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Monday, October 25, 2021

DNR considers request for manganese exploration near Emily - Pine and Lakes Echo Journal

Last updated Wednesday, October 6, 2021 10:08 ET , Source: NewsService

Energy and Mining

The DNR is seeking public input before determining whether to negotiate with the company and present proposed leases to the State Executive Council for approval.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources received a new request from North Star Manganese Inc. for state mineral leases on 800 acres northwest of Emily.

North Star plans to explore for manganese. The DNR is seeking public comment on North Star’s request for state leases through Oct. 30.

Manganese is a metallic mineral often associated with iron ore. The manganese found in Crow Wing County is the second largest known manganese deposit in the United States. Manganese is an essential alloy used to convert iron into steel, making steel less brittle and adding strength. More recently, manganese has become an increasingly important mineral for the manufacturing of green energy technologies, such as electric vehicle batteries and off-the-grid power systems.

The DNR posted information on its website about this new negotiated lease request, including interactive web maps, details for public input opportunities, and additional information about the manganese mineral.

The DNR is seeking public input before determining whether to negotiate with the company and present proposed leases to the State Executive Council for approval. All interested parties, including local governments, tribal nations, and landowners, are encouraged to review interactive web maps and data of the areas requested for lease....



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