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Pro-Mining meeting in Ely, MN featuring James Skurla and Tommy Rukavina

Approximately 35 pro-mining advocates met Wed. March 5, 2014 at Amici’s in Ely, MN to promote and discuss the benefits of mining in Minnesota. The main speaker was James Skurla from the University of Minnesota Duluth who presented his report on The Economic Impact of Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Mining. Unfortunately, the title of his talk […]

Polymet 101 or The essentials of Copper Sulfide Mining Revisited-A Summary Todate

Published in the Zenith City Weekly, Vol. 8 Issue 114 on Feb. 11, 2014 by Anne Stewart

Compare the Polymet 101 Summary with what we knew in 2008 VCC Panel Discusion

Anne Stewart Zenith City Weekly

After PolyMet released its latest plans on December 6, an estimated 3,650 people attended public hearings in Duluth, […]

The late Jackpine Bob Cary, respected Ely elder, still speaks to us. Will we listen?

Environmentally, “We,re a spitten mess!”

In 2002, Bob Cary spoke at Vermilion Community College. He was one of about 20 speakers in a series called “Speaking of Wilderness” sponsored by the Sigurd Olson Listening Point Foundation. Mining, fishing, canoeing, Knife Lake, local Native American elders, the Ojibwa language (which he studied in his later […]

Go Polymet! Puff Piece Idealizing Sulfide Mining

It’s the Laptop!

View Video Here: Go Polymet Go! “Polymet says yes to some of life’s biggest questions.” (add your big questions you’d like Polymet to answer.) This Polymet/Glencore (Click here to see what Glencore is all about.) puff piece starts with an attractive surprised young blond looking down at a diamond ring. After […]

Rebecca Otto puts Minnesota Tax Payers first and outrages the mining-at-any-cost legions

Maybe Babbitt’s Welcome Sign should read as above.

This picture of the Babbitt Welcome sign area epitomizes the incorrigible nature of the “Mine, Log, and Lease the Hell Out of These Lands” crowd. They can not tolerate one dissenting vote without shouting “Dump Otto” from all the bully pulpits of Northeastern Minnesota. The statements […]

Wetland Swaps and Wetland Mitigation in Minnesota

Northeastern Minnesota is, for the most part in one form or another, wetlands. Lakes, rivers, swamps, bogs, marshes, etc. The two watersheds, the Rainy River and the Lake Superior, make up the largest fresh water system in the world. These watersheds are vital to the health and well being of every Minnesotan and it could […]

From Public Relations to the Economics of Copper Sulfide Mining for Northeastern Minnesota

On June 18, 2013 persons interested in the proposed Copper Sulfide Mining operations, that will one way or another very significantly effect the BWCA and Lake Superior watersheds, had the opportunity to listen to the experts. At noon Brad Moore, formerly of the MPCA, now with Polymet presented the company line answering questions and indicating […]

Labor and Enviro Leaders Move Beyond Their Differences to a Common Vision for the Future

Photo Credit ShutterStock.com

March 28, 2013 | This article was published in partnership with GlobalPossibilitie.org by AlterNet / By Joe Uehlein, Gus Speth www.alternet.org

SUMMARY: We recognize the need to strengthen the solidarity between our movements to be successful.

It is easy to identify important national goals where our alliance must be strong […]

Old attitudes die hard….You can’t have it both ways!

February 25, 2013

Editor The Ely Echo Dear Editor:

Old attitudes die hard, as Joe Folio’s letter in the February 23 Echo demonstrates. Ely is rightfully proud of its iron mining history. However, the current effort to romanticize that history ignores much of its dark underside. Ironically, […]

Outdoor recreation is essential to the American economy, 11.6 billion in consumer spending in Minnesota alone.

Outdoor recreation is essential to the American economy, 11.6 billion in consumer spending in Minnesota alone. Every year, Americans spend $646 billion on outdoor recreation — on gear, vehicles, trips, travel-related expenses and more. This creates jobs, supports communities, generates tax revenue and helps drive the economy. Throughout America, people recognize that outdoor recreation and […]