Bourkes Diamond Drill Program and Bulk Assay Check Results



    TORONTO, March 20 /CNW/ - Northern Gold Mining Inc. (TSX-V NGM) announces
the results from the final 12 holes of the winter 2007-08 Bourkes Mine diamond
drill program as well as check assay results from the fall 2007 Bourkes Mine
Bulk Assay program. The high-grade past producing Bourkes Mine property is
located in north-eastern Ontario, 22 km. north-west of the Kirkland Lake,
Ontario gold-mining camp where to date more than 24 million ounces of gold
have been produced.
    All 19 holes drilled targeting the Bourkes mineralized zone in this just
completed program intersected the quartz-carbonate stringer zone that hosts
the Bourkes mineralization. However despite the continuous nature of the
Bourkes stringer zone, sampling and assaying of the drill intersections did
not show a consistency in economic assay values. Northern Gold Mining is of
the opinion that this result reflects the extreme gold nugget effect of the
Bourkes gold mineralization. The 19 NQ size holes drilled through the Bourkes
mineralization would only test 1/33,000th of one percent of the longitudinal
areal extent of the Bourkes Mine. Considering the extreme variation in gold
assay results from the 19 intersections from this program (from 404.92 g/t
over 0.3 metres in B07-15 to 0.06 g/t over 0.7 metres in B07-04) Northern Gold
Mining is of the opinion that the only means to accurately test the Bourkes
Mine is to get underground to observe and sample the mineralization
continuously along the pre-existing drifts and shaft. Such underground work
was discussed in the NI 43-101 report on the Bourkes property and is also
referenced in Northern Gold Mining Inc.'s prospectus. Therefore Northern Gold
Mining is holding discussions with a local mining contractor and is well along
in its permitting process to gain access to the top two levels of the mine for
a rehabilitation, sampling and mapping program tentatively scheduled for 2008.

    
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    Drill                                             From    To  Length  Au
    Hole       Location          Dip        Azim.      (m)    (m)  (m)  (g/t)
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    B07-01   92m N,-11m el  -45 degrees  236 degrees   12.0   13.5  1.5  0.35
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    B07-05   92m N,-41m el  -45 degrees  236 degrees   67.4   69.2  1.8  3.98
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    B07-07   19m S,-40m el  -45 degrees  235 degrees   57.9   58.6  0.9  0.30
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    B07-08  111m N,-55m el  -50 degrees  270 degrees   84.3   85.3  1.0  0.49
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    B07-10A  15m S,-70m el  -45 degrees  235 degrees   94.8   95.8  1.0  6.57
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    B07-11   91m N,-86m el  -45 degrees  236 degrees  129.7  130.7  1.0  0.22
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    B07-12   42m N,-87m el  -45 degrees  281 degrees  113.8  114.4  0.6  1.63
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    B07-14  90m N,-119m el  -57 degrees  236 degrees  154.6  155.6  1.0  0.14
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    B07-16  14m S,-101m el  -58 degrees  236 degrees  122.6  123.5  0.9  0.11
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    B07-17  34m S,-100m el  -56 degrees  219 degrees  127.8  128.5  0.7  0.10
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    B07-18  60m S,-116m el  -53 degrees  205 degrees  163.0  163.4  0.4  1.01
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    B07-20  53m N,-133m el  -45 degrees  237 degrees  203.5  204.0  0.5  0.17
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    note - north and south locations are measured from centre line of shaft

    The purpose of the Bourkes Mine drill program was to test mineralization
continuity throughout the areal extent of the underground mine. The Bourkes
Mine is known anecdotally as suffering from an extreme gold nugget effect. In
gold deposits with a high nugget factor gold is very rarely uniformly
distributed throughout the vein structure, but rather, occurs as clusters of
small particles or single masses of spectacular "nuggety" gold. This random,
unpredictable distribution of gold influences all sampling of gold
mineralization and is especially problematic in considering results from a
small population of drill intersections relatively broadly spaced such as that
from the Bourkes Mine drill program.

    Bourkes Bulk Assays
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    As a QA/QC procedure Northern Gold submitted 14 separate pulps and
rejects from its fall 2007 Bourkes bulk assay program (Northern Gold Mining
press release, Nov. 28, 2007) to Swastika Laboratories for check assays. The
results from these check assays confirms the grade from the bulk assay program
and shows further indication of the high gold nugget factor of the Bourkes
ore. The 14 check sample assays ranged from a high of 148.39 g/t to a low of
2.32 g/t resulting in an uncut arithmetic average of 18.85 g/t.
    In other news Northern Gold Mining is continuing with its drill program
on the ice of Frederick House Lake in the Timmins area. Despite encountering
deep overburden to a 60 metre depth 2 holes have been completed to date with
assays pending. With the below normal late winter temperatures in the area
over the last two weeks it is hoped that drilling will be possible on the ice
into the first week of April. As well overburden drilling of the Sylvanite
tailings basin on Northern Gold's Kirana property 5 km. north-east of Kirkland
Lake, Ontario continues.
    Northern Gold Mining has implemented a quality assurance and control
(QA/QC) program to ensure sampling and analysis of all exploration work is
conducted in accordance with the best possible practices. The drill core is
logged and split with half core samples sent either to Swastika Laboratories,
Swastika, Ontario or Polymet Laboratories, Cobalt, Ontario and analyzed using
the appropriate gold fire assaying technique. The other half of the core is
retained for future assay verification. For QA/QC purposes the Company submits
blanks and standards every 50 samples. Approximately 5% of sample rejects
and/or pulps will be sent to a different lab from the lab which ran the
original assay for check assaying. The bulk sample check assays were collected
from rejects from the original bulk assay lot and analyzed at Swastika
Laboratories using the appropriate gold fire assaying technique.
    R.V. Zalnieriunas, P.Geol., is a "Qualified Person" as defined by NI
43-101 and has reviewed this release.

    Northern Gold Mining Inc. is a well-financed Toronto-based junior
resource company dedicated to gold exploration in the proven mining camps of
Kirkland Lake and Timmins in Northern Ontario. The goal of our experienced and
highly-skilled management team is to maximize shareholder value through
successful exploration and the aggressive testing of high quality targets such
as our advanced-stage past-producing gold properties located in the Kirkland
Lake and Timmins area.

    CAUTIONARY STATEMENT: The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept
responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. No stock
exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or
disapproved the information contained herein. This News Release includes
certain "forward-looking statements". All statements other than statements of
historical fact, included in this release, including, without limitation,
statements regarding potential mineralization and reserves, exploration
results, future plans and objectives of Northern Gold Mining Inc., are
forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. There
can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual
results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in
such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ
materially from Northern Gold Mining Inc.'s expectations are the risks
detailed herein and from time to time in the filings made by Northern Gold
Mining Inc. with securities regulators.

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For further information:

For further information: Northern Gold Mining Inc., Martin Shefsky,
President and CEO, Tel: (416) 366-7300, Fax: (416) 366-7301, E:
mshefsky@northerngold.ca; Jeffery Boykin, VP Investor Relations Regulatory
Affairs, Tel: (416) 366-7300, Fax: (416) 366-7301, E: jboykin@northerngold.ca;
Web site: www.northerngold.ca

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