Mining Features

Raw steel production makes a comeback

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As demand for new cars, trucks, appliances, energy, and construction products rises, raw steel production at domestic steel mills continues to increase. Raw steel production reached 1,788,00 net tons for the week ending May 1, up 0.4 percent from 1,7… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me     […]

U. S. Steel joins ResponsibleSteel ™ to promote sustainability

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United States Steel Corporation recently announced its membership in ResponsibleSteel™, a global not-for-profit forum for all members of the steel supply chain and civil society organizations to work together to promote steel’s contribution to a sust… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Welcome to HTF’s MINING Edition!

Dear Readers, I chose to revisit mining history as this issue’s theme because of how well it resonates with readers. This edition explores iron mining’s nearly 150-year history in Minnesota— and even historic Native American copper mines on Lake Sup… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

“We worked hard and had a lot of fun”

Erie Mining Co. employees share tons of fond memories

An aerial view of Erie Mining Company’s plant facilities near Hoyt Lakes. Ore was shipped by rail to Taconite Harbor (inset) for loading onto ore boats. Submitted photos. HOYT LAKES/TACONITE HARBOR — The Erie Mining Company History Project’s prima… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Spruce Location—squatter’s land

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Miners' homes, since torn down, made a tight-knit little town

This map of Spruce shows the approximate locations of mine buildings and family homes. Photos courtesy of the Iron Range Historical Society. A message from the Iron Range Historical Society The Iron Range Historical Society (IRHS) is pleased to… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

A motion picture theater underground

A view of the Wilsonian Auditorium, an underground theater built in the 1920s at the Spruce Mine in Eveleth. The image on the projector screen reads, “It is better to lose a minute in avoiding a possible accident than a month in nursing an injury.” O… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

A bond as strong as steel

A Minntac employee learns valuable skills while helping veterans


Chad Buus hikes up a set of stairs on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Buus works at U. S. Steel’s Minntac facility and participated in a program called 23rd Veteran Recon, which involved both individual and team exercises geared toward personal dev… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Minong Mine designated as a National Historic Landmark

The general appearance of the Indigenous mining cluster landscape today. In the photo above, each person is positioned at the center of an Indigenous mining pit. Submitted photo.HOUGHTON, MI — Minong Mine Copper Mining District, part of Isle Royale N… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

A city built on ore

Exploring Ely’s early history of mining Vermilion iron ore


Lucky Boy Mine in early 1900, near where today’s golf course is. Submitted photo.The Iron Range was built on mining. Ely at the end of the 19th Century sat upon one of the greatest ore bodies in the world. To say the name Ely, one thought instantly o… Please register for a free account or log in below to access […]

Scotland’s Iron Range reach

Origins of Chisholm and the Glen Mine


This cropped portion of an 1875 plat map shows what would later be named Longyear Lake. Submitted photos. CHISHOLM — Some of the park’s trail names are poetic—Fractured Falls or Secret Garden. Some are straight pop culture—Orange Crush or Roller De… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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