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Highway 53 bridge builders

Ironworkers go above and beyond to hang steel

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Highway 53 Relocation Project is scheduled to be completed on Aug. 15, three months ahead of schedule. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:28 PM

Northern Belt and Conveyor: 24/7 belting for mining and more

EVELETH – They tell me it’s the largest business located north of Cotton and south of the railroad tracks that cross Highway 53 south of the Eveleth and Makinen areas. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:28 PM

NRRI demonstrates process to refine Minnesota ilmenite resources

DULUTH – The Natural Resources Research Institute announced Thursday the completion of a technical report that shows pilot-scale success at producing high quality titanium dioxide from an ilmenite deposit near Hoyt Lakes.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

Nashwauk mayor: Chippewa plan favorable for the Range

NASHWAUK – Nashwauk Mayor Ben DeNucci says that the city was pleasantly surprised by the winning bid put forth by Chippewa Capital Partner’s, LLC to take over the assets of the now-defunct Essar project.  “ERP (Chippewa) kept p More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

Komatsu completes Joy Global acquisition

Komatsu America Corp., a subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd., has completed its acquisition of Joy Global Inc., a worldwide leader in high-productivity mining solutions, it was announced in April.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

New economics study says mining and tourism complement each other

A new study on the economic realities of mining and tourism jobs finds they both have value and can co-exist. Praxis Strategy Group, however, found that mining jobs remain the cornerstone of northeastern Minnesota’s economy.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

Mars Supply, Conveyor Belt Service and Iron Mining Association a family matter

Mars Supply has had a long relationship with the iron mining industry in Minnesota.  “We started out providing pick axes and shovels,” said Bruce Mars, the fourth generation in the family-owned business. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

Oliver Mining Company, Eveleth District employees (circa 1926)

Oliver Mining Company—Eveleth District— employees who were issued a service medal as of April 1, 1926 (listed by name, total service and occupation).   More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

ZIEGLER CAT: ON THE RANGE SINCE 1949

Decades of quality equipment, service for mining and more

BUHL – Just as mining is a big deal on the Iron Range, the equipment used for mining is a big deal too. Literally BIG, I mean.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

May is National Moving Month: BBB tips to help make your move go right

Most of us have been there: the moving van is stacked floor to ceiling with boxes and items comprising almost everything you own. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

GPM pumps designed for use in mining

DULUTH – GPM, Inc. was founded in 1978 in Duluth and is the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the GPM-Eliminator™ line of horizontal and submersible pumps. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

DNR to hold metallic minerals lease sale

The Department of Natural Resources is initiating the sale of leases for state-owned metallic minerals. Areas offered for lease are in Beltrami, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods and St. Louis counties and total 195,324 acres. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

Why we do this: Supporting miners and mining

ELY – Minnesota Miners is a non-profit, pro-mining group on Facebook. We were created to support and defend miners and mining in Minnesota and across America.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

Environmental review comments sought on Hawkes Company Peat Mining Project

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments through June 14 on an environmental assessment worksheet for the Hawkes Company Peat Mining Mercil Site project.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

Minnesotans are supportive of iron mining

DULUTH – Ninety-three percent of Minnesotans believe the state should continue to mine iron ore, according to results from the 2016 Minnesota State Survey.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

What is mined in Minnesota?

Minnesota is the largest producer of iron ore and taconite in the United States. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

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

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

Tufco: Providing tires, service to local mines

EVELETH – “You’re not just going to drive up and buy yourself a giant tire.”  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:28 PM

Highway 53 relocation: Fourth bridge pour next week

VIRGINIA – The third deck pour on the Highway 53 bridge over the Rouchleau Pit went off without a hitch Wednesday.  About three-quarters of the deck remains to be finished after the 350-yard pour on the east end of the bridge. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:28 PM

Taconite Aviation provides aerial service for mine blast operations

EVELETH – When most people think of the adjunct businesses that support and are supported by mining in our area, chances are one doesn’t consider the aviation business. However, Taconite Aviation, Inc. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:28 PM

Iron Range’s contributions celebrated in special publication

IRON RANGE – The contribution of Minnesota’s Iron Range to the region, state and nation is being celebrated in Twin Cities Business magazine and the Duluth News Tribune.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

SME members recognized, receive awards

DULUTH – The Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration-Minnesota Section announced that Melissa Martinie, Corie Ekholm and Julie Marinucci were recently recognized by their peers in the mining industry.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

See the shore, ore boats at Taconite Harbor

NORTH SHORE – See large ore boats and freighters up-close. Watch wildlife and birds in their natural habitat. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

Fayal School becomes Oliver Iron Mining’s Quality Control Laboratory

EVELETH – The former Fayal School in Eveleth was a place of both education and employment. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

1923: Oliver Iron Mining Company’s General Safety Committee

This photograph was taken in Eveleth on August 21, 1923. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

Click It or Ticket: Extra enforcement May 22 – June 4

Buckling up protects motorists from unexpected events on Minnesota roads

Looking around, it doesn’t take long to find a distracted driver drifting over the fog line. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

Mustang iron ore pellet production begins

EVELETH – Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. announced last week that production of the new Mustang superflux pellet has started at its United Taconite mine. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

Regional survey of gold in till, Cook area

The DNR is conducting a regional survey of gold in till in the Cook area of St. Louis County. In this region, an Archean granite-greenstone terrane is overlain by relatively thin layers of Rainy Lobe till and other glacially-derived sediments. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

State receives two revised PolyMet Mining Dam Safety permit applications

DAM SAFETY PERMIT. PolyMet Mining, Inc. (PolyMet) has submitted two revised Dam Safety Permit applications to the Minnesota DNR. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

Road Machinery & Supplies celebrates 25 years with Iron Mining Association

VIRGINIA – The Iron Mining Association of MN (IMA) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The association represents Minnesota’s iron mines and more than 150 businesses that supply goods and services to the industry.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

Great Lake iron ore trade up in April

CLEVELAND – Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 5.8 million tons in April, an increase of 8.8 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments topped the month’s 5-year average by nearly 21 percent.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 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

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

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