Mesabi Daily News, Hibbing Daily Tribune, Grand Rapids Herald-Review and the Chisholm Tribune Press
Bill Hanna

Jon Cherry took little time pondering the question and his response.

After all, he’s heard the same query repeatedly the last few years. And his answers have varied only when significant project updates were inserted from time to time.

“Obviously we wish it would be going faster,” Cherry said in a recent telephone interview from company Twin Cities offices, regarding final permitting work for the PolyMet copper/nickel/precious metals venture near Hoyt Lakes and Babbitt.

“But the process is being followed, and it will be very good — the best — when done,” he added.


Or, put another way: If such slow and stringent approval would have been needed to extract minerals to build the country, horses would have been regularly shoed and wagon wheels fixed well beyond their commercial life expediency.

The project holds great job and financial promise for the Iron Range — especially the east end, which has been economically devastated ever since LTV Mining shut down in 2001.

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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.

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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.

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Fox 21
Melissa Lentz

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

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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.

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