10,000+ join mining group

Fight for Mining Minnesota forms in response to Twin Metals edict

by Tom Coombe -

A grassroots, Ely-based organization formed to support mining in northeastern Minnesota has attracted over 10,000 members in less than a week.
Fight for Mining Minnesota started Dec. 15, the same day the federal government took action that could cripple the proposed Twin Metals Minnesota copper-nickel project near Ely.
Its popularity has even taken organizers by surprise, with several thousand people joining via Facebook in the first several days and membership topping 10,000 on Wednesday afternoon, less than six days after the group formed online.
“It’s not so much a Facebook group but a movement,” said Ely area business owner and former mayor Joe Baltich, who started the group. “It’s an Iron Range movement and I think it will really be something.”
Baltich said “I was sitting here thinking what can I do,” a few hours after the federal government announced it would not renew exploratory leases held by Twin Metals Minnesota, a decision which essentially stops the proposed copper-nickel mining project in its tracks....

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