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New rules on the books: Oneida County approves overhaul of metallic mining ordinance
RHINELANDER - The rules for metallic mining in Oneida County now look completely different than they did for years.

On a 15-5 vote, the Oneida County Board approved an overhaul of its mining ordinance, closing the process just before a window in state law expired.

Critics of the new rules say it's now easier for a company to mine the rich ore deposit in the town of Lynne. Supporters of the changes feel they're following state law and avoiding legal trouble for the county.

"Clearly, in my mind, what's presented today is an improvement over what we have on the books now, which is unenforceable," said Oneida County Board Chair Dave Hintz.
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