Upper peninsula dating

03 Dec

If Highland Copper Co.'s plans go forward, the White Pine, Mich., area will be astir once more as underground ores are blasted, hauled to the surface and crushed at a mill to extract valuable minerals.

White Pine's impending rebirth is almost miraculous to local residents who have borne the brunt of its demise, but it's part of something even bigger: a surprising resurgence of a mining industry that once was an economic pillar in three Upper Midwestern states but has been in serious decline.

Chad grew up in West Union, a rural community in southern Ohio, and attended two different church camps in the area.

He received Jesus as his Savior while attending Greenfield Bible Camp.

But local economies will benefit from spinoff jobs and tax payments, said Michigan Technological University economist Gary Campbell.

The Eagle Mine, a nickel and copper operation scheduled to begin production this fall, will pump billion into Marquette County over its eight-year lifespan and employ about 300 while generating economic activity that will create 1,200 additional jobs, its managers say.

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Aquila Resources plans an Upper Peninsula zinc and gold mine.A way of life dating back more than a century appeared over in Michigan's Upper Peninsula when the last copper mine closed in 1995, idling more than 1,000 employees and turning this once-thriving company town into a forlorn outpost.Now a Canadian company is planning a new mine at the site a few miles from Lake Superior, where screeching gulls hover over empty buildings and parking lots are littered with broken glass.Because of the rich deposits, "You'd have to say the potential is as high as any in the world," said David Fennell, executive chairman of Highland Copper.Environmentalists, tribes and landowners have filed 11 legal challenges to block the Eagle Mine, located in a scenic forest. The companies say newer mines will leave considerably smaller footprints than before.In the past few years, at least six open-pit or underground mines have been proposed or started in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, the first such ventures in decades.Additionally, four new Minnesota operations are using refined technology to extract iron from waste rock mined long ago. "I thought there was no way it was ever coming back," said Dan Kessler, who was 34, married and the father of two young children when the White Pine closure left him jobless.God used both camps, along with other experiences, to pave the way for the Swearingens to embrace full-time camp ministry.We're delighted that the two have been led to fulfill that call by serving as UPBC missionaries.Bill Chabot, clerk of Ontonagon Township near the White Pine mine, said he's been chastened by mining's drop-off."We've been kicked in the teeth so much over the years," Chabot said.