February 5, 2010 Northern Star Mining reported to have completed its first gold pour at its Beacon Mill on February 4. The first pour was a 659 ounce bar, consisting of 560 ounces of gold and 65.9 ounces of silver, representing material from underground in lower grade porphyry and underground development prior to reaching its mineralized zones.
January 27, 2010 Northern Star Mining announced that it has scheduled the first gold pour in the company’s history for the first week in February. Milling is being carried out at Northern Star's wholly owned Beacon Gold Mill, located 13 km east of Val-d’Or, Canada. The material being processed is mineralized rock mined from underground at the Malartic-Midway project. To date, Northern Star has advanced the main haulage decline at Midway a total 2,370 meters from the surface portal. The surface portal required the excavation of 7,500 m3 of overburden and bedrock. Further underground work has been completed including remuck bays, Midway decline branches, development and exploration drifting and raising was completed.
November 19, 2009 Northern Star Mining provided further results from its surface and underground exploration and development programs in Canada.
At Malartic-Midway project, drilling from underground returned 6.56 g/t gold over 11.0 m and drifting and development of the North Briar zone prior to bulk sampling (mining) is continuing. The first long hole blast in the Chabela zone has been completed and mucking of the initial 4,000 tonnes is underway. At Beacon Mill, the start up is scheduled for November 23, with an initial 5-7 day run of waste rock for bedding of the mill. Presently the rod and ball mills have been loaded and prepared for operations. At the McKenzie Break project, blasting and excavation of the decline portal entrance will be complete by November 20. Bolting and screening of the portal walls will begin by the week of November 23. At Callahan project, surface drilling is also ongoing.