SME Twin Cities Subsection

November 2016 SME Twin Cities luncheon - Rolf Weberg of NRRI - Thursday, November 17, 2016 – Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN, 1130 AM to 1 PM

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: the Natural Resources Research Institute brings together UMN and stakeholders to balance economic development and entrepreneurial support with natural resource and environmental management. Dr. Weberg will discuss the vision of NRRI, updates on research, and their role in addressing mineral opportunities in Minnesota.

Speaker: Rolf Weberg, Executive Director, NRRI-Duluth, 5013 Miller Trunk Highway, Duluth, MN 55811.

Bio: Dr. Weberg grew up in Mankato, graduated in chemistry from UMD in 1982, received a PhD Chemistry from the University of Colorado in 1986, and spent 25 years in R&D at DuPont.

Future lunches: January 19, February 16, student awards in May

Thanks to everyone for making the October 4-5, 2016 SME Twin Cities Annual Conference and tour - which we proudly hosted with the Minnesota Section of the American Institute for Professional Geologists - such a success! Here we are, touring the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) in Arden Hills:

The Twin Cities Subsection of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration partnered with the American Institute of Professional Geologists Minnesota Section for a 1-day conference and an optional 1-day field trip. The conference highlighted some of the Twin Cities' most notable industrial and mining sites including the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) and the UMore Mining Area (UMA) located in UMore Park.
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We were well-represented at the SME National Conference in Phoenix!

May 2016 SME Twin Cities luncheon - Dan Jones of UMN - Wednesday, May 4 – student awards lunch at the U Faculty Club, 1130 AM to 1 PM; featuring remarks by UMN Regent David McMillan & UMN President Eric Kaler

Topic: Dan will describe UMN research on bioremediation of mine waters, as well as his research on sulfate mitigation and microbial sulfur cycling on the Iron Range.

Speaker: Daniel S. Jones, Ph.D., Research Associate & Industry Liaison; UMN BioTechnology Institute & Dpt of Earth Sciences;

Bio: Dan holds a Ph.D. from Penn State. He has interests in geomicrobiology, and has studied microbial processes in caves, marine sediments, and acidic mine drainage. He is studying microbial sulfur cycling in mining-impacted environments in MN, and developing bioremediation strategies for mine waters.

February 2016 SME Twin Cities luncheon - Patricio Vergara of Twin Metals - Thursday, February 18, 2016, Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN, 1130 AM to 1 PM
Speaker: Patricio Vergara, Director of Mining, Twin Metals Minnesota

Topic: Twin Metals Minnesota (TMM) is a mining company focused on developing and operating an underground copper, nickel, platinum, palladium, gold and silver mining project in the Iron Range region of northeast Minnesota. The TMM project will comprise of an underground mine, surface concentrator and tailings storage facility. The presentation will review relevant geotechnical, mine design and mine operational considerations, and decisions taken to select the most suitable mining method, productivity and cost criteria in the design, expandability and automation possibilities.

January 2016 SME Twin Cities luncheon - Brad Moore of PolyMet - Thursday, January 21, 2016, Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN, 1130 AM to 1 PM

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Speaker: Brad Moore, Executive Vice President, Environmental and Governmental Affairs, PolyMet Mining, Inc.
Topic: Brad will review the road to a final environmental impact statement for the NorthMet Project, as a discussion of the intersection of politics, science and advocacy
Bio: Brad Moore joined PolyMet in 2011 to oversee environmental review and permitting of the NorthMet project, as well as its governmental and regulatory relations – a field in which he has over 25 years of experience. Previously, Brad was with Barr Engineering, MN Pollution Control Agency, MN Department of Natural Resources, and MN Department of Commerce. Brad holds a BA in political science from St. Olaf College, and an MA in public affairs from the University of Minnesota.

November Luncheon – Overview of the Geology and Mineral Potential of the Duluth Complex

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Speaker: Dr. Dean Peterson provided an overview of the geology and mineral potential of the Duluth Complex in northern Minnesota, while providing an update on the status of multiple mineral development projects ongoing in the region, especially for copper, nickel, and platinum-group-elements, with mention of other minerals such as titanium.

** Please support the Ernest K. Lehmann Memorial Scholarship

Thanks to everyone for making the August 17-20, 2015 SME Twin Cities Annual Conference and tours, featuring the 51st Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals, such a success! Here we are, touring a historic silica sand mine in St Paul:

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2016 SME Twin Cities Student Awards Luncheon

On May 4, 2016, UMN President Eric Kaler provided remarks, and UMN Regent David McMillan presented UMN TC SME Student Chapter awards: the Don Yardley Award to Lee Werner: the Gene Pfleider Award to Emily Erhart; & the Gust Bitsianes Award to Zack Eckstrom. Concurrently, the Ernest K. Lehmann Memorial Scholarship is a National award. Congratulations, students!

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The SME Twin Cities Subsection facilitates networking, supports career development, and encourages positive, objective communication regarding the significant role that mining plays in our society.

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Officers and Directors
Vice Chair: Louis Rudnicki
Secretary-Treasurer: Stacey Larsen
Past Chair: Greg Beckstrom
Director: Larry Kramka
Director: Dennis Martin
Ken Reid
Director: Lee Petersen
Director: Harvey Thorleifson

SME Minnesota Section
SME Northern Minnesota Subsection

August 18, 2015 – SME Twin Cities Annual Conference, featuring the 51st Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals; with Pre- and post- conference Field Trips the week of August 17, 2015

SME Twin Cities/Wisconsin Annual Conference

October 7-8, 2014, Plaza Hotel
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

2013 SME Twin Cities Annual Conference
Tuesday September 17, 2013
The conference focused on Silica Sand & Construction Aggregate Resources of the Upper Midwest. It was presented by the SME Twin Cities Chapter in cooperation with the Aggregate & Ready Mix Association of Minnesota

2012 Conference on Silica Sand Resources
October 1-3, 2012

SME Twin Cities Subsection 2011 Annual Conference
Holiday Inn Metrodome, Minneapolis; Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Past Guest Speaker Luncheons

Luncheon: May 6, 2015 - Student Awards Luncheon
Speaker: Jennifer Engstrom, MN DNR
Topic: Environmental Review & Permitting of Mining in MN

Luncheon: March 26, 2015
Speaker: Dean Rossell, Rio Tinto
Topic: Tamarack Update

Luncheon: February 19, 2015
Speaker: Patrick Huston, P.E., MnDOT
Highway 53 Relocation:  Who, why, where, what and what next

January 15, 2015
Joe Henderson, Program Manager, Mine Permitting and Coordination Section; MN DNR
Topic: Coordination of Mine Permitting in MN

: November 20, 2014
Heather Barnum and Emily Hyland, HDR Engineering, Inc.
Topic Don't let crisis planning slide: Rio Tinto Kennecott Bingham Canyon Mine Landslide

: May 7th, 2014
Speaker: Professor Charles Fairhurst, UMN
: Earth Resources Engineering

January 16th, 2014
Nicole Hoffman, Twin Metals Minnesota (TMM)
Geology and mineralogy of the TMM Maturi deposit
PowerPoint Presentation

November 21, 2013
Brad Moore, PolyMet Mining
NorthMet project update

February 7, 2013
Speaker: Dennis Martin, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Lands and Minerals
Topic: Nonferrous Metallic Mineral Exploration Activities 1966 through 2011
PowerPoint Presentation

Luncheon: December 6, 2012
Speaker: James Gusek, Golder Associates
Topic: Innovative Methods for Mitigating Acid Rock Drainage
PowerPoint Presentation