Special Events

Hull Rust Mine

Professional Field Tours

Sunday, June 7

Taconite Tour (full day)
Take in Minnesota’s Iron Range mining district at the newly renovated Hibbing Mine View overlooking the Hull Rust Mahoning Mine complex, the “Grand Canyon of the North.” From the unique 360° vantage point, one can see the evolution of reclamation on the Iron Range. One of these sites is United Taconite’s tailings basin, which has been reclaimed to productive use as farmland, wetland, and a hybrid poplar stand. Another is Hibbing Taconite’s 5036 stockpile, an innovative, proactive reclamation site that will become the future pit lake’s littoral zone. In Hibbing, we’ll also stop at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources mine reclamation research facility, home to field- and pilot-scale reclamation demonstration projects and Minnesota’s exploration drillcore library. We will visit the Redhead Mountain Bike project to view the development of off-road trails on mined land and the Minnesota Museum of Mining.

PolyMet and Giant’s Ridge Tour (full day)
The former LTV Steel Mining Company site is home to Minnesota’s first permitted Cu/Ni +/- PGE project. Polymet’s Northmet deposit is situated adjacent to the Iron Formation, and features of the site include the partially reclaimed tailings basin. This area has since become a habitat for birds, and work to study those bird populations is ongoing. The tour will also cover the future Cu/Ni project plans, including planned operational and reclamation activities. We will also make stops near Giant’s Ridge, a year-round ski and gold recreational destination in Northern Minnesota, which includes the Quarry, a golf course built on a former iron mining property. We’ll visit the restored creek area near the facility, which was scoured after the Hector mine pit lake overtopped its spillway in 2017.

Thursday, June 11

Peat Mining and Reclamation (full day)
This tour heads south and west out of Duluth to visit active peat mining sites that undergo progressive wetland reclamation. We’ll see the novel harvesting equipment and bagging operations along with reclaimed wetland sites at the Premier Peat and American Peat Technology sites. We’ll also have lunch in Tamarack, where Talon Metals has been actively exploring a high-grade Cu/Ni+PGE deposit. Last, we’ll stop to look at some unique geology and beautiful views at Jay Cooke State Park, located just west of Duluth.

Estuary Restoration Boat Tour (~2 hours)
The St. Louis River flows into western Lake Superior to create one of the most remarkable coastal systems on the Great Lakes: the St. Louis estuary and harbor. This boat excursion will highlight several of the remediation and restoration projects taking place within the estuary. These projects are part of the St. Louis River Area of Concern, a series of management activities and projects with partial funding through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to address several beneficial use impairments within the harbor and river corridor. Projects have included sediment capping and habitat improvements supporting fish and bird populations.

Self-Guided Duluth Streams

Duluth Stream Reconstruction (self-guided)
In 2012, Duluth experienced a two-day rainfall event that flooded the creeks running through Duluth’s hillside and resulted in millions of dollars of infrastructure damage. Many of these creeks were subsequently restored and are some of the city’s most beautiful features, and are accessible by hiking trails. You will be able to follow along with maps and materials to take a look at these restoration projects.


Evening Welcome Reception

Join us for appetizers and drinks during the welcome reception at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center.

Awards Luncheon

Join us after the opening plenary for ASMR’s annual awards luncheon and business meeting. Plated lunch, dessert, and coffee will be served.

Social Event and Dinner

Join us for a catered dinner and drinks on the lakefront grounds of the historic Congdon Estate, Glensheen. The home of Henry Oliver’s personal attorney, Chester Congdon, this Gilded Age estate is now a museum run by the University of Minnesota–Duluth. The fortunes created by Northern Minnesota iron ore production and eastern steel making are on display, and we’ll enjoy self-guided tours of the mansion, the balconies and greenhouse, and the shoreline beaches and gardens.

Film Festival

Join us for the Second Annual ASMR Film Festival. We will bring reclamation-related topics to you in a whole new way with short (~5-10 minute) films highlighting exciting and intriguing reclamation projects. Awards will be presented to the best in show, and libations and classic movie theater snacks will be provided. New this year will be two divisions - Professional entries for those with serious, professional backing, and Student Presentations, not simply for students, but for those videographers who are essentially beginners or amateurs and don’t have a professional video production crew behind them. Last year’s winner, a real professional video. See all last year’s entries at the bottom of the page - https://www.asmr.us/Meetings/Past-Meetings?y=2019#Content.

Early Career Professionals Event

This event, open to students and early career professionals alike, will bring together early career professionals and experienced professionals in a networking environment. Hosted at Hoops Brewing in Canal Park, the event will include food, beverages, and fun ways for early career professionals and mentors to interact.

Cultural Tours

Vista Boat Tour (~2 hours)
Enjoy Duluth’s lakefront by boat by hopping on the Vista!

Glensheen Mansion Nooks and Crannies Tour (~2 hours)
See the historic Congdon estate in detail! Chartered transportation to Glensheen is included.

North Shore Scenic Railroad Train Excursion (~2 hours)
Ride the Duluth Zephyr, which brings you through downtown Duluth, a little way up the North Shore, through Congdon Park, and to the neighborhood of Lakeside for spectacular lake viewing.