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To Slay a Giant, written by John J. Mutter, Jr., is about the two-year struggle to get a Sulfide Mining Moratorium Bill passed into law in Wisconsin.

Exxon had discovered the ore body in 1975 and wanted desperately to get the permits to mine gold, silver, copper, and zinc near Crandon, Wisconsin. But many people were skeptical because this huge mining venture was so close to the headwaters of the pristine Wolf River. The proposed mine site was even closer to a small American Indian tribe which feared the end of their existence should the project be approved.

All the pieces were in place for arguably, the largest issue the State of Wisconsin had ever had to deal with. Common everyday people, along with professional, concerned citizens from all parts of the state joined hands with their ancestral American neighbors to challenge one of the wealthiest corporations in the world. This was a classic environmental confrontation, it was as grass roots as it gets.

John J. Mutter, Jr., an award-winning writer, was in the environmental trenches during this fight. He tells what happened and reveals many occurrences that the news media never found out about. To Slay a Giant is an important book for anyone who is concerned about our environment and the protection of planet Earth!

Paperback is 6 x 9 in. and 176 pages.

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By: John J. Mutter, Jr.
176 pages
6 x 9 in.
John J. Mutter, Jr. was born in Racine, Wisconsin in 1943. He's called the Shawano Wisconsin area his home since age five. John attended a one-room school for seven years and had an unusual near-death drowning experience at age eleven. After high school graduation, he served three years in the U.S. Navy as a Personnel man and made one six-month cruise to the Mediterranean Sea. He served on two different Navy ships and was stationed on shore duty for one year at Patuxent River, Maryland. John has been published in many newspapers and magazines. In 1991, he received the Mel Ellis/Dion Henderson Outdoor Writing Award, from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. In 2000, he received the "Buzzard Buster Writers Award," from the Wolf Watershed Educational Project and in 2002, he won an award in the 50thAnniversary of the Bo Carter Memorial Contest, sponsored by the Waukesha Writers. In 2000 he formed Burstone, LLC and self-published, "To Slay a Giant," subtitled: The Fight to Protect the Wolf River From the Proposed Crandon Copper Mine. In 2001, John's Burstone company published, "The Hobo Poet" by Burnette Mutter. In 2002 John donated his time co-editing a book for Shawano County. "Shawano County Sesquicentennial 1853 - 2003". This book was published by Shawano County and it was released in August 2002.

In 2001, John took early retirement from the State of Wisconsin to devote more time to his book and his writing projects. He has a deep-seated love for nature and sees a great need for the "Environmental Movement," worldwide. Statewide, he supports the "NO CRANDON MINE" effort and the many environmental groups involved. He is opposed to the proposed "Arrowhead-Weston Transmission Line" and supports a PCB-free Fox River, by the year 2005. Locally, in Shawano County, he is opposed to the clear-cutting of thousands of oak trees in the Navarino Wildlife Area, over 1,300 acres cut to date.

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