Iron Range Field Visit: Sep. 15/16

Updated – August 14, 2017


Part of the symposium and exhibition will include a 2-day, 1 night field tour to Minnesota’s Iron Range.  We will depart from Minneapolis via coach and caravan on the morning of September 15th. The bus (for those who confirm seating – limited) will be waiting at the Northrup Hall vehicle driveway, immediately behind the Church Street Parking Ramp at 89 Church Street SE on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota Campus.  We will spend two days visiting the extraction, industrial and landscape infrastructure of Minnesota’s North.  Currently in the planning phase, we anticipate visits to Hibbing, Minnesota – the site of the Hull-Rust Mahoning Mine – one of the largest open-pit iron mines in the world, the United Taconite Mine near Virginia, Minnesota, as well as the systems that bring taconite from the Range into the Port of Duluth Superior for transit through the Great Lakes and out into the world. We are working to organize a mine-tour of the Hibbing Taconite Mine (steel-toe boots and hard-hats will be provided), as well as possible tours of the Calumet Refining Plant and the Enbridge Tank Farm in Superior.

We will spend an evening in Duluth on the North Shore of Lake Superior, with a reception and pecha-kucha (held at Clyde Iron Works – a former steel foundry that was established in 1889) on the evening of September 15th.

We see the field tour as a mobile classroom, and we will be asking local faculty from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and the University of Minnesota-Duluth to participate in a series of conversations, discussions and micro-workshops while on the field tour on the 15th and 16th.

Our anticipated schedule is as follows:

September 15th, 2017: 7am. Departure from Rapson Hall (89 Church Street SE, on the University of Minnesota Campus).  Visits to include (TBD): Hull-Rust Mahoning Mine Overlook & outdoor museum, Hibbing-Taconite Mine-Tour, tracing energy infrastructure + pipelines in Wisconsin/Duluth // Check into hotels // Early evening reception, movie screening + pecha-kucha event at Clyde Iron Works  // Evening at leisure.  There is lots do to (and see – and eat) in Duluth. We’ll provide a list of options for late evening dining and drinks.

September 16th, 2017: (TBD): Port infrastructure + Energy and Pipeline tours.

We return to the Twin Cities on the evening of September 16th (time TBD).

The cost of the field-tour is $52.50.  PLEASE NOTE: There are limited spots available on our chartered bus for the field tour. These will be reserved and assigned on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Please contact Ozayr Saloojee ( to hold your seat.  Participants are welcome to drive their own vehicles (we will provide maps and a schedule). The registration fee covers the cost of light lunches (for the 15th and 16th, the light reception dinner at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth on the 15th), as well as the cost of our anticipated Mine-Tour.  It does not cover hotel accommodation in Duluth. We are holding a limited number of rooms at the Duluth Radisson for conference attendees; these are also available on a first come-first-served basis. This is a popular time to visit Minnesota’s North and we would suggest making room bookings early – as bird watchers and leaf watchers visit en-masse at this time of year.

Hotel suggestions for Duluth:

  1. The Inn on Lake Superior.
  2. Duluth Radisson (limited room block available for attendees)
  3. Pier B-Resort
  4. Canal Park Lodge
  5. Comfort Suites Canal Park

We would advise symposium participants to pack a light overnight bag for the field tour.

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