Midland Exploration Inc.

Midland Exploration Inc.

October 29, 2009 11:00 ET

Midland Starts First Exploration Program With North American Palladium on the Laflamme Gold Project

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 29, 2009) - Midland Exploration Inc. ("Midland") (TSX VENTURE:MD), in partnership with North American Palladium Ltd. ("North American Palladium"), is pleased to announce the start of its first exploration program on the Laflamme project, located about 25 kilometres west of the town of Lebel-sur-Quevillon in Abitibi, Quebec.

This first exploration program, with a total budget of $300,000, will initially involve an extensive helicopter-borne magnetic and electromagnetic (VTEM) geophysical survey covering a total of about 1,100 line kilometres. The VTEM survey is designed to detect new gold-bearing zones on the property and will also help define the structural framework of this vast unexplored terrain. This type of survey is known for its exceptional depth penetration, up to 300 metres deep, and its ability to define targets more accurately than conventional systems. The preliminary results of the survey will be available in the coming weeks. Upon receiving the results, Midland and North American Palladium will establish a list of priority anomalies to be ground-checked prior to drill-testing in early 2010.

The Laflamme property is wholly-owned by Midland and consists of 449 claims covering a total of about 236 km2. It hosts many new exploration targets recently outlined based on the results of the Octave till sampling project, a joint project led by the Ministere des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune ("MRNF") and the Geological Survey of Canada ("GSC"). These new exploration targets include geochemical glacial dispersal trains with strong gold and copper anomalies, for which potential sources remain unexplained.

The Laflamme property is strategically positioned between the Sleeping Giant mine held by North American Palladium, which to date has produced more than 1 million ounces of gold, and the Comtois high-grade gold deposit held by Maudore, which contains an uncut inferred resource of 524,000 ounces of gold in the Osbourne and Bell zones (Source: May 2002 NI 43-101 technical report by Roscoe Postle Associates Inc.).

Terms of Exploration Agreement

North American Palladium has the option to acquire 50% interest in the Laflamme property for a consideration of $1,000,000 in exploration work and payments totalling $100,000 over a period of four years. The company has a firm commitment to spend $300,000 in exploration work during the first year of the agreement. North American Palladium will be project operator until completion of a positive pre-feasibility study. Following acquisition of an initial 50% interest, North American Palladium will have the option to acquire an additional 15% interest upon delivery of a bankable feasibility study.

About Midland Exploration

Midland targets the excellent mineral potential and the favourable investment climate of Quebec to make the discovery of new world-class deposits of gold, base metals, uranium and REE. Midland is proud to count on reputable partners such as North American Palladium Limited, Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited, Osisko Mining Corporation and Soquem Inc. Midland prefers to work in partnership and intends to quickly conclude additional agreements in regard to newly acquired properties. Midland is currently evaluating new opportunities and other projects in order to increase the portfolio of the Company.

About North American Palladium

NAP is a precious metals company that owns the Lac des Iles mine, which produced platinum group metals for 15 years until October 2008 when it was placed on temporary care and maintenance due to low metal prices. Prior to the temporary shutdown, the mine had annual production of 270,000 ounces of palladium, 20,000 ounces of platinum and 20,000 ounces of gold. The company also owns and operates the Sleeping Giant gold mine located in the Abitibi region of Quebec, which produced over 1 million ounces of gold from 1988-2008 at an average grade of 11.44 g/t. North American Palladium has resumed gold production at the Sleeping Giant mine and expects to achieve commercial production in the fourth quarter of 2009 at an annual rate of 50,000 ounces.

This press release was prepared by Mario Masson, Midland registered geologist and a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101. For further information, please consult Midland's website.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements that are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to vary materially from targeted results. Such risks and uncertainties include those described in Midland's periodic reports including the annual report or in the filings made by Midland from time to time with securities regulatory authorities.

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