Mining Features

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The Iron Range landscape is constantly changing, and the topography and vegetation are now dramatically different from what Native Americans and early European settlers saw. The nature of open pit mining means the land cannot be reverted to its origi… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me     […]

Transforming the Cuyuna Range

From purpose-built trails to purpose-built communities


The mountain bike trail system at the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in Crow Wing County will soon consist of 70 miles of one-way trails. Those trails bring thousands of visitors to a region whose economic future once looked bleak. Photos by Cu… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Swimming above the iron

Former mine pits offer a unique alternative to swimming pools


Lifelong swimmers Aaron Kelson and Jeff Brown prepare for an open-water swim at Lake Ore-Be-Gone in Gilbert. Kelson says former mine pits have been a fun, safe replacement for indoor swimming pools during the COVID-19 pandemic. Submitted photo.After … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Enhancing Range communities

Recent projects improve beauty, safety, and recreation

A new fishing pier was added to the Kinney Pit Recreation Area earlier in 2020. Other im-Kinney Pit Recreation Area Great Scott Township is improving the Kinney Pit Recreation Area to increase public use and enjoyment. A 24-foot dock at the public b… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

What is mineland reclamation?

The DNR regulates restoration of lands disturbed by mining

A newly shaped, seeded, and mulched overburden stockpile slope; a stockpile bench after three growing seasons; a re-The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has the authority to regulate the reclamation of lands subjected to ferrous and nonferrous m… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Ore-Be-Gone, but a variety of fish species are still there

Dan Jordan of IRRRB Mining & Reclamation watches rainbow trout being stocked at the Mott Pit in Mt. Iron. Submitted photo.This story was originally published in Hometown Focus on June 19, 2015. GILBERT — About three weeks ago, a pair of Iron Range f… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Mesabi Metallics asks MPCA for reissuance on air quality permit

NASHWAUK — Mesabi Metallics Co. LLC has applied to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to reissue its air quality permit. The MPCA has reviewed the application and is asking for public input on the draft permit. The draft air permit covers … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

New saplings grow on reclaimed overburden stockpiles

 Young pine trees grow on a slope at the Leonidas Overlook southwest of Eveleth. The overlook was one of Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation’s first mineland reclamation projects, and the City of Eveleth hopes to enhance the site with new … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Local artists paint mining scenes

 Sandra Markovich, an artist and retired steelworker who worked at Minntac for 41 years, painted this view from the Leonidas Overlook near Eveleth. The overlook is said to be the highest man-made point on the Mesabi Range. One of Iron Range Reso… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

PolyMet awards annual Mining for Excellence scholarships

In March 2020, PolyMet Mining awarded its annual Mining for Excellence scholarships after receiving 71 applications from students statewide. 2020 scholarship recipients are: Abigail Smith of Cloquet High School, who plans to pursue a degree in mechan… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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