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MNSME names USS’s Jason Barta 2020 Mining Professional of the Year

By Staff | May 22, 2020

The Minnesota Section of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (MNSME) named Jason Barta as the 2020 Mining Professional of the Year. Each year, the MNSME selects one individual from the industry who has gone above and beyond in their job—those professionals who consistently provide that magical combination of leadership and technical skills. Nominated by Larry Sutherland, former general […]

Eight ways to spell “Mesabi”

By Staff | May 22, 2020

Of all the significant place names in northern Minnesota, none is more confusing than the term “Mesabi.” The word is of Native American origin. The first European spelling of this name appears as Missabay Heights in a 17th-century map belonging to French explorer Jean Nicollet. In 1848, pioneer American geological explorer Dr. Joseph G. Norwood described the area as Missabe […]

Looking out for mining

By Staff | May 22, 2020

When Mckenzie Schreffler goes to work, she has a great view of the Iron Range— while keeping her feet on the ground. She is part of the surveying and engineering team at Benchmark Engineering of Mt. Iron, and a large part of her job includes operating unmanned aircraft (drones). Drones are just one example of modern technology that has made […]

The Mesabi Iron Range

By Staff | May 22, 2020

The Mesabi Iron Range wasn’t the first iron range to be mined in Minnesota, but it has arguably been the most prolific. Since the 1890s, the Mesabi has produced iron ore that boosted the national economy, contributed to the Allied victory in World War II, and cultivated a multiethnic regional culture in northeast Minnesota. The Mesabi Iron Range’s history as […]

Soudan Mine, 1884 – 1962

By Staff | May 22, 2020

The Soudan Mine, which opened in 1884, is located at the western edge of the Vermilion range, about two miles northeast of Tower. It was the first iron mine in the state, and its first ore shipment in the summer of 1884 marked the beginning of the state’s mining industry. Ojibwe living in northeastern Minnesota had long been aware of […]

Cuyuna Iron Range

By Staff | May 22, 2020

The Cuyuna Iron Range is a former North American iron-mining district about 90 miles west of Duluth in central Minnesota. Iron mining in the district, the furthest south and west of Minnesota’s iron ranges, began in 1907. During World War I and World War II, the district mined manganese-rich iron ores to harden the steel used in wartime production. After […]

Blastomycosis: a continued threat to pets

By Staff | May 22, 2020

EDITOR’S NOTE: Portions of this article are from a feature that was originally printed in HTF on Sept. 8, 2017. Given the recent loss of our third dog to blasto, I felt it was worth revisiting. – Kirsten Reichel, HTF Staff Writer I am not a veterinarian, and certainly not an expert on blastomycosis (blasto), but I have experience with […]

Hometown Focus Recipes

By Staff | May 22, 2020

No matter how you pronounce it, the potato is a versatile vegetable that can be cooked in many ways. Mashed, baked, fried, sautéed, shredded, boiled…take your pick. Here are some recipes offering a variety of options to cook up some spuds for your next meal. Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe by: PONYGIRL64 www.allrecipes.com • 4 large baking potatoes• 8 slices […]

Keep Memorial Day alive

By Staff | May 22, 2020

As a Marine Corps veteran, Memorial Day has always been a day for me to pause and remember those who died while serving or from injuries sustained while serving. But the last few years, as I have become more involved with veterans issues, I have truly realized the importance of remembering the many men and women who have given all […]

Fighting cabin fever one piece at a time

By Staff | May 22, 2020

ELY — The last jigsaw puzzle I completed had probably 300 pieces and featured Toy Story characters, and I was helping a sevenyear old. I had forgotten how fun (and frustrating) puzzles are, and this puzzling story inspired me to try one without cowboys and talking dinosaurs. As the coronavirus continues to radically alter our lives, an Ely photographer has […]