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Giant mine near Ely would be 'like an underground city'

Twin Metals wants to build the largest mine in Minnesota history -- a project on par with the biggest mines in the world -- to tap into what geologists say are enormous metal deposits. The Duluth News Tribune says it would be among the most extensive private enterprises in state history.
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Twin Metals wants to build the largest mine in Minnesota history -- a project on par with the biggest mines in the world -- to tap into what geologists say are enormous metal deposits. The Duluth News Tribune says it would be among the most extensive private enterprises in state history.

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