Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gives her DNC address, Aug. 17, 2020 | Julia Picket photo

Columbia County man denied habeas corpus in Whitmer kidnapping case

BY: - December 17, 2020

A Columbia County judge denied Columbia County resident Brian Higgins habeas corpus as he faces extradition to Michigan for his involvement in a plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Higgins, 52, is charged with one felony count of providing material support to a terrorist act in Michigan. He is accused of providing night-vision goggles and […]

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gives her DNC address, Aug. 17, 2020 | Julia Picket photo

Columbia County man close to extradition to Michigan for involvement in Whitmer plot

BY: - November 19, 2020

A Wisconsin Dells man is in custody at the Columbia County Jail for his involvement in a plot to kidnap and execute Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The man is in the process of being extradited to Michigan to face a felony charge for providing material to support a terrorist act.  Brian P. Higgins, 52, appeared […]

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Proposed mine faces mounting troubles

BY: - August 3, 2020

The controversial proposed Back Forty open pit metallic sulfide mine on the Michigan-Wisconsin border has suffered major financial and permitting setbacks due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and increasing public concerns over the safety of tailings dams to store mine waste. The proposed mine, would be located next to the Menominee River, which flows into […]

Terrence Martin Sr. and Terrence Martin Jr. | Terrence Martin Sr. photo

Lessons for my Black son

BY: - June 22, 2020

In some cultures, when a boy reaches the age of 13, his entire community comes together to acknowledge his coming of age in a ceremony that celebrates the beginning of manhood. I’ve had to teach my 13-year-old son that being perceived as a grown Black man can be dangerous. I am afraid for my son. […]

Back Forty Mine project continues to raise concerns

BY: - December 18, 2019

A proposed open pit sulfide mine along the Wisconsin-Michigan border, owned by Canada-based Aquila Resources, has stirred controversy ever since the Menominee Tribe first highlighted the danger it would pose to their sacred lands over a year ago. Called the Back Forty mine, it would operate right in the heart of the Great Lakes basin. […]

Evers joins 14 governors pushing Congress to address PFAS in defense bill

BY: and - September 19, 2019

Gov. Tony Evers joined a group of 14 other Democratic and Republican  governors in sending a letter Wednesday to both the U.S. Senate and House Armed Services Committees backing provisions related to per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) in the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act.  In August, Evers issued an executive order on PFAS chemicals, which […]

Aftermath of the Brumadinho dam collapse in Brazil. Photo by TV NBR (CC BY 3.0)

Potential mining disaster on the Menominee River?

BY: - September 18, 2019

Michigan and Wisconsin could face devastating environmental damage if an open-pit mine near Lake Michigan releases toxic waste into the two states’ waterways, Al Gedicks reports in Urban Milwaukee. The planned “Back Forty” metallic sulfide mine, owned by Aquila Resources, a Canadian exploration company, would cover 123 acres next to the Menominee River on the […]