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Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon says on Thursday that mining for copper and other minerals is a balancing act, but she voted to allow mining companies to begin explorations in northeastern Minnesota. Watching are Gov. Mark Dayton and State Auditor Rebecca Otto. DON DAVIS | BEMIDJI PIONEER

Mining search gets OK: Cabin owners lose mineral lease fight, for now

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ST. PAUL - Gus and Amy Axelson brought their sons to the Minnesota Capitol as they fight the exploration for minerals under their northeastern Minnesota land.

"I brought them here to show you what this is all about," Mr. Axelson told the Minnesota Executive Council Thursday before it unanimously voted to allow four mining companies to explore for copper and nickel under privately owned land, including where the Axelson family owns a cabin.

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