In northern Minnesota, we value the responsible industrial development that drives our primary economy and we understand the importance of industry in Minnesota. Lives and livelihoods depend on important industries like manufacturing and mining. We recognize that, in a globalized economy, this means our resources are often sourced from parts of the world that lack environmental and labor regulations. As a grassroots organization, we believe it is our responsibility to change this by leading the world in natural resource development using our robust regulatory framework, along with talented scientists, engineers, and manufacturers. Because we can do it here – better – in our back yard, for all the world to see.

We’d like to provide a new perspective on issues that affect our industry and region. Our contributors will be featured here, in public comment letters, opinion pieces, and blogs that will be made available for you to read and share.

Better In Our Back Yard

Pride in our region and what we offer.


Education, research and science drive our narrative.


Accountability to responsible practices.


Respect for each other, our environment and the natural resources of our regional economy.


Authentic communication and conversation.

Please feel free to submit news and inquiries to Better In Our Back Yard by emailing info@betterinourbackyard.com.


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