State officials battle Essar over giving back incentive money

Essar Steel

We had a deal. For the Forum News Service (in the Pioneer Press), John Myers looks at what happens when a company can’t deliver on the promises it makes in exchange for government incentives: “Essar Steel Minnesota and state officials continue to spar over how and when the company will repay $67 million in state incentives the company received to build a once-promised Iron Range steel mill that now appears out of the picture. … The negotiations continued at a Monday morning meeting in Eveleth between Gov. Mark Dayton, top state economic development officials, Iron Range lawmakers and Essar Steel Minnesota CEO Madhu Vuppuluri and other company officials. … While Essar, whose parent company is based in Mumbai, India, is well under way in building the state’s first all-new, full-scale taconite iron ore operation in 40 years just outside Nashwauk in Itasca County, the state money was tied to adding a steel mill to the project by October 2015, to add value to Minnesota minerals and create 100 steelmaking jobs here.”

Remembering the fishermen lost on Lake of the Woods. For the Star Tribune, Jenna Ross writes, “Friends of the young men whose boat capsized on Lake of the Woods say the three were experienced anglers who knew the massive lake’s moods. But in recent days, two of their bodies have been found in that lake’s waters. … The close-knit resort community near the Canadian border has been shaken by the loss of the trio, in their 20s, who worked as fishing guides in Baudette, a city of 1,100 that bills itself as the Walleye Capital of the World. … ‘There’s a lot of sadness up here right now,’ said Retina LaValla, social media and marketing specialist at Wigwam Resort. ‘Everyone knows everybody, and everybody’s hurting.’

Flying out of MSP is about to get slightly more miserable. That’s because, as WCCO reports, it’s losing its Surdyk’s: “As new restaurants are claiming spots in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport’s new expansion, others are leaving. Surdyk’s Flights among them. … According to Molly Surdyk, Surdyk’s Flights will be leaving its Terminal 1 spot at the end of 2016.”

There’s a Kennedy coming to town. The Star Tribune’s Gail Rosenblum informs us, “The 48-year-old son of the late Sen. Edward ‘Ted’ Kennedy was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and social anxiety in his teens. For more than 20 years, he self-medicated with alcohol and a litany of prescription painkillers, and was in and out of treatment programs — always in secrecy — before he’d play the system and start abusing again. … Today, the former U.S. Representative from Rhode Island is a family man and public speaker, devoting his life to fighting for equality in care and coverage for those facing mental illness or addictions. … Kennedy will be at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Minneapolis at 7 p.m. Tuesday to talk about his new book — ‘A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through The Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction’ — and his new life.”

In other news…

Another departure from Lake Elmo city hall. [Pioneer Press]

Knock us over with a feather: People like riding bikes when the weather’s nice. [streets.mn]

Things we learn: Lake Superior is a big angry face. [Minnesota Brown]

“Minnesota’s most polarizing sports topics” [Star Tribune]

Release. The. Video. [Pioneer Press]

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Tim Walker on 10/13/2015 - 03:16 pm.

    The loss of the three fishing guides is made even more tragic because it could have likely been prevented.

    One of the first items that searchers found were three life jackets.

    Please, people, wear your PFDs at all times when you are in a boat.

  2. Submitted by Pat Berg on 10/13/2015 - 03:37 pm.

    Wrong link

    The streets.mn highlighted text actually directs to the Lake Elmo article (and I just wasted one of my “allowed” PiPress views by clicking on it).

  3. Submitted by Max Hailperin on 10/13/2015 - 05:25 pm.

    Flights aren’t about to depart

    I wouldn’t have have used the words “about to” in describing a change that will happen “at the end of 2016.”

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