National Minerals Information Center

The Mineral Industry of Minnesota

Statistics and information on the nonfuel mineral commodities produced in Minnesota

Minerals Yearbook Vol. II - Domestic

Minerals Yearbook Vol. II - Domestic

The 2014 Minnesota chapter containing text and data tables is available in PDF and XLS formats. Other years are available through the links below.

Sources of information

Minnesota leads in iron ore production and is a major producer of construction and industrial sand and gravel and peat. It produces crushed stone, dimension stone, lime, and natural gemstones. Iron ore is taconite and is upgraded for steel-making.

Aggregates by State and End Use, 1971-2015

Statistical Summary

Mineral Commodity Summaries

Mineral Industry Surveys

Minerals Yearbook Volume I -- Metals and Minerals

Mineral Yearbook Volume II - Minnesota chapters

The following data table gives nonfuel mineral commodity production data for Minnesota extracted from Table 5 in the 2015 Minerals Yearbook Statistical Summary.

Nonfuel Mineral Commodity Production in Minnesota1,2,3
Mineral Commodity Units 2014 Quantity 2014 Value (thousands) 2015 Quantity 2015 Value (thousands)
Clay, common   (6) (7) -- --
Gemstones, naturale   NA 7 NA 8
Iron ore Thousand metric tons (1000 t) 43,000 3,410,000 35,400 2,890,000
Lime   (6) (7) (6) (7)
Peat metric tons 47,700r 2,740 58,300 2,860
Sand and gravel, construction 1000 t 42,000r 189,000r 48,400 237,000
Sand and gravel, industrial 1000 t 7,220 574,000 5,170 335,000
Stone, crushed 1000 t 8,920r 105,000r 7,610 95,700
Stone, dimension 1000 t 51 21,000 51 20,800
Total (partial)   XX 4,300,000 XX 3,590,000

eEstimated. rRevised. NA Not available. XX Not applicable.

1Includes data from the commodity chapters published in the Minerals Yearbook as they were completed and released through June 2018.

2Production as measured by mine shipments, sales, or marketable production (including consumption by producers).

3Data are rounded to no more than three significant digits; may not add to totals shown.

6Withheld to avoid disclosing company proprietary data.

7Withheld to avoid disclosing company proprietary data; value included in "Undistributed" in the U.S. total value.

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Madan M Singh

State Mineral Specialist
National Minerals Information Center
Phone: 703-648-4916

Robert M Callaghan

State Mineral Specialist
National Minerals Information Center
Phone: 703-648-7709