Minnesota facts & figures


Minerals and construction materials mined in Minnesota

Minerals for which exploration currently occurs

Future mines in Minnesota:

Copper: is used for electrical wire and cables, plumbing, coins, consumer and general products. The State's first copper mine is currently under environmental review and permitting.

Minnesota Minerals by the Numbers:

Date of the first iron ore was shipped from Minnesota: 1854

Number of active taconite (low-grade iron ore) mining operations: 6 mines (All located on the Mesabi Iron Range)

Taconite Pellet Production for 2006: 40,000,000 long tons

Number of active peat mines in Minnesota: 10 mines

Pounds of aggregate used by every person in Minnesota per day: 58 pounds

(Updated June 2008)