Hecla posts record sales and profits

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Despite a series of accidents that led to the deaths of two miners and injuries to others, Hecla Mining Co. reported record sales and profits in 2011.

The Coeur d'Alene, Idaho-based company on Tuesday reported record revenues of $477.6 million last year, and gross profit of $265 million.

Hecla's Lucky Friday Mine is closed for the rest of this year to make safety improvements.