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Optimism marks UTAC’S Mustang Pellet Project

FORBES – It’s so great to be able to write an upbeat mining story for this week’s Mining Edition. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 09:19 PM

Hull Rust Mine View: Grand Canyon (of the North) vistas await

HIBBING – I’m writing this article on deadline. It’s Thursday, Aug. 25, and the paper goes to press this afternoon. In last week’s edition we focused on the National Park Service Centennial – which is actually today. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 09:19 PM

Women of Steel member receives exclusive Jefferson Award

VIRGINIA – Tammy Renzaglia, member of Local 6115 Women of Steel Committee, was recently awarded the District 11 Jefferson Award. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 09:19 PM

Vermillion Gold, a multi-target exploration program

NORTHEASTERN MINNESOTA – While the Mesabi Iron Range has been touted as the largest iron-ore producing region in North America, exploration from the Iron Range to as far north as the Canadian international border, and beyond, has proven that th More...

Posted 8/25/2016 09:20 PM

Minerals and metals provide raw materials, can strengthen U.S. economy

As conversations around jobs and growth play a pivotal role in the upcoming presidential election, it’s worth considering the impact that minerals have in supporting the economy.  More...

Posted 8/25/2016 09:20 PM

Cliffs redeeming senior notes

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. is redeeming the entirety of its outstanding senior notes due in January 2018. The aggregate principal amount outstanding of the notes is approximately $284 million. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 09:20 PM

Tesla Motors’ Gigafactory relies on U.S. minerals

Access to minerals is a top priority for Tesla Motors as they construct the company’s “Gigafactory” in Nevada. When Tesla announced the development of a $5 billion Gigafactory in 2014, it was expected to open in 2020. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 09:21 PM

PolyMet submits water-related permit applications to the state

PolyMet Mining Corp. announced in July that it has submitted applications for water-related permits required to construct and operate its NorthMet copper-nickel-precious metals project located in northeastern Minnesota. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 09:21 PM

Minnesota DNR posts new mineral exploration documents online

The Polaris Joint Venture (PJV) was a large-scale five year-long exploration campaign that targeted high-grade copperzinc prospects in the greenstone belts of northern Minnesota during the early 1980s. Ernest K. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 09:21 PM

PolyMet project update at shareholders’ meeting

PolyMet Mining Corp. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 09:21 PM

Sunken Glory, custom art of the Mesabi Iron Range by way of Budapest

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Budapest is alluring and kind of mysterious. More...

Posted 5/27/2016 08:34 AM

Great Lakes iron ore trade up 23.4 percent in April

GREAT LAKES – Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 5,355,855 tons in April, an increase of 23.4 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers' Association (LCA) said recently. More...

Posted 5/27/2016 08:27 AM

Rockhounding: An interesting day trip to local mine sites

BIWABIK – Normally tethered to my desk, I had a great outing last week exploring a couple of former mine sites: Mary Ellen Mine in Biwabik and Erie/LTV. More...

Posted 5/26/2016 10:06 PM

Gail’s treasures of nature: Mary Ellen Jasper jewelry

VIRGINIA – “The appeal of jasper is its interesting color patterns and formations,” says the website minerals.net. “Though it can be a solid color, it is most often mottled, spotted, ringed or striped. More...

Posted 5/26/2016 10:06 PM

Minnesota’s mineral riches

Lots of time, lots of processes, and lots of luck!

People that have spent time in northeastern Minnesota may or may not be aware of the wealth of existing, and potentially yet undiscovered mineral deposits in this region. More...

Posted 5/26/2016 10:06 PM

Minnesota Power, Cliffs reach power accords

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. announced today that through its subsidiaries it has entered into multiple agreements with Minnesota Power Co.  More...

Posted 5/26/2016 10:07 PM

Nolan to ITC: Make these tariffs and taxes permanent

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan testified Wednesday before the U.S. More...

Posted 5/26/2016 10:07 PM

Welcome to HTF’s Mining Edition

VIRGINIA – In this week’s Mining Edition, we’re providing an update on the Hwy. 53 realignment and the construction of what will be the highest bridge in Minnesota. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 10:37 PM

Chisholm’s new western gateway

Mining, highway relocation and a roundabout intersection design

CHISHOLM – The Highway 53 Relocation Project has been big news on the east end of the Iron Range. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 10:38 PM

IRRRB grant funding awarded: $2.3 million for public works

EVELETH-The IRRRB Board held its regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 22, with several items on the agenda to consider. All of the following funding requests were granted.  More...

Posted 2/25/2016 10:38 PM

Joy Global expands its outside storage area as part of expansion agreement

VIRGINIA – Over the past few weeks, commuters using the 9th Avenue route entering or leaving Virginia may have noticed dirt-hauling activity from the back entry of Joy Global. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 10:38 PM

Joy Global recognized as one of ‘America’s Healthiest Companies’

Joy Global is honored to be a 2016 recipient of the Gold Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Council of America. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 10:38 PM

Minerals can give you a “Heart of Gold”

Have you ever heard the colloquialism “a heart of gold?” Thanks to modern medicine and the unique physical properties of gold, this phrase can be taken much more literally. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 10:38 PM

Assistance for laid-off workers via MN WorkForce Centers

VIRGINIA/HIBBING - Minnesota Work- Force Centers are federally mandated career one-stops that provide an array of employment related services via 48 locations throughout the state and online at DEED’s website. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 10:38 PM

Rainy River’s Industrial Maintenance Program

Meeting the demands of a new, evolving workforce through education

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – Northern Minnesota has experienced a variety of changes over the last few years. Unfortunately, many have come in the form of plant closures, downsizing and layoffs at several local industries. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 10:38 PM

South Africa, Papua New Guinea, Vancouver, Hoyt Lakes

Growing up around the world

I’ve often been asked how I ended up here in northern Minnesota.  More...

Posted 2/25/2016 10:38 PM

All aboard! Northshore’s Babbitt to Silver Bay train

BABBITT/SILVER BAY – All aboard! I took a ride on the Northshore Mining train from Babbitt to Silver Bay – and back. What a day! More...

Posted 8/25/2016 09:19 PM

FINALLY, I TOURED A TACONITE PLANT

HIBBING – I’m embarrassed to admit that despite being a fourth-generation Iron Ranger, I’d never been in a taconite processing plant until a couple weeks ago. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 09:19 PM

PolyMet Mining submits NorthMet air permit application to MPCA

PolyMet Mining, Inc. submitted an air permit application on August 24, to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for its proposed NorthMet project in northeastern Minnesota.  The application can be found at www.pca.state. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 09:19 PM

New contract includes childcare reimbursement program

VIRGINIA – The new USW/ ArcelorMittal Basic Labor Agreement includes a new childcare benefit. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 09:20 PM

Twin Metals federal mineral lease renewals

Mining proponents were blind-sided this spring when Gov. Mark Dayton ordered the MN Dept. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 09:20 PM

PolyMet requests 401 certification from the MPCA

PolyMet Mining, Inc. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 09:20 PM

NRRI research aims at making mining industry more competitive

The recent downturn in demand for steel, which has negatively impacted iron mining, has brought with it a renewed call for diversification of Minnesota’s Iron Range economy. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 09:21 PM

Sen. Franken calls U-Tac's "Project Mustang" great news for Iron Range workers and communities

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said that the Aug. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 09:21 PM

U.S. Steel’s performance improves, but losses continue

U.S. Steel Corp. reported a second quarter loss of $46 million in July, a significant improvement over its year-ago loss of $261 million. Net sales of $2.6 billion declined from $2.9 billion during the same 2015 period.  More...

Posted 8/25/2016 09:21 PM

Joy Global announces agreement to be acquired by Komatsu in $3.7 billion

Joy Global Inc., a worldwide leader in high-productivity mining solutions, announced in July that its Board of Directors unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement under which Komatsu America Corp., a subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd., will acquire More...

Posted 8/25/2016 09:21 PM

MnDOT buys steel for new Hwy. 53 bridge

VIRGINIA – The first order for steel girders that will span the Rouchleau Pit as part of the Hwy. 53 Relocation Project bridge has been placed and will be delivered to the project over the summer and fall. More...

Posted 5/27/2016 08:28 AM

PolyMet reports fiscal 2016 results, sets goals and objectives for fiscal 2017

PolyMet Mining Corp. reported in April that it has filed its financial results for the year ended January 31, 2016. More...

Posted 5/27/2016 08:19 AM

Mary Ellen Jasper stromatolite fossils

Mary Ellen Jasper, from the Mary Ellen Mine site in Biwabik, MN, is unique because of the presence of stromatolite fossils. Stromatolites are the oldest known fossils, dating back more than 3 billion years. More...

Posted 5/26/2016 10:06 PM

Our mining tunnels: How many miles are there?

So, I’ve got mining on my mind the last few weeks, since I’ve been working on this Mining Edition. Then last Sunday, May 15, we’re watching CNN’s Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and where is the guy this time? Butte, Montana. More...

Posted 5/26/2016 10:06 PM

Application for permits next step for PolyMet

Since our last Mining Edition, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on March 3 validated the environmental review for PolyMet’s NorthMet project. More...

Posted 5/26/2016 10:07 PM

Cliffs Natural Resources garners top honors

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. received the Industry Leadership Award for Raw Materials & Mining at the fourth Annual Platts Global Metals Awards. More...

Posted 5/26/2016 10:07 PM

Hwy. 53 realignment and Rouchleau Pit bridge update

VIRGINIA - Everyone is saying that the bridge being constructed over Rouchleau Pit in Virginia is going to be the highest bridge in Minnesota. It will be 200 feet above the pit. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 10:37 PM

Co. Rd. 102 among several road changes for mining operations

MT. IRON – In January, a new St. Louis County Road 102 in Mt. Iron was opened to traffic. The new road cleared the way for U.S. Steel’s Minntac to expand their mining operations in the area of the old Co. Rd. 102. Representatives of U.S. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 10:38 PM

IRRRB to fund University study of ilmenite mining potential

DULUTH – It’s long been known that ilmenite – a high value iron-titanium oxide ore – is one of many valuable mineral deposits in northeastern Minnesota. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 10:38 PM

BENNY CROCKER

“Benny Crocker” (aka Ben Novak of Cook, MN) proved to be a popular guest chef the first time I ran his recipes in this column so I coaxed him into providing us with a few more of his favorites. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 10:38 PM

Some mining terms: agglomeration to tailings

Agglomeration: The term describing the preparation and heat treatment to prepare iron ore pellets and other iron ore products for shipment and use in a blast furnace.  More...

Posted 2/25/2016 10:38 PM

Nolan: White House finalizing substantive steps to address mining and steel crisis

Following a conversation with the White House Deputy National Security Advisor, U.S. Rep. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 10:38 PM

Students retrain

Unemployed but not defeated

EVELETH – Spirits were high among students I met with recently at the Eveleth campus of Mesabi Range College. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 10:38 PM

Reflections of a metallurgical engineer

The beginnings   More...

Posted 2/25/2016 10:38 PM

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