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Local View Column: Let’s have honest conversations about copper-nickel mining

Duluth News Tribune

As Twin Metals Minnesota’s proposed mine plan moves through the regulatory process, those of us who work in mining will be an important part of those conversations — not only because we, too, care deeply about the Boundary Waters but because we are committed to the health of the communities of Northeastern Minnesota, where our common future lives.

The Iron Range we know today was built on both mining and the wilderness. The forests of northern Minnesota have been home to mines and logging operations, outfitters and outdoor adventurers continuously for more than 130 years. Those uses have coexisted, and, in fact, the people who worked the mines have been among the most enthusiastic defenders of the wilderness where they live.

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