Mining Features

Over 100 freighters transport iron ore across the Great Lakes

Shipping on the Great Lakes: From local ports to the world


At 1013.5 feet, Interlake Steamship Company’s flagship M/V Paul R. Tregurtha is the longest ship on the Great Lakes. She can carry up to 68,000 gross tons of taconite pellets. She is the reigning “Queen of the Lakes,” a title she has held since she e… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. […]

First Great Lakes bulk carrier to be built in over 30 years

The Interlake Steamship Company to add to its fleet of ships

Measuring 639 feet in length (78 feet W, 45 feet H, 28,000 DWT), a new Great Lakes vessel will be constructed in Sturgeon Bay, WI, for the Interlake Steamship Company—the largest privately held U.S.-flagged fleet on the Great Lakes, with nine vessels… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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 Kelsey Johnson, Iron Mining Association president (front, third from right) and Women’s Mining Coalition members are pictured in Washington, D.C. Submitted photo. … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

With its highly skilled employees and large belt inventory…

CBS operates the largest belt shop in the Upper Midwest


Joe Morin, director of operations and safety, and Paul Antonovich, office manager, pause for a photo while demonstrating how a forklift is used to move the large, heavy rolls of belting from one area of the CBS plant to another. Photos by Jill Pepeln… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Grand Rapids native is new St. Louis County mine inspector



Derek Harbin ST. LOUIS COUNTY — He’s quite possibly the youngest St. Louis County mine inspector ever, and certainly the youngest to have served in the last 50 years. Yet Derek Harbin has managed to rack up a pretty impressive resume of experience… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

St. Louis County mine inspector annual report

Mining activity in St. Louis County showed a slight increase in both total production and number of people directly employed in 2018. But perhaps even more notable—it was the safest year ever for employees in terms of injuries to workers. The 2018… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

A long mining history across the waters of the Great Lakes

The cargo-carrying vessels of Interlake Steamship Company

M/V Mesabi Miner was christened in 1977 to honor the men and women of Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range. She was built by American Ship Building Company in Lorain, OH. Her overall length is 1004 feet and she has a capacity of 63,300 gross tons. In 1978, … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this […]

Mining plays huge role in the region’s summer tourism

Photo courtesy of Forterra.IRON RANGE — Views of one of the region’s open pit iron ore mines located in Hibbing will re-open this month. After being closed for one tourist season while it relocated to a new vantage point, the Hull Rust Mahoning Mine … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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 Linehandlers appear to be pulling the Arthur M. Anderson into position as it enters the Poe Lock June 10, 2013. The Anderson, like all Great Lakes vessels, enters and exits the lock under its own power with its own captain and wheelman at the c… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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 As she entered the lock the Mesabi Miner pushed about 600 feet of ice in front of her. Compacted into about 100 feet between the gates and the bow it fills the gate recesses. In order to open the gates, the lock and dam operator uses bubbler li… Please register for a free account or log in below to access […]


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