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DULUTH — At the edge of Minnesota is the beating heart of an entire regional economy.

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DULUTH — Exhilaration and vibrancy is how JoAnn and John Congdon, the great grandson of Chester and Clara Congdon, describe the feeling of entering the green Breakfast Room at Glensheen Mansion.

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The days for the current Hull Rust-Mahoning Mine View are numbered.

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VIRGINIA — A little girl’s hand-printed sign is attached to the wall above Matt Seppi’s desk at the Seppi Bros. Concrete Product Corp. office in Virginia.

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Ken Wendlandt and Gary Yuhala are tire doctors. The two tire repairmen are tasked with fixing injured mining truck tires.

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Recent metallurgical research by Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) and Process Research Ortech (PRO) on an area ilmenite deposit has shown to produce high quality titanium dioxide.

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Hibbing native Andrew Lucia has long stood in awe at the vista afforded by the Hull Rust-Mahoning Mine.

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The ability to both transport and lift things puts Vic's Crane & Heavy Haul, Inc., on a different playing field, according to its leader.

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Lourenco Goncalves isn’t one for the quiet retreat, but anyone within shouting distance of the Iron Range already knew that.

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Mining accounts for around 2.5 percent of total employment in Northeastern Minnesota, and nearly 5 percent of the total payroll, according to statistics from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

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When Craig Hattam stands at the edge of Hull Rust-Mahoning Mine, he sees so much more than little trucks hauling and pushing Earth in a big hole.

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VIRGINIA – It will be business as usual for the Virginia branch of what was formerly known as Joy Global now that the Japanese based Komatsu Ltd has acquired the company.

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CHISHOLM — Andrea Whiting expected mining would be her “forever job.”

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I am a researcher and an investigator, both in my professional and personal life. Whether I am at work mitigating human and environmental risk, or planning my next fishing trip, I strive to have the best level of understanding that I am able to obtain prior to making my next decision. This level of intrigue also infiltrates into the purchases I make and the services I use in my daily life. What I know to be fact through my curiosity is this: whether you are for mining or against mining in Minnesota, everyone benefits from mining in every aspect of our lives; and there is not a safer place for human health and environmental stewardship then if we extract the minerals we need from our own backyard.

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=MOUNTAIN IRON/ELY — For most of the first half of 2017, the Iron Range has remained laser-focused on its goals in Washington, D.C.

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Later this year the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is expected to release information about a new wild rice sulfate standard and begin the process of adopting a new standard. This ongoing issue is of critical interest to the mining community – but it also will have significant impacts on municipalities and taxpayers of the region alike.

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Like any job, when it comes to pursuing a career in engineering — whether the plan is to work in the mines, on airplanes or for a city — education must go beyond the classroom and into the field.

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The Mesabi Range has just passed the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Miners’ strike. For the next edition of MINE, in October 2017, we would like to do a story to highlight this anniversary and how it affected the Iron Range.

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VIRGINIA — Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc., better known as SEH, marked the month of May by celebrating 90 years in existence.

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