HIBBING, MN — Windows to the world. That’s the theme behind Hibbing’s new mine view.
“One of the greatest things about the new view is we have a 360 view and you can see about a 50-mile distance on a clear day,” said Peter Hyduke, the Director of City Services in Hibbing.
“Basically what he wanted you to feel is when you walk into areas of the mine where you’re going to take a good look, it’s like walking and looking at it through a picture window.”
It’s located in North Hibbing and is one of the few places in the country where you can view an active mine, but eventually, Hibbing Taconite needed to utilize the land where the mine view once stood.
“When they actually notified us that they were gonna have to move the old mine view they got actively involved and we’re on this site because of them,” said Hyduke.
It now sits overlooking Hibbing Taconite to the North, Virginia and MinnTac to the East, and the City of Hibbing to the South.
To top it off – it was designed by someone who grew up in the area.
“It was the vision of Andy Lucia, who is a local graduate of Hibbing who is into architecture,” said Hyduke. “He heard about the project and contacted the city of Hibbing.”
Now, nearly three years into the project, it’s officially open for business.
“The response has been outstanding. Once everything is said and done I think it will be much more advanced over what we had and education will be a big part of it moving forward once our buildings are done.”
Project leaders were hoping to receive funding from Minnesota’s bonding bill to pay for the new buildings that will be going up on the site.
Hyduke said they were not awarded that money this session, so for now, they’ll continue working on new footings and the foundation for the future buildings.
The mine view is free and open to the public.