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.”

Comments (7)
  1. $$$$$$$$$$$$ says:

    Just keep taking welfare payments from the state, but don’t let the state have any income. Good Move

  2. h says:

    It’s not the state’s land. The state wouldn’t let private land owners mine for these metals on their land. And besides if they have assets like land, probably not taking welfare. Maybe the mining company should buy the land. And the only reason you think it’s a good idea is because it’s not yours.

    1. Jake says:

      Hey ‘h’. Time to go back to SCHOOL. Learn about what the STATE can do in terms of ‘mineral rights’. You don’t have a CLUE. Better yet, hire a lawyer.

  3. Michael says:

    Dear Jake,
    Instead of belittling poor ‘h’ for not knowing the legal rights of the state in re: state rights in terms of minerals. How about you inform him, and the rest of us, as to what the state can do.

  4. laupforod says:

    say good by to our forests and wetlands then and no more tourisim dollars after all who wants to look at open pit or strip mines??????????? DONT BE A DORK AND VOTE NO WAY ITS PRIVATE LAND NOT THE STATES…….stay out of the taxpayers private property….

  5. Jake says:

    @Michael, better yet, read ALL of the paperwork when you buy a piece of property. It will almost ALWAYS say something about ‘mineral rights’.

  6. Doug Lande says:

    Unfortunately the reporter combined my comments with another persons testimony from this hearing, so I have been misquoted, and this short article talks of few comments of importance. If you are interested you can watch the State webcast. Doug Lande

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