Eye On Mining: Twin Metals Continues Community Outreach
VIDEO: Eye On Mining Around 25 members from the Laurentian Chamber of Commerce gathered on a weekday afternoon to hear from Brian Syers, a mining engineer with Twin Metals Minnesota. "It's huge. It's one of the largest untapped copper nickel deposits in the world. It's about four billion tons," said Syers. "That's not just Twin Metals that's the w...
Eye On Mining: Optimistic outlook for 2017 shipping season
Video: Eye On Mining Nine lakers have been in the Port of Duluth-Superior for winter layup over the past ten weeks, and this week five of them are expected to take to the open water. "We're very excited about the start of the shipping season," said Kelsey Johnson, President of Iron Mining Association. "It's probably one of the biggest eve...
Eye On Mining: BlueGreen Alliance looks for common ground
VIDEO: Eye On Mining "If we went way back, it seems like it was a constant fight between jobs and the environment," recalls John Rebrovich, USW District 11 Asst. Director. In response to that contention, the BlueGreen Alliance was formed more than ten years ago. "We really focus where there's common ground in those two spaces where we create good jobs, and also create a be...
Eye On Mining: Bidding begins for former Essar Site
Even with the looming doubt over the unfinished site, Mesabi Metallics, formerly Essar Steel Minnesota, is now looking for the highest bidder. The end result could either be the teaming up of two newcomers, or the next phase of a 170-year-old company. Mesabi Metallics has now received three offers from bidders looking to take over the Nashwauk site. The original bidder and current financier is SPL Advisors. On Saturday a new investment firm joined the bidding and it's tied...
Eye On Mining: Confusion looms over "American-made" order
There has been a lot of confusion over President Trump's American-made executive order and why it doesn't apply to the steel being used in the Keystone project. "This is gonna put a lot of workers, a lot of steelworkers back to work." That was President Trump's promise while signing the executive order stating that all pipelines in America will be made with US-made steel. But there was confusion when a spokeswoman for the White House said the Keystone projec...
Eye On Mining: Objections due for Mesabi Metallics reorganization
A recent decision by the Nashwauk City Council has raised some red flags for the Mesabi Metallics project. "It's not that we don't support Mesabi Metallics or the overall plan, its just some of the details need to be refined," said Nashwauk Mayor Ben DeNucci. He is referring to the council's recent rejection of Mesabi Metallics' bankruptcy reorganization plan. "We feel that piece of it needs just a little more work based on our claim in bankruptcy court.
Eye On Mining: Iron Range Makerspace hopes to diversify economy
Andrew Hanegmon has always had a knack for creating things. "The best nights that I can remember are out in the garage working on things." So it was a match made in heaven when he discovered the concept of a Makerspace. "People from all different backgrounds working together, sharing, and building things creatively. Doing something really productive and I thought that was the coolest thing I've ever seen."
Eye On Mining: Exploring the road to gold
Immigrants came to the Iron Range in 1865 in hopes of finding a gold jackpot, but as the story goes, they found iron ore instead. Fast forward to 2017 and the search for gold continues. "We're looking at the gold potential for this area." That's according to Don Elsenheimer, a geologist for the Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources.
Eye On Mining: A mine blast view from the sky
Gary Ulman has been a pilot since 1979. He is also the owner of Taconite Aviation in Eveleth, among other things. "Pilot, mechanic, janitor, everything!" Around three times per week Ulman adds another job title to his list, land surveyor for local mining companies. Without wasting anytime, we got in the four-seater plane, buckled up, and prepared for take off.