies Take on Regional Competition
The First Robotics Competition for high school students wrapped up at the DECC Saturday night, but while many veteran teams were taking on the challenge once again, one Northland team built and competed with its first robot ever...
Local Families in Need Receive Free, Refurbished Cars
Three deserving families in Duluth got the keys to their very own set of wheels Saturday as recipients of Community Action Duluth's vehicle donation program. The vehicles were donated to the program, then refurbished by local Nappa AutoCare shops...
Minn. Man Charged with 59 Counts of Sexual Assault Arrested in Brazil
A Minnesota man wanted for 59 felony counts of criminal sexual assault from allegations that he abused young women while acting as their pastor was arrested in Brazil Friday.
Michigan Works to Thwart Barrage of Cyberattacks
Michigan is aiming to invest in cyber security and position itself as a national leader in the field as attacks on governments increase. The state receives more than 730,000 attempted attacks daily. That number is rising as hackers aim to collect valuable information from Michigan's networks.