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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
Eye On Mining: Iron mining sees a busy start in 2018
Less than a month into 2018 and already some major decisions impacting the iron mining industry and Iron Range communities have been made, setting a busy tone for the new year. "2018, I'm hoping to continue to build on the successes of 2017." Iron Mining Association (IMA) President, Kelsey Johnson, says those successes have set high hopes for the new year.