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, and 2015-2016 data are presented in the table.

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.

Statistical Summary

Aggregates Data by State, Type, and End Use

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 2016 Minerals Yearbook Statistical Summary.

Nonfuel Mineral Commodity Production in Minnesota1,2,3
Mineral Commodity Units 2015 Quantity 2015 Value (thousands) 2016 Quantity 2016 Value (thousands)
Gemstones, naturale   NA 8 NA 8
Iron ore thousand metric tons (1000 t) 35,400 2,890,000 30,800 2,210,000
Lime   (6) (7) (6) (7)
Peat metric tons 58,300 2,860 71,000 4,900
Sand and gravel, construction 1000 t 49,300r 239,000r 46,700 227,000
Sand and gravel, industrial 1000 t 5,170 335,000 3,110 180,000
Stone, crushed 1000 t 7,780r 97,800r 7,490 94,200
Stone, dimension 1000 t 51 20,800 51 20,500
Total (partial)   XX 3,590,000 XX 2,740,000

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 March 2019.

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