By Richard Sheldon| May 8, 2020 1:00 AM What rankles in Bob Launhardt’s mind is the issue of what caused the disastrous and deadly 1972 Sunshine Mine fire that caused the deaths of 91 miners. Robert E. (Bob) Launhardt was born in 1931 into a Midwest farm family, the second of five children. By the time he…

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By Dick Sheldon| March 5, 2020 1:12 AM One hundred seventy-three went into the Silver Valley’s Sunshine Mine on May 2, 1972. One week later, only 87 of them were alive. The last two survivors were rescued after eight days of entrapment. Death resulted from the fumes which had spread quickly through the miles of tunnels dug…

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