Franconia Minerals Corporation
TSX : FRA

Franconia Minerals Corporation

March 17, 2010 08:30 ET

Franconia Minerals to Present at John Tumazos Very Independent Research, LLC Metals Conference in New York

SPOKANE, WASHINGTON--(Marketwire - March 17, 2010) - Franconia Minerals Corporation ("Franconia") (TSX:FRA) is pleased to announce that it will be presenting at the John Tumazos Very Independent Research, LLC Metals and Mining Conference in New York at the New York Helmsley Hotel on Thursday, March 25, 2010. Brian Gavin, Franconia's President and CEO, will present the Company's business strategy and exploration results at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Attendance at the conference is by invitation only. A live audio-only webcast of the presentation will be broadcast via the Internet. Those interested in listening to the webcast will be able to access it at Franconia's website at www.franconiaminerals.com. An archived replay of the presentation will also be available shortly after the live presentation at Franconia's website.

About Franconia Minerals Corporation (TSX:FRA): Franconia is currently focused on the development of the Birch Lake copper-nickel-platinum-palladium project - consisting of the Birch Lake, Maturi and Spruce Road deposits - in the highly prospective Duluth complex in northeastern Minnesota. The recently updated NI 43-101 report estimates an Indicated Resource of 131.2 million tonnes, plus an Inferred Resource of 37.5 million tonnes for the Birch Lake deposit (see news release dated September 23, 2009). Underground mining at Birch Lake will minimize the surface impact of the operation. Also, storage of mine wastes underground would further minimize the surface impact. Additional resources at the Birch Lake project include Inferred Resources at the Maturi deposit (see news release of September 6, 2006) and at the Spruce Road deposit (see news release of December 3, 2007). Independent reports prepared to NI 43-101 standards by Scott Wilson RPA are available at www.SEDAR.com and www.franconiaminerals.com.

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