Projects on the Horizon


What's the hottest commodity in northern Minnesota today? Land, land, land. Through the CIRI, areas of desirable residential development have been identified and early steps taken to plan housing that incorporates the best of the region's recreational opportunities. The Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with area mining companies, has agreed to conduct underground mine mapping to determine the location of mining excavations that occurred up to 100 years ago. Along with groundwater identification, the underground mine mapping project will facilitate housing and other developments.

Chisholm to Buhl

Abandoned mining pits, filled or partially filled with clear spring water, are a dramatic setting for housing developments as well as fishing, biking, boating, hiking and more. Regulating the water levels of theses "pit lakes,"  as well as working with mining companies to landscape the surrounding acreage for housing, are two major initiatives already underway.

The CIRI has applied to the Iron Range Resources for a grant to develop a mine pit lakeshore prototype near Chisholm. The prototype would include a residential development bordering the Frazer and Sherman pit lakes.

Hibbing Housing Needs Assessment

Carey Lake

A well-established recreation area with cross country ski and walking trails, a swimming beach, fishing docks and seaplane base, Carey Lake is considered an ideal location for further recreational development and possible residential development. A 4.25-mile paved bike trail connecting Highway 169 to Carey Lake along 23rd Street/Dupont Road, not to mention scenic countryside within close proximity to community amenities, helps make this corridor ideal for development.