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How David Dill learned to stop worrying and love the mine

Polymet Has a Reputation of Getting it Right the First Time-So No Further Health Studies Needed According to Frank Ongaro

Recently Frank Ongaro, the Executive Director of Mining Minnesota took offense at a large group of Minnesota Doctors and Medical Associations who recommended review of health effects of Polymet’s project. Mr. Ongaro’s response can be found on the Duluth News Tribune Website, the article was dated October 27, 2014. His comments are basically pro-business arguments […]

Ely Citizens Discuss the Polymet Copper Sulfide Ore Project Feb. 24, 2014

Aaron Klemz, Communications Director for Friends of the Boundary Waters, led a lively community discussion in Ely, MN about the Polymet Copper Sulfide Ore mining project, February 24, 2014. As with any community discussion, especially an emotionally charged issue like sulfide mining, it is sometimes difficult to effectively distinguish facts from beliefs, especially long and […]

Facts and Fairy-Tales about Polymet’s proposal for a Sulfide Mine in N.E. Minnesota

Paula Maccabee, General Counsel and Advocacy Directory for Water Legacy at Ely Tuesday Group, August 6, 2013. A larger group than usual attended this event and many, from the questions asked and concerns shared, were new to the topic of Sulfide mining. From the response of the crowd, they were very appreciative of the work […]

The Ely Echo should be worrying about the threat to the Boundary Waters and the Lake Superior Watersheds

May 1, 2013, To The Ely Echo

Dear Editor:

The Echo’s April 20 editorial contains this: “We believe the Ely area and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area make up some of best examples of heaven on God’s green Earth. None of us want to see the water that flows through these parts to be impaired […]

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, […]

Latest Labovitz Report-He who pays for the report pays for the results-don’t expect “fair and balanced.”

Benefits ONLY! We forgot Costs.

The latest report from the UMD Labovitz School of Business and Economics (as reported on by the News Tribune in the Feb. 7 story, “UMD report underscores value of iron ore mining, potential for copper”), is business as usual in the world of mining in Minnesota.

Once again we […]

Are we making any progress? Not really! We’re fighting the same battle begun many years ago, as recently as 1990.

The greatest freshwater eco-system in the U.S. is STILL threatened by state policy and mining greed. Heart Warrior was sounding the alarm in 1990.

Our wells are running dry and the State of Minnesota has yet to realize the value of water. Hibbing in the cross-hairs.

*DNR water officials say it’s time for local communities to start making decisions on water, rather than the state, because the current rates of use are not sustainable.*

*Nature can’t keep up with demand, prompting disputes in some cities.* (Can you say Hibbing?)

It didn’t take Daniel Damm long to figure […]


Frank Moe and his Huskies The Race To Protect Minnesota from Acid Mine Drainage

SLED DOGS TO ST. PAUL – Sunday and Monday events in Duluth, Thursday at the Capitol. Reminder – March 4, Duluth Lester Park Event 3-4 pm (Lester Park Pavilion 61st Ave. East and Superior St) March 5, West Duluth Munger […]