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Iron Mining Association: Continuing a proud legacy

What an exciting time to become president of the Iron Mining Association of Minnesota (IMA) – just in time to celebrate this great association’s 25th anniversary! More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:47 AM

The Iron Mining Association of Minnesota: Get involved!

Whether you like to swing a club or sweep a broom, work with students or scientists—or even if you just like to eat—there is an Iron Mining Association of Minnesota (IMA) event for you.  More...

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IMA Environmental Committee

Supporting clean air and water for Range communities

Supporting clean air and water for the communities on the Iron Range is extremely important to the IMA. The environmental regulatory landscape is constantly changing. More...

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IMA Safety and Health Committee

Promoting continuous improvement

The IMA Safety and Health Committee has the following mission statement: Promote the continuous improvement in our mines and plants for all employees, contractors, visitors, guests and other stakeholders by:  • Sharing best safety practices More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:47 AM

Road Machinery & Supplies Co. is a mainstay in the equipment industry

VIRGINIA – First founded in 1926 in Duluth, by Michael M. Sill, Road Machinery & Supplies Co. (RMS) has, over the years, expanded to eight locations throughout the Upper Midwest as well as offices in Dallas, TX, and Atlanta, GA. More...

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Riding out the closure of Eveleth’s United Taconite

EVELETH – 2015 was a tough time in the mining industry.  More...

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The land of sky blue waters, green trees and ore-colored earth

What a view! The colorful landscape of Hibbing Taconite as viewed from the Hull Rust Mineview in Hibbing. Photo by John Sikkila. More...

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Cliffs Natural Resources announces its renaming as Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.

CLEVELAND – Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. announced last week that it has re-named the company to its historical name Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:47 AM

Seaway tonnage rises 18 percent

Iron ore, dry bulk cargo and general cargo shipments remain strong on the St. Lawrence Seaway this season, with overall tonnage up 18 percent over last year.  The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. More...

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Draft water appropriation permits for PolyMet copper-nickel project released

HOYT LAKES – PolyMet Mining Corp. reports that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently released six draft water appropriation permits for public review and comment. More...

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Melting pot recipes from the Iron Range

The following recipes are from the cookbook Always on Sunday Revisited, by Eleanor Ostman. More...

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Cuyuna Country State Park: From mining to recreation

CROSBY/IRONTON – The Cuyuna area was a border area between the Dakota and the Ojibwe Indians and served as a long portage route from Mille Lacs Lake to the upper Mississippi River. More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:48 AM

Barr Engineering Co. services a variety of industries around the world

HIBBING – Barr’s project teams help clients in the mining, power, and fuels industries and in the public sector develop, manage, process, and restore natural resources. More...

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Lots to see at MN Museum of Mining

CHISHOLM – The Minnesota Museum of Mining is located near the water tower in Chisholm in an expansive park complex surrounded by a massive rock wall built as part of a WPA project. More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:48 AM

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Can you imagine liFe without iron?

25 years: Iron mines and partners have “one voice” with IMA

Founded in 1992, the IMA’s mission is to “promote an iron ore industry that will provide long-term growth and prosperity for all stakeholders through profitability in a competitive, global market.” More...

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Malton Electric witnesses 25 years of the IMA’s growth

VIRGINIA – The Iron Mining Association of MN (IMA) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The association represents Minnesota’s iron mines and more than 100 businesses that supply goods and services to the industry.  More...

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Magnets and Minnesota’s iron ore

IMA creates Taconite Rocks! curriculum for sixth graders

Minnesota’s iron mines hold a special place in state history. For more than 130 years, Minnesotans have mined iron that’s been used to build and protect our nation— and to make the things we use every day.  More...

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IMA Public Information Committee

Telling the story of mining and us

When the Iron Mining Association was formed in 1992 and opened to vendor participation, people like Bob Mars, Jr. More...

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ET: Offers troubleshooting services to area mines

EVELETH – Environmental Troubleshooters, Inc. (ET) is an environmental consulting and contracting company employing geologists, environmental scientist, as technicians, drillers and equipment operators. More...

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Watering helps keep the dust down

A water truck sprays water to keep the dust down on a mining road at Hibbing Taconite. Mining is currently taking place very close to the Hull Rust Mineview in Hibbing where this photo was taken. More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:47 AM

Superior National Forest seeks public review and comment on the Draft EIS

The Forest Service has completed a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed land exchange with the State of Minnesota. More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:47 AM

ArcelorMittal’s Minorca mine celebrates 40 years

Pellet plant was commissioned in 1977; Family Day marks milestones

VIRGINIA – More than 700 people – workers, family members, retirees – attended Family Day at ArcelorMittal Minorca earlier this month to celebrate three milestones for the iron ore mine.  Minorca celebrated 40 years of operatio More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:47 AM

Former Magnetation officers form new firm, buy Scully Mine in Canada

GRAND RAPIDS – Tacora Resources Inc., a new Grand Rapids firm, has acquired the assets of the Scully Mine located in Wabush, Newfoundland, and Labrador, Canada.  More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:47 AM

History of the Minnesota Public School Fund

In 1854, the United States took the mineral-rich lands of northeastern Minnesota Territory from the Ojibwe Nation after the signing of the Treaty of La Pointe. More...

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Biwabik’s Dyno Nobel puts safety first when blasting

Site manufactures stable bulk emulsion explosives, offers electronic initiation and more

BIWABIK – Blasting caps and dynamite were lifesavers when they were invented by Alfred Nobel in 1865 and 1867, respectively. More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:48 AM

An otherworldly vista on the Range

This colorful photo of Hibbing Taconite mining activity might look a bit otherworldly to others, but to Iron Rangers it is a beautiful vista from the Hull Rust Mineview in Hibbing. More...

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Rally message is love eclipses hate

Nineteen people, including many young adults, participated in a rally in Virginia on Sunday, Aug. 20. More...

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ERP, Republic Steel form joint venture

GRAND RAPIDS – ERP Iron Ore, which acquired Magnetation’s former assets near Grand Rapids, has formed a joint venture with Republic Steel.  More...

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Tufco: Providing tires, service to local mines

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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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1923: Oliver Iron Mining Company’s General Safety Committee

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

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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...

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