In a rare step, one of the largest mining companies in the world is drilling to find gold deposits on state-owned land in Itasca County. An exploratory move that it hopes will eventually lead to a mine being approved in years to come.
The Lake Country Power Service Center in Mountain Iron was briefly evacuated Wednesday morning for a fire scare. An air conditioning unit overheated and filled a computer server room with smoke. There were no flames, and nothing was damaged, a company spokesman said.