Saturday, March 31, 2012

In Midwest, mining unearths jobs as well as metals

 "Overall international economic growth is driving the demand for these metals and will do so for years to come," said Bob McFarlin, vice president of Twin Metals Minnesota.

And mining means jobs. At $20-$25 an hour, it's money that can support a comfortable lifestyle.

They're the sorts of jobs with which "you can build a family, buy a home, send your kids to college and come and live in Northern Minnesota and have a very good career," McFarlin said.

Read More: CBS Evening News Report:>>   In Midwest, mining unearths jobs as well as metals

Twin Metals Mining Project - Babbitt, Minnesota

A new mining project appears to be heading for the Babbitt and northeast range area of Minnesota. Indications  are that the mine entrance could potentially be located close to Babbitt and that it provides advantages due to being in the St. Louis/Superior watershed. The local area capital investment is estimated to be between 2-3$ Billion with up to 1,000 employees depending on how operations pan out. This will be huge for economic development in Northeast Minnesota and provide needed employment for many.

Located in northern Minnesota, Twin Metals Minnesota’s 32,000 acres of property interests are roughly 10 miles to the east of Babbitt, Minn. and about 15 miles to the southeast of Ely, Minn. Within this area are four NI 43-101 compliant mineral deposits: Nokomis, Maturi, Spruce Road and Birch Lake.

A mining project of this magnitude is brought to life through a multi-year systematic process involving multiple public, private and local, state and federal government stakeholders. After the strategic metals deposits were better defined by Duluth Metals Limited, the company formed a partnership with Antofagasta PLC, and together they founded Twin Metals Minnesota LLC in January 2010.

For More Information And Maps Visit The Following Links:

Twin Metals - Inside The Project

Duluth Complex Mineral Deposits (Polymet Website) 

Friday, March 30, 2012

Babbitt Lions Club Is On Facebook!

Visit the brand new Lion's Facebook page. It is one of this area's biggest assets and is a great way to get involved in our local area community!

Mission Statement

To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.

Page Link>>>   Babbitt Lions Club - Facebook

Twin Metals Babbitt-Ely area mine project takes steps forward

Twin Metals formally announced Thursday that it has instructed its engineering contractor to draw up plans for an 80,000-ton-per-day mine and processing plant -- an operation that would be one of the largest private enterprises in state history.

It would be the largest underground mine in Minnesota history, digging the largest untapped copper deposit in the world, and it’s edging closer to reality in the woods southeast of Ely.
Twin Metals is in the field this spring collecting baseline environmental data across 32,000 acres the company has secured access to under which geologists say is a jackpot discovery of copper.

Full Article Here:

Another attack by preservationists on area economy

Opinion piece by the Mesabi Daily News:

What’s this? Yet another environmental regulatory hoop some businesses and their workers on the Range are having to jump through with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Citizens Board.
The board on Tuesday delayed voting on a plan to reduce the haze over the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness — a plan that would severely hamper taconite mining operation on the Range, the jobs they produce and the payroll checks that are cashed by workers, many of them carrying union cards.
But they’ll be back in a month and opponents will have to stay vigilant to block another excessive reach by preservationists.

Read More Here:

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Boundary Waters Choral Festival, April 3, 2012 7 p.m.

The Boundary Waters Choral Festival Is Coming Up Soon!
Mark Your Calendars!

Tickets: Students/Seniors $3
Adults $5
Family Cap $12

Featuring the High School Choral Students from
Ely, Mt. Iron Buhl, Northwoods, Cherry
Southridge, Intl. Falls, and Northeast Range

Guest Conductor
Dr. Bret Amundson
Professor of Music at St. Scholastica

April 3, 2012 7 p.m.

George Moe Auditorium
Northeast Range High School

Monday, March 19, 2012

Babbitt Figure Skating Club 2012 Show DVD Video

Babbitt Figure Skating Club 2012 Figure Skating Show
DVD Video Available

DVD Video Disks are available for sale from the 2012 Babbitt Figure Skating Club. The Babbitt Figure Skating Club is a non-profit organization interested in promoting the sport of figure skating in the Northeast Range area of Minnesota. If you are interested in purchasing such a disk see one the following links below and follow the instructions. Thank you for your support!

Order Form Links In Preferred Format Below:

Babbitt Figure Skating Club 2012 Figure Skating Show Video And Photo Slideshow Order Form (Word Document)

Babbitt Figure Skating Club 2012 Figure Skating Show Video And Photo Slideshow Order Form (PDF Document)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Northeast Range Community Education Spring 2012

Northeast Range Community Education

Coordinator: Joseph Kaufenberg
30 South Drive, Babbitt, Minnesota 55706
218-827-3101 Ext. 4419

Call to register for a class well in advance of the dates listed, and then send the release form and fee to address listed above. Classes will be canceled if there have been no registrations (by the registration date listed) or the minimum registration requirements are not met. If cancellation occurs due to lack of registrations, any pre-paid fees will be returned. Turn in registration forms and fees to the NE Range School Office in sealed envelope addressed to Comm. Ed. The public and students are welcome to register for any activity or class in the Media Center at NE Range School, M-Th from 3:00 – 6:00 p. Contact Community Education Coordinator, Joseph Kaufenberg, for additional information or questions.

Cold Weather Rule: It is assumed that all activities will be cancelled if the temp falls below –30 or if school is cancelled.

Full Listing is Here: >>    Northeast Range Community Education Spring 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Babbitt Figure Skating Club 2012 Show Photos

Here are best of the photos that turned out from the 2012 Babbitt Figure Skating Show taken under difficult lighting conditions.Enjoy! 

Camera Photos From The Friday Show

Video Extracted Photos From The Friday Show

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Friday, March 02, 2012

North St. Louis County Habitat For Humanity Babbitt Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunites 
What will you build?
Pastors Build Day
Monday, March 5th
9am to 4pm
Task: Hanging sheet rock
Come join in the fellowship and build with pastors from the Babbitt, Ely, and Embarrass area.
If you want to get connected to this project, contact Luci DeMaris at 218.837.2700 or Karen Myers at 218.966.6866. Groups wishing to schedule a volunteer day at the Babbitt home can contact the office at 866.749.8910.
53 Aspen Lane, Babbitt map

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Range Nonferrous mining support heard

 The 2 p.m. news conference saw a slew of supporters from area legislators, mayors, county commissioners and those employed on and employers of the Range. And all spoke in favor of the nonferrous mining opportunities that will boost jobs and the economy statewide

Mesabi Daily News Article: