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12/16: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

Researchers who convened recently in Duluth predict that moose in Minnesota may be gone in a matter of years due to the warming climate, writes Marshall Helmberger of the Ely Timberjay.

An increased number of “poor air quality” days in southeastern Minnesota has gotten Rochester added to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s air pollution forecasting service, reports Mike Klein of the Rochester Post-Bulletin.  Previously, the agency only covered the Twin Cities.

According to the Duluth News-Tribune, Cliffs Natural Resources predicts that taconite mines in North America will produce 39 percent less iron ore in 2009 than in 2008.  (Registration required) However, the company does not expect to have to lay off any employees at its three Minnesota facilities.

Mike Brouwer of the Stillwater Courier reports that soaring road salt prices are forcing public works employees in Washington County to make some tough decisions.  In some cases, the price is reaching $130 a ton, more than doubled from last year.

Farmland values in Chippewa County will have increased by 30 percent from 2008 to 2009, writes Paul Riemerman of the Montevideo American-News.  City land values are not expected to increase.

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