Wisconsin's Walker Signs Bill Lifting Moratorium On MiningGov. Scott Walker plans to sign a bill lifting Wisconsin's moratorium on gold and silver mining.
US Steel Takes On Minnesota EPA Over Minntac PermitU.S. Steel has gone to court in a dispute with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency over pollution limits for its Minntac iron mining operations.
Judge Allows Environmentalists To Intervene In Ely Mine LawsuitA federal judge has approved an environmental group's request to intervene in a lawsuit over mineral rights leases for the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine near Ely in northeastern Minnesota.
Mine Developer Fires Back Against Forest ServiceThe company that wants to build an underground copper-nickel mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is criticizing the U.S. Forest Service for saying it may deny renewal of the mineral leases needed for the $2.8 billion project.
Mine To Open In August, Bringing Hundreds Of Jobs To Iron RangeGood news came Thursday for unemployed miners on the Iron Range. Hundreds of job will be opening earlier than expected.
Minn. Asking Feds For More Relief For Laid-Off Iron Range WorkersGov. Mark Dayton and key members of Minnesota's congressional delegation are asking the federal government to expedite approval of extended unemployment benefits for workers laid off from companies that serve iron mining industry.
Special Session Clock Ticking For Miners On UnemploymentAs lawmakers make last-ditch efforts to call a special session, hundreds of steelworkers and mine laborers are counting the days until their last unemployment check arrives and know they may have to take jobs that'll pull them away from Minnesota's faltering Iron Range.
DNR Extends Comment Period On PolyMet Environmental ReviewThe Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is giving the public an extra week to comment on the final environmental review for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The original deadline was Monday, Dec. 14. The DNR said Thursday that it's extending that through 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21.
Bakk: Food Shelves In Iron Range Need HelpSenate Majority Leader Tom Bakk is helping raise money for food shelves on the reeling Iron Range.
Legal Fight Brewing Over PolyMet Mine DecisionsA top state official said Wednesday he was finalizing plans for retaining an outside law firm to handle lawsuits stemming from PolyMet Mining Corp.'s proposal to build a copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, which is expected to be challenged regardless of whether state regulators approve the project's needed permits.
PolyMet Project Still Faces 30-Day Comment PeriodWhile the final environmental review for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine was more than a decade in the making, the company still faces significant hurdles before it can start digging for ore.
Dayton Tours Mich. Mine In Lead Up To PolyMet DecisionBefore making a decision on a new Iron Range mine, Gov. Mark Dayton is seeing the best and worst of other operations. PolyMet wants to open the state's first copper-nickel mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.