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Gold Exploration Expands in Northern Minnesota

One of the world's biggest gold mining companies will likely soon be expanding its exploration efforts for the precious metal in northern Minnesota.  The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources posted the South African-based company's proposal on the agency's website.   AngloGold Ashanti Minnesota (AGAM) proposes to explore for metallic mineral deposits by drilling this fall and winter.  AGAM plans to drill exploratory borings at 26 sites in northeastern Itasca County, MN.  The exploration areas are about 7 miles west and about 4 miles south of Togo, Minnesota.  AGAM submitted an Exploration Plan to the DNR for review on September 7, 2018. AGAM will...

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If tourism is an alternative source of prosperity for northern Minnesota, why isn’t it already?

When you make the argument for mining in Minnesota, a common response is that it would threaten the region's booming tourism industry. Mining jobs aren't needed, so the argument goes, because their are jobs in tourism instead. The trouble is that when you look at the data, you struggle to see this 'boom'. Low paid, seasonal employment such as this has not and in all likelihood will not provide the prosperity that our fellow Minnesotans in the north of the state both need and deserve.  ...

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“See You Next Summer!” Said the Tourism Jobs

Tourism jobs are important, but it also important to understand and acknowledge the economic limitations of these jobs. They generally have lower wages and are more seasonal. Mining Minnesota's copper, nickel, platinum, and titanium resources would create 1,900 high-paying mining jobs and support more than 3,000 jobs in the supply chain....

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Star Tribune Urges Serious Debate Over More Mining

American Experiment's campaign to focus attention on environmentally responsible mining of Minnesota's world-class mineral resources has picked up momentum from a surprising source--the Star Tribune Editorial Board. Dueling studies released within days of each other have performed a valuable public service this election season: putting a spotlight on economic risks and benefits of mining for copper and other precious metals in northeast Minnesota. Voters not only have a responsibility to learn more about both analyses — one is from a pro-business group [Center of the American Experiment] and the other from a Harvard economist — but also to push gubernatorial candidates in particular on...

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Minnesota’s Rich Mining Tradition Still Runs Deep

Phil Warwas has punched in for the last time after more than half a century in the mining industry. But his story in the Duluth News Tribune points to the bright future ahead for thousands of younger Minnesotans just starting out, if and when the state finally allows environmentally responsible development of our world-class mineral resources. He's endured layoffs and yearlong strikes during that time, but stuck around to pursue his passion. Machining isn't something he plans on giving up in retirement either — he'll be doing plenty of it from his shop at home as a hobby. "The machine shop held...

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Data from Michigan suggests that mining doesn’t destroy leisure and hospitality jobs

A report from economists at Harvard asserts that mining in northern Minnesota will lead to losses of jobs in "recreational employment". But no support is offered for this assumption. A look at data for the Eagle Mine in Michigan's northern peninsula, suggests it might not be. ...

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