A new venture between PolyMet Mining and minerals giant Teck Resources creates a significant prospect for the development of copper-nickel mining on Minnesota’s Iron Range. Named NewRange Copper Nickel, the joint venture is focused outside of the Rainy River watershed, the basin that drains directly into the Boundary Waters. Based in this less controversial area, the venture could speed along copper-nickel mining and access a major portion of the Duluth Complex mineral deposits. See the July 21 Mesabi Tribune article online. NorthMet mining project image source: PolyMet.