IRRRB Says Minnesota Mining Headed for Boom

By KBJR News 1

April 13, 2011 Updated Apr 13, 2011 at 7:49 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The mining industry in northeastern Minnesota is making the move from bust to boom, according to Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board Commissioner Tony Sertich.

He was in Duluth Wednesday as a guest speaker at the 84th annual Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration conference.

Sertich said the IRRRB and Governor Mark Dayton's administration are committed to creating jobs in the region, and also continuing to diversify the mining industry.

"With our older existing industries, they're developing new and better technologies on the environmental side and to lower energy costs," Sertich said. "Then you have new exploration into non-ferrous mining, copper-nickel and all those precious metals. We literally have hundreds of projects going on. Some are bigger, and some are still in their infant stages."

With those new technologies and increased attendance at this year's conference, Sertich said it's an exciting time for Minnesota mining.

Posted by Zach Schneider