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The Village of Caledonia may give some of its sewage treatment capacity to Mount Pleasant in an agreement that could help smooth the way for the Foxconn project.(Photo: Dreamstime/TNS, TNS)

Caledonia may assign some of its sewage treatment capacity to Mount Pleasant in an agreement that would help smooth the way for the Foxconn project.

The boards of the two villages and the Racine County Board are to meet Tuesday to take up a possible intergovernmental agreement involving the new sewer system that will be built to serve the massive factory complex planned for Mount Pleasant by the Foxconn Technology Group.

According to the agenda, the three boards will consider an agreement that would let Caledonia share in use of the new system while transferring some of its treatment capacity to Mount Pleasant. Both villages pay the City of Racine to treat their wastewater.

Racine County also would be party to the deal.

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Paul Ryan speaks Saturday in Waukesha.(Photo: Bill Glauber / Milwaukee Journal)

Hundreds of people packed Memorial Hall in Racine on Saturday to hear Sen. Bernie Sanders.(Photo: Rick Barrett / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

The fight for the 1st Congressional district is on.

House Speaker Paul Ryan delivered an upbeat message to Waukesha County Republicans on Saturday night and said of the GOP nationally: "We're going to win," while U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders came to Racine and implored Democrats to keep up the fight in 2018 midterm elections and oust Ryan from Congress.

The back-and-forth provided a preview of one of the most highly charged races in the country. Ryan, the Janesville Republican, is facing a spirited Democratic challenge from Racine County iron worker Randy Bryce.

Bryce has already earned the endorsement of Sanders, the Independent from Vermont, but still faces a primary challenge from Cathy Myers, a teacher and member of the Janesville School Board.

Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigned in Racine on Saturday for Randy Bryce, who is challenging Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan.(Photo: Susan Walsh, Associated Press)

RACINE - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders returned to Wisconsin on Saturday, urging Democrats to keep up the fight for the 2018 midterm elections and oust Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan from his seat in Congress.

Speaking at a campaign rally for one of Ryan's Democratic challengers, Randy Bryce, the Vermont Independent resurrected many of the themes from his 2016 presidential bid, including income inequality, stagnant wages and the need for greater access to affordable health care.

“All over this country, we have people working two or three jobs in order to pay the bills for their family," Sanders told the overflowing crowd assembled at Memorial Hall in downtown Racine,

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"We see people working at starvation wages, of nine or ten bucks an hour, and they are falling further and further behind.

Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigned in Racine on Saturday for Randy Bryce, who is challenging Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan.(Photo: Susan Walsh, Associated Press)

RACINE - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders returned to Wisconsin on Saturday, urging Democrats to keep up the fight for the 2018 midterm elections and oust Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan from his seat in Congress.

Speaking at a campaign rally for Ryan's Democratic challenger, Randy Bryce, the Vermont Independent resurrected many of the themes from his 2016 presidential bid, including income inequality, stagnant wages and the need for greater access to affordable health care.

“All over this country, we have people working two or three jobs in order to pay the bills for their family," Sanders told the overflowing crowd assembled at Memorial Hall in downtown Racine,

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"We see people working at starvation wages, of nine or ten bucks an hour, and they are falling further and further behind,” he said.

This is an aerial view of a northwestern Wisconsin frac sand mining operation.(Photo: BanksPhotos/istock stock photo, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

In a late-night move, the Wisconsin Assembly approved a measure Thursday giving environmental exemptions for a controversial $65 million sand processing development in western Wisconsin that is being challenged by environmental groups.

The exemptions, in the form of a last-minute amendment to a wetlands bill, were written to benefit Meteor Timber, an Atlanta-based company, which is planning to build a sand processing plant and rail spur near I-94 in Monroe County catering to the frac sand industry.

Related: DNR approves sand mining project with large wetlands loss

The land now features a rare hardwoods swamp, and in May 2017 the Department of Natural Resources approved the company’s plans to destroy 16.25 of wetlands in exchange for the company making other environmental improvements.

Meteor acknowledged it turned to the Legislature for help because it saw environmental groups as obstructionists.