Copper-nickel mining is topic at Jan. 13 service

VIRGINIA — Timberjay Publisher and Managing Editor Marshall Helmberger will be the featured speaker on Sunday, Jan. 13, at the 10:30 a.m. service at Mesabi Unitarian Universalist Church, located at 230 7th St. S. in Virginia.

Helmberger will discuss how the potential for potentially risky copper-nickel development could impact the natural amenity-based economy that has become established in the Ely area. “This is not a tourism versus mining debate as some like to suggest,” said Helmberger.

Instead, Helmberger will show the economic impact that new residents to the Ely area are having on the local economy.

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