Mining Features

Bedrock core drilling part of mineral exploration process



Blake Beliaj (left) and Max Motley pose by a truck loaded with a drill rig. Photo by Kirsten Reichel. VIRGINIA – IDEA Drilling, which offers surface coring, underground coring, environmental, and sonic drilling services, was established in 1997 in… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot […]

D&IR Baldwin—first ore train—built in 1883, retired 1899

The first loading of iron ore in Minnesota was done at the Soudan Mine on the Vermilion Range on July 31, 1884. The first locomotive used to haul the ore from Soudan to Two Harbors is known as the “Old 3-Spot” and is preserved as a memorial in Two Ha… Please register for a free account or log in below […]

FORTY-TWO YEARS IN MINING

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


Donn and Marilyn Kunnari (back, left center) are pictured at a United Taconite picnic in 2003 or 2004 with children Renee, Rozanne, Eric, Justin, Kelly and Alex. (Not pictured, son Kevin.) Also pictured are Donn’s sister and her husband, Rachel and B… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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

Jones & Laughlin Steel was established in 1853 in Pittsburgh, PA, as a result of several interlocking partnerships between members of the Jones and Laughlin families. The partnerships consolidated in 1902 to become the Jones & Laughlin Steel Company,… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

DRAWN BACK TO THE IRON RANGE

Opportunities afforded by mining make this area fortunate


Joni Dahl with her father John. Submitted photo.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 d… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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 stee… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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



Courtesy of Iron Range Historical Society.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-industri… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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

The Sherman Mine was located near Chisholm. It was operated by the Oliver Mining Division and the Minnesota Ore Operations of U.S. Steel. From 1948 to 1978, shipments totaled 32,690,394 tons. Photo courtesy of Mining Machines 2010, Iron Range Histori… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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 welcom… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

An Inter-State Iron Company ore hauler, 1949 photo

The Inter-State Iron Company was one of a number of mine operators not owned by a parent steel company. It was a subdivision of the financially strong, independent Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation. One of the early Inter-State mines was the Grant M… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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