Sunday, September 23, 2012 By Aaron Brown
Last week, opponents of the mining projects announced that a group would canoe from the BWCA to St. Paul using various waterways to protest the environmental risk of this form of mining. This was event was lightly reported around the state, mostly drawing attention in environmental circles.
It was intially ignored by the Mesabi Daily News, the largest daily paper on the Range and home to a voraciously pro-mining editorial stance. But it finally got front-page treatment this morning.
Headline: "Anti-copper/nickel canoeist effort had to change plans to launch near the Polymet site"
Apparently a group of about 50 pro-mining people showed up to make sure the canoeists didn't step on private property.
“We showed what can happen when we work together and finally have the courage to publicly push back on these types of groups. We need more of that from across the Range and from our leaders in Minnesota and Washington,” Lislegard said.
I must stress, this is a quote by a supporter of large, multi-national mining companies in opposition to half a dozen people in canoes. Welcome to Iron Range 2012, not to be confused with Iron Range 1912.