Eye On Mining: DNR Drill Core Library running out of space

Eye On Mining: DNR Drill Core Library running out of space

Millions of feet of mineral samples sit inside the DNR's drill core library in North Hibbing.  It's home to some of Minnesota's oldest minerals, but it's running out of space.  "There's all kinds of hidden secrets in these rocks," said Barry Frey, a research scientist for the DNR Lands and Minerals Division. Secrets he said date back more than 100 years. "The older the rocks are, typically there's fewer and fewer pieces of them preserved. So the pieces we h...

Kristen Vake
Eye on Mining: Wisconsin Senate votes on mining moratorium

Eye on Mining: Wisconsin Senate votes on mining moratorium

On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Senate passed the "Mining for America" bill, which aims to lift Wisconsin's nearly 20-year ban on precious metal mining. 

Thursday, March 8th 2018, 10:28 am CST by Kristen Vake
Eye On Mining: PolyMet looks to reuse abandoned Iron Range mine

Eye On Mining: PolyMet looks to reuse abandoned Iron Range mine

A once-vibrant mining site sits empty in Hoyt Lakes and it's no secret that the city hasn't been the same since the closing of the LTV Mining Company more than 15 years ago. As you approach the shutdown taconite plant there's a somber tone. 

Kristen Vake
Eye On Mining: Comments on MPCA wild rice sulfate standard proposal due Wednesday

Eye On Mining: Comments on MPCA wild rice sulfate standard proposal due Wednesday

Wednesday is the last day to make your voice heard on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's proposal to change the wild rice sulfate standard. The conversation surrounding the proposal has been drawing different opinions from all around our region. Both environmentalists and miners have been criticizing the MPCA's proposal. It would change Minnesota's standard for sulfate discharges into waters where wild rice grows, changing the current flat limit to a more complicate...

Kristen Vake
Eye On Mining: United Steelworkers react to new leader of MSHA

Eye On Mining: United Steelworkers react to new leader of MSHA

"We did not oppose his nomination," said Michael Wright, the Director of Health, Safety, and Environment for United Steelworkers. He's referring to President Trump's pick for the new leader of the Mine Safety and Health Administration, David Zatezalo. 

Kristen Vake
Eye On Mining: local museum brings "Blue-Collar Battleground" to life

Eye On Mining: local museum brings "Blue-Collar Battleground" to life

A Blue Collar Battleground. That's how many recall the fight between miners, and the companies who hired them before the organization of unions.  It's also the focus of a new exhibit at the Minnesota Discovery Center called Blue Collar Battleground: The Iron Range Labor Story. "Iron Range labor history is basically just Iron Range history. It's really the bedrock of what makes the Iron Range different than any other place in Minnesota," said Allyse Freeman, Curator at...

Kristen Vake
Eye On Mining: Cleveland-Cliffs acquires land on former Essar site

Eye On Mining: Cleveland-Cliffs acquires land on former Essar site

The recent purchase of land by Cleveland-Cliffs is causing some confusion.  With multiple entities now involved the questions remain, what will become of the site and who will be behind it? In a phone interview Tuesday Cleveland-Cliffs Director of Corporate Communications, Pat Persico said the company has acquired real estate interests in Itasca County equaling more than 37-hundred acres.  That includes purchased and leased land, as well as mineral rights. The land acqui...

Kristen Vake
Eye On Mining: New brewery pays tribute to mining heritage

Eye On Mining: New brewery pays tribute to mining heritage

A boom town is known as a place undergoing rapid growth due to sudden prosperity.  Thanks to mining, towns on the Iron Range fit that description. Now, a new brewery is honoring that piece of Iron Range history. 

Thursday, March 8th 2018, 10:28 am CST by Kristen Vake
Eye On Mining: Retired miners pen new book

Eye On Mining: Retired miners pen new book

From miners to authors. A new book focused on the Erie Mining Company has brought together retirees from a mine that closed more than 15 years ago.  "It was a Christmas party, a retiree Christmas party a few years back," said Ron Hein, a retired miner and co-manager of the project. That Christmas party was when Hein's idea of documenting the history of the Erie Mining Company came to life. "The plant was here, the life that it gave to so many people, and if som...

Kristen Vake
Eye On Mining: A look back at mining in 2017

Eye On Mining: A look back at mining in 2017

From going underground and then up to the skies, this year's Eye On Mining took us on a number of adventures and covered a wide range of topics. As we look forward to 2018, we take a look back at the last 12 months in this week's Eye On Mining. 

Kristen Vake