The Latest on Mining in Minnesota

DEQ Announces Decision on Kennecott Mine

Michigan.govDecember 14, 2007 The Department of Environmental Quality announced today its decision to approve a series of permits to the Kennecott Eagle Minerals Company to conduct mining operations at the proposed Eagle Project Mine near Marquette. The department's decision follows… Read More ›

Iron Range metals deposit could be one of world’s largest

Minnesota Public Radio (Associated Press)December 12, 2007 A metals deposit found near here might be one of the world's largest unexploited resources of its kind, Franconia Minerals Corp. officials said. The company's drilling program at Birch Lake found the copper-nickel… Read More ›

Editorial: A new day is dawning on the Iron Range

Mesabi Daily NewsNovember 9, 2007(Reprinted in Minneapolis Star Tribune – November 12, 2007) Numerous big-time, new-era mining projects are advancing on the Range, from Minnesota Steel and PolyMet Mining to Mesabi Nugget and others. … What's on the horizon is… Read More ›

Contrary to MCEA report, mining does matter to the Range

Mesabi Daily NewsOctober 13, 2007 The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy has gotten some of their "expert advocates" to basically say that mining just doesn't really matter much any more to the Iron Range economy. The report's findings were absolutely… Read More ›

New-era mining: ‘We are not the old guard. We are the vanguard.’

Mesabi Daily NewsOctober 6, 2007 The Iron Range is poised to enter a new era of mining that will rival or even exceed the impact that the transition from red ore to taconite had on the area, according to a… Read More ›

Legal notice of opportunity to comment on the Kawishiwi Mineral Exploration EA (36 CFR § 215)

The Ely EchoSeptember 21, 2007 The Forest Service is seeking public comment on proposed minerals exploration to be conducted on the Kawishiwi Ranger District of the Superior National Forest (Kawishiwi Minerals Exploration EA). The proposed activities would occur about 10… Read More ›

Global copper and nickel demand spurs exploration on the Range

Minnesota Public RadioAugust 21, 2007 People have been exploring Minnesota for metals like copper and nickel for years. It's there, thinly scattered through very hard rock. Until recently, it just hasn't been worth going after. With a huge increase in global… Read More ›

Franconia’s Birch Lake project could lead to underground mines, 550 jobs

The Ely EchoJuly 28, 2007 At 78, Ernie Lehmann gets around on a drill rig with ease. It's familiar territory to the geologist who seeks to create 550 jobs with an underground mine on Birch Lake. Prospecting runs in Lehmann's… Read More ›

New mining considered, questioned

The Timberjay NewspapersJuly 7, 2007 The Joint Powers Board heard a presentation from Frank Ongaro the executive director of Mining Minnesota during their regular board meeting on June 27. Ongaro presented the board with future mining plans for the area… Read More ›

Estimate indicates metals deposit near Ely shows promise

Minnesota Public RadioJuly 6, 2007 Ely, Minn. – (AP) A metals deposit being explored near here contains an estimated 347 million tons of mineralized material that could be mined, according to an official from Duluth Metals. The company has been… Read More ›