The last major milestone in the dragline construction project was achieved on July 12. The 640,000-pound boom was lifted for the first time at about 9:30 a.m.
Travis Horning, project manager for The Coteau Properties Company, said the boom was lifted just like it would be during a day of operation — from inside the cab by a dragline operator.
The lift took only seven minutes. The 28-man crew spent the next eight hours connecting the upright boom to the dragline with eight large pins.
More milestones in the project:
October 29, 2010: Freedom Mine dragline milestone in fast forward
October 19, 2010: Milestone at dragline construction at Freedom Mine
May 14, 2010: Board tours dragline being built at Freedom Mine
March 31, 2010: Dragline being built at Freedom Mine