SME Twin Cities Subsection
SME Twin Cities Annual Conference & Field Trip - Minnesota Mining Industry Overview - Tuesday, October 2, 2018 – 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM – Metropolitan Ballroom - Minneapolis; Field trip October 3rd - Cambria-Le Sueur facility & Wabasha street landslide
Join SME National President, Barb Arnold, and the regional professional community for a day of comprehensive updates and panel discussions on the current status of mining related activity in Minnesota. Included will be overviews from industry associations, covering iron ore, potential nonferrous production, and industrial minerals, along with overviews from state regulatory agencies, as well as both state and federal research agencies.You have the the option to join the Day Two field trip.

The November 2018 SME Twin Cities luncheon will feature speaker Derrick Dasenbrock of MnDOT; Thursday, November 15, Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, 1130 AM to 1 PM
Derrick Dasenbrock, MnDOT

Topic: The impact of land instability and landslides on Minnesota's roads and bridges

Bio: Derrick has been a geotechnical engineer with the Minnesota Department of Transportation since 1995, working in geotechnical exploration, lab testing, and field monitoring and instrumentation programs. He has a Bachelor's degree from the U of Maryland and a Masters degree from UMN.

2018 SME Student Awards Luncheon
On May 2, 2018, UMN Dean of Science and Engineering Mos Kaveh provided remarks, Chad Freeland of Cleveland-Cliffs represented SME MN, and UMN Regent David McMillan presented SME Student Chapter awards, sponsored by SME MN & SME TC: the Don Yardley Award to Caleb Widstrand; the Gene Pfleider Award to
Lee Werner
; & the Gust Bitsianes Award to Ryan Erhart. Concurrently, the Ernest K. Lehmann Memorial Scholarship is a National award. Congratulations, students!

SME National Convention in Minneapolis - what a success!

The 2018 SME Twin Cities Student Awards luncheon featured speaker Mark Jirsa of UMN - Wednesday, May 2, 2018, University of Minnesota Campus Club, 403 Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis MN 55455, 1130 AM to 1 PM
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Speaker: Mark Jirsa, Minnesota Geological Survey, UMN

Topic: State of Geologic Mapping in Minnesota

Mark Jirsa has been a geologist with the Minnesota Geological Survey at the University of Minnesota since 1976. He obtained a BS degree at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and an MSc at University of Minnesota-Duluth. He is author/coauthor of more than 100 maps, publications, and abstracts.

The January 2018 SME Twin Cities luncheon featured Brad Moore of PolyMet - Thursday, January 18, Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN, 1130 AM to 1 PM

Speaker: Brad Moore, Executive Vice President, Environmental and Governmental Affairs, PolyMet Mining, Inc.

Polymet Mining: NorthMet Project 2018 Update

Brad Moore joined PolyMet Mining, Inc. in 2011 as Executive Vice President, Environmental and Governmental Affairs. Brad oversees 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. Brad holds a BA in political science from St. Olaf College, and an MA in public affairs from the University of Minnesota.

The November 2017 SME Twin Cities luncheon featured Laurel Woodruff of USGS; Thursday, November 16, Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, 1130 AM to 1 PM

Speaker: Laurel Woodruff, US Geological Survey

Topic: Magmatic, tectonic, and metallogenic evolution of the Midcontinent Rift System, which hosts the Duluth Complex Cu-Ni-PGE deposits

Bio: Laurel Woodruff is a Research Geologist with the USGS. Previously, she ran the stable isotope lab at the Department of Geology at the University of Wisconsin. Her research has included volcanology, seafloor hydrothermal deposits, metallogeny of the Lake Superior region, mercury in the environment, and soil geochemistry. She obtained her geology degree from Michigan, her M.S. from Michigan Tech, and her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

The October 2017 SME Twin Cities luncheon featured speaker Kelsey Johnson of IMA; Thursday, October 12, Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, 1130 AM to 1 PM

Speaker: Kelsey Johnson, President, Iron Mining Association of Minnesota

Topic: State of iron mining in Minnesota

Bio: Kelsey holds degrees in ethics and leadership from St. Catherine University.  Prior to joining IMA, she worked with the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the MN Attorney General, the MN State House, and the MN State Senate. In addition to her IMA role, she has multiple additional roles related to MN mining. She grew up in rural NE MN.

SME Twin Cities luncheons at Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN, 1130 AM to 1 PM, were held on October 12 and November 16th, 2017, as well as on January 18th, 2018. SME National was in Minneapolis on February 25-28. The 2018 Student Awards Luncheon was held at the U on May 2, and the ball game was June 19. Next fall, the 2018 SME TC Conference will be October 2nd, lunches next winter will be November 15, 2018, as well as January 17, February 21, and May 1, 2019, and the SME 2019 Duluth Conference will be April 15-17.

MN was well-represented at the 2017 SME National Convention in Denver!

Ken Reid has contributed immensely to the MN mining industry and profession over decades. He has retired from the SME TC Board, while continuing to contribute as much as ever. Thanks Ken!

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SME TC Night at the Ballpark featured Twins vs. Red Sox! It was held Tuesday, June 19th, 7:10
pm. 42 tickets were on hold in the Great Clips mingling section. $10 concessions preloaded onto your ticket. It was good!

What is the SME Twin Cities Subsection All About?
The SME TC 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.

Officers and Directors
Vice Chair: Stacey Larsen
Secretary-Treasurer: Lee Petersen
Past Chair: Bethany Kelly
Director: Greg Beckstrom
Director: Chris Braaten
Director: Margaret Fairhurst
Director: Mike Kunz
Director: Harvey Thorleifson

SME Minnesota Section
SME Northern Minnesota Subsection

Past SME Twin Cities Annual Conference web sites

2015 - Industrial Minerals of the Upper Midwest

For Dean Peterson's presentation on the Duluth Complex, please click here

Thanks to everyone for making the October 4-5, 2016 SME Twin Cities Conference and tour - which we proudly hosted with the MN 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: