Mining in northeast Minnesota has long been a powerful economic driver, creating and sustaining thousands of high-paying mining jobs and driving growth in supporting industries.
Without active mining operations, Iron Range communities like Ely and Hoyt Lakes have experienced significant population declines.
PolyMet projects a $515 million annual boost to the St. Louis County economy. Twin Metals expects the construction and permitting process to require $1.7 billion in private investment in the region.
The United States has ambitious goals for renewable energy, and Minnesota can play an important role in mineral procurement. The result will be a stronger and more economically sound state that leads the world in responsible mining.