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Minnesota’s Copper and Nickel Deposits are World Class

Minnesota has a long history of mining iron ore, which continues to this day. In fact, nearly 75 percent of the iron ore produced in the United States is mined in Minnesota. However, many people may not be aware of the fact that Minnesota has some of the largest undeveloped copper and nickel deposits in the world. These massive deposits hold an estimated 4 billion tons of copper, nickel, and other precious minerals. These minerals are valued at more than $40 billion, according to Antofagasta PLC, a Chilean mining company that is seeking to develop these deposits. Developing these resources will create...

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Could MN’s Biggest County Split Up Over Mining?

  [caption id="attachment_9435" align="alignleft" width="300"] Tom Rukavina, St. Louis Co. Commissioner[/caption] How about Iron County? That's the latest suggested name for the huge swath of St. Louis County that Commissioner Tom Rukavina would like to split off from the rest of the northeastern Minnesota county. It could be a big deal in more ways than one. St. Louis County is not only the largest county in Minnesota, but the largest county east of the Mississippi. But that's not why Rukavina wants a divorce. The split in the DFL family is all about the lack of respect and support for the mining industry the...

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Mining Proponents Cheer For PolyMet

Last night, the final public hearing on PolyMet's permit application was held in Duluth. Local television reporter Jennifer Austin estimated that 800 attended. At the end of the hearing, St. Louis County Commissioner Keith Nelson devoted the last minute of his allotted time to applause for PolyMet. Austin recorded what happened next: St. Louis County Commissioner Keith Nelson cedes last minute of allotted speaking time for #PolyMet supporters to clap. They're met with boos from opponents— Jennifer Austin (@jenniferfaustin) February 9, 2018 Some mining opponents showed up at the hearing, and you can hear some of them booing. But...

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