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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2000
LOCAL STUDENT PARTICIPATES IN MINING & MUCKING COMPETITION
Nick Beukema of Hayfield was part of a ten member student team from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) Mining & Mucking Team that traveled to Montana Tech University in Butte, Montana to compete in the 22nd annual Intercollegiate Mining & Mucking Competition. Beukema is a sophomore, mining engineering major at Tech.
The different events of showed unique mining techniques that have been adapted for competition. Men and women competed in seven old time mining methods. The seven events included Hand Mucking – shoveling by hand, fill a one- ton miner’s ore cart with muck, the ore car is then pushed by team members down a rail track and back to the start; Swede Sawing – cutting through a wood mine timber; Jackleg Drilling – using a compressor, a cumbersome jackleg drill must be manhandled by a team member to drill horizontally into rock; Hand Steeling – using a hand held sledge and driving a chisel into stone; and Track Standing – requiring speed anc accuracy, railroad ties are set down, then steel rails are laid down and set with sledge hammers and rail spike to accommodate an ore car. Gold Panning and Survey events are also part of the competition.
In the women’s division SDSM& T took 2nd place in hand steeling, mucking, and swede sawing. The men placed 1st in gold panning.
The purpose of the event is to publicize mining engineering education and to give the mining engineers a sense of comraderie with students from all over the world. Mining Engineering Programs, such as the Mining Engineering degree taught at SD Tech, are training the next generation of mining professionals.
The SDSM& T women’s team consisted of Michelle Lammers ( Sr, Metallurgical Engineering, Cranberry Township, PA), Jill Swanhorst ( Jr, Math, Chelsea), Amber Schmidt ( Jr, Engineering, Aberdeen), Mandy Lilla ( Jr, Mining Engineering, Hecla), and Sara Workman ( Jr, Geological Engineering, Moorcroft, WY). The men’s team consisted of Krystal Lubke ( Jr, Geology, Rutland, ND), Josh Price ( Jr, Geological Engineering, Rapid City), Scott Johnson ( Jr, Electrical Engineering, Moose Lake, MN), Nick Beukema, and Paul Chilson ( So, Mining Engineering, Sisseton).
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