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KIRSCHER TRANSPORT’S DOUBLING:

When that mining equipment is high, wide and heavy

VIRGINIA – Kirscher Transport has been doing heavy hauling in Virginia for over 60 years. The company was started by Dale Kirscher in 1954. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:48 AM

Largest iron ore producer in U.S. celebrates 170th

Cliffs has been tied to northern Minnesota since turn of 20th century

EDITOR’S NOTE: The accompanying introduction, photos and historical table on Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc. were provided courtesy of the company. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Back to work: Keetac restart stokes optimism

Most employees return after 19-month layoff; a few have moved on

KEEWATIN – Employees of the idled Keetac Plant received a late Christmas present when it was announced on Dec. 29 of last year that U.S. Steel Corp. would begin calling back workers in January.  More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Can you imagine a life without iron? Iron mining supports us all

DULUTH – Iron Range residents know how iron mining impacts their daily lives and communities. They see it every day. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Never give up: Hope for the Iron Range

IRON RANGE – I’m so proud of being an Iron Ranger and I’m even prouder when I think about the role that Minnesota’s Iron Range has played in the development of the U.S. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Minnesota’s School Trust Lands: Funding that is all about the kids

EDITOR’S NOTE: We solicited this Mining Edition piece about Minnesota’s School Trust Lands because of ties to mining in northeastern Minnesota. – Jean Cole, HTF editor (retired)   More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

NRRI's Mining Innovation Initiative received $2.6M from the state legislature

With $2.6 million from the Minnesota legislature in 2016, NRRI is moving forward with its Mining Innovation Initiative. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Mining supporters get organized: Fight for Mining Minnesota (F2M2) is born

EDITOR’S NOTE: The recent proposal by the U.S.D.A. and the U.S. Forest Service to withdraw over 200,000 acres of Superior National Forest from future mining exploration has mining supporters in Minnesota on high alert. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

KGM Contractors, Inc. demonstrates commitment to the mining industry

ANGORA - KGM is a second generation, highway heavy construction contracting business. It was first established in the 1960s when Forrest Abramson, and his wife Carol, began a contracting business to haul pulp from logging operations. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Conservationists With Common Sense

Advocating for multiple use of public lands and waters, with environmental care

EDITOR’S NOTE: As a grassroots organization focused on multi-use recreation of public lands and waters, Conservationists with Common Sense has closely followed issues related to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and other public and pri More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:50 AM

Itasca County: Lore, pine, ores and plenty of mining history too

ITASCA COUNTY – There has long been a question for those who live in Itasca County. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:50 AM

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 10:19 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 10:19 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 10:19 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 10:20 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 10:20 PM

PolyMet requests 401 certification from the MPCA

PolyMet Mining, Inc. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 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 10:21 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 10:21 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 10:21 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 10:21 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 09:28 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 09:19 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 11:06 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 11:06 PM

Joy Global: Directly serving the mining industry

Virginia facility builds, repairs and supplies equipment for region

VIRGINIA – It’s only logical Joy Global chose to build its regional headquarters on the outskirts of Virginia.  “We’re ideally located,” general manager John Ward said, in an interview on a quiet day in the facility More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:48 AM

Laurentian Chamber to present Business of the Year awards Cliffs recognized for their economic impact, contributions and charitable giving

VIRGINIA – The Laurentian Chamber of Commerce will host its annual dinner on Friday, Feb. 24, at Giants Ridge Resort in Biwabik.  More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Cliffs Natural Resources reports strong quarter, full year

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (CLF) on reported fourth-quarter 2016 consolidated revenues of $754 million, an increase of 58 percent from the prior year's fourth-quarter revenues of $476 million. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Jobs for Minnesotans support responsible mining, energy transportation

Job growth remains a top concern among Minnesotans—particularly those living in Greater Minnesota—as shown in the findings of the Blandin Foundation’s 2016 Rural Pulse survey. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Mining Minnesota: Have your voice heard on federal minerals withdrawal

NORTHEASTERN MINNESOTA – The federal withdrawal land-grab threatens future jobs in our region and places our way of life at risk. As citizens of northeastern Minnesota, we all need to take action and make our voices heard.  More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

WDIO’s Renee Passal: Iron Range native, mining reporter and news anchor

EDITOR’S NOTE: We thought it would be fun to profile Duluth broadcast journalist Renee Passal, an Iron Range native, for this week’s Mining Edition. Renee has been reporting for ABC affiliate WDIO in Duluth since April of 2005. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Iron mines’ production tax tops $100 million

DULUTH – The 2016 Mining Tax Guide was released by the Minnesota Department of Revenue earlier this month.  According to the guide, Minnesota’s iron mining industry contributed $106,987,271 to local communities in production tax, bas More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Erie Mining Company History Project

Book excerpt revisits PreTac, early taconite breakthroughs

EDITOR’S NOTE: In early 2014, a team of former Erie Mining Company/LTV Mining employees, including Ron Hein, Dan DeVaney, Jim Scott, Doug Buell, Jim Westbrook, Elroy Rafferty, Tom Michels, Tom and Lynn Niemi, and Mike Sterk, began meeting month More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Copper-nickel mining issues revisited; co-operation and mutual concern may be key

I wrote my MBA thesis in 1982 entitled "The Social Responsibility of Mining Companies" at a time when mines were greatly maligned in spite of making huge advances in environmental stewardship, corporate caring, and changes in the way they did busines More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

The Mountain Iron Pioneer Cemetery: In the midst of mines, an old cemetery sits

EDITOR’S NOTE: The information below is from an old document in the possession of Ed Roskoski. – Cindy Kujala, HTF interim editor  Mountain Iron Old Cemetery: 1892 – 1900  Buried: 12 Names known: 7   More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:50 AM

NRRI patents filtering product to remove cadmium with peat-based technologies

DULUTH – A technology to maximize the potential of locally sourced peat to remove a heavy metal pollutant from industrial waste water received a patent and is being licensed in northern Minnesota. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:50 AM

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 10:19 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 10:19 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 10:19 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 10:20 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 10:20 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 10:20 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 10:21 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 10:21 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 10:21 PM

PolyMet project update at shareholders’ meeting

PolyMet Mining Corp. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:21 PM

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

HTF Contributor

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

Posted 5/27/2016 09:34 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 09:27 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 11:06 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 11:06 PM

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