When two chartered buses full of investors, dignitaries and the curious rolled into the remote mine site on a chilly Wednesday morning, it seemed like the person everyone wanted to talk to was an unassuming man named John Ternowesky.

Harte Gold’s “neat and tidy” Sugar Zone operation north of White River is laid out in straight-forward fashion, but 25 years ago the site was shrouded in rugged bush.

And it was Ternowesky, the Thunder Bay businessman and veteran prospector who had braved the bugs, baking sun and tangled wood, who could remember when it wasn’t so tidy, and not very neat at all.

“How did you get in here back then, anyway?” was a common refrain from awestruck investors, sporting a bit of mud on their city shoes, as they glimpsed the mine site for the very first time.

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