Gov. Dayton Begins Mine Tours Ahead Of PolyMet DecisionGov. Mark Dayton kicked off visits to mining operations in other states Tuesday as he prepares to make a major mining decision in Minnesota. The state is considering whether to allow a mining company to open Minnesota's first copper-nickel operation. And it is a decision that is sparking controversy.
Environmental Groups Urge Dayton To Wade Into Mine ReviewEnvironmental advocates are calling on Gov. Mark Dayton to require stronger environmental protections for a proposed copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.
31 Mining Leases In Northern Minn. Get The Green LightThe possibility of more precious metal mining proposals in northern Minnesota took another step forward on Friday after the state's executive council approved 31 leases of state and private lands to three mining companies seeking exploration.