Mining Features

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

Jason Barta was named 2020 Mining Professional of the Year by the Minnesota Section of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration. Submitted photo.The Minnesota Section of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (MNSME) named Jason… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot Password

Eight ways to spell “Mesabi”

Spelling the Native American word has changed over centuries

The Duluth, Missabe and Northern Railway used one of the oldest spellings of “Mesabi.” Pictured here is the DM&N depot in Hibbing. Courtesy of the Hibbing Historical Society.Of all the significant place names in northern Minnesota, none is more confu… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Looking out for mining

Drones help mining companies operate safely and efficiently


Drone photography helps Benchmark Engineering by providing birds-eye views of mining operations, like this photo (taken from an airplane) of the shops at United Taconite in Eveleth. Photo by Tucker Nelson.When Mckenzie Schreffler goes to work, she ha… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

The Mesabi Iron Range

Not the first iron range to be mined, but likely the most prolific


The Hull-Rust-Mahoning mine in Hibbing commemorated 100 years of mining in 1995. This sign is located outside the entrance to Hibbing Taconite. In its peak production years during World Wars I and II, the mine supplied as much as one-fourth of all th… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Soudan Mine, 1884 – 1962

First iron ore mine established in Minnesota


A plaque at the Soudan Mine commemorates the first shipment of iron ore from the mine. Photo by Cindy Kujala.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 … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Cuyuna Iron Range

Mines shipped ore from 1907 – 1982


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

U. S. Steel signs long-term iron ore sales agreement with Algoma Steel

United States Steel Corporation on Monday announced a four-year agreement to sell substantial volumes of quality iron ore pellets to Ontario, Canada based Algoma Steel Inc. The purchase agreement, which runs from 2021 through 2024, provides increment… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

A gamble at the Grant

An experimental mining method near Buhl didn’t take hold

These concrete mountings once held the 400-kilowatt Crocker-Wheeler generators for the Grant Mine’s grab system. Photos courtesy of the Iron Range Historical Society.EDITOR’S NOTE: This article originally appeared in the September 1977 issue (Vol. 2,… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Location residents recall living conditions in the primitive towns

Children in grades one through four who lived in the Webb, Laura, Pool, Morris, and Nelson mining locations attended the Webb School. Courtesy of the Hibbing Historical Society.Before the days of rapid transportation, living on the iron ranges was of… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

New Lock at the Soo phase one project construction underway

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces that the New Lock at the Soo project is on schedule as construction for phase one of the project began in early May. Deepening of the upstream approach to the locks in the north canal will… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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