The Latest on Mining in Minnesota

Schafer: Why is state only now taking action on Twin Metals mine?

By LEE SCHAFER  March 9, 2016 — 11:48PM (Star Tribune) The state’s governor may not have killed the proposed Twin Metals copper, nickel and precious metals mine project in northeastern Minnesota, when he said this week that he doesn’t like… Read More ›

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Minnesota DNR: PolyMet’s EIS is adequate

By RON BROCHU  Updated Mar 4, 2016 (Business North) PolyMet’s proposed copper-nickel-precious metals mining project advanced a step further Thursday when the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said the company’s final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) meets requirements. “The state’s… Read More ›

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Permitting a go!

DNR Ruling Gives PolyMet Thumbs-Up Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2016 9:41 pm (Mesabi Daily News) BILL HANNA Executive Editor ST. PAUL — Let the permitting begin! And most likely the lawsuits, too. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Thursday… Read More ›

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Mining exploration leases approved by Minnesota Executive Council

By John Myers on Mar 2, 2016 at 3:05 p.m. (Duluth News Tribune) Three mining companies looking for gold, silver, copper and other valuable metals in northern Minnesota were awarded exclusive rights to prospect on state-owned tracts thanks to action… Read More ›

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PolyMet nears permit process

Posted: Thursday, February 25, 2016 9:15 pm (Mesabi Daily News) BILL HANNA Executive Editor ST. PAUL — A decision on the determination of adequacy for the PolyMet copper/nickel/precious metals project near Hoyt Lakes will be released by the end of… Read More ›

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Governor Dayton is just plain wrong to link Twin Metals request to PolyMet

Submitted by admin on Sun, 02/21/2016 – 08:41 (The Ely Echo) We’re trying to find a thread of common sense on a recent decision by Governor Mark Dayton. Even the Range delegation is shaking its head. Dayton has pronounced he won’t approve… Read More ›

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National view: Slow permitting devastating US mining, manufacturing

By Kevin Kearns on Feb 7, 2016 at 12:02 a.m. (Duluth News Tribune) Imagine if significant gold deposits were found in northern Minnesota. That would be a boon for Minnesota mining, since gold is in great demand for use in… Read More ›

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Views from the mining industry

By Frank Ongaro on Feb 7, 2016 at 12:02 a.m. (Duluth News Tribune) Is PolyMet a big deal? “Polymet will be creating the same economic impact as having the Super Bowl in Northeastern Minnesota every year for 24 years. They… Read More ›

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We will survive this mining downturn, too

Posted Today at 12:02 a.m. (Duluth News Tribune) We’ve lived through this before. Survived it. And the challenges to Northeastern Minnesota now are similar to the challenges in 2001, the last time “we wondered if we were going to have… Read More ›

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Study: Most mercury in Lake Superior comes from atmosphere

By John Myers on Jan 13, 2016 at 8:55 p.m (Duluth News Tribune) A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey confirms that most of the mercury in Lake Superior is coming from airborne deposition, mercury that floated around in the atmosphere before… Read More ›

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