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2007-Franconia Minerals Appoints William C. Brice, Ex Director of MN DNR Division of Minerals, As Director of Government &Amp; Community Relations

I’m certain there is nothing illegal here,  “They” wouldn’t be THAT bold.  But, am I the only one that sees a MAJOR conflict of interest here.  The DNR is supposed to be accomplishing the Greater Good for the people of Minnesota.  We taxpayers paid for Mr. Brice’s services and educated him in the ways of Minnesota mining politics, “science” and shenanigans and then LET him be hired by a mining company.  Seems to me this is very significantly worse than “double dipping,”  it’s a double duping of the Minnesota Taxpayers.

Franconia Minerals Appoints William C. Brice As Director of Government &Amp; Community Relations
Posted on: Tuesday, 6 November 2007, 15:00 CST
Franconia Minerals Corporation (TSX VENTURE: FRA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. William C. Brice as Director of Government & Community Relations, effective immediately.
Prior to joining Franconia, Mr. Brice spent 36 years with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR), including 19 years as Director of the Division of Lands & Minerals, where he had principal responsibility for the granting of environmental and mining permits throughout the state. He also served the MN DNR as Chair of the Senior Managers Council; Acting Administrator of the Bureau of Real Estate Management; and prior to his appointment as Director, was the Assistant Director, Division of Minerals; and, Manager of Environmental Services, Division of Minerals.
With professional registrations as an Engineer and Geoscientist, Mr. Brice also holds a Ph.D. in Mineral Resources Engineering, from the University of Minnesota, specializing in environmental design, law and economics. He has written numerous articles on environmental concerns, mineral leasing and regulatory issues, which have been published in conference proceedings, agency reports and technical magazines. His previous work includes a copper-nickel resource planning project for the State, drafting of Minnesota’s mineland reclamation permit-to-mine rules as well as the preparation of several Governor’s mining policy recommendation reports.

“We are extremely pleased to have Bill joining us as we approach the next critical phase of permitting for our Birch Lake Project in the Duluth Complex of Northern Minnesota,” said Brian Gavin, Franconia’s President and CEO. “He brings an incredible depth of first-hand knowledge and experience about both the permitting process – including the most effective ways of fulfilling the state’s demanding environmental and regulatory requirements – as well as dealing with complex community issues.”
Franconia Minerals Corporation trades on the TSX-V under the symbol FRA. (For additional information see www.franconiaminerals.com.) Franconia currently has 58,024,744 shares issued and outstanding.
Brian Gavin, President and CEO
FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENT: Although Franconia Minerals Corporation believes many of its properties have promising potential. These properties are in the early stages of exploration. None have yet been shown to contain proven or probable mineral reserves. There can be no assurance that such reserves will be identified on any property, or that, if identified, any mineralization may be economically extracted.
TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE HAS NOT REVIEWED AND DOES NOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADEQUACY OR ACCURACY OF THIS RELEASE.
Contacts: In Canada: Franconia Minerals Corporation (Toronto) Greg Taylor (416) 605-5120 Email: gtaylor@franconiaminerals.com  Franconia Minerals Corporation (Vancouver) Farah Alibhai (604) 731-7340 Email: info@franconiaminerals.com Website: www.franconiaminerals.com  In the US: Douglas Sherk (415) 896-6820 Email: dsherk@evcgroup.com
SOURCE: Franconia Minerals Corporation

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