May 29, 2015 RSS feed / Mining Features

Essar ramps up construction

NASHWAUK – While recent news about price, demand and employment hasn’t been favorable for Iron Range mining operations, the largest mining construction project here during this century is nonetheless moving ahead, executives say. More...

Mining lessons for merit badges

CHISHOLM - When Geologist Frank Pezzutto asked the dozen or so Boy Scouts what gypsum crystals are used for in our everyday life, all but one stood there in Minnesota Discovery Center’s Hall of Geology baffled. More...

MP Foundation grants benefit communities

The Minnesota Power Foundation distributes more than $1 million a year to organizations and individuals in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota that share its priorities in education, community enrichment and human services. More...

PolyMet explains their tailings basin design

HOYT LAKES - PolyMet has recently released a 2-part blog series and a YouTube video. The blog postings are in response to concerns about a disastrous tailings basin breach in British Columbia last year. More...

Cook's vision comes to life

COOK - Tammy Palmer and Greg Burckhardt of the Cook Recreation Commission are pictured in front of the new Cook Community and Youth Center. More...

Duluth Seaway Port Authority

Iron ore accounts for 40 percent of Duluth port’s business

DULUTH - Iron ore from the Mesabi Range accounts for 40 percent of the 38 million short tons of bulk material moved through the Duluth-Superior Port each year. Some portrelated statistics: More...

1 jobseeker per job vacancy More job openings in region, according to DEED

DULUTH – Despite layoffs at area mining companies, Northeast Regional Analyst Erik White of DEED says that there are still job openings in our region. More...

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Taking ownership of my life New business offers independence and health benefits

I don't know the exact date when I decided to step up and take ownership of my life, but I do remember I did it with mixed emotions. I’ve been working since I was 15 years old, sometimes two jobs at a time. More...

Green Inventors Expo winners announced

Young inventors come up with innovative waste minimization ideas

What if you could turn an old milk jug into something useful? Say you need a fork, you could put the jug in the Jugverter 3000, press a button, and voila! You have your fork – AND you don’t need to throw away your milk jug! More...

The Golden Window is a great time to be outdoors

What a fantastic, long spring we’ve had this year. The snow disappeared in late March and the lakes and rivers opened up in April. More...

Home & Garden Tips

Mums

Beautiful Chrysanthemums with colors from white to deepest burgundy are available at local greenhouses. U of M early- blooming varieties (not florist mums) will ensure greatest success. More...

SpaceLIFT

Decorator Secret: Space is a Premium! How To: More...

Massage for Your Health

How to stay relaxed in a harried world

Do you ever wonder how you’re going to get everything done? You know, meet those deadlines at work, and finish those projects you’ve committed to. More...

Business

Advanced Minnesota receives funding for commercial truck driving simulator

HIBBING – Students interested in a truck driving career can now obtain high-tech, hands-on experience at Hibbing Community College (HCC). More...

JPJ Engineering, Inc. hires engineering staff

HIBBING – JPJ Engineering announced the recent addition of Rachel Litfin as their newest project engineer and Dylan Peterson as their engineer in training (EIT). More...

Fairview Range Medical Center to open Acute Care Unit with acuity-adjustable rooms

HIBBING – Fairview Range Medical Center (FRMC) announced the opening of its newly remodeled Acute Care Unit (formerly the Medical/ Surgical/Pediatric and Intensive Care Units) anticipated for June 1, 2015. More...

Sallyworld

SALLYWORLD: WEEK 242

Dumpster diving, a maiden voyage, and grad parties

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Obituaries

Corrine Marie (Hanson/Arachikavitza) Skare

Corrine Marie (Hanson/Arachikavitza) Skare, Virginia, MN and former resident of Rochester, MN, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2015, due to injuries received from a single-car accident near Hager City, WI.  She was born at Saint Mary’s Hospital in More...

Audrey Elaine Mashuga

Audrey E. Mashuga, 68, of Makinen, MN, passed away, Friday, May 22, 2015 at her residence. Audrey Elaine Mashuga was born March 5, 1947 in Virginia MN to Urho and Helmi (Autio) Maki. More...

Jon Charles Tekautz

Jon Charles Tekautz, age 41, lifelong resident of Virginia, MN,  died Sunday, May 17, 2015, in his home.  He was born March 26, 1974, in Virginia the son of Robert and Paula (Koski) Tekautz.  He graduated from Virginia High School.&nbs More...

Taconite production taxes 101 Where the money goes: Everywhere

I’ve done some rainy day reading in the last few weeks, riveting publications produced by the Minnesota Department of Revenue (the 2014 Mining Tax Guide), and the Office of the Legislative Auditor (2015 Evaluation Report on Mineral Taxation). More...

Is their distribution fair?

Taconite production taxes 101

Why a production tax instead of a property tax? More...

Youth Energy Summit (YES!) awards energy action projects

BRITT – Four teams participating in the Youth Energy Summit (YES!) presented their work on energy action projects to a panel of judges on May 11. More...

MN Power’s international project clears major hurdle

DULUTH — The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) on Thursday unanimously approved Minnesota Power’s request for a Certificate of Need (CN) for the 500-kilovolt Great Northern Transmission Line. More...

Twin Metals donates $5,000 to food shelf

Twin Metals Minnesota donated $5,000 to the Ely Food Shelf during the March Give campaign. More...

Culture in the wilderness

Edge Center for the Arts celebrates 10 years

BIG FORK - It’s been 10 years since the Edge Center for the Arts opened in the small northern Minnesota city of Bigfork, population 463. But the cultural performances held at the impressive, 280-seat center over the past decade, have been big. More...

The History of Erie Mining Company

A project to document the history of the pioneering research, preliminary pilot plant, and construction and operation of the world’s first completely integrated taconite mine.

In early 2014, a team of willing and dedicated former Erie Mining Company/ LTV Mining employees began meeting monthly at the Hoyt Lakes City Hall. More...

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Take a kid fishing and fish free June 5-7

STATEWIDE – Minnesotans age 16 or older don’t need a fishing license to take a child age 15 or younger fishing on Friday, June 5, to Sunday, June 7, during Take a Kid Fishing Weekend. More...

News Briefs

Minnesota’s Dislocated Worker Program

Free services available for those who are downsized or part of a large layoff

If you were part of a large layoff or your company downsized, you may be eligible for career development, job search, and other services. More...

AEOA begins ad campaign aimed at those who are laid off or facing unemployment

VIRGINIA – The Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) will launch a targeted, radio advertising campaign encouraging homeowners who have been laid off or who are unemployed to contact them for assistance if they think they will have troub More...

Two free resume writing workshops offered

HIBBING/VIRGINIA – Whether you’re looking for work, creating your first resume, or have a resume that needs updating, these workshops will help. More...

Pets

Walmart U.S. announces new animal welfare positions

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club U.S. announced new positions around animal welfare and the responsible use of antibiotics in farm animals, as a next step in continuously improving the sustainability of items it sells. More...

Health

GMO labeling; blood test requirements for marriage

Q: I keep hearing about a bill in Congress that would make it impossible to label GMO foods. And somehow that’s related to the latest attack on Dr. Oz. Can you clarify? -- Steven J., New York More...

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

Hello there everybody!

As we transition from the month of May into the new month of June’s enlightening phase, it’s an excellent time to wake up and sense your surroundings. More...

Hometown Recipes

Betty Crocker:

The story of the cooking icon

For many Americans, the name Betty Crocker evokes an image of domestic perfection. More...

Focus On Veterans

Honoring and thanking all military families

Minnesota Military Family Tribute dedication June 13 in St. Paul

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Military Family Tribute (MFT) will forever stand as a thank you to U.S. military Gold Star, Blue Star and Veteran family members. The public is invited to the MFT dedication ceremony on Saturday, June 13. More...

Veterans ID Cards available through community clinics

Veterans can have their Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC) processed remotely through the Minneapolis VA community clinics in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Veterans must schedule an appointment through the VA Call Center at 612-467-1100. More...

Guest Columnists

SALOME'S STARS

CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) A puzzling attitude change in a colleague from friendly to chilly might stem from a long-hidden resentment suddenly bubbling up. An open and honest talk should resolve the problem. More...




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