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Minerals, Metallurgy & Mining

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NRRI solves industry challenges, identifies unique market niches and provides technical innovation.

This Strategic Initiative provides high quality research and development programs that enable efficient, effective and environmentally viable solutions to maximize Minnesota's mineral wealth.


  • Characterize Minnesota's mineral portfolio
  • Reduce the cost of iron ore recovery
  • Develop higher value products to strengthen our mining-related economies
  • Assist the mining industry and state agencies to define and maintain the "social licence" to operate in Minnesota
  • Support professional and workforce development

Initiative Director: George Hudak,, (218) 788-2739

For more information on this initiative, please navigate to a specific research area.