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( July 31, 1998)
STURGIS AREA TEACHERS ATTEND SDSM& T’S 12TH ANNUAL “ MINING EXPERIENCE ON THE GREAT PLAINS” WORKSHOP
Area teachers who participated in the recent 12th Annual “ Mining Experience on the Great Plains” Workshop included Myrna Hill, Sturgis; Elaine Loeschke and Robert Sisk, Newell; Connie Mickelson, Enning; and Ronda Price, Mud Butte. Twenty- four teachers from twelve South Dakota communities attended the week- long workshop sponsored by SDSM& T and the South Dakota Mining Association. The workshop 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 from Black Hawk, Brandon, Enning, Hartford, Mitchell, Mud Butte, Newell, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Spearfish, Sturgis, and Whitewood.
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( EDITOR: Photo of workshop participants available upon request.)
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