Take the bus to support of mining on Wed, July 13, in Duluth

Next Wednesday from 5:00‐7:30 p.m., the US Forest Service (USFS) will hold a public forum at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center where community members will discuss the pending renewal of two Twin Metals mineral leases. The USFS decision and their view of development within the Rainy River watershed will impact the development of all future mining opportunities in the area.

The time and location of this event make it inconvenient for many individuals who are directly affected by the outcome of these lease renewals to attend the session. In order to encourage strong attendance and assure our voices will be heard, we are offering bus transportation from Northern Minnesota.

Boxed lunches will be provided and buses will pick up people at the following locations and times:

  •  Ely: bus will depart from St. Anthony's Catholic Church at 12:30 p.m.
  •  Babbitt: details TBD
  •  Hibbing: bus will depart from Hibbing Community College parking lot near Paulucci Space Theatre at 2:15 p.m. 
  • Virginia: bus will depart from the old Kmart parking lot at Thunderbird Mall on Hwy 53 at 2:45 p.m.

Buses will return to their original departure locations the same evening, leaving the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center around 7:30 p.m. after the public forum concludes.

To reserve spots on a bus to this event, please contact one of the following:

  • For Ely and Babbitt pick‐up: Gerald Tyler, Up North Jobs – (218) 365‐3324 or upnorthjobs354@gmail.com 
  • For Hibbing and Virginia pick‐up: Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce – (218) 262‐3895 or hibbcofc@hibbing.org

These leases are crucial to the future of Twin Metals mining project and if denied could impact thousands of valuable jobs all across the Iron Range. The exploration activities that are covered by these leases follow the environmental review process that is enforced by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). These are the same two leases the USFS renewed without issue in 1989 and 2004.

It is very important to have as many supporters at this event as possible. We encourage you to sport your local attire, bring your vests and hard hats and come out to support Minnesota's hardworking miners and the jobs the mining industry helps create!