Franconia Minerals Corporation

Franconia Minerals Corporation

January 31, 2007 09:30 ET

Franconia Appoints George Tikkanen Chairman

SPOKANE, WASHINGTON--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 31, 2007) - Franconia Minerals Corporation (TSX VENTURE:FRA) is pleased to announce that George D. Tikkanen has been formally appointed as Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors. Mr. Tikkanen, who has been a director of the Company since 2001, replaces Ernest K. Lehmann, who is stepping down. Mr. Lehmann will remain as a director and will continue to assist Franconia as a technical, political and community affairs consultant.

Mr. Tikkanen has been active in the mining and mineral exploration industry since 1956, including more than 22 years at senior corporate and Board levels. He retired in 1999 from Cominco Ltd. as Vice President of Exploration and was President of Cominco Resources International from 1987 to 1995. Since that time, he has been active as a consultant in the mining and mineral exploration industry and has held directorships of many companies worldwide.

His many successes include management of programs that discovered the Polaris zinc deposit in northern Canada, the Kudz Ze Kayah base metal deposit in Yukon and the Hilltop, Aqqaluk and Paalaaq zinc deposits at Red Dog in Alaska. He was intimately involved with the exploration, development and operation of the Red Dog mine; the development and operation of the Buckhorn gold mine in Nevada, the Quebrada Blanca copper mine in Chile, the operation of the Pine Point zinc mine, the Con gold mine in Canada's NWT, the Black Angel zinc mine in Greenland, the Rubiales zinc mine in Spain and the Magmont lead-zinc mine in Missouri.

Brian Gavin, Franconia's President commented, "George is one of the most experienced and widely respected professionals in our business. His counsel and more than 45 years of experience in mineral exploration, mining, mine project and public company management are invaluable to Franconia as it makes the transition to the next stage of development, especially at our Birch Lake project."

"I would like to thank Ernie for his exceptional contributions in the past and look forward to his continued assistance as a consultant, director and business partner. Ernie's knowledge and experience of the Minnesota mining scene is second to none."

Franconia Minerals Corporation trades on the TSX-V under the symbol FRA. (For additional information see The directors of Franconia Minerals Corporation accept responsibility for this announcement. Franconia currently has 43,380,120shares issued and outstanding.

Brian Gavin, President

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENT: Although Franconia Minerals Corporation believes many of its properties have promising potential, its properties are in the early stages of exploration. None have yet been shown to contain proven or probable mineral reserves. There can be no assurance that such reserves will be identified on any property, or that, if identified, any mineralization may be economically extracted. Incorporated in Alberta Canada No. 207953670


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