Mining Features

An underground misadventure




 The Soudan Underground Mine is a great place to learn about our mining history. I must admit, I had never been interested in touring the mine. I had been in caves in South Dakota, Kentucky and Tennessee and, although I enjoyed each adventure, … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password […]

Mining in Potosi, Bolivia, ca. 2005: PICKAXES, SHOVELS, SLEDGEHAMMERS, AND $5 A DAY




La Candelaria Mine in Potosi, Bolivia. Wikimedia Commons photo.Editor’s note: This week we share Part 1 of 2 in a series of stories about underground mining in the city of Potosí, Bolivia, which author Tom Mattson of Biwabik has visited several time… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

First annual Mining Expo a success




The expo featured an outdoor area for exhibitors to display various pieces of large equipment as shown here. Photo by MDC.The first ever Iron Range Mining Expo Tool and Equipment Showcase was held at the Minnesota Discovery Center (MDC) in Chisholm … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Kids and TACONITE PELLETS




 A s Iron Range grade school kids we had a sense of our history but mostly as it related to our young lives. We respected the old timers but sometimes their broken English and 1930s style of dressing seemed out of place in the beginning of the … Please register for a free account or log in below to access […]

The packsackers of Evergreen Trailer Park




 Dear Readers: In a stroke of serendipity, I simultaneously received stories from two of my contributors, Aaron Kelson (Eveleth) and Doug Nemanic (native of Aurora), both dealing with packsackers and being an Iron Ranger. I hope you enjoy Doug… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Sparta Location

Another chapter in Range history coming to an end


 I n the early 1900’s, Minnesota’s Iron Range was dotted with many mining locations. Old timers will rattle off names like Carson Lake, Lucknow, Spina, Costin, Higgins, Lincoln, Commadore, Minowas, Monorca, Shaw, Franklin and many others. Minin… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

PHOBIA:

Fear of heights kicked in over a tailings pond


 I t is said that 10-25% of people have phobias (exaggerated, unreasonable, or disabling fears). I have often wondered if phobias are part of ones make-up at birth, or if they come upon one as the result of trauma? Is it better to face ones pho… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

NE MN celebrates record breaking campaign



 The United Way of Northeastern MN wrapped up their fundraising campaign with a record-breaking $1,424,716. They recently held their 44th Annual Meeting and Campaign Recognition Dinner with over 100 in attendance to celebrate the milestone. The… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Miners: On this anniversary, know the dignity of your calling

Mesabi’s Iron Ore discovered on November 16, 1890


On November 16, 1890 mining captain J.A. Nichols and a group of men found the elusive iron ore that the Merritt Brothers had been searching for since the late 1880s. The next day Nichols delivered 50 pounds of “rich, marvelous, 64 percent iron in h… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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