Dakota Star Mine, loading a truck
A shovel loads a bottom-dump truck inside the Dakota Star strip mine, while a man looks on. The Dakota Star strip coal mine near Hazen, North Dakota, covered about 1,800 acres and produced over seven million tons of lignite coal. It was operated by Truax-Traer Coal Company and successors from 1945 to 1966. Mitigation of several hazardous features of the Mine was completed in 1995.