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( July 31, 1998)
AREA TEACHERS ATTEND 12TH ANNUAL “ MINING EXPERIENCE ON THE GREAT PLAINS” WORKSHOP AT SDSM& T
Twenty- four teachers from twelve South Dakota communities participated in the recent 12th Annual “ Mining Experience on the Great Plains” Workshop held on the SDSM& T campus. The week- long workshop, which was sponsored by SDSM& T and the South Dakota Mining Association, provided information and resource materials for teaching units related to the minerals industry in the Great Plains region.
The workshop presented a variety of topics that acquainted the teachers with the evolution of the mining industry, the history of mining in the region, and the region’s present relationship to the mining industry. Other topics surveyed the process of providing the minerals required by society from exploration through to recovery of the final product. Environmental and legal considerations also were covered in detail.
The workshop was based on the SDSM& T campus with supporting field trips to the South Dakota Cement Plant and Butler Machinery, Rapid City; Black Hills Mining Museum and Wharf Resources Mine, Lead; Wyodak Mine and Cyprus Amax Belle Ayre Mine, Powder River Basin, WY; Bentonite Corporation, Colony, WY; Homestake Open Cut and Mill, Lead; Rockerville Placer Gold and Big Thunder Gold Mine, Keystone; and Wade’s Gold Mill and Gold Panning, Hill City. Workshop presenters included Dr. Paul Gries, Professor Duff Erickson, Dr. Bill Roggenthen, and Dr. Zbigniew Hladysz, SDSM& T; Marv Truhe and Linden Evans, Truhe Law Office; Mary Flanderka, Black Hills Multiple Use Coalition; Mike Cepak and Tom Durkin, South Dakota Department of Environmental and Natural Resources; and Diana Miller, South Dakota Mining Association.
Teachers participating in the workshop were Alma Dyane, Barbara Scherr, Black Hawk; Linda DeJong, Brandon; Connie Mickelson, Enning; Don Ortman, Hartford; Tricia Kritzberger, Mitchell; Ronda Price, Mud Butte; Elaine Loeschke, Robert Sisk, Newell; Bill Casper, Cynthia Edwards, Evan Gallentine, Gail Giffin, Alissa Messinger, Wayne Mooney, Gary Oakley, Janet Sanders, Melissa Sipe, Susan Skovran, Rapid City; Kim Beck, Shannon Henderson, Sioux Falls; Cheryl Lind, Spearfish; Myrna Hill, Sturgis; and Kathy Seymour, Whitewood
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( EDITOR: Photo of workshop participants at various field trips are available upon request.)
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