Ely business owners prepare anti-mining center

ELY, Minn. (AP) — A group of Ely business owners is preparing to open an "action center" on the city's main street to stir up opposition to copper-nickel mining.

The Duluth News Tribune reports a fundraiser last week for the new "Sustainable Ely" center drew 65 people. Organizers say the risk of environmental damage to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area isn't worth the promised jobs and economic boost.

Sustainable Ely is expected to open about May 24th, just in time for the summer influx of cabin owners, anglers and canoe campers headed to the Boundary Waters. Organizers are hoping for 25,000 visitors this summer.

Bob McFarlin, a spokesman for the proposed Twin Metals mine near Ely, vows the BWCA won't be harmed, and says the project has strong support in the area.