Mining Features

These women miners loved their jobs




Hard rock miners from the 1970s reunited recently in Virginia, MN. Pictured, front row, l. to r.: Kathi Lee, Sharon Morcom, Mary Gentilini. Back row, l. to r.: Joyce Anderson, Katy Mayo, Becky Cyr, Cory Carlson. Photo by Jean Cole.VIRGINIA – I got a… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password […]

Sulfate-reducing bacteria at work

Mine water restoration research ongoing


Sulfate reduction research is being conducted by Clearwater Layline at this inactive mine pit. Photo submitted.Northeast of Aurora a collaborative demonstration project is testing the use of natural processes to reduce the sulfates in the water from… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Big Brother at United Taconite oversees dispatch




Terry Pogorels and Matt Caple at their UTAC command center. Photo by Jean Cole.EVELETH – At the United Taconite (UTAC) plant in Eveleth, Matt Caple, Dispatch Engineer, and Terry Pogorels, Dispatch Coordinator, oversee a Big Brotherlike GPS dispatch … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Transforming pits and piles for future use



Before and after photos of reclamation efforts at St. James Pit in Aurora. This summer rainbow trout were stocked in this pit as well as in Lake Ore-Be-Gone, Mott Pit, Judson Pit, Kinney Pit and Tioga Pit. Photo courtesy of IRRRB.EVELETH – “Transfor… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

My dad: Frankie Nemanich, Iron Range miner




 The mine My father was born in Aurora, MN in the fall of 1910. His parents were Slovenian immigrants and he grew up bilingual, loved playing around the mines and in the surrounding woods, and although smart and creative, had a Tom Sawyer atti… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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.

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.


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