The Latest on Mining in Minnesota

Next big thing looms in Minnesota’s Iron Range

Crookston Daily TimesSteve Karnowski  Ely, Minn. — On a warm fall day, in a clearing cut into the evergreen and birch forest, a drill rig roars as it bores deep into northeastern Minnesota bedrock. Nearby, three men in hardhats keep close… Read More ›

Senator Says Environmentalists Are Behind Mining Delays

Capitol ChatterDon Davis  Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, blames environmentalists for a delay in the state allowing mining companies to explore under some northeastern Minnesota lands. “The environmentalists, I think, are behind this because they want to slow down any type… Read More ›

Editorial: Blame fear for delay in mineral leases

Star Tribune Editorial  That, more than facts, drove decision by governor, council. The second postponement of state mineral-rights leases may have mollified landowners opposed to copper-mining exploration on their northeast Minnesota property. But the six-month delay imposed by Gov. Mark… Read More ›

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Despite Six-Month Hiatus, Property Owners Are Likely to Lose Their Battle

Politics in Minnesota Jake Grovum On its face, the vote taken recently by the state‚Äôs top constitutional officers to delay the granting of mineral rights leases on the Iron Range for six months was democracy in action: government bending to… Read More ›

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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 ›

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 ›