Monroe Minerals Inc.
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Monroe Minerals Inc.

April 14, 2009 13:00 ET

Monroe's Drill Results From Lost Pond Uranium and Ree Project

Include 0.038% U3O8 intersection over 20.1 m at the Cataclastic Zone and 4.32% Total Rare Earth Oxides over 2.0 m at the U3 REO Zone

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - April 14, 2009) - Monroe Minerals Inc. (TSX VENTURE:MMX) ("Monroe") is pleased to announce the results from its eighteen hole, 2,504 m diamond drill program completed on the Lost Pond property in western Newfoundland. The property hosts a number of uranium and Rare Earth Oxide (REO) showings which have been the focus of two drill programs by Ucore Uranium Inc. ("Ucore") over the past two years. The Monroe drill program was completed in December 2008 and was focused on testing the U2 Cataclastic Zone uranium mineralization and the U3 REO Zone.

Commenting on the results, Monroe CEO and President Derek Moran said, "The results on the U2 uranium target were encouraging. The uranium-mineralized intersection has increased to 20.1 m core length, including a higher grade interval, and the zone is apparently open down-plunge. While the REE results were positive, mineralization may be controlled by a number of fault blocks which complicate the continuity of the U3 REO zone."

Monroe may earn a 50% interest in the Lost Pond property (see press release September 16, 2008) by spending $2,600,000 on exploration, including a minimum first year commitment of $700,000, and issuing 3,000,000 shares to Ucore, including 500,000 shares on signing, over four years. Monroe has met its expenditure obligation through December 31, 2009.

U2 Cataclastic Zone Grid: Five holes (LP08-05, 06, 06B, 07 and 21) targeted the Cataclastic Zone in the area which had previous intersections up to 0.045% U3O8 over 12.3 m. LP08-05 intersected a 4.0 m section of the alteration/structural zone starting at a down-hole depth of 139.05 m. LP08-06A was abandoned after 19 m due to blocky ground, whereas LP08-06B and 07 intersected the horizon above its now projected plunge. The final hole, LP08-21, targeted the down-plunge extent of the zone and hit the target at 235.4 m, resulting in an intersection of 0.038% U3O8 over 20.1 m, including 0.061% U3O8 over 3.0 m. The Cataclastic Zone is interpreted as a 75 degrees dipping zone and the true widths are approx. 75% to 80% of the down-hole drill intercepts. The zone is open down-plunge and additional drilling is planned.

Management's interpretation of the U2 Cataclastic Zone longitudinal section can be viewed at http://www.monroeminerals.com/i/pdf/2009-03-30_LostPondLS.pdf.

Three other holes on the U2 Cataclastic Zone grid (LP08-08, 09 and10) tested uranium geochemistry anomalies located 400 m to 800 m away from the known mineralization and did not encounter any significant uranium zones. The following Table lists all the holes and anomalous results from this latest stage of drilling on the U2 Cataclastic Zone.



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Hole Grid Grid Azi- From To val U3O8
Number North East muth Dip (m) (m) (m) (%)
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LP08-05 9,900 10,277 272 60 139.05 143.1 4.05 0.032
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LP08-06A 9,968 10,170 93 50 Abandoned in broken ground
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LP08-06B 9,964 10,180 93 55 12.05 15.8 3.75 0.038
Includes 14.1 15.8 1.7 0.067
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LP08-07 10,000 10,365 272 60 No Significant Values
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LP08-08 9,900 10,820 272 50 No Significant Values
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LP08-08B 9,900 10,800 272 50 No Significant Values
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LP08-09 10,300 10,475 272 50 No Significant Values
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LP08-10 10,700 10,675 272 50 No Significant Values
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LP08-21 9,970 10,390 262 56 235.4 255.5 20.1 0.038
Includes 238.5 241.5 3.0 0.061
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U3 REO Grid: Ten holes (LP08-11 to 20) targeted the U3 REO zone, located about 2 km east of the U2 Cataclastic Zone. The holes were drilled on sections approx. 50 m apart to evaluate a discrete 250 m long bulls-eye magnetic high. This magnetic high is associated with REO minerals and previous drilling by Ucore in 2007 intersected up to 4.47% Total Rare Earth Oxides ("TREO") over 5.64 m. Monroe's drilling intersected multiple mineralized zones, including 4.32% TREO over 2.0 m core length in hole LP08-13 and 1.162% TREO over 15.3 m core length in LP08-17. This near surface mineralization appears to be affected by a number of fault blocks which complicate the continuity of the rare earth-bearing U3 zone.

Additional work, including a series of short drill holes, will be required to better define the deposit geometry. True width estimates are not known at this time. A summary of the drill results from the U3 Grid drilling follows:



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Hole Grid Grid Azi- From To val %
Number North East muth Dip (m) (m) (m) TREO
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49.5 52.8 3.3 1.260
LP08-11 2034 1950 190 50 Includes 50.5 52.8 2.3 1.757
and 50.5 51.0 0.5 4.809
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LP08-12 2075 1950 190 50 No Significant Values
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50.1 51.4 1.3 3.631
Includes 50.1 50.4 0.3 15.035
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LP08-13 2075 2000 190 50 64.9 66.9 2.0 4.321
Includes 64.9 65.9 1.0 6.482
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77 81.75 4.75 2.133
Includes 80.75 81.75 1.0 9.591
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LP08-14 2040 2000 190 45 23.75 25.1 1.35 1.173
Includes 24.75 25.1 0.35 4.416
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LP08-14B 2040 1990 190 45 No Significant Values
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LP08-15 2005 2050 190 50 70.41 74.48 4.07 1.003
Includes 70.41 72.48 2.07 1.520
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LP08-16 1956 2100 190 50 No Significant Values
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17.1 19.4 2.3 2.841
Includes 17.1 17.9 0.8 5.379
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87.9 103.2 15.3 1.162
LP08-17 2020 2100 190 50 Includes 102.0 103.0 1.0 2.555
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112.3 119.8 7.5 1.269
Includes 115.1 116.1 1.0 2.235
and 118.8 119.8 1.0 2.690
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LP08-18 2000 2150 190 50 No Significant Values
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LP08-19 2035 2100 190 50 No Significant Values
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LP08-20 2110 2000 190 50 No Significant Values
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Quality Control: Core samples from this drill program were split using a diamond saw and half of the core was sent to Activation Laboratories in Ancaster, ON for analysis. Uranium concentration was analyzed by Delayed Neutron Count (DNC) along with ICP-MS for select major, minor and trace element compositions. Samples collected from the Rare Earth Oxide Zone were analyzed using a WRA +Trace 4Litho package which ensures the accuracy for analyzing total metal content for elements like REEs. Blank samples were inserted into the sample batch periodically and standards were used at Activation Laboratories to ensure accuracy.

Mineralogical Work: In June 2008, core sample rejects from the 2007 drilling on the REO Zone were sent for mineral identification and analysis at the SGS Lakefield facility in Lakefield, Ontario, with supplementary processes undertaken at McGill University in Montreal and Laval University in Quebec. The McGill studies were supported by Quantitative Evaluation of Materials by Scanning Electron Microscopy technology (QEMSCAN™). The mineralogical work identified monazite, allanite and apatite, averaging 5.6% light rare earth oxides, 0.31% heavy rare earth oxides, and 0.27% yttrium oxide (total of 6.18% rare earth oxides). The monazite contained 74% to 90% of the rare earth oxides (REO) and its liberation varied between 80% and 95% at a grind between 25 to 80 micrometers. The allanite contained the bulk of the remaining REO (10% to 20%) and its liberation was approximately 60% at less than 30 micrometers.

The Qualified Person ("QP") managing the exploration program is Wayne Reid, P.Geo. As the QP, he has prepared or reviewed the technical information for this release. Wayne Reid is a consulting geologist working for Monroe and a Technical Advisor for Ucore Uranium Inc.

Monroe is engaged in uranium exploration in Canada's Newfoundland & Labrador and in the expansion of its portfolio through acquisition, merger, strategic partnership or joint venture. Its strategy is well defined: enhancing shareholder value by combining technical expertise, corporate development skills and professional management. Monroe's shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol MMX. For more information please visit www.monroeminerals.com.

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