State approves mineral exploration on 22,000 acres near Ely

  • Article by: BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 31, 2012 - 10:59 PM

Mining rights for 22,000 acres Up North were debated for a year.

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rangesonJun. 1, 12 6:41 AM

So we learn once again that large companies can do what they want, and the average land-owner gets shafted. All in the name of greed. There must be other ways to fund schools, so stop using that excuse. Jobs, that's another excuse. Sure, but the profits won't help those that lose their property, or their health in the long run. Better hunt that area as much as possible, because once they start mining, you are NOT going to be able to use it anymore.

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jsmart05Jun. 1, 12 6:42 AM

Not understanding the real estate contract that you sign is not a valid excuse.

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swansonadamJun. 1, 12 8:44 AM

What we've seen over the past few months is proof that the state belongs to the wealthy and corporations. A new stadium is bullied through local and state approval processes despite ongoing proof that the public rejects the financing methods; and now, a beautiful part of the state is threatened in the name of mining. So much for the notion of "quality of life" in Minnesota.

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smithjerryJun. 1, 1210:39 AM

I grew up in Hibbing and can tell you that the vast majority of born and bred locals on the Iron Range want more mining. Mining, unlike Super Walmart, puts food on the family table... and there's not much else up there to do to earn a decent wage. It is true that landowners who were born and raised on the range understand that they do not own the mineral rights. It is also true that the area mines have historically been very generous with their buy-out packages. Local landowners feel as though they've won the lottery if the mine wants to buy them out. The people who whine about the expansion of mining are transplants from the Twin Cities who moved to the range to retire or for some sort of idealistic hippy reasons. And now you know why every single Iron Range DFLer will support mining over environmentalists... always. I hope that Governor Dayton realizes this too because the Iron Range is the only reason he and not Tom Emmer is the governor.

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sunstarmoonJun. 1, 1210:40 AM

I am glad to take the risk that only one of 4,000 test holes ever turns into a mine. Meanwhile, we get paid quite well to have a two foot hole "temporarily" drilled on our property. After that, Ma Nature takes over, and soon, nobody can even tell that test drilling once occurred. Much to do about nothing. Why aren't folks more upset about all the poison being put on people's lawns in the twin cities. This at least, is an "immediate health hazard!"

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arspartzJun. 1, 1210:41 AM

First the liberals whine that the government is not creating jobs. Now they're upset that these are the "correct" jobs. Believe it or not, everyone cannot work in tourism and personal service. At some point an economy has to produce a tangible product.

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LundExplorerJun. 1, 1212:18 PM

smithjerry, I too grew up in Hibbing. And I absolutely agree with what you posted, although I wish the Range did not go for Dayton. I think that Rangers are 'closet conservatives', but have not come out yet, because the Scandinavian socialist heritage keeps pulling them back in.

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wildfoxJun. 1, 12 8:48 PM

Good luck keeping your drinking water clean, Bottoms up !!

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swunderlJun. 2, 1211:46 AM

Guess the landowners should have had a "Roger GODdell to get the proposed bill out of committee. Then they could have been heard.

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