Governor Dayton to visit Ely weeks after he shot down proposed Mine

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton plans to meet with officials on the Iron Range just weeks after he dealt a blow to a proposed copper-nickel-precious metals mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. 

According to the Mesabi Daily News, Dayton will meet Friday with Ely officials and with the Range Association of Municipalities and Schools. 

Earlier this month, Dayton said the state would not authorize access to its lands for the proposed $2.8 billion Twin Metals Minnesota southeast of Ely, citing it’s proximity to the Boundary Waters. 

Environmental groups praised the move, but officials on the range have voiced opposition. 

Ely Mayor Chuck Novak says he hopes to change Dayton’s mind. 

Twin Metals has already spent around $400 million on the project, which is expected to create around 850 full-time jobs. 

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