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More Small-Scale Miners Attracted by Gold Prices

With gold hovering above $650 an ounce, interest in panning and prospecting for the pricey precious metal in northern Idaho’s icy streams and on its rugged mountainsides has enjoyed a mini-boom.

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US Mining Industry Outlook Brighter


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