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"Today, as the industrial age ebbs, and the technological age advances, the iron men are honored with a shrine that tells us they will never be forgotten." These words were written in 1987, and are inscribed at the foot of this statuethe self-proclaimed third-largest freestanding memorial in the countryin Chisholm, Minnesota. Two decades on, the sentiments seem premature. With skyrocketing commodities prices, taconite mining is resurgent. And a type of mining new to Minnesotafor copper, nickel, cobalt, gold, silver, and palladium metalsis poised to revitalize aging and job-starved mining towns at the eastern edge of the Range.