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      Cliffs mine tours return for the summer

      Cliffs Natural Resources and the Lake Superior Community Partnership are teaming up again this summer for the highly popular mine tours. Now in its 21st year, these guided tours allow the public to get an inside look at a working mine.

      The daily three hour visits start on June 10 and run through August 23, starting at noon every Tuesday through Saturday. Each begins at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee Township. There, orientation to the mine will be done by a video presentation. Guests will then be bused to the Empire Mine in Palmer, to learn about the mining operations. Then it's on to the Tilden Mine, to get up close to the concentrator and pelletizing plant.

      Tour size is limited, and purchasing advance tickets is suggested. They may be purchased at the Lake Superior Community Partnership offices located on Front Street in Marquette. The admission of $15 helps to cover the transportation and tour program administrative costs.

      Guests must be at least 10 years old, and anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.