SME Twin Cities Subsection

November Luncheon Overview of the Geology and Mineral Potential of the Duluth Complex – Thursday, November 19, 2015, 1130 AM to 1 PM;  Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN

For Dean's presentation, please click here

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.

Future Luncheons

January 21, 2016 – luncheon at the Metropolitan Ballroom featuring Brad Moore of Polymet - Polymet, The Road to a Final EIS: A Discussion on the intersection of politics, science and advocacy

Information - coming
Registration - coming
Change registration - coming

February 18, 2016 – luncheon at the Metropolitan Ballroom - Twin
May 4, 2016 – student awards luncheon at the U Faculty Club

Annual Conference - October 4, 2016 - Metropolitan Ballroom

** 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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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


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On May 6. 2015, UMN Regent David McMillan presented UMN TC SME Student Chapter awards: the Don Yardley Award to Jared Mullenbach: the Ernie Lehmann Award to Sophie Kasahara; the Gene Pfleider Award to Kendra Fallon; & the Gust Bitsianes Award to Garrett Deick. Congratulations, students!

What is the SME Twin Cities Subsection All About?
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.

Want to Become a Member?

SME Twin Cities Members pay $10 per year and obtain a $5 discount off of each luncheon fee. Our membership year begins October 1, and payments may be made when you register for lunch.

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2015 Student Reports

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; Click here for info!

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