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( June 30, 1997)
STURGIS TEACHERS ATTEND SDSM& T’S 11TH ANNUAL “ MINING EXPERIENCE ON THE GREAT PLAINS” WORKSHOP
Ramona McFarland, Constance Miller, and Lora Schultz of Sturgis were among the 23 teachers from thirteen South Dakota communities who recently participated in the 11th Annual “ Mining Experience on the Great Plains” Workshop sponsored by SDSM& T and the South Dakota Mining Association. The workshop is designed to provide information and resource materials for teaching units related to the minerals industry in the Great Plains region.
The workshop presented a variety of topics to acquaint 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, Butler Machinery, Rapid City; Black Hills Mining Museum and Wharf Resources Mine, Lead; Kerr McGee Jacobs Ranch Mine and Black Thunder Mine, Powder River Basin, WY; Bentonite Corporation, Colony, WY; Homestake Open Cut and Mill, Lead; Big Thunder Gold Mine, Keystone; and Wade’s Gold Mill and Gold Panning, Hill City.
Workshop presenters included: Dr. Paul Gries, SDSM& T Professor Emeritus; Duff Erickson, SDSM& T Professor, Eric Fritzch, SDSM& T; Marv Truhe and Linden Evans, Truhe Law Office; Mary Flanderka, Black Hills Multiple Use Coalition; Vivian Pappel, South Dakota Board of Minerals and Environment; Nettie Myers, South Dakota Secretary of Environmental and Natural Resources; State Representative J. P. Duniphan, and Diana Miller, South Dakota Mining Association.
Teachers participating in the workshop were from Alcester, Black Hawk, Box Elder, Canistota, Fort Pierre, Hosmer, Mitchell, Newell, Rapid City, Sturgis, Vale, Viborg, and Watertown.
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( EDITOR: Photo of workshop participants available upon request.)
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