Freedom of Information Act Request – U.S. Forest Service

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Document titled: “Findings of Categorical Exclusion for Lake and St. Louis Counties, Superior National Forest, Kawishiwi Ranger District” by Clay G. Beal, Forest Supervisor February 6, 1987. Terms and conditions of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) leases ES 01352 and ES 0153 “are adequate to prevent or mitigate unacceptable impacts” and no additional conditions need to be added prior to their renewal.  The leases include approximate 4,945 acres of Federal minerals.

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Assignment of Record Title Approved on April, 7, 2004 for American Copper and Nickel Company Inc. to Beaver Bay Join Venture for Preferences Right Leases MNES 1352 and MNES 1353.

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Correspondence from Lloyd K. Hendrickson and Floyd J. Marita, Regional Forester, United States Department of Agriculture to Director of Eastern States Office, Bureau of Land Management, March, 24, 1988 regarding the BLM Preference Right Leases MNES 01352 and MNES 01353 (Superior NF – MN).  No objections are made to 10-year renewal of leases.

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Correspondence from United States Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Eastern States Office about Preference Right Leases Renewed. The document states that the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management have agreed to the renewal of the enclosed Reference Right Leases MNES 1352 and MNES 1353. Signed by Stuart F Carlson, Deputy State Director for Mineral Resources.

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Renewal Preference Right Lease between the United States Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management and INCO Alloys International, Inc. effective July 1, 1989.

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Preference Right Lease Renewal between United States Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management and the American Copper and Nickel Company effective January 1, 2004.

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Correspondence from Randy Moore, Regional Forester for United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Eastern Region dated July 18, 2003 to the Director, Eastern States Office, Bureau of Land Management. The memo states that the Forest Service has no objection to the renewal of MNES 1352 and MNES 1353.

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Document titled “Findings of Categorical Exclusion, Conditions of Extending Bureau of Land Management Leases, Lake and St. Counties, Superior National Forest, Kawishiwi Ranger District” by Clay G. Beal, Forest Supervisor February 6, 1987. Terms and conditions of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) leases ES 01352 and ES 0153 “are adequate to prevent or mitigate unacceptable impacts” and no additional conditions need to be added prior to their renewal. These leases include approximate 4,945 acres of Federal minerals.

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Correspondence from United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Superior National Forest date June 25, 2003 to Regional Foresters about the Renewal of BLM Leases ES 1352 & 1353. Forest Supervisor, James W. Sanders consents to the renewal of leases by INCO Alloys International, Inc. (American Copper and Nickel, Inc.)

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Document for Twin Metals Minnesota LLC, Maturi Southwest Exploration Project, State of Minnesota/Mitchell Trust Leases regarding Superior National Forest stipulations. The stipulations define and describe processes for project administration and coordination.

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Correspondence on January 7, 2013 from the United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Superior National Forest’s Brenda Halter, Forest Supervisor to Mike Storzer of Bureau of Land Management – Northeastern States.  Letter acknowledges Forest Service recommendation regarding Twin Metals Minnesota LLC’s proposed exploratory activities on BLM lease MNES 1353 at the Maturi Southwest project area.  Halter recommends that BLM authorize these activities subject to stipulations to ensure protection of natural resources within the project area.

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Correspondence on January 7, 2013 from Unites States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management – Eastern States, Northeastern States Field Office’s Dean S. Gettinger, Associate Field Manager to Brenda Halter, Forest Supervisor, United States Department of Agriculture, Superior National Forest.  The letter states that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) received a formal Operation Plan for proposed activities on Lease 1352 submitted by Twin Metals.  The proposed activities include core drilling on sites located on the Superior National Forest in Minnesota. Review and recommendation is requested.

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Correspondence on January 8, 2013 from Unites States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management – Eastern States, Northeastern States Field Office’s Dean S. Gettinger, Associate Field Manager to Dave Tyler from Twin Metals Minnesota.  The letter states that BLM has received their Operation Plan Dated January 3, 2013 for Lease MNES-1353. The “drill core activities” include 26 sites that are all subject to stipulations enclosed with letter.

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E-mail correspondence from David D. Grandmaison, Wildlife Biologist on December 20, 2012 about the Maturi Southwest Operating Plan and Wildlife to Eric Wirz. Grandmaison reviewed Twin Metal Minnesota proposed Plans of Operation for the Maturi Southwest mineral Exploration project on Federal Lease MNES-01352, State Leases: MN-10206-N and MN-9815-N and State/Private Lease: MM-9132-N/Mitchell Trust. Grandmaison raised concerns about protecting owls, goshawk, bald eagles, lynx and minimizing impact on wildlife by limiting motorized access.

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E-mail correspondence from David D. Grandmaison, Wildlife Biologist on December 20, 2012 about the Maturi Southwest Operating Plan and Wildlife to Eric Wirz. Grandmaison reviewed Twin Metal Minnesota proposed Plans of Operation for the Maturi Southwest mineral Exploration project on Federal Lease MNES-01352, State Leases: MN-10206-N and MN-9815-N and State/Private Lease: MM-9132-N/Mitchell Trust. Grandmaison raised concerns about protecting owls, goshawk, bald eagles, lynx and minimizing impact on wildlife by limiting motorized access.

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Correspondence from Brenda Halter, Forest Supervisor of United State Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Superior National Forest to Renan Argandona, Director of Geology at Twin Metals Minnesota LLC on December 20, 2012.  Operating plan with stipulations is approved.

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Correspondence from Brenda Halter, Forest Supervisor of United State Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Superior National Forest to Renan Argandona, Director of Geology at Twin Metals Minnesota LLC on December 20, 2012.  Operating plan with stipulations is approved.

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Detailed map of Twin Metals Minnesota Proposed Drilling for MM-10206N, MM-9815, MN-9132/ Mitchell November, 6, 2012 by Kaczmarek.

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Document with information about RV-10 Stipulation and GA-5 Stipulation.

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Correspondence from Renan Agrandona, Director of Geology, Twin Metals Minnesota LLC to Eric Wirz, Superior National Forest, Unites States Forest Service, November 2, 2012. Notice of planned drill on federal surface with respect to public and private minerals (State Leases MM-10206N, MM-9815, MN-9132/ Mitchell Trust located in Lake and St. Louis Counties, Minnesota.

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Email correspondences between John Coleman, Mary Rye, Perry M. Jones, Laurel G. Woodruff, Eric S. Wakeman, James D. Fallon, Donald S. Hansen, Jason Butcher, Nancy Schuldt, Steve Kuennen on March 19, 2012 to discuss upcoming conference call regarding St. Louis River gage.

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Email correspondence with attachments from Margret Whiting on behalf of FS-Mailroom R9 Superior to Mark VanEvery, Eric Wirz and Mary Shedd on April 17, 2012. Subject 2820 Fraconia Minerals operation plan amendment – year-round- access. Correspondence archived in records database.

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Email correspondence from Celisa Murphy on behalf of FS-Mailroom R9 to FS-Mailroom R9 on December 20, 2012. CCed Eric Wirz, Liane Mattson, Randy Abideaux, Mary Beth Borst, Caray Grundman, Jessica Stuntebeck. Subject 2820, MNES 1352-1353 Lease Renewal. Correspondence archived in Records database.

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Email correspondence from Betsy Strom on behalf of FS-Mailroom R9 Superior to Brain Pentecost, Mary Shedd, Jon Van Alstine, Eric Wirz, Judd Matthew, David Grandmaison. CCed Brenda Halter and Time Dabney on January 07, 2013. Subject 2820; Recommendations for Exploration Operations – BLM Lease MNES-1352.

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Email correspondence from Betsy Stom on behalf of FS-Mailroom R9 Superior to Eric Wirz, Jon Van Alstine, Matthew Judd, Mary Shedd. CCed Jessica Stuntebeck. Laine Mattson, and Randy Rabideaux on September 27, 2013. Subject 2820, Resumption of Sampling – Twin Metals Minnesota Mineral Characterization with attachment of FS_correspondence.doc and Resumption_of_Sampling_Fontaine091713.docx

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Meeting Request correspondence between Marty Rye and Shirley Frank, no date, email is blank. Subject: Accepted: Discuss NorthMet comments on review version of PSDEIS.

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Meeting Request correspondence between Marty Rye and Shirley Frank, no date, email is blank. Subject: Accepted: FW: Discuss NorthMet comments on review version of PSDEIS.

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Meeting Request correspondence between Jason Butcher and Marty Rye, no date, email is blank. Subject: Accepted: USGS/ TMM WQ Scoping Mtg.

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Meeting Request correspondence between Matthew Judd and Marty Rye, no date, email is blank. Subject: Accepted: USGS/ TMM WQ Scoping Mtg.

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Meeting Request correspondence between Marty Rye and Brenda Halter. Subject: Accepted Twin Meals SUP Open House, November 5, 2013 10:30 am – 11 am, 2nd floor conference room.

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Meeting Request correspondence between Marty Rye and Brenda Halter. Subject: Accepted Twin Meals SUP Open House, November 5, 2013 10:30 am – 11 am, 2nd floor conference room.

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Meeting request correspondence between Marty Rye and Thomas Hale for phone call about water briefing.

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Email correspondence between Marty Rye and Troy Thompson dated May 8, 2012 with attachment HistoryOfCopperNickle.pdf.

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Document from Minnesota Department of Health – Health Risk Assessment Unit regarding the dangers of Manganese in drinking water.

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Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife memorandum to Thomas Hingsberger, USACE and Erik Carlson, Minnesota DNR from John Coleman, Environmental Section Leader about Polymet model calibration to Partridge River low flows.

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Email correspondence between John Coleman and Marty Rye about conference call to discuss St. Louis River gage, March 15, 2012.

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Email correspondence from Troy Thompson to Eric Wirz and Marty Rye on January 11, 2013 about Duluth Metals Map.

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Email correspondence from Marty Rye to Mark VanEvery, Mary Shedd and Jason Butcher March 26, 2012 about comments to Twin Metals.

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Email correspondence from Jon Van Alstine to Heather Hoffman, Mark Akeson, Casey McQuiston, Marty Rye, John Pierce, Jack Greeniee, Jason Butcher, Eric Wirz, Brain Pentecost, David Grandmaison, Judd Matthews and Kari Kirschbaum.  December 13, 2013. Subject is DMC amendment to MNES-053868 with attachments Laydown PlansOps121211.pdf and DMC Laydown Map.pdf.

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Email correspondence from Jon Van Alstine to Marty Rye and Heather Hoffman on March 20, 2013 about resource review for DMC amendments.

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Email correspondence from Jon Van Alstine to Kari Kirschbaum, Heather Hoffman, Jack Greeniee, John Pierce, Marty Rye, Jason Butcher, Casey McQuiston and Eric Wirz on November 26, 2012. Subject DMC amendments to MNES-054017 P00, including ten attachments.

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Email correspondence from Jon Van Alstine to Casey McQuiston, Marty Rye, Heather Hoffman, David Grandmaison, Eric Wirz, Jack Greeniee, Joan Weckman, Mark Akeson, David Mattei, Timothy Catton, Katherine Westlin, John Pierce, Carl Skustad, James Carott, Jason Butcher, Brain Pentecost, David Grandmaison, Judd Matthews on February 8, 2013. Subject – DMC laydown area with attachments about core drilling.

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Email correspondence from Jon Van Alstine to Heather Hoffman, Lee Johnson, Seth Nelson, Casey McQuiston, Marty Rye, David Grandmission, Jack Greenie, John Pierce, Nicole Selmer, Eric Wirz, Brain Pentecost, Mary Shedd, Timothy Catton, Susan Catton, Kari Kirschbaum, Carl Skustad, Susan Duffy, Jason Barott, Mathew Judd, Jason Butcher, David Mattei, Tyler Fish on October 28, 2013. Subject – DMC proposal; exploratory drilling on RGGS Lease with attachments.

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Email correspondence from Van Alstine to Heather Hoffman, Lee Johnson, Seth Nelson, Casey McQuiston, Marty Rye, David Grandmission, Jack Greenie, John Pierce, Nicole Selmer, Eric Wirz, Brain Pentecost, Mary Shedd, Timothy Catton, Susan Catton, Kari Kirschbaum, Carl Skustad, Barry Frey, Jason Butcher, David Mattei, Susan Duffy, and Chad Kirschbaum on November 1, 2013. Subject – DMC proposal; exploratory drilling on prospecting permits 05437 and 055206, includes attachments about proposal to conduct further mineral exploration on prospecting area 053868, west of Omady Lake. Drill pads will not be constructed.

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Email from Jon Van Alstine to Mark Akeson, Casey McQuiston, Marty Rye, David Grandmission, Jack Greenie, John Pierce, Katherine Westin, Heather Hoffman, Lee Johnson, Eric Wirz, Brain Pentecost, Jason Butcher, Carl Skustad, Mary Shedd, Timothy Catton, Susan Catton, Kari Kirschbaum and James Barrott on August 8, 2013. Subject: DMC amendment 053868, including attachments.

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Email correspondence from Eric Wirz to Jon Van Alstine, Matthew Judd, David Grandmasion and Marty Rye on Feb 15, 2013. Subject: DNT – PolyMet Article link for Duluth News Tribune.

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Email correspondence from Eric Wirz to Marty Rye, Jason Butcher, Jon Van Alstine and Mary Shedd on October 11, 2012. Subject: DNT Article on PolyMet water in Duluth News Tribune.

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Email correspondence from Jon Van Alstine, Geologist for USFS Superior National Forest about Duluth Metals Corp amendment #2 MNES-05437.  March 13, 2013.  Duluth Metals Corp. proposes further mineral exploration on prospecting permit of area south of Bogberry Lake. Includes attachments.

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Email correspondence from Jon Van Alstine, Geologist for USFS Superior National Forest on March 12, 2013 about Duluth Metals Corp MNES-053868 Amendment 1. Proposal received from DMC to conduct mineral exploration near Nickel Lake. Attachments included.

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Email correspondence from David Grandmaison, Wildlife Biologist with Superior National Forest on December 20, 2012 about Maturi Southwest Operating Plan and Wildlife. Review of Twin Metals Minnesota proposed Plans of Operations.

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Special Report: Sorption and Leaching of Trace-Level metals By Polymeric Well Casings by Thomas A. Ranney and Louise V. Parker, April 1996.

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Email Correspondences from Lori Andersen, August 9, 2013.  Request for information about PolyMet Land Exchange Comments, all correspondence, reports and a documents pertaining to the land swap.

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Interoffice Memo From Marty Rye, Superior National Forest Hydrologist to Federal Hardrock Prospecting EIS Project File, April 9, 2012. Technical Memorandum No. 9a, Water Sampling from Active Exploration Drill Sites on February 14, 2012.

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Email correspondence from David Grandmaison, Wildlife Biologist with Superior National Forest on December 20, 2012 about Maturi Southwest Operating Plan and Wildlife. Review of Twin Metals Minnesota proposed Plans of Operations.

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Email correspondence from John Pierce on January 3, 2013 about RV-10 stipulation modifications.

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Email correspondence between Jack Greenlee and Eric Wirz on November 27, 2012 about Maturi Southwest Drilling Proposal and rare plant surveys.

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Email correspondence between Jack Greenlee and Daniel Jones, Senior Environmental Specialist, Certified Senior Ecologist on November 16, 2012 about Twin Metals SW Maturi – south end drill locations.

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Email correspondence between Lee Jonson and Eric Wirz on November 26, 2012 about Twin Metals Phase I Archaeologist Survey comments. Includes attachment: TwinMetals_Section106_comments.docx.

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Email correspondence from Kristina Reichenbach on February 14,2014 about appraisal instruction status for PolyMet proposed land exchange.

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Email correspondence from David Grandmaison, Wildlife Biologist with Superior National Forest on December 20, 2012 about Maturi Southwest Operating Plan and Wildlife. Review of Twin Metals Minnesota proposed Plans of Operations.

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Email correspondence between Jack Greenlee and Eric Wirz on November 27, 2012 about Maturi Southwest Drilling Proposal and rare plant surveys.  TMM proposal to move drill site P34 – recommend no further rare plant surveys needed.

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Email correspondence from John Pierce to Eric Wirz and David Mattei on December 18, 2012 about Twin Metals Corp.’s new proposals. Stipulations are outlined.

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Email correspondence from Carl Skustad on December 18, 2012 about stipulations for Twin Metals Corp.’s new proposals.

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Email correspondence from John Pierce on December 18, 2012 about Twin Metals Corp.’s new proposals for exploration activities in the Birch Lake area.  Concerns over increased traffic and noise.

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Email correspondence from David Mattei on December 17, 2012 about Twin Metals Corp.’s new proposals for exploration activities in the Birch Lake area. Concerns over road conditions and damage due to increased traffic.

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Email correspondence from John Pierce on December 17, 2012 about Twin Metals Corp.’s new proposals for exploration activities in the Birch Lake area.  Concerns about stipulations regarding road use permit.

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Email correspondence from Jack Greenlee on December 16, 2012 about Twin Metals Corp.’s new proposals for exploration activities in the Birch Lake area.

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Email correspondence from Lee Johnson on December 20, 2012 about Twin Metals.  “No Effect.” 36CFR800.

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Email correspondence from Lee Johnson to Eric Wirz on November 26, 2012 about Twin Metals Phase I Archaeological Survey comments, includes attachment: TwinMetals_Section106_comments.docx.

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Document from National Forest Service, Superior National Forest, December 20, 2012. Subject: Guidance regarding administrative use of forest products during mineral exploration in Superior National Forest.

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Road Use Permit (Re: FSM 7770) for Twin Metals Minnesota for road numbers FR429 and FR4590, December 26, 2012.

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Road Use Permit (Re: FSM 7770) for Twin Metals Minnesota for road numbers FR429 and FR4590, December 26, 2012.

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Email correspondence from Jon Van Alstine on September 11, 2012 about USFS locks for gates.

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Email correspondence from Jon Van Alstine December 25, 2012 about TMM-Maturi Southwest/Split Estate drilling meeting for Twin Metals Minnesota to begin fieldwork.

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Email correspondence from Nicole Selmer on January 2, 2013 about road use permits for FS435, including attachment: twin_metals_Maturi.435.pdf. Concerns regarding using too much sand and salt on road.

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Email correspondence from Jon Van Alstine on January 2, 2013 about road use permits for FS435 with attachment: twin_metals_Maturi.435.pdf. Road use permit for access to the Birch Lake Campground boat ramp.

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Email correspondence from Jon Van Alstine on January 10, 2013 about list of questions and concerns regarding Birch Lake test drilling from Sandi Roe.

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Email correspondence from Jon Van Alstine on September 12, 2013 to Anne Williamson about Twin Metals Minnesota hydrowells. Questions about road access, gates, road use permits and wetland maintenance.