Trucks and a drill rig drill into the ground near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Thursday morning near Ely, Minn. The trucks were doing exploratory drilling for Duluth Metals. (MPR Photo/Derek Montgomery)
The Duluth McCabe Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America hosted a forum Wednesday about proposed copper mining in Northeastern Minnesota. A crowd of about 200 people attended the forum which included Brad Moore, a vice president for PolyMet Mining. Co.; and Larry Kramka, director of the Lands and Minerals Division of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Mining runs deep in the culture and economy of northern Minnesota. So why are people drawing battle lines over plans to build copper-nickel mines in the Iron Range? It’s a new kind of mining for Minnesota and there are plenty of potential rewards — and risks. Can a middle ground be found between economic, environmental and quality of life concerns? More