Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Oberstar disses Shrubya

Our Rep. Oberstar doesn't much like Shrubya's swan song.... well, who does?

Oberstar: Bush Recycles Failed Policies in the State of the Union
Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Washington D.C. - Congressman Jim Oberstar is disappointed that President Bush failed to introduce innovative proposals in his final State of the Union address.

“As he recycles his flawed plans for the war in Iraq, the war on terrorism, and the economy, President Bush has demonstrated that his administration is intellectually bankrupt. There are enormous challenges confronting our nation, but President Bush’s obstinate pursuit of failed policies confirms that he is unwilling to embrace new ideas.”

“The American people want leadership and a new direction. Instead, President Bush missed an opportunity to communicate to the nation that he has given thought to creative solutions to address our national and international challenges. The state of our economy is very serious as health care, energy and education costs increase as family income and housing values decrease. President Bush believes that tax rebates are sufficient to assist the economy. I couldn’t disagree more, and continue to believe that our nation needs to create jobs with an immediate increase in infrastructure funding.”

Rather than acknowledge that his economic policies have produced reckless budget deficits, President Bush sought to blame Congress for excessive spending. “It is intellectually dishonest to suggest that congressional earmarks are responsible for our budget deficits. As a coequal branch of government, members of Congress have a responsibility to respond to the needs of their constituents. I do not apologize for my advocacy for meritorious projects that will benefit Minnesota. If President Bush was serious about reducing wasteful government spending, he would stop the $12 billion a month we are borrowing to fight an unending war in Iraq.”

Oberstar also criticized President Bush’s plan for additional free trade agreements. “At a time when our nation should be making investments in education, job training and our infrastructure to compete in the global marketplace, President Bush continues to advance flawed trade agreements that encourage the outsourcing of high-quality U.S. jobs.”

Oberstar offered these final thoughts. “To be sure, our nation has unfinished business. As President Bush begins his final year in office, he has not fulfilled his commitment to unite the country and leave no child behind; with his unwise decision to engage in a unnecessary war against Iraq, he has undermined our moral authority to win the war against terrorism; his unsound economic policies have burdened our nation with unsustainable deficits and now economic decline. While I am pleased that President Bush has sought cooperation to enact an economic stimulus package, I encourage President Bush to join with Congress to work for effective bipartisan solutions to address our nation’s urgent needs.”


Friday, January 25, 2008

Gmail - New mining era for northeastern Minnesota -- and new environmental worries

Here's a post we received today by gmail from Save our Sky Blue Waters, about how the new mining projects could affect all of us in northeastern Minnesota adversely:

Gmail - New mining era for northeastern Minnesota -- and new environmental worries

New Border Crossing Rules May Cause Problems

Op-Ed jusst in from Rep. Oberstar:

New Border Crossing Rules May Cause Problems
Friday, January 25, 2008

In just a few days, it will become more confusing to cross the border between the U.S. and Canada or Mexico. Because the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is not ready to implement the new Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), DHS is moving ahead with a temporary system to screen travelers and commerce at our border crossings.

Here is what travelers need to know about the new requirements that take effect on January 31:

  • Adults traveling to Canada or Mexico will need a government-issued photo ID as well as proof of citizenship.
  • To satisfy this enhanced travel requirement, you can present a passport or you can use your driver’s license plus your birth certificate.
  • Children under the age of 18 are only required to have a proof of citizenship such as a birth certificate.
  • There are also exemptions for members of the U.S. armed forces traveling on orders and youth and school groups.
  • For more information, visit before you leave the U.S.

A passport is a good investment if you travel between the U.S. and Canada on a regular basis. For the last year, U.S. airline passengers have needed a passport to fly to Canada or Mexico, and passports will soon be one of the key documents accepted for travel by land. Regardless of the new system that DHS implements, a passport will serve as absolute proof of your U.S. citizenship.

I am disappointed with the way that DHS has developed this temporary screening process. According to a recent report by the General Accountability Office, DHS does not have the resources or manpower to make the plan work smoothly. I am concerned this will result in long lines at the border that will hamper the movement of people and goods and harm the economies of border communities like International Falls.

I have signed a letter with my congressional colleagues to request that DHS suspend its interim program. DHS should focus its resources to implement the new WHTI and developing an alternative, efficient document for those who cross the border frequently.

The current system that allows travelers to make an oral declaration of citizenship gives border agents the ability to use their common sense and experience to screen people. Border agents used this very system to catch the terrorists who were planning the Millennium Plot in Seattle in 2000.

The new WHTI must preserve this ability of our Customs and Border Patrol agents to draw on their judgment and experience. It must quickly identify travelers who do not pose a threat, so resources can be used more effectively. DHS must devise a system that strikes the right balance between protecting our national security and ensuring the economic vitality of border communities.


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Oberstar Announces Energy Assistance Funds for Minnesota

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Washington DCMinnesota seniors and low-income families will receive additional assistance to help pay their heating bills. Congressman Jim Oberstar announced today that Minnesota will receive nearly $20 million in emergency funding for heating assistance programs. The funding is Minnesota’s share of a $450 million disbursement of emergency funding from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

“Skyrocketing crude oil prices are driving the cost of heating oil and natural gas to an all-time high. We need to act quickly to make sure that seniors and low-income families can get the help they need,” said Oberstar.

Oberstar has worked for an increase in LIHEAP funding in his role as the chair of the Northeast Midwest Coalition, a bipartisan group of lawmakers who are concerned about legislative issues that impact the northeast and midwest states. The coalition’s efforts led to an increase in the emergency LIHEAP account in the current budget

Between 2003 and 2007, the number of households receiving LIHEAP assistance increased by 26 percent from 4.6 million to about 5.8 million or about 15.6 percent of the eligible population. During this same period, the federal appropriation increased by only 10 percent with the resulting average grant declining from $349 to $305.

The Energy Information Administration estimates that households can expect to pay between 10 to 22 percent more for heating fuels than during the 2006-2007 winter, and many of these families are carrying energy debt from previous years.


Monday, January 21, 2008

Courageous amputee healing after accident 9:32 PM | Local News | News for Charlotte, North Carolina | | Top Stories

True here, posting this information received from ATV Report.
It's a feel-good story but I have some questions. Why was a seven-year old riding an ATV? Here in Cook County I see children who look to be in that age range roaring around on their snowmobiles, no adults in sight.
What are the ordinances about children driving ATVs and snowmobiles? And why are they apparently not enforced? Yes, Andrew is a swell little guy. But, where were his parents when he lost his leg? What the hell was he doing driving an ATV?

Courageous amputee healing after accident 9:32 PM | Local News | News for Charlotte, North Carolina | | Top Stories

Copper mining debate squares off in legislative hearing

Divisive debate on mining copper gets legislative hearing

Supporters, skeptics on northern mining square off


Jan. 18, 2008 Janette Brimmer

Legal Director



Ron Meador

Executive director

Friends of the BWCA


Chuck Laszewski

Communications Dir.



Divisive debate on mining copper gets legislative hearing

Supporters, skeptics on northern mining square off

ST.PAUL--What promises to be a contentious debate throughout 2008 will kick off Friday, Jan. 25 during a joint Legislative hearing by environmental, work force and economic development committees over proposed metallic sulfide mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

Two Canadian mining companies are vigorously pursuing state permits to mine copper, nickel, gold and other precious metals from sulfide-bearing rock in northeastern Minnesota. Polymet Corp. is expected to release its draft environmental impact statement on its proposed operation in the spring.

Metallic sulfide mining is different from taconite mining and much more hazardous to the environment. Once exposed to air and water, excavated rock produces sulfuric acid that drains into rivers, lakes and even ground water, killing fish, birds and other wildlife. Often the drainage carries toxic metals as well. States are usually left with millions of dollars of clean-up when the mine companies leave, a chore that can go on virtually forever.

Two of the expert witnesses Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy is bringing to the hearing will detail the damage done throughout the country by sulfide mining, explain that the Iron Range’s economy has rebounded from the taconite bust of the 1980s and show how sulfide mining could hurt, rather than help, the area’s economy.

WHEN: 12:30 p.m. Friday Jan. 25

WHERE: Room 200 State Office Building

WHO: Joint meeting of House Environment and Natural Resources Finance Divisions, Senate Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Budget Division, House Higher Education and Work Force Development Policy and Finance Division, and Senate Economic Development Budget Division. The chairs of the committees are Rep. Jean Wagenius, Sen. Ellen Anderson, Rep. Tom Rukavina and Sen. David Tomassoni.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Some thoughts on peace, nonviolence and power

Pack a Punch With Spiritual Energy

(Published in The Times of India on 18 January 2008)


Swami Veda Bharati

We often hear phrases like ‘power yoga’, ‘power breathing,’ and perhaps even ‘power meditation’. These phrases convey images of a heavy punch delivered by a wrestler or a country beefing up its armed forces. However, this is not the kind of power a practitioner of meditation pursues.

The Upanishads do state that atman is not to be found by one devoid of bala or power. Here, power refers to spiritual energy. The yoga sutras of Patanjali mention virya as one of the five ways of attaining samadhi and Brahmacharya or practice of celibacy confers virya. However, this virya arises out of shraddha or reverent conviction and is synonymous with the power to grant diksha or initiation which means shakti-pata, the power to transfer a higher state of consciousness to the disciple. This is the true meaning of power yoga.

The power in yoga means the power to extinguish one’s anger like that of taming a wild tiger, for instance. It means the will to overcome temptation and thereby altering the mental state of one who may approach a yogi with passionate thought. It is the power of Buddha whereby he converts Angulimala, the dreaded robber who cut off his victims’ fingers and wore them as a necklace round his neck. The Buddha walks into the robber’s lair and says “Come along, monk!” and helps transform the marauder into a monk instantly. The latter follows him like a tiger that has been tamed. That is true power.

The power of yoga is that of ahimsa whereby one abandons in all possible manner, at all possible times, towards all beings, any inclination to hurt or harm. With that power one may approach two combating armies, stand between them and through sheer power of presence, make them lay down their arms. Alexander had massacred many in battle during his conquests. Yet, he gave up violence after meeting with monks who advocated ahimsa.

Chengiz Khan established a large empire by sheer force of violence. When he reached what is now called Afghanistan , he began to have doubts; he questioned the meaning of his life. He invited a Taoist master to talk to him. The Taoist master’s spiritual energy convinced Chengiz Khan to stop his conquests and instead, set about consolidating what he had, peacefully. There is a painting depicting this in a Taoist temple in Beijing .

While the energy received from meditation may help one to win a long race, a true yogi uses the power to sit. Sitting still requires greater shakti or power than does running. True power is the power to stabilize yourself.

In the yoga sutras certain meditative practices are termed ‘sthiti-nibandhana’, establishing stability. Abhyasa or spiritual practice involves stable posture and undiluted relaxed concentration. During Abhyasa your breathing becomes calmer, deeper and lighter. Coupled with manasa japa or mental chanting, there is an even flow.

The ever-flowing mind-stream generates awakening of kundalini whereby one may conquer all intangible worlds and states within oneself. For a self-conqueror of the interior worlds the exterior conquests are mere pursuit of mirages, a wastage of power. He puts a stop to this. This vi-rama or ceasing is true power. We need to attain to this power of purity.

Let's have a local peace event in March

Is anyone interested in having our own peace event, including some nonviolent civil disobedience, during those 10 days in March?

Let True know.

- Anonymous

Plans in the Works to Stop-Loss Congress

By David Swanson

The peace movement is planning 10 days of resistance in March 2008. New additions to the plans include an effort to "stop-loss" Congress. Here's a schedule from

MARCH 10 to 12, 2008 (Monday to Wednesday) in Washington, D.C.: Stop-Loss Congress
This March, while tens of thousands of Americans in Washington, D.C., and all over the United States will be participating in acts of nonviolent civil disobedience to protest the ongoing occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, and involuntarily deployed U.S. soldiers and innocent civilian victims will begin another year of occupation, torture, and murder, U.S. congress members will be on vacation (from the 15th to 30th, technically a "district work period"), ignoring the killing and suffering they have enabled, supported, and financed.

To intensify the irony, Congress has condoned a widespread stop-loss policy in the military which requires soldiers to involuntarily extend their tours and prolong the killing. It is time to Stop-Loss Congress!

On Monday March 10, and Tuesday March 11, we will deliver "official" stop-loss notices to all members of Congress in their Capitol Hill offices. These will notify them that all of their LEAVES, VACATIONS and HOME VISITS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED until further notice. Just as they require that active-duty personnel endure involuntary extensions of their tours of duty, we, the people for whom they work, are notifying them that they, too, will have their tours of duty INVOLUNTARILY EXTENDED until every foreign soldier and mercenary is out of Iraq, and home. When all the troops and contractors get home, then Congress can go home, and no sooner.

On Wednesday March 12, we will take nonviolent action on Capitol Hill, to ensure that, while thousands of Iraqis, Afghanis, and foreign invaders die and are injured for life, the members of Congress and their staffs do not go home but remain to DO THEIR DUTY, and immediately end the funding of the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. No members of Congress goes home until THE TROOPS COME HOME.

To participate in planning these events, to learn meeting times and places, to help distribute flyers and organize travel, training, and other preparation, join this listserve.

Participating Organizations: Hip Hop Caucus,, Backbone Campaign, Camp Casey Peace Institute, CODEPINK Women For Peace, Common Ground Collective New Orleans,, Global Network, Gold Star Families for Peace, Progressive Democrats of America, Our Spring Break, The Critical Voice, Artists Against The War, Cities for Peace,, Grandmothers Against the War, Kennebunks Peace Department, New Orleans Voices for Peace, Daughters of Vietnam Veterans, Why Not News, DC Chapter of IVAW,

MARCH 13-16, 2008 (Thursday-Sunday) in Washington, D.C.: Winter Soldier
Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)'s Winter Soldier Testimony

Local Events Supporting Winter Soldier and other Anti-Occupation local events
Local events supporting Winter Soldier.
March 15 in Santa Barbara, CA
March 15 in London, England

MARCH 17 and 18, 2008 (Monday and Tuesday) in Washington, D.C.: Training, Lobbying, Restoring the Constitution
Training in Nonviolence in preparation for March 19, Training in lobbying, Lobbying and on the 18th: Take Back the Constitution Day lobbying 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and evening event at 8 p.m.
Join us for a spirited day in the Halls of Power in Washington, D.C., from Congress to the Justice Department to the Parties' Headquarters to the White House, and an evening event with Constitutional scholars and writers. This is a call for impeachment, an end to the occupation, an end to torture.
[COMING SOON: Link to trainings and lobbying info.]
[COMING SOON: Link to Code Pink page on Take Back the Constitution Day.]
Participating Organizations:, Grassroots America, DC Chapter of IVAW, CODEPINK Women For Peace, Our Spring Break,, Backbone Campaign, Progressive Democrats of America, The Critical Voice, Artists Against The War, Cities for Peace,, Replace Pelosi (petition to be delivered), Grandmothers Against the War, Kennebunks Peace Department, Delaware Valley Veterans for America, New Orleans Voices for Peace, Daughters of Vietnam Veterans, Why Not News,

MARCH 19, 2008 (Wednesday) Everywhere and in Washington, D.C.: Nonviolent Resistance
Nonviolent Civil Resistance and/or Disobedience in All 435 Congressional Districts and in the Nation's Capital on the Fifth Anniversary of the Occupation of Iraq
Locations in each congressional district, to be determined locally, can include congressional offices (Congress Members and Senators will be in their districts on this day), federal buildings, military recruiters, weapons makers, war profiteers, or corporate media outlets. In Washington, with Congress out of town, the focus will be on war profiteers in the military industrial disaster-capitalism complex. Where possible, events will include a place for people not willing to risk arrest. Evening town hall forums can also include a larger audience.
Local Events.
Washington D.C. Events.
Participating Organizations:, Backbone Campaign, Camp Casey Peace Institute, CODEPINK Women For Peace, Common Ground Collective New Orleans, Democracy Rising,, Global Network, Gold Star Families for Peace, Grassroots America, Hip Hop Caucus, Progressive Democrats of America, United for Peace and Justice, Voters for Peace, World Can’t Wait – Drive Out The Bush Regime!, DC Chapter of IVAW, Activist Responce Team (A.R.T), Washington Peace Center, Our Spring Break, The Critical Voice, Artists Against The War, Cities for Peace,, Grandmothers Against the War, Kennebunks Peace Department, Delaware Valley Veterans for America, New Orleans Voices for Peace, Daughters of Vietnam Veterans, Why Not News,

Friday, January 18, 2008

ASPCA calls kitten murderer to account

Dear True,

I am sure you remember the horrific cat beating murder at the campground a few years ago. Awful as it was, to me it was even worse that the perpetrator was never prosecuted and the county attorney deliberately mis-interpreted the animal cruelty statute for Minnesota. I was and still am so appalled. But it is good to know that some one else is out there who might in future help those of us who complained bitterly but without success after that incident, which was actually witnessed unlike most murders. Read the following excerpt from the ASPCA news alert at

ASPCA also urges us to take special care of our companion friends in this severe cold weather. Frostbite in 15 minutes. Stay home and keep the dog and the cat indoors too.


In late November 2007, the ASPCA was alerted to suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a stray kitten who had been socialized, cared for and fed by the residents and employees of a building at 1581 Fulton Avenue, The Bronx. Witnesses told ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement investigators that 17-year-old Robert Tull, a resident of the area, struck the 4 1/2-month-old male kitten with a garbage pail lid on the night of the kitten's death. Back at ASPCA headquarters in Manhattan, an examination of the kitten's remains proved that he had suffered head trauma and that he had been drowned.

ASPCA Special Agent Patrick Breen arrested Tull without incident on December 17, just a short distance away from the Fulton Avenue building. At 17, Tull is considered an adult by New York City law. He has been charged with felony aggravated animal cruelty and faces up to two years in prison and a $2,000 fine.

It is a well-documented phenomenon that those who hurt animals without provocation—especially young people—often move on to commit acts of violence against humans. Please report animal abuse in New York City by contacting the ASPCA's anonymous tip line at (877) THE-ASPCA. To learn how to report cruelty elsewhere, visit our Report Cruelty section.

A Poem

The whole of Cook County
Remembers the day
The influx of realtors came
Surging our way.

There were thin ones and fat ones.
The young and the old,
Determined to mark every
Scrap of land "sold."

They came in such numbers,
In waves, like the tides,
Hungry and greedy
And vocal besides.

Never mind we were happy
Without feeling stuck,
The realtors cried "Progress!"
Meaning: "I smell a buck!"

"Let's bulldoze the roads
And plat out the woods,
Cut down lots of trees,
Hey! Who cares if it's good?"

"We're here for the lucre
So we feel that it's fair
To change laws & zoning
And shout down the mayor."

"Downtown needs a facelift."
The city was told.
"Something screwing the view
Like the Cobblestone Cove!"

"We don't like your lifestyle
But don't start to slobber,
'Cause we'll trash, if you let us,
Your cute little harbor."

"Divide and conquer,
Or wear you right out,
We don't care 'cause it's money
That we're all about."

"Like lambs to the slaughter
This town's right for the plucking.
Let our greed be the instrument
Used for"

There's been nothing but discord,
Machinations, and worse,
A rash of bad poetry in
Multiple verse.

Always poking and sniffing for
Holes in the hedge,
They're constantly seeking
To insert a new wedge.

I like my sweet town just
The way that it is
And I'm sick of their schemes
And wish they'd take a piss.

But not in our well.
They should take a long hike --
And hurry along --
'Cause I'll be ecstatic the day that they're gone.


Thursday, January 17, 2008

I'm anonymous, who are you? Are you anonymous too?

Because we can, we once again plagiarize, and print this poem in today's News Herald. So, sue us:

Anonymous Poems (bold in headline type)

Anonymous poems
And the papers that print them
Speak volumes about
The people who write them

Though you did not attend, or
Stand or defend them
Your opinions you "Herald" regardless

Anonymous poets write
Anonymous poems about
Anonymous unfounded fears

Let go of the past because
Time moves so fast, and
You cannot go back to the '70's


John Gorski
Grand Marais

Like dear Emily, a great poet, we at True believe that Anonymous (Nobody) are the yeast that rises the creative spirit. Certainly not the bad, bad poetry of locals with agendas.

Consider Emily's really good poem:

I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us — don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!

We love being nobody, aka Anonymous. We celebrate our freedom from nya nya, shamey shame politics as usual. And we hope and pray we are better poets, though nobody could top Emily.

Seriously, the issue here is not anonymity. No, it is being able to speak out in the public media on a critical issue without losing personal credibility and income in a county where Texas-style Bidness calls the shots. That's why True decided to blog without revealing any of its individual contributors.

And at the end of the day, most people either do not want downtown residential or they don't give a shit. That's a documented fact by those so-called visionary planners who really wanted it to happen along with a 35 foot height limit that would have been manna from heaven for downtown bidness owners but NOBODY else liked.

So. It's the issues, stupid. Who cares who said it? The News Herald caved by apologizing. We all need to be able to speak out freely, both locally and globally.


Social Capital Survey

True has shamelessly copied this post from the Boreal website. That's one nice thing about being Anonymous. Who can they sue for copyright infringement? Watch for more posts about Anonymous Poetry published ("heralded") in the newspaper that came out today. Me, I am Anonymous. Anonymous has written more poems than any other poet, living or dead.

Jokes aside, here is a very easy way to do your part in this important project that assesses that Small Town Glue: who you know and what they can do:

The University of Minnesota Extension, working with a team of community volunteers, invites you to participate in an assessment of social capital in Cook County. Please click here to complete the survey.

Just Say No to endless war

True here. This is what Bush really wants for his "legacy": endless war. If you aren't a MoveOn member, you can still sign the petition before Monday. It's easy. Just a small step for peace that we can all take.

Dear MoveOn member,

Did you see the New York Times editorial today? Here's how it starts:

President Bush is discussing a new agreement with Baghdad that would govern the deployment of American troops in Iraq. With so many Americans adamant about bringing our forces home as soon as possible, a sentiment we strongly share, Mr. Bush must not be allowed to tie the hands of his successor and ensure the country's continued involvement in an open-ended war.

MoveOn sounded the alarm about the disastrous agreement early on, and more than 150,000 MoveOn members have signed a petition demanding that Congress stop President Bush from tying us down in Iraq.

Since then Representative Rosa DeLauro and Senator Hillary Clinton have introduced legislation to do just that. This morning's editorial in the Times will build momentum for action—now we need to push it over the top. If we can reach 250,000 signatures this week, the petitions will go straight to Congress on Monday.

Clicking here will add your name:

The petition reads:

"Congress must not let President Bush commit America to an endless military presence in Iraq."

Our original email about this petition, with more details, is here.

Please sign today.

Thanks for all you do.

–Nita, Justin, Wes, Joan, and the Political Action Team
Thursday, January 17th, 2008

P.S. Here's a longer excerpt from the editorial:

Don't Tie the Next President's Hands

President Bush is discussing a new agreement with Baghdad that would govern the deployment of American troops in Iraq. With so many Americans adamant about bringing our forces home as soon as possible, a sentiment we strongly share, Mr. Bush must not be allowed to tie the hands of his successor and ensure the country's continued involvement in an open-ended war.

Given what's at stake in Iraq in terms of American and Iraqi lives lost, national treasure and broad national security interests, the negotiations on any new agreement must be fully transparent—which they are not. The national debate must be vigorous and thoughtful, and then Congress must vote on whatever deal results.

Formal negotiations won't start until February and few details are known, but already the two sides are laying down markers. The Iraqi defense minister, Abdul Qadir—apparently tone-deaf to the American political debate—told The Times's Thom Shanker that his nation would not be able to take full responsibility for its internal security until 2012 or be able to defend its own borders from external threat at least until 2018.

That is far too long for most Americans, but not for Mr. Bush, who is quite comfortable leaving American troops fighting in Iraq for another decade.


Mr. Bush is rushing to complete a deal before he leaves office in January 2009. That is just as reckless and irresponsible as most of his decisions regarding Iraq. America's interests demand that his successor has maximum flexibility to plot a course, which we hope includes a quick and orderly withdrawal of troops.

One way to ensure that flexibility is to make sure that Congress approves any deal with Iraq, as leading Democrats, including Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, are insisting. The time for Congressional intervention is now.

The whole editorial is here:

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Can the Minnesota DNR be trusted stewards of Minnesota’s lands and waters?

Most Minnesotans grew up with a warm feeling for the folks at the DNR. Their usual interaction was with a conservation officer, most often when being checked while fishing, hunting, or perhaps just a casual encounter while hiking a state park or forest. I always came away with certain knowledge that these were folks who could be trusted to protect the state’s natural heritage. No more.

In recent years we have seen the politicization of the DNR as it has become an arm of industry and force for development. In terms of ill conceived and disastrously executed development programs, all one has to do is look to its trashing of Minnesota’s North Shore under the guise of its docks at all costs Safe Harbor program. In respect to its having become a toady of industry one need only look to its ongoing efforts to open every forest, trash every wetland, ruin every stream, and tear up every trail at the behest of Arctic Cat, Polaris and those ATV riders who believe literally that no stone should remain unturned in the pursuit of their so-called ‘sport”.

The latest exposition by the DNR of the loss of its soul is on display in north central Minnesota as it peddles its plan for the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest. To view the draft plan, maps and other documents, visit: Scroll to West Central Group — North Unit for documents.

The MN DNR would have us believe it has a mandate from heaven – in our state that is St. Paul – to allow ATVers to trammel the forest and banks that cradle the Mississippi. Keep in mind that this, the Mississippi Headwaters, is the only stretch of river in the state that is designated “wild” and that for generations the state, through the DNR has pledge to maintain it as such.

How did the DNR wander so far off its path? The reasons are complex, but basically it strayed because of prevailing attitude in St. Paul under the Pawlenty administration that the business of the state is business. This has been combined with the governor’s right wing religious conservative republican twisted idea that biblical stewardship equates to domination and destruction. Add to this the essentially corrupt pandering by Iron Range elected state politicians whose supporters demand unrestricted access to and use of the North Woods, along with weak and ineffectual leadership at the top of the DNR and you end up with a badly compromised DNR.

On a practical level, it translates into the trashing of out-state Minnesota. Unfortunately, we are not at the start of the process, but some where past its middle, especially in regard to the DNR ATV trail plan. This is because in countering the DNR’s efforts, the state’s environmental groups have, in part, been asleep at the switch, but mainly have not been able to muster the resources to counter the combined weight of the DNR and the ATV industry.

Though not impossible to stop, those who love northern Minnesota are forced to fight against the very agency most of the state likely still mistakenly thinks is protecting our natural bounty. In fact, however, the DNR is not just cheerleading the destruction of lake, stream, field and forest, it is actively abetting it as it not only echoes those who say we just want a little bit here and a little bit there and a little bit everywhere to destroy in our legitimate quest for fun. No, the DNR is taking up the call itself saying it’s only fair for these good folks on their wonderful machines to totally destroy all that we have worked so hard to protect.

And all of this will soon be coming to Cook County courtesy of our own branch of the ATV industry, our local ATV club, working hand in hand with the DNR as they work to likewise drag us down the same rutted trail. Hopefully, the county board will stop this insanity.

If you are interested in just what the DNR is mind for the Mississippi Headwaters, and what impact ATV’s have on people, communities, and our natural areas, go to


Saturday, January 12, 2008

Biting the hand that feeds? Or not eating poison?

The Iron Range Resources Board gives so much to us here on the North Shore, like a really nice grant for Birch Grove to fix their septic system. But with the other hand they gave exactly 10 times that amount to privately owned and filthy rich Lutsen Mountain so they can build sidewalks, gutters, etc. for free. IRRB also just published a glowing newsletter about the many new mining projects they expect will bring great prosperity to us poor folks in northeastern Minnesota. One of these projects is also expected to bring death of all life surrounding it, i.e., the proposed Polymet copper mine just a skip and a jump away from us up here on the Shore.
Our mining correspondent Lori Andersen sent this batch of very interesting stories about mining, copper, a similar project in Michigan and other questions the environmental folks are asking. Settle in for a good winter night's read here:

MI DNR delays decision/ Ely forum highlights threats from climate change/ Murphy Oil expansion/ GROWING FUEL
DNR delays decision on permits for Upper Peninsula mine
1/10/2008, 7:49 p.m. ET
The Associated Press

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A proposed nickel and copper mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula hit at least a temporary snag Thursday when the state Department of Natural Resources postponed a ruling on the company's plan.
Director Rebecca Humphries was scheduled to announce whether the DNR would let Kennecott Minerals Co. build and operate the mine in northwestern Marquette County. Instead, she requested more information, a process that could take months. She set no deadline.
The Department of Environmental Quality, the agency that regulates mining in Michigan, granted permits for the project in December. But Kennecott wants to lease 120 acres of state land for its aboveground operations, which requires DNR approval.
DNR staffers have endorsed the mine. Humphries was not signaling the project was in jeopardy by delaying a decision, spokeswoman Mary Dettloff said.
But with opponents having filed a lawsuit and administrative challenges to the DEQ's approval, Humphries wants to be sure the DNR's eventual decision will "stand up to any scrutiny," Dettloff said.
"It's a yellow light, not a red light," said Lynne Boyd, chief of the Forest, Minerals and Fire Management Division.
Opponents were hopeful that further review would defeat the mine.
"Director Humphries is one of the first people willing to look at this objectively and not just rubber-stamp it," said Michelle Halley, attorney for the National Wildlife Federation. "She is asking good questions and I don't think the company is able to provide satisfactory answers."
Jon Cherry, project manager for Kennecott, said the DEQ already considered many of the same issues raised by the DNR and was satisfied with the company's responses.
"We want to make sure the DNR has all the information it needs and we want the process to be transparent and thorough," Cherry said.
The mine would be located in a remote area called the Yellow Dog Plains, renowned for its backwoods trails and trout streams. Foes say the mine could pollute groundwater and the nearby Salmon Trout River with sulfuric acid. Kennecott says it would protect the environment while boosting the regional economy and creating jobs.
The company is targeting an underground ore deposit expected to yield up to 300 million pounds of nickel and about 200 million pounds of copper, plus smaller amounts of other metals.
It would be Michigan's first nickel mine, and the only U.S. mine where nickel is the primary mineral generated instead of a byproduct.
Humphries told the state Natural Resources Commission on Thursday she wanted Kennecott to further explain why it needs to lease state land for its surface facilities when the company owns adjacent property.
Cherry said Kennecott had considered another location that it owns, but the preferred site is farther from the river and provides additional environmental protection.
Marvin Roberson, a Sierra Club spokesman, said the state should demand additional evidence to back up that claim.
The DNR also wants more information about the mine's effect on a bedrock outcrop with spiritual significance for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Humphries said.
The mine would tunnel underneath the outcrop. It would be fenced off for safety reasons but tribal members would be granted access, Cherry said.
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Iron Range view: In imaginary boardroom, mining execs cook up propaganda to feed Iron Rangers
Joseph Legueri, Duluth News Tribune
Published Friday, January 11, 2008
This lifelong Iron Ranger is no friend of the mining companies. Members of my family have labored in the mines for the better part of 100 years; some of them died there.
My grandfather told me stories about Cousin Jacks, Pinkertons, company houses, the company store and one atrocity after another committed by the uncaring mining companies at the expense of the men whose labors made the companies rich. When he was 85, my father’s pension and supplementary health insurance were taken away by the mining company. The look on his face when he received the news is etched deeply in my mind.
Yes, things have changed in 100 years. However, human nature doesn’t change. The nature of greed doesn’t change. Based on what has happened to us at the hands of the mining companies and based on what they taught me about greed, I have formed an opinion about what might have happened at a board meeting that might have taken place in Toronto, Ontario, recently when the fictitious MollyMetalMining made its decision to mine copper/nickel on Minnesota’s Iron Range:
John Foster Dulls, president and CEO of MollyMetalMining, sits at the head of a huge, deeply polished oak meeting-room table. His six-member management team is just entering the room.
Fossy, as he’s known to his team, takes charge. “Gentlemen,” he says, “I’ve been reading a report that was just completed by the Minnesota DNR. The report says that there are more than 4 billion tons of non-ferrous [non-iron bearing] copper and nickel ore near Aurora, Babbitt and Ely.
“I’ve also just looked at a study that I asked our corporate planners to complete. The price for copper right now is $3.50 a pound; nickel is $12.06 a pound. Our people think that we can mine copper for $1.50 a pound and nickel for $6.50 a pound. I’d like to hear what you gentlemen have to say about this.”
Hubert Mumphrey, MMM’s best metallurgical engineer and the only former Minnesotan in the Canadian company, speaks up right away. “I don’t know, Fossy. Wisconsin has all but outlawed the mining of copper and nickel because it’s encased in sulfide rock that emits sulfuric acid when it’s exposed to air and water.”
“That’s no problem,” counters John Dubois, the company’s chief mining engineer. “You know that we can dig up that sulfide rock and stockpile it on an impermeable membrane. Then when we’re done extracting the minerals, we can dump the sulfide back into the mine pit and cover it up. Then it can’t get air. No air — no sulfuric acid.”
“That sounds like a good plan,” Mumphrey says, “but you know it didn’t work at Kennecott’s Flambeau Copper/Nickel Mine in Ladysmith, Wisconsin. The Flambeau mine closed in 1997, and years later that mine is still leeching out Yellow Boy [sulfuric acid]. They don’t know if or when it will ever stop.”
“So what you’re saying,” Fossy says, “is that there’s no 100 percent safe way to mine copper and nickel without creating sulfuric acid contamination of the surrounding air and water?”
“That’s right,” Mumphrey answers. “There’s no known 100 percent safe way to mine the stuff.”
“The hell with it,” harrumphs Fossy. “Aurora and Babbitt are a long way from Toronto. What do we care if there’s a little sulfuric acid contamination? Get a truck full of cheap respirators and another truck full of Sam’s Club bottled water and park them in the Hoyt Lakes arena parking lot in case anything happens.”
“But how are we going to get our permits and convince those Rangers how nice we are?” asks Michael St.-John-Smith, MMM’s personnel director.
“I’ve got that all figured out,” Fossy says. “We’ll form a group of corporations and individuals, headed by a Ranger, to propagandize the locals with sayings like ‘the bad old, good old days of mining are gone’ and ‘we are the front guard, or the right guard, not the rear guard.’
“Rangers are stupid; they’ll believe anything we say for the chance to employ 800 people in what, most likely, will be short-term jobs. They let the old mining companies rape their land. They swallowed those lies about 100 more years of mining and passed the taconite amendment. They let the old mining companies give them mesothelioma and take away their pensions and health insurance, and then they believed the companies went bankrupt.”
“What if the price of copper drops to less than $2.25 a pound and nickel goes under $7.80 a pound and it’s not profitable to mine them anymore?” asks St.-John-Smith.
“That price drop can happen at any time,” Fossy replies. “The market fluctuates. The minute that happens, we’ll close the Minnesota mines. We’ll immediately declare bankruptcy. I have our people working on that plan as we speak. They’re camouflaging our assets. We’ll do the same if the sulfuric acid gets out of control. Our best thinkers have told me that copper and nickel will stay at or better than their present price for at least five years. After that, who cares? We’ll take our money and get out, eh?”
Mumphrey rises again to speak. “What about Teck Cominco?” he asks. “Didn’t they just invest $265 million in a copper-mining project and then pull out before it even started? Aren’t they part of the Minnesota group you’re forming to propagandize the Rangers?”
“I’ve heard enough out of you, Mumphrey,” Fossy growls. “We’re going ahead with the project. Just to satisfy the legalities, let’s do a show-of-hands vote.”
Five hands go up in favor and one opposed.
“Good,” Fossy says. “We’ll be mining by late 2008 or early 2009 … guaranteed.”
A round of applause erupts for Fossy.
“And Mumphrey,” Fossy turns to say, “will you stop in my office after the meeting for a moment, please?”
The other board members exchange knowing glances as they leave the room.
Joseph Legueri of Gilbert is a writer and a lifelong resident of the Iron Range.

Mum’s the word on high-level meetings at Minntac Mine
Lee Bloomquist Duluth News Tribune
Published Friday, January 11, 2008
Several top-level U.S. Steel executives made a rare visit to Minntac Mine in Mountain Iron this week to discuss company strategies with Iron Range legislators.
Such visits usually signal a major company decision. Iron Range legislators said U.S. Steel asked them to keep the subject of the meeting confidential.
State Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, characterized Wednesday’s meeting as positive, saying that U.S. Steel’s strategies could lead to a significant boost for the Iron Range.

U.S. Steel officials have also contacted steelworker leaders about company strategies.
U.S. Steel owns and operates two Iron Range taconite plants, Minntac Mine and KeeTac in Keewatin.
KeeTac produces about 5.4 million tons of iron ore pellets annually. However, it has one production line that has been mothballed for years. Minntac can produce about 14.6 million tons of iron ore pellets annually.
Scott Coleman, Minnesota Ore Operations general manager, said Thursday he could not comment on the nature of the discussion.
Iron ore pellets are in high demand globally as rapidly developing countries such as China and India build infrastructure. An 800,000-ton per year expansion at Northshore Mining Co. in Silver Bay is due to become operational near the end of the first quarter.

Well over 200 people packed the Vermilion Community College Fine Arts Theater in Ely, last Friday, to learn more about the threats posed from climate change. Photo by Scott Stowell

Thursday, January 10, 2001908
Volume 19, Issue 2

Ely forum highlights threats from climate change
By Marshall Helmberger

A diverse array of government, union, and business leaders described global climate change as both threat and opportunity to a standing room only crowd at the Vermilion Community College theater in Ely last Friday.
The forum, sponsored by the Will Steger Foundation, was the second of several to be held across the state to help raise public awareness of the local effects of climate change resulting from the burning of fossil fuels.
Friday's event, held in Steger's hometown, was the latest sign of the growing partnership between polar explorer Will Steger and Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who has become increasingly outspoken and active on the issue of climate change. Steger, who has witnessed first hand the dramatic changes now taking place in the polar regions, has spent the past several years focused on raising public awareness of the threat from climate change. Steger will be returning to the Far North in May, when he plans to visit Ellesmere Island to again draw attention to the issue. Pawlenty has said he may join Steger for part of that trip, although the governor said Friday that a final decision will depend on scheduling details and the demands of the upcoming legislative session.
Steger, who pointed to the large crowd in attendance at the Ely forum, called global warming “an enemy at our doorstep,” but said the public is starting to get the message. “Ely has sometimes been divided on political issues,” added Steger, “but it seems we’re united on the threats posed from global warming.”
Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who was in attendance at the forum along with U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, acknowledged that some in his own party remain skeptical of global warming. But Pawlenty said he finds the science persuasive and sees the reasons for action compelling. “Let’s say it’s a hoax, as some claim. The worst thing we’re going to do is clean up the world and improve things for our children and grandchildren. But what if we’re right?”
Klobuchar said recent climactic events have pushed global warming out from the pages of scientific journals and into the public consciousness like never before. She cited recent record low water levels on Lake Superior, retreating glaciers, and the increasing frequency of droughts, fires, and extreme storms as evidence the public is beginning to recognize. “This is really happening in people’s lives,” she said.
And the effects aren’t just environmental, according to Steelworkers Union District 11’s David Foster, who was representing the Blue-Green Alliance at the forum. “This is also the most important economic issue of our generation,” he said. According to Foster, the recent loss of 5,000 jobs in Washington state’s aluminum industry was a direct effect of climate change, because drought and warmer temperatures combined to lower water levels in the rivers that once produced an abundance of low-cost hydroelectric power. The reduced power generation forced higher costs on the aluminum producers, making the once-vibrant industry uncompetitive with foreign producers.
Such changes could affect Minnesota’s wood products industry as well, warned Lee Frelich, a forest ecologist with the University of Minnesota. He said many climate models suggest a warmer and possibly drier climate will eliminate forests across much of northern Minnesota. “Minnesota could end up without much forest at all,” he said.
While critics of prompt action on climate change have raised fears of economic losses, Foster warned the U.S. is already missing out on the early stages of an energy revolution that is taking place worldwide. He cited a recent study, which estimated the U.S. has lost 1.2 million new jobs, mostly in alternative energy fields, that would have been created had the U.S. agreed to adopt the Kyoto Treaty. He said the switch to clean energy has the potential to bring real economic benefits. “We have 1,000 union workers in Minnesota right now working on wind installations,” he said. “And in Iowa, 2,500 new manufacturing jobs in the wind industry have been created in the past four years.”
Improved energy efficiency can also help existing businesses, noted Tom Collins, who spoke at the forum on behalf of the Sappi mill in Cloquet. He said the company has recently made changes in its processes that have cut its power costs substantially, yielding millions of dollars in operational savings. He warned that isolated plants that produce energy through the burning of biomass may be a popular idea, but haven’t proven to be very efficient. Instead, Collins said energy efficiency can typically bring a better return for mill operators than turning to new power sources.
Pawlenty agreed. “The cheapest and cleanest energy is the energy we don’t need,” he said.
Politicians finally catching up?
While public concern has increased, political progress on the issue has been in short supply— until recently. Both Pawlenty and Klobuchar cited several political gains on climate change, including a recent state provision that would require cuts in greenhouse gas emissions of 80 percent by 2050. Forum moderator J. Drake Hamilton, a representative of the Twin Cities-based group Fresh Energy noted that Pawlenty had also led the effort to form a Midwestern state compact to enact emission reductions across several Midwestern states and the province of Manitoba. That agreement was signed earlier this year.
Klobuchar said the U.S. Senate, for the first time, recently passed an emissions reductions bill from a key committee and she urged those at the forum to contact senators and members of the House to support passage on the floors of both bodies.
Klobuchar noted that progress on the issue has long come in fits and starts. “We’ve had too much red-light, green-light,” she said, referring to the on-again, off-again incentives for alternative forms of energy, such as solar. While the recently-passed federal energy bill did improve gas mileage requirements for most motor vehicles, she said she was disappointed that tax credits for the installation of solar panels were allowed to phase out at the end of the year.
Steve Piragis, of Ely, said the U.S. leadership has suffered at the top when it comes to global warming, but he pointed to things people can do at home, such as changing incandescent light bulbs to compact flourescents, to help reduce their energy consumption.
Steger noted that residents could ask city leaders in Ely to reconsider passage of the Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement, a provision the city rejected last spring. That agreement, which has been signed by hundreds of cities across the U.S. requires cities to meet emission targets set out by the Kyoto Treaty.
All on the panel agreed that there isn’t one single solution to the problem of climate change. Steger said it will likely take changes in Americans’ lifestyles. Pawlenty said it will take a lot of things, including some technological breakthroughs, such as carbon sequestration and a new generation of solar panels.
“There is no silver bullet,” agreed Klobuchar, crafting the appropriate analogy. “It’s going to take silver buckshot.”

Thursday, January 10, 2001908 Volume 19, Issue 2

Protesters cite mining concerns
By Marshall Helmberger

While global warming may have been the topic of the day in Ely last Friday, several protesters took advantage of the forum to voice their concerns to Gov. Tim Pawlenty about the potential impact of copper-nickel mining in the region.
Several companies are in various stages of mine development along the Duluth Complex, which runs northeast from Hoyt Lakes to just south of Ely, and some of the protestors worry the impacts will be significant.
Bob Tammen, of Soudan, said the proposed mining operations will have an impact on the planet’s temperature. He said processing of the low-grade ore found in the Duluth Complex will require large amounts of energy. “And the PolyMet project alone will destroy hundreds of acres of wetlands, which are an effective carbon sink,” he said.
While the proposed ore processing operations won’t include a smelter, Tammen said the newly-developed Platsol® hydrometallurgical process that PolyMet plans to utilize involves “a witches brew of exotic chemicals.” Tammen said history has shown that some of those chemicals will eventually make it into ground and surface water. “Murphy’s Law has not been repealed,” he said.
The governor didn’t try to avoid the protesters, in fact, he stopped to talk with them briefly before heading indoors for Friday’s forum. “I told the governor that we’re really concerned about the fast-tracking of the permitting process for PolyMet,” said Tammen. “Copper just has such a bad record anywhere they’ve done it before, we just want to make sure they’ve looked at all the ramifications.”
Pawlenty, who commented on the protest during a press conference following the forum, said he’s confident that the benefits of the mining operations can be achieved, while keeping environmental impacts to a minimum. “We don’t have to sacrifice the environment to grow the economy,” he said.
BusinessNorth Exclusives
Murphy Oil expansion: What comes next?

by Beth Erickson
Superior has been buzzing since Murphy Oil executives confirmed in 2007 the Arkansas-based oil company has initiated talks with an environmental design and permitting consultant to help plan a major expansion at its Superior Refinery.
The impact for the region would be huge.
The $6 billion plus expansion, which would raise the refinery’s capacity from about 35,000 barrels to 235,000 barrels per day, promises 400 additional direct jobs, 1,200 secondary jobs and an extra $25 million in property tax revenue.
David Podratz, Murphy Oil’s Superior Refinery manager, cautions it is premature to talk about financing sources. “Funding is not a concern right now,” he said. “Until we have a partner and information on the environmental aspects of this, it just doesn’t make sense to worry about funding. But we’re confident if these areas work out, the funding will happen.”
Murphy Oil is pursuing several potential partners.
Recent partnership announcements — among them British Petroleum/Husky Energy and ConocoPhillips/Qatar Petroleum — show there is industry interest.
Murphy Oil itself is a joint venture participant in Syncrude Canada, the world’s largest oil sands producer. A joint venture partnership with one or more of its Syncrude Canada partners, or another tar sands leaseholder, is one potential financing option.
Another option would be to follow the model taken by Minnesota Steel, LLC. In June 2007 it sold its assets to Essar Global Ltd., which has promised to provide additional financing for the proposed $1.65 billion mine-to-steel mill planned this year near Nashwauk.
The potential for Murphy Oil to raise the capital for the refinery expansion by putting itself on the sale block has caught the attention of several national investor companies that assess the company as an “attractive acquisition candidate.”
Seeking Alpha, one of the leading providers of stock market opinion and analysis, describes Murphy Oil as a small company “with many worldwide strategic locations” and a “prime takeover target” by a larger oil and gas company, based in the United States or China.
If Murphy Oil secures funding for expansion, land adjacent to the Superior Refinery is available. Since 2001, Murphy Oil has purchased 150 acres north and east of its refinery from Douglas County, private landowners and Koch Industries.
The next indicator whether the project can move forward is the company’s environmental impact review that will be completed in first or second quarter of 2008.
An ownership partnership to raise financing could come at any time.

Updated at: 01/10/2008 05:28:01 PM
By: Renee Passal

DNR Underground Mine Mapping Project Almost Complete

Three geologists have been working for almost two years, to find and document all of the old underground mines and shafts in the central Iron Range. The Central Iron Range Sanitary Sewer District contracted with the DNR, to get this project done. The group needs the information about the old mines to plan their new sewer routes.
The geologists have found 73 underground mines, and 356 mine shafts, spanning from Hibbing through Kinney. Many are centuries old, from the undergound mining era.The geologists expect to find more in the next six months.
The team searches for old, original maps, from mining companies, private archives, and Ironworld. Then that information is digitized into the computer, and a 3-D map is created. Minntac and Hibtac closely with the team, because they do plan on doing more mining in the area. And surrounding communities like Chisholm will benefit, because when they want to expand, they'll have the information about where is safe and stable to do so. The project is expected to be finished by June 30th. And the team hopes to have the maps online someday, so the public can see where the mines used to be.

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Prime Meridian Resources Corp.: Copper Mineralization Intersected at Wilson Creek IOCG Project
Winter Drilling of Nickel-Copper Targets Underway in Mid January
CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Jan. 9, 2008) - Prime Meridian Resources Corp (TSX VENTURE:PMR) (FRANKFURT:DYD) ("Prime Meridian") is pleased to provide an update on its activities.

- Drilling has intersected copper mineralization at the Wilson Creek Iron Oxide-Copper-Gold ("IOCG") project;

- drilling will commence in mid January on the TAG and JAKE magmatic nickel-copper targets in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan;

- drilling will commence in February on the Winterfire nickel-copper project in Minnesota.

Prime Meridian initiated the drilling of its portfolio of properties in the Spring of 2007 and plans to continue this drill program during 2008, the current focus being areas which are best accessed during the winter drilling season. The Company is continuing its business model of systematically drill testing a series of projects it has acquired and advanced since 2000, each project having the potential to provide a significant mineral discovery.

Wilson Creek IOCG Project, Michigan

Prime Meridian has completed 4 drill holes on separate targets in the Wilson Creek Project Area, 3 of them being within the Main Grid Area ("MGA"). The MGA covers an area of approximately two miles by three miles. Assay results have been received for 3 of these holes. Copper mineralization, alteration, mineral assemblages and structural features characteristic of IOCG deposits were intersected in all three drill holes within the MGA.

The most encouraging assay results were received from the second drillhole within the MGA, DDH WC-2, which tested a coincident magnetic and electromagnetic response in close proximity to anomalous surface samples.

Interval (ft) Thickness (ft) Cu (%)
------------- -------------- ------
586-592 6 1.25
888-896 8 0.98

This hole was drilled at a 45 degree angle and intercepted bedding and structure at nearly 90 degrees, thus giving approximate true thicknesses. Contained within the intervals above are thin, 2" to 8" thickness of veined, massive chalcopyrite with trace amounts of gold, tungsten, and bismuth and abundant magnetite, hematite fluorite, epidote, K-spar, tourmaline, albite and chlorite alteration, all of which are typically associated with IOCG deposits. Additionally, copper mineralization occurs disseminated at various intervals throughout the hole. The best value is from 603 to 611 feet, 8 feet of 0.045% or 447 ppm copper. Anomalous geochemical values were also received for numerous Light Rare Earth Elements.

The vein-related mineralization present in this hole has been developed within structural zones that have served as conduits to allow the mineralizing fluids to ascend from a source at depth, laterally, or both. These structures are critical to the development of large-tonnage copper deposits when hydrothermal fluids are introduced into favorable environments, which Prime Meridian's previous work has identified to be present at Wilson Creek.

WC-1, testing a magnetic anomaly beneath very large, angular, subcropping mineralized boulders, had several intervals with geochemically anomalous results for copper, gold, tungsten and bismuth, all of which are associated with strongly altered rocks. The best copper values are from 627 to 635 feet, 8 feet of 0.05% or 495ppm copper.

WC-3 was collared to test an electromagnetic anomaly discovered from the airborne surveys and confirmed with ground follow-up geophysical surveys. This hole was not completed to the targeted depth because of the hunting season but will be deepened when the drill testing of the remaining targets at Wilson Creek resumes later in 2008. To date, trace amounts of copper mineralization have been observed in the core from WC-3, however, the targeted geophysical anomaly had not been reached when drilling was halted in November for the hunting season and for drill maintenance.

The other hole, DDH S9-1, located outside of the MGA, did not intercept any significant results.

Within the MGA it is very important to note that Prime Meridian's geological reconnaissance samples from outcrop and subcrop contained anomalous copper-gold-tungsten-flourine mineralization and associated hydrothermal alteration, as seen in the drilling. Values from very large, angular subcropping boulders were 2.69% copper, 0.01 oz/ton gold, 0.41 oz/ton silver, 0.13% tungsten, 0.3% fluorine and 0.02% molybdenum. These analyses are from rock samples of hydrothermal veins in mafic volcanics, the same style of mineralization intersected in DDH WC-2. Additionally, values of 1.03% copper were assayed from rock samples exhibiting a disseminated style of mineralization within the host mafic volcanics, a rock type which represents a favourable environment to form a large tonnage deposit.

In addition to the drilling, ground-based induced polarization, magnetic and electromagnetic surveys were completed in November, 2007. These surveys developed a minimum of four new high priority exploration targets that will be drill tested within the MGA area. These are new geophysical targets relating to the possible existence of a large tonnage copper occurrence and are independent of the nine targets previously defined within the MGA on the basis of Prime Meridian's previous work.

Prime Meridian is encouraged that the IOCG model has been further confirmed as a strong and large system hosting copper mineralization. The drilling and geophysical results combined with Prime Meridian's earlier work have advanced the understanding of the Wilson Creek IOCG project.

Prime Meridian will use the winter drill season to test other projects requiring winter access. The Company plans to continue drilling at Wilson Creek after the spring break up period.

TAG Nickel-Copper Drilling, Michigan

Prime Meridian will use the winter drill season to test targets which are, in several cases, accessible only at this time of year. It will begin its 2008 drill campaign in mid January by drill testing the TAG anomaly.

Prime Meridian acquired lands on its Mid-Stage projects in Michigan earlier this year, based upon interpretations of available government data sets and results from Fugro's Geotem and Geotech's VTEM airborne systems. The TAG target, an anomaly defined in the Geotem surveys as a strong, elliptical magnetic high with coincident EM and a 5 milligal ground gravity peak, is one of the acquired projects and Prime Meridian believes it is a compelling magmatic nickel-copper target. In November, 2007, an induced polarization ("I.P.") survey was conducted over the peak of the coincident magnetic, EM and gravity anomalies. The I.P. data shows a strong chargeability high and resistivity low coincident with magnetic, EM and gravity responses. Prime Meridian believes these anomalies may represent a buried mafic intrusive (peridotite) contained within sulfidic slates of the Michigamme Formation, thus presenting itself as a nickel-copper-PGM target.

JAKE Nickel-Copper Target, Baraga Basin, Michigan

Following the completion of drilling at TAG and to take advantage of winter access, Prime Meridian plans to drill test its JAKE nickel-copper-PGM project located in the Baraga Basin of Michigan. This project is located approximately 12 miles from Rio Tinto's recently permitted Eagle nickel-copper-PGM deposit. Outcrops of this gabbro intrusive were discovered by Prime Meridian in 2000. This dike and sill complex intrudes into the sulfidic slates of the Michigamme Formation along a major Midcontinent Rift structure. Subsequent ground geophysical surveys conducted by Prime Meridian defined this intrusive as a strong magnetic high with EM conductors.

Minimally, three additional nickel-copper targets in the Baraga Basin are planned for testing after the winter drilling at Winterfire (described below). All of these are high priority, coincident, magnetic, EM and gravity targets and two of these are within 3 miles of the Eagle Deposit.

Winterfire, Minnesota

Prime Meridian has received the interpretations and selected drill targets from the flying of GEOTECH's VTEM magnetic / electromagnetic system over the Winterfire nickel-copper project area. During the 1970s a series of drill holes intersected nickel-copper-PGM-gold mineralization over a 400m strike length at Winterfire. Prime Meridian has acquired all lands containing this discovery as well as additional lands covering newly developed targets from these surveys.

Prime Meridian will mobilize the drill rig to Winterfire during February to take advantage of winter access.

Other News

Prime Meridian is also pleased to announce that it will be attending the Prospectors and Developers Convention in Toronto as an exhibitor during March, 2008. We will be located at Booth # 2205 in the Investors Exchange Hall and extend an invitation to visit to anyone interested in our programs.

Prime Meridian Resources Corp. is a Canadian exploration company focused on projects it has developed since 2000 within the Midcontinent Rift System in Michigan and Minnesota. This rift system consists of deep-seated structures and act as conduits permitting the intrusion of mantle-derived magmas (mafic and felsic) and permit the development of magmatic nickel-copper and IOCG mineralization. Prime Meridian is continuing its drilling and the exploration of projects it has developed with the goal of achieving a discovery in an area that has historically produced large and valuable base and precious metal mines.

Prime Meridian Resources Corp.

Michael J. Senn, President and CEO

Prime Meridian Resources Corp. is a Canadian exploration company focused on the Midcontinent Rift system in Michigan and Minnesota.

Michael Senn, P.Geol, President of Prime Meridian and a "qualified person" as defined by National Instrument 43-101, prepared the information in this release. Detailed information on the projects described above can be accessed in NI43-101 reports available at

Certain disclosures in this release, including management's assessment of Prime Meridian's plans and projects, constitute forward-looking statements that are subject to numerous risks, uncertainties and other factors relating to Prime Meridian's operation as a mineral exploration company that may cause future results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Prime Meridian expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.
For more information, please contact
Prime Meridian Resources Corp.
John Boreta
(403) 539-0192
MinnPost.Com GROWING FUEL: Four articles
PART 1: Minnesota's corn ethanol industry blends subsidies, politics and lobbying
The corn ethanol industry has taken off in Minnesota, benefiting many rural areas. How did this happen? Subsidies fueled by politics and lobbying.
PART 2: Despite the hype, experts question corn ethanol's environmentally friendly image
Politicians and special interests aggressively push corn ethanol as an environmentally friendly solution to the nation's energy problems, but scientists and agriculture experts aren't so sure.
Part 3: Ethanol reduces need for imported oil, but its energy savings are costly
The federal government pays 51 cents of the cost of every gallon of ethanol you buy, prompting this question: Is ethanol worth it?
Part 4: Beyond corn ethanol: Minnesota's rural economy positioned for enormous gains
Production of corn ethanol is rapidly expanding, but plans are underway for a "next generation" renewable fuel —and Minnesota's rural areas could reap huge benefits.

Making fuel: How corn becomes ethanol
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