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Minnesota unemployment rate drops to 4.6%

Plus: DNR will review copper-nickel mining rules after settlement; Conservation Fund buys more than 70,000 acres of Minnesota forest land; CDC tells Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving; and more.

Food and sales job losses aren’t necessarily surprising given the closure of bars, restaurants and other businesses ordered by the governor.
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Unemployment down again. The Pioneer Press reports: “On the eve of Minnesota’s next temporary shutdown of bars and many other businesses, the state reported its unemployment rate had fallen to 4.6 percent in October. … The new rate is the lowest it has been since this spring’s closures prompted hundreds of thousands to seek unemployment assistance. … ‘COVID has brought unprecedented challenges to Minnesotans and our businesses. Just yesterday we had to take action to slow the spread of the virus because the health and well-being of Minnesotans and our state’s economy depend on it,’ said Steve Grove, commissioner of the state’s Department of Employment and Economic Development, in a prepared statement.”

New Twin Metals development. The Duluth News Tribune’s Jimmy Lovrien writes: “The adequacy of Minnesota’s rules overseeing copper-nickel mining within the same watershed as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness will get a fresh look. … Attorneys for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and environmental group Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness agreed on Wednesday to have the state agency review its 27-year-old copper-nickel mining rules to determine if it can actually protect the BWCAW from copper-nickel mining pollution in the Rainy River Watershed.

Big deal. The Star Tribune’s Jennifer Bjorhus reports:The Conservation Fund has bought more than 70,000 acres of Minnesota forestland from the Potlatch lumber company for nearly $48 million in one of the largest conservation efforts in the state’s recent history. … The national nonprofit said the sale closed Wednesday, and that it plans to transfer ownership of the land to state, county, local and tribal governments over the next 10 years. … The purchase comes as Spokane, Wash.-based Potlatch­Deltic Corp. wraps up a yearslong effort in Minnesota to sell some 300,000 acres of less-strategic company-owned forests that it said could be put to better use.”

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