Image associated with News


We Care Too – Our Response to the New York Times Article

A recent article in New York Times Magazine is making the rounds in the Northland and likely other places across the country this week. While the reporting in the article was fair and unbiased – it explained the difference between tourism jobs and industry jobs, the geology of our region, history of industry here, and […]

5 Compelling Reasons for Copper-Nickel Mining in Minnesota

Copper-nickel mining in Minnesota is an issue often met with intense debate. Is copper-nickel mining right for Minnesota? Can it be done safely? Will our watersheds be safe? Will the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness be impacted? These are valid questions, and it is important that they are asked (and answered) publicly. The copper-nickel mining […]

If Not in My Back Yard, Where?

Recently, environmental activists have been vocal about their opposition to a proposed open-pit copper mine from a Canadian-based company. Many of their arguments focus on concerns that it could harm air and water quality, and that this type of mining just shouldn’t be risked in a vital environment, watershed, and state – like Arizona. Arizona? […]

Driving Our Economy Together | Mining + Tourism

It’s like the Capulets and Montagues. Hatfields and McCoys. Vikings fans and Packers fans. Mining and tourism are often pitted as rivals in northern Minnesota, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, it shouldn’t be. Both the mining and tourism industries are critical to Minnesota’s economy and way of life, especially up […]

Why We Mine

You may know that we mine in Minnesota, but do you know why? Minnesota’s iron mines account for 80% of “first pour” steel in the United States.1 “First pour” is used to describe steel the first time it’s been made. This is an important denotation to make, because believe it or not, steel is the […]

Think Global, Mine Local

In the past several years, the locavore movement has gained momentum throughout the U.S. The locavore movement emphasizes the importance of eating food that was raised and processed within your local area, recognizing the contribution of your neighborhood farmers and the minimized impact on the environment. By consuming local food, you have the opportunity to […]

New Report Reveals Critical Importance of Mining to the Economy

When it comes to quality of life for all residents of the Duluth-Arrowhead region, high-paying jobs are key. Over the past 15 years, the region’s economy has remained stagnant, lagging in per capita income and gross domestic product per job. Improving the economic future of the region is of the utmost importance to our communities. […]