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Photographs of armed guards dressed in military-style camouflage and combat gear have appeared on anti-mining blogs in recent days. In one photo, one of the guards, armed with an assault-style rifle, appears to be masked. The photographer, Rob Ganson, said this was taken at a Gogebic Taconite drill site on Saturday.

Wisconsin lawmakers ask Gogebic Taconite to remove armed guards

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Two Wisconsin lawmakers have asked the president of Gogebic Taconite to remove armed security guards from the company's proposed mining site in Ashland and Iron counties.

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Bob Seitz, Gogebic Taconite spokesman, told the News Tribune that the company began employing private security guards after teams of mining opponents "dressed in black and wearing masks violently attacked our drill site" in June.

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