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  • state land sales
  • nonferrous metallic minerals lease sales
  • exploration plans for nonferrous metallic minerals leases
  • construction aggregate maps
  • data releases

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November 2019

Nov. 13, 2019 - Plan submitted to explore on state nonferrous metallic minerals leases

Talon Nickel USA LLC (Talon) has proposed mineral exploration in northeastern Minnesota.

Talon proposes to explore for metallic mineral deposits in Aitkin County in an area extending from about ½ mile south-southeast to about 3.5 miles north-northeast of Tamarack, Minnesota. Exploration will include ground and down-hole geophysical work. Down-hole geophysical work will occur in selected existing borings that are temporarily sealed. Kennecott Exploration Company, the lessee of the state leases, has designated Talon as the operator for the exploration activity proposed. The DNR has approved the operating agreement between Kennecott Exploration Company and Talon.

Upon DNR approval, Talon has the right to explore state-owned lands consistent with the exploration plan, any stipulations, and applicable laws and rules.

Find a summary report and associated map of the proposed exploration activities at the DNR's exploration plan webpage.

 


September 2019

Sep. 6, 2019 - Auction Dates and Parcels announced for the Minnesota DNR’s Fall 2019 Land Sale

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will offer 17 parcels at three public oral bid auctions this October. The auctions will be held in Virginia, Wadena and St. Paul, Minnesota.

The properties include unimproved recreational land in Carlton, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Otter Tail, Pine, St. Louis, Wabasha and Wadena counties.

More information about the auction process and parcels can be found on the DNR’s Land Sale webpage.

Fall 2019 Auction Dates

  1. Thursday, Oct. 10 at Miners Memorial Building 821 S. 9th Ave., Virginia. This auction is held in conjunction with the St. Louis County’s tax forfeit land sale. The DNR will have its own bidder registration at the same time as the county, starting at 9 a.m. The county auction begins at 10 a.m., followed immediately by the DNR’s auction. Learn more about the St. Louis County land sale.
  2. Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. at the DNR Central Office, Lobby Conference Room, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, 55155. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.
  3. Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. at Wadena County Courthouse, 415 Jefferson Street South, Wadena, 56482. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

Public auction details, parcel information and the latest updates will be posted on the DNR’s Land Sale webpage. You can also call 651-259-5432, 888-646-6367, or e-mail the DNR land sale coordinator.


August 2019

Aug. 7, 2019 - Plan submitted to explore on state nonferrous metallic minerals leases

Encampment Minerals, Inc. (Encampment) has proposed mineral exploration in northeastern Minnesota.

Encampment proposes to explore for metallic mineral deposits in Lake County, Minnesota in an area located about 8 miles east-north-east of Babbitt, Minnesota. Encampment proposes to drill exploratory borings at 4 sites using the diamond core drilling method.

Upon DNR approval, Encampment has the right to explore state-owned lands consistent with the exploration plan, any stipulations, and applicable laws and rules.

Find a summary report and associated map of the proposed exploration activities at the DNR's exploration plan webpage.

 


January 2019

Jan. 23, 2019 - Plans submitted to explore on state nonferrous metallic minerals leases

Three exploration companies have proposed mineral exploration in northeastern Minnesota.

Twin Metals Minnesota (TMM) proposes to explore for metallic mineral deposits in Lake and Saint Louis Counties, Minnesota in areas about five miles east of Babbitt and eight miles southeast of Ely, Minnesota. TMM proposes to establish 6 new drill pads upon which monitoring wells will be installed, and to conduct down-hole geophysical and hydrogeological (HGP) tests at up to 9 existing temporarily sealed exploratory borings on State minerals leases.

AngloGold Ashanti Minnesota (AGAM) proposes to explore for metallic mineral deposits in Itasca County, Minnesota in an area South of State Highway 1 and east of the Bass Lake Road. AGAM plans to drill exploratory borings at 13 sites using the rotosonic drilling method.

Vermillion Gold Inc. (VGI) proposes to explore for metallic mineral deposits in Itasca County in an area 8-10 miles south of Togo, Minnesota along State Highway 65. VGI plans to drill exploratory borings at 7 sites using the rotosonic drilling method.

Upon DNR approval, TMM, AGAM, and VGI have the right to explore state-owned lands consistent with the exploration plans, any stipulations, and applicable laws and rules.

Find a summary report and associated map of the proposed exploration activities at the DNR's exploration plan webpage.


December 2018

Dec. 28, 2018 - Plan submitted to explore on state nonferrous metallic minerals leases

AngloGold Ashanti Minnesota (AGAM) plans to explore for metallic mineral deposits in Itasca County within about 5 miles of the junction of State Highways 1 & 65, and in Saint Louis County north of Saint Louis County Highway 22 and south of State Highway 1. AGAM plans to drill exploratory borings this winter on multiple state nonferrous metallic minerals leases on state, county and corporate lands.

Upon DNR approval AGAM has the right to explore state-owned lands consistent with the exploration plan, any stipulations, and applicable laws and rules.

Find a summary report and associated map of the proposed exploration activities at the DNR's exploration plan webpage.

 

Dec. 7, 2018 - Plan submitted to explore on state nonferrous metallic minerals leases

AngloGold Ashanti Minnesota (AGAM) plans to explore for metallic mineral deposits in Itasca County in an area about 6 to 10 miles west of Togo, Minnesota and south of State Highway 1. AGAM plans to drill exploratory borings this winter on multiple state nonferrous metallic minerals leases on state, county and corporate lands.

Upon DNR approval AGAM has the right to explore state-owned lands consistent with the exploration plan, any stipulations, and applicable laws and rules.

Find a summary report and associated map of the proposed exploration activities at the DNR's exploration plan webpage.

 


November 2018

Nov. 27, 2018 - Plan submitted to explore on state nonferrous metallic minerals leases

AngloGold Ashanti Minnesota (AGAM) plans to explore for metallic mineral deposits in Itasca County in an area about 5 miles south of Togo, Minnesota. AGAM will drill exploratory borings on three state nonferrous metallic minerals leases over the next 12 months.

Upon DNR approval AGAM has the right to explore state-owned lands consistent with the exploration plan, any stipulations, and applicable laws and rules.

Find a summary report and associated map of the proposed exploration activities at the DNR's exploration plan webpage.

 

Nov. 19, 2018 - Plan submitted to explore on state nonferrous metallic minerals leases

AngloGold Ashanti Minnesota (AGAM) plans to explore for metallic mineral deposits about 7 miles east-northeast of Effie, Minnesota in Itasca and Koochiching Counties. AGAM will drill exploratory borings on 11 state nonferrous metallic minerals leases over the next 12 months.

Upon DNR approval AGAM has the right to explore state-owned lands consistent with the exploration plan, any stipulations, and applicable laws and rules.

Find a summary report and associated map of the proposed exploration activities at the DNR's exploration plan webpage.

 

Nov. 5, 2018 - Plan submitted to explore on state nonferrous metallic minerals leases

Encampment Minerals, Inc., an exploration company, plans to explore for metallic mineral deposits on 3 of its state nonferrous metallic minerals leases. The project area is about 5 miles south of Hoyt Lakes in St. Louis County. The company has drilled in this project area since 2009 on an intermittent basis. The company plans to drill exploratory borings into the bedrock on up to 15 drill sites. The company may need to adjust some of the drill sites up to 500 feet depending on new data and ground conditions. The company states that drill sites will be located no less than 300 feet from the St. Louis River and all work will occur in winter when the ground is frozen. The company submitted the Exploration Plan to the DNR on Oct. 29, 2018.

Upon DNR approval the Explorer has the right to explore state-owned lands consistent with the exploration plan, any stipulations, and applicable laws and rules. The company will coordinate with other affected parties for access where needed.

Find a summary report and associated map of the proposed exploration activities at the DNR's exploration plan webpage.