The Latest on Mining in Minnesota

New DNR leader brings natural resources experience

Duluth News Tribune Sam CookJanuary 9, 2011 On Thursday, Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Tom Landwehr commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, replacing former commissioner Mark Holsten. Landwehr, 55, worked for the DNR from 1982 through 1999, serving as… Read More ›

Not an auspicious beginning for the economic salvation and job creation promised by Dayton

Ely EchoJanuary 8, 2011 Dear Editor: Dayton Hits a Sour Note in the Polymet Polka. Governor Dayton has barely begun making decisions and already I see a big difference between his campaign promises, centered on jobs, and his appointment of… Read More ›

Lory Fedo, John Grahek: Minnesota is prepared for mining

Star TribuneBy Lory Fedo and John GrahekJanuary 7, 2011 It was encouraging to see in "Minnesotans back mining — if it's safe" (Opinion Exchange, Dec. 27), that the Minnesota Environmental Partnership survey shows public support for mining. This confirms what… Read More ›

Dayton taps conservationist to head Minn. DNR

Minnesota Public RadioTim PugmireJanuary 6, 2011 St. Paul, Minn. – Gov. Mark Dayton has hired someone with a long conservation record to lead the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Dayton announced Thursday that Tom Landwehr of Shoreview will join his… Read More ›

Dayton’s choice of Minnesota DNR commissioner is praised

Duluth News Tribune Sam Cook January 6, 2011 Tom Landwehr, a former state wildlife official who has worked most recently for nonprofit conservation groups, has been appointed commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources by Gov. Mark Dayton. Dayton made the… Read More ›

A ban on copper mining here will increase pollution elsewhere

TimberjayJanuary 5, 2011 As long as there is a strong demand for copper, whatever copper we do not mine and process in Minnesota will be mined and processed somewhere else. If we don't produce copper domestically, then our nation will… Read More ›

DNR, MPCA choices will say a lot about Gov.-elect Dayton’s ‘jobs, jobs, jobs’ campaign pledge

Mesabi Daily NewsTuesday, December 28, 2010 In the next several days, two appointments by Gov.-elect Mark Dayton will determine in large part whether his resurrection of former Gov. Rudy Perpich's pledge of "jobs, jobs, jobs" will be more than just… Read More ›

Steve Morse: Minnesotans back mining — if it’s safe

Star TribuneSteve MorseDecember 26, 2010 Minnesota has a great opportunity to produce a unique legacy of job creation combined with public health protection as it examines a new kind of mining — nonferrous sulfide mining — that has been proposed… Read More ›

WCCO AM – Interview with Frank Ongaro of Mining Minnesota

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Range copper firms atop ‘mega-deposit’ to merge – Duluth Metals Ltd. would expand its already vast reserves of copper, nickel and precious metal ores near the BWCA

Star TribuneDavid ShafferDecember 20, 2010 Duluth Metals Ltd., one of the two companies planning to mine copper and nickel near Ely, Minn., announced a tentative agreement Monday to acquire the other company and its adjacent ore deposits. The proposed acquisition… Read More ›