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Company exploring for industry-related metals in Fillmore County


Fri, Dec 5th, 2003
Posted in Features

Several property owners around Peterson and Mabel have been contacted by a mineral exploration company about the right to test for base metals on their land.

Prime Meridian Resources of Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin hopes to begin a three year exploration program to investigate for titanium oxide and iron oxide. The rock type that hosts the titanium and iron may also contain trace amounts of copper, nickel and platinum. The company’s contract includes gold, although company president Michael Senn told the Journal by phone, that they don’t expect to find any gold.

“It’s a standard part of our contract,” Senn said.

Senn, a geologist, said that Prime Meridian Resources became interested in this area after coming across an airborne magnetic survey carried out by New Jersey Zinc back in the 1970’s. At that time, New Jersey Zinc had thousands of acres leased for mineral exploration in Fillmore County.

“They even drilled one hole south of Peterson,” Senn said. “They went down 620 feet and found the type of rock that contained interesting amounts of titanium oxide.”

But Senn said that high extraction costs and low prices at that time probably prevented New Jersey Zinc from going further.

Prime Meridian Resources has already signed some contracts with landowners in the Peterson area and hope to begin exploration drilling within the next year. The company is offering three year exploration contracts with an option to lease for mineral extraction. Several residents around Peterson have signed three year contracts to allow exploration.

Senn said that lease payments vary by site and are closely tied to property values.

There is no mining planned at this date, Prime Meridian Resources, which is a mineral exploration company, is looking for a corporate partner to help fund the very high costs of this type of exploration, and, in the event of an economic discovery, specializes in mining to efficiently advance the project. According to Senn, in the event that mining were to take place in the future, it would all be done underground.

“There would be no open-pit mining because the sought after rock is too deep,” Senn said.

According to Fillmore County Zoning Administrator Norm Craig before any mining activity could take place a conditional use permit would nee .....
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Above the Arctic Circle

Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

"We have nine months of winter and three months of poor skiing conditions"

Back in 1976, when I accepted the invitation to visit the Tromsř family, I had no idea they lived among the indigenous Sami people (formally called Lapps ..... 
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Judge Fabian hears arguments in Maust vs. city of Preston

Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

Judge James Fabian listened to two hours of oral arguments from attorneys on Friday, November 21 in the Elaine and Robert Maust mandamus action against the city of Preston.

In their suit, the Mausts maintain that they met all o ..... 
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Preston City Council – Special Meeting: Spring Avenue residents awarded 20% reduction

Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

At a special meeting of the Preston City Council Tuesday evening adjustments were made to proposed assessments of the County Road #17 projects. Working under a deadline, in order to be included in the 2004 property tax statements, the council was lim ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Sand and rock quarries’ lists are available

Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
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The Fillmore County Board started their Thanksgiving week off with a quiet agenda, cleaning up some year-end items.

There had been several inquiries by commissioners as to the number of rock quarries and sandpits in the county. ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Housing development issues concern council

Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Rushford Council had the opportunity to hear more about potential housing development in the city at their regular council meeting November 24, 2003. Doug and Marie Botcher, owners of Meadows Inn Bed and Breakfast, presented a letter to the Rushf ..... 
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The Story Project will touch your heart

Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

Nine Dragon Press of Preston has published its first book, A Teacher, a Rooster and an Outhouse, which features the writing of thirty-four local authors.

Page after page, the word pictures trigger your memory and ignite your sen ..... 
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Commonweal’s Scrooge holds up a mirror to our own stingy hearts

Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

A writer once said (I think it was Minnesota’s Carol Bly) that no matter what your faith, going to church on Sundays is a good thing if only because it’s the one place we’ll be reminded weekly that we should be good to each other.

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All creatures great and small

Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

Man is the only animal that laughs, but when you look at some people, it’s hard to understand how the animals keep from laughing.

E.C. McKenzie

In 1945, Herbert Fisch of Spring Valley graduated from Iowa ..... 
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