The project has garnered national media attention and even become a wedge issue in the presidential campaign. And that was before Twin Metals Minnesota submitted its official operating plan for review.
Identified in the late 19th century, it took the depletion of natural iron ores in Minnesota for low-iron taconite to come to the fore.
Oliver mines were originally clustered on the eastern end of the Mesabi.
The new large swath of red on the political map overlooks a lot, especially how divided women are on the future of mining.
The sector includes companies that make everything from massive conveyor belts to radiators and air coolers to replacement parts for machines that crush ore to special tools used by miners.
In 70 years, northeastern Minnesota has been represented in Congress by just four men. But fractures in the DFL over the future of mining might mean the district is ripe for change.
The Range, a Democratic stronghold for generations, went big for Trump in the election. That vote of confidence might be about to pay off.
Iron mining in the district, the furthest south and west of Minnesota’s iron ranges, began in 1907.
“The secret to success is making places where people want to live,” says Aaron J. Brown, 35, who lives near Grand Rapids. He’s skeptical of “boom chasers, smokestack chasers, these big things that promise to put 100 guys in work clothes.”
A gathering place of the Finnish cooperative movement, the park served the ethnic political radicals who energized the Iron Range labor movement and Minnesota’s Farmer-Labor party.
And if foreign governments are cheating on steel prices, should the U.S. government step in to help support domestic steel producers?
Steel industry advocates seeking greater protection from illegal dumping of foreign steel have reason to be skeptical about a new free trade agreement.
Small districts on the Iron Range are exploring how they might work together — taking advantage of their unique position as beneficiaries of the mines — to build modern schools.
Immigrant grandparents, Range mining relatives and a mother who taught elementary school gave her a traditional DFL mindset, but she also recounts solid friendships with Republican colleagues.
Seasonal effects are quite strong, but the annual data show that unemployment in Bemidji, as on the Iron Range, rose during the recession and has now returned to its 2007 level.
The Duluth poet’s latest collection of poetry is entitled “Night Train Red Dust.”
Cleaning up the St. Louis River estuary is a wasted effort unless toxic problems at the headwaters are addressed.
DFLers reverse pro-environment decision; groundwater drain; local stocks fall; heroin deaths up; and more.
In the long run, the mighty DFL Iron Range/MN-8 coalition simply isn’t preparing for a world in which its environmental and pro-mining wings learn to get along.
On the cusp of controlling a mining empire in northern Minnesota, they lost everything to business titan John D. Rockefeller.