Mining Features


Oldest of seven kids pays tribute to her dad, a miner

EVELETH – As I start writing this I just got home from a surprise retirement party my mother, my six siblings and I threw for my father. It had to be a surprise, because parties aren’t my dad’s thing. Being the center of one certainly isn’t his cup of tea! However, retiring after working for 42 years in the mines […]

Jones & Laughlin’s 4th of July parade entry in 1953


Opportunities afforded by mining make this area fortunate

E VELETH – My family immigrated to northeastern Minnesota looking for work and the promise of better opportunities. Like most people who live here, I too can say that. H owever, in my teenage years, I did not share my ancestors’ belief that opportunities existed here. As I approached high school graduation, my conviction was that a life of excitement […]

Mined metals have many important uses and applications

Aluminum is the second most abundant metallic element in the Earth’s crust after silicon, yet it is a comparatively new industrial metal that has been produced in commercial quantities for just over 100 years. It weighs about onethird as much as steel or copper; is malleable, ductile, and easily machined and cast; and has excellent corrosion resistance and durability. Measured […]

Thoughts on mining’s past, its future potential on the Range

Scotch Tape, Post-it Notes, and Command Strips. It’s a good bet that most of us have at least one of these products in our kitchen junk drawers or within reach on our desks. Brought to us by the ever-industrious 3M Corporation, these are just three among 60,000 products manufactured by Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing. Established in 1902, its founders named […]

Bucyrus Shovel 120 loading ore at U.S.S.’s Sherman Mine

Welcome to Babbitt, the Home of Taconite (1960)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a short excerpt from a “Welcome to Babbitt” pamphlet dated April 23, 1960. The Babbitt graphic and the text below are courtesy of the Iron Range Historical Society. –Cindy Kujala, HTF Managing Content Editor We welcome you to Babbitt and we hope that this little pamphlet will give you some idea about this new community […]

An Inter-State Iron Company ore hauler, 1949 photo

U.S. mines produced an estimated $75.2 billion in minerals

U.S. mines produced an estimated $75.2 billion of raw mineral materials in 2017—a 6 percent increase over 2016—the U.S. Geological Survey announced Wednesday, Jan. 31, in its annual Mineral Commodity Summaries. The report from the USGS National Minerals Information Center is the earliest comprehensive source of 2017 mineral production data for the world. It includes statistics on more than 90 […]

A scraper loads ore at the Spruce Mine, Eveleth 1942

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