Verna Mize

Calumet High School 1940


Verna Mize is known as “The person who saved Lake Superior”.  She single-handedly, and at her own expense, began a petition drive to direct the Federal Government to stop The Reserve Mining Company from dumping 67,000 tons of tailings a day into Lake Superior.  In a Court Case that lasted seven years, the U.S. Supreme Court, in 1980, directed Reserve to stop dumping.  After 13 years, Verna Mize had won!


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