There was a lot of screaming, a lot of hugging and high fives. It's nice to know the efforts all worked out and we pulled it off.

Researchers were filled with excitement and jubilation as they successfully pinpointed a substantial jackpot hidden more than 2,000 feet beneath the soil in Minnesota during their excavation efforts earlier this week.  Some are saying it could be the largest discovery of its kind in North America. Read all about it below.


According to LiveScience, their drilling rig, situated near Babbitt in Minnesota's Iron Range, a renowned iron-ore mining district, began operations in early February.

Remarkably, in just over three weeks, at a depth of 2,200 feet (670 meters) on February 28, the drilling revealed what could potentially be the largest helium deposit in North America.

The global shortage of helium has created a high demand for the gas, making this discovery potentially a significant jackpot. Pulsar Helium's CEO, Thomas Abraham-James, shared with WCCO that there was a ton of hugging and high-fiving among the team, describing the discovery as a "dream."

What is Helium Used For?


When you think of helium you probably think of funny voices and floating balloons, but according to the Bureau of Land Management, the gas is an unsung hero in various fields.

In medicine, it's used for diagnostic tools like MRI machines and lasers that are used for eye surgeries. When it comes to national defense, helium steps in for rocket tests, surveillance crafts, and even guiding missiles in the air. It's not just for high-tech stuff; helium keeps search and rescue tools cool and helps monitor bodily processes.

Industries use helium to check for gas leaks safely and test seals in products like aerosols, tires, and fridges. And guess what? Even space exploration, welding, diving mixes, metal production, and nuclear reactors count on helium for their jobs.

Highest-paying jobs in Minnesota that don't require a college degree

Stacker ranked the 50 highest-paying jobs in Minnesota that don't require a college degree, using annual compensation data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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