The Latest on Mining in Minnesota

Delay of Mining Leases Prompts Complaints from Iron Rangers, Republicans

Politics in Minnesota Paul Demko   In 1954, when Tom Anzelc was 8 years old, his family was kicked off their plot of land near Keewatin on the Iron Range. The parcel, along with 40 to 60 others, was confiscated… Read More ›

Cravaack hosts meeting on Polymet

Lake County News-Chronicle Federal regulatory agencies are cooperating better and are on pace to finish the draft environmental review of the PolyMet copper mine project by January. That was the report Friday after a meeting in Duluth called by U.S.… Read More ›

PolyMet Environmental Review on Track

Duluth News TribuneJohn Myers  Federal regulatory agencies are cooperating better and are on pace to finish the draft environmental review of the PolyMet copper mine project by January. That was the report Friday after a meeting in Duluth called by… Read More ›

Wild rice poses another obstacle to mine proposal

Minnesota Public Radio Dan Kraker Duluth, Minn. — The controversial Polymet mining project proposal near Hoyt Lakes on the Iron Range has been under environmental review for years, in part because of the potential for sulfuric acid to contaminate area… Read More ›

State Delays Sale of Mineral Leases For Non-Ferrous Mining

Northland NewsCenter   Non–ferrous mining companies will need to wait six months to explore the availability of metallic minerals on private lands in northeastern Minnesota.   With interest in copper–nickel mining on the rise, many private land owners in Northern… Read More ›

State delays leases for non-ferrous mining on private land

Minnesota IndependentJon Collins  Minnesota’s Executive Council voted Wednesday for a six month delay on the lease of mineral rights on privately-held land in northeast Minnesota. A handful of non-ferrous mining companies are seeking the 77 leases, but landowners, some of whom… Read More ›

Minn. leaders delay decision on mineral leases

Bloomberg BusinessweekPatrick Condon  A state panel led by Gov. Mark Dayton delayed its decision Wednesday on whether to sell leases that allow mining companies to search for minerals on privately owned land in northeastern Minnesota. The six-month delay approved by… Read More ›

GUEST COLUMN: It’s time to let the dirt fly

Brainerd DispatchRolf Westgard  In 2010, we humans extracted and burned some 15 billion tons of coal, oil, and natural gas, or 4,200 pounds for every one on earth. That put more than 30 billion tons of green house gases into… Read More ›

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Iron Range may get new taconite plant

Duluth News Tribune Magnetation Inc. on Tuesday sealed a $297 million deal with Ohio-based steelmaker AK Steel to expand operations on the Iron Range, including a potential new taconite production plant in Itasca County. Under the joint venture, Magnetation Inc.,… Read More ›

Officials delay decision on mineral rights leases

Minnesota Public RadioStephanie Hemphill  St. Paul, Minn. — Top elected officials have delayed for a second time the approval of 94 leases to explore for copper, nickel and other valuable minerals in northeastern Minnesota. The officials faced a barrage of… Read More ›