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VIRGINIA, Minn. — The Lake Superior Binational Forum will hold its third and final public meeting on mining in the region on March 15 in Virginia.

The event, called “The Impacts of Nonferrous Mining in the Lake Superior Basin,” is open to the public and free. It will be held from 12:30 to 5 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Mesabi Range Community and Technical College.

The focus of the meeting will be on how copper-nickel mining operations may impact the economies and environment of the Lake Superior basin, especially on the Iron Range. Speakers representing different aspects of mining are currently being considered. The Forum welcomes public input about preferred topics and speakers. Email the Forum at binationalforum@northland. edu to suggest issues or speakers for consideration. A final agenda will be posted on the Forum’s website,, by the end of the year.

The first public meeting, held in March in Ashland, focused on the historical, environmental and economic impacts from iron mining in the basin. The second public meeting, held in September in Marquette, Mich., focused on various impacts from nonferrous mining operations, such as copper mining.

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