At a town hall in Duluth last night, Governor Mark Dayton defended a statement he made last week critical of the EPA, saying “one of the real problems we have with government right now is these overlapping layers of jurisdiction.”
Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN) says the measure will allow development in the PolyMet mining project to be expedited.
Former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar endorsed Rick Nolan today in his bid to take on GOP incumbent Chip Cravaack in the 8th Congressional District, but the two politicians shared the moment with groundbreaking Iron Range newspaper publisher Veda Ponikvar, who turned 92.
The Duluth McCabe Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America hosted a forum Wednesday about proposed copper mining in Northeastern Minnesota.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is moving forward with plans to relocate a strech of highway on the Iron Range, to make way for new taconite mining. The new highway could span a deep old abandoned mining pit.
A disputed plan to quarry granite along the Minnesota River in the western part of the state has moved a step forward. But it may also face a significant new hurdle. The Big Stone County Planning Commission recommends the county require Strata Corporation to address environmental issues. Opponents say the quarry would cause irreversible damage to a scenic leg of the Upper Minnesota River.
A new public radio show debuts this weekend that gives “A Prairie Home Companion” an Iron Range twist. Think lumberjacks and miners, not Lutheran bachelor farmers.
State legislators envision rerouting Highway 53 over a scenic bridge through “our own Grand Canyon of the north.”
An environmental group has asked Minnesota regulators to take a the privately held international organization behind PolyMet Mining Corporation before approving any permits for its planned sulfide mining operation.
An upstart Iron Range company, has signed up with international giant Cargill to push its iron recovery technology worldwide. Magnetation uses patented technology to recover marketable iron from waste piles.
Magnetation is one of the more amazing stories coming out of Minnesota’s Iron Range, a mining region that often produces rags rather than riches stories.