Duluth News Tribune
John Myers

The St. Louis County Board of Commissioners Tuesday gave final approval to a resolution asking the Trump administration to overturn a late Obama administration ban on copper mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Read More: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/4218056-county-board-gives-trump-letter-final-approval

Duluth News Tribune
Editorial Board

Mining hadn’t even been proposed yet. There was still just mineral exploration in far Northeastern Minnesota, the drilling down into the Earth to see what was there, to see if there was enough to help satisfy our nation’s hunger for the copper and other metals that power our everyday existence, our necessities like cell phones, cars and lights.


Twin Metals was $400 million into that process and into what could be $3 billion of private investment in our state with the promise of nearly 1,000 badly needed, good-paying, family-supporting jobs.

Read More: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/opinion/our-view/4215288-our-view-trump-can-undo-order-change-rules-mining

Fox 21
Melissa Lentz

PolyMet Mining, Inc. has submitted their updated water appropriation permit application to the Department of Natural Resources.

Read More: http://www.fox21online.com/2017/02/08/updated-water-appropriation-permit-application-polymet-received-dnr/

Mesabi Daily News
Jerry Burnes

A controversial resolution will go before the full St. Louis County Board next week after a committee of the whole passed it with a 4-3 vote Tuesday.

The resolution, if passed by the full board on Feb. 14, will put the county on the record against a federal government proposal to withdraw hundreds of thousands of acres from future mining leases. A previous resolution failed on Jan. 24.

Read More: http://www.virginiamn.com/news/local/federal-land-block-opposed-with—committee-vote/article_2bf7d556-eda8-11e6-a6ab-0f1587c109e5.html

Mesabi Daily News
Editorial Board

Paying the bills. Putting food on the table. Supporting a family and local community.

A year ago, Iron Range lawmakers were in the thick of negotiations over a jobless benefits extension for laid-off miners to give them relief from the harsh 2015 downturn. Those miners trekked back and forth to St. Paul to make their voices heard. It was fairly consensus leading up to the March 2016 extension that miners needed help from the government to support themselves, their families and their communities during economic hardship.

Read More: http://www.virginiamn.com/opinion/editorials/what-the-fight-against-a-land-withdrawal-stands-for/article_c01a7814-eb51-11e6-b110-4b4437b28dfc.html