WCCO EYE4 LOGO WCCO Radio wcco-eye-blue01, ww color blue

Local

Iron Range Landowners Protest Mineral Right Leasing

View Comments

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Today's Most Popular Video
  1. 4 Things To Know For July 22, 2014
  2. This High-Tech Cooler Is 'The Coolest'
  3. Police Seek Pawn Shop Robbers Who Shot Worker
  4. Closing Arguments Expected Today In Ventura Trial
  5. What's Your Favorite Place In St. Paul?

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Angry Iron Range landowners protested Wednesday a move by the state to lease mineral rights to mining companies on their privately owned land.

Minnesota’s considering the move to lease private land to mining companies.

The companies would like the copper, nickel and other non-ferrous metals recently discovered on the Range.

“I would hate to see the mining company come in and descrate private land,” said Michele Benson.

Doug Lande agreed.

“I don’t want these people on my property. So I do say not in my backyard,” he said. “I don’t want it near me. I don’t want it on my property. I’m not necessarily anti-mining but I’m not sure I wouldn’t stand right there and strap myself to a tree.”

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus