Mining Features

2019 port season summary: Grain gain, heavy lifts boost tonnage totals

TWIN PORTS — Cargo volume exceeded 33.5 million short tons at the Port of Duluth-Superior for the 2019 shipping season, ranking as the port’s third highest throughput since 2015. Four of the port’s six cargo categories notched season-over-season tonn… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot […]

Inspired by family stories and historical information

Artists illustrate a vivid and inspired portrait of area mining


Jane Wertanen’s “Made in America” oil painting was created from some of her husband’s photographs of mining machinery. The name on the front of this big truck is King of the Load. Submitted photo.VIRGINIA — A unique exhibit with paintings depicting t… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Captain Binney’s narrow escape

A mining captain survives a 1919 cave-in at the Elba Mine

Workers at the Elba Mine. Captain Joseph Binney is in the center of the first row. Submitted photos. Courtesy of the Iron Range Historical Society.A message from the Iron Range Historical Society The Iron Range Historical Society (IRHS) is pleased t… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Earth’s history in a year

Exploring the processes that made Minnesota’s minerals


A close-up view of the Time Crunch exhibit in the Minnesota Discovery Center’s Hall of Geology. Submitted photos. Eb 4.54 billion years. That’s how old the Earth is. While that is quite a large number, it’s hard for us as humans to wrap our heads … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Is Grand Rapids on the Iron Range?

The western end of Mesabi Range has a rich mining history, too

The first ore from the Canisteo Mine is loaded onto train cars in 1909. Photos courtesy of the Itasca County Historical Society.By Jody Hane HTF Contributor It’s pretty clear that folks from Hibbing or Virginia are Iron Rangers, but only a fool woul… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

A Range giant: Oliver Iron Mining Company operated 128 mines



Oliver Mining circa 1910. As a division of United States Steel, the Oliver Iron Mining Company was one of the most prominent mining companies in the early decades of the Mesabi Iron Range. Photo courtesy of the Itasca County Historical Society.The Ol… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

EVOLUTION OF MINING

Photo by Jill Pepelnjak.EVOLUTION OF MINING exhibit at the First Stage Gallery in Virginia (see story pp. 6 – 7): Jane Wertanen’s colorful painting titled “Mesabi Earth Mother” reflects the varied wildlife that thrived in working mining areas. … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

From farming to Erie Mining and providing for a family of nine



Howard and Mary Monsrud. Howard was a long-time employee of Erie Mining Company. Submitted photo.In 1957, a 29-year old young man (my father) was seeking out another livelihood to provide for his wife (my mother) and three children (Michael, Warren a… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Working underground at Leonidas in 1956

 This color slide shows workers at the Leonidas Mine southwest of Eveleth in 1956. The Leonidas was once the deepest underground mine on the Mesabi Range with a depth of 650 feet. Photo courtesy of the St. Louis County Historical Society. … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

First load of taconite shipped in 1955

Commercialization of taconite


Though taconite was identified as an iron-bearing rock on the Iron Ranges of northern Minnesota long before the 1950s, it wasn’t until then that it was profitably extracted, processed, and shipped to steel mills on the Great Lakes. As natural ore res… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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