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The numerous legal, rhetorical and legislative probes into how the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency interacted with comments from their counterparts at the federal EPA are being hyped as the impenetrable proof that PolyMet’s permits are somehow illegitimate. Project critics — who have oppo…

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About a year ago, on July 11, 2018, the state of Minnesota relented in giving Mesabi Metallics mineral leases critical to the Nashwauk pellet project ensnared in bankruptcy by Essar Steel Minnesota back in 2016.

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A few years ago, surveys found that increasing numbers of high school graduates needed to take “catch up” classes in college. Some Minnesota community colleges reported that as many as 40% of incoming students were enrolled in remedial courses. The concern was that high schools should have b…

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As news filtered out Thursday that Glencore had established itself as the majority shareholder of PolyMet, which is looking to build Minnesota’s first-ever copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes, devastating headlines about the Swiss-based company were also breaking.

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If you thought Mark Dayton’s administration and his Department of Natural Resources had credibility issues with the Twin Metals project before, things just got worse. And they’re going to land in the lap of Gov. Tim Walz and his version of the agency.

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Mere hours before Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz was sworn into office, and just days after he announced a new commissioner for the Department of Natural Resources, the failed Essar Steel Minnesota project in Nashwauk challenged the new administration with the unsurprising news that Essar Global wa…

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History will remember Tom Rukavina in many ways: The relentless working class champion, a staunch supporter of Iron Range mining, a lawmaker who helped raise minimum wage and create scholarships, while also cursing up a storm and trying to split St. Louis County in half.

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Joe Mauer could have left for greener pastures. Green like the Green Monster in Boston, where his opposite-field approach and command of the strike zone may have allowed him to challenge batting average records for years.

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It is rare for a state to have both of its U.S. Senators up for election in the same cycle, but Minnesota finds itself in that situation this year after the resignation of Sen. Al Franken with two years remaining on his term.

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Voters in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District once again have a tough decision to make in Tuesday’s midterm election, but with a wealth of local governing experience near the Iron Range and a diverse background, Pete Stauer is a vote well-cast for the region.

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With the rising opioid crisis and out-of-home placements in St. Louis County, the region needs commissioners ready to dig down to the root of the issue and find sensible solutions. In St. Louis County District 6, Keith Nelson of Fayal Township is already well-informed and heavily involved in…

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Dave Lislegard has experienced firsthand the cyclical life on the Iron Range. A laid off miner from LTV Steel Mining Company, Lislegard shepherded the city of Aurora through trying times for 14 years as a city councilor and most recently mayor, bringing along new businesses and the prospects…

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Early last week Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton gathered a group of Iron Range mayors and other local officials to address concerns of the Mesabi Metallics project in Nashwauk and better establish lines of communication with them. Afterward, Dayton, IRRR Commissioner Mark Phillips and State Sen. …

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The Iron Range’s mining industry has come a long way since 2015, when a downturn ravaged the region’s largest employer and idled plants from Keewatin to Silver Bay — with the exception of Minorca Mine in Virginia — and put workers out of a job as their unions haggled with the companies on a …

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Dave Lislegard has experienced firsthand the cyclical life on the Iron Range. A laid off miner from LTV Steel Mining Company, Lislegard shepherded the city of Aurora through trying times for 14 years as a city councilor and most recently mayor, bringing along new businesses and the prospects…

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The recent drama enveloping the Mesabi Metallics project in Nashwauk has taken more twists and turns than daytime TV since the project was awarded state mineral leases on July 11.

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The final installment of Epidemic of the North graces the front page today, taking a look at how local governments and law enforcement are batting the opioid crisis.

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The saga of mining on the West Range continued this past week on Wednesday when the state of Minnesota awarded mineral leases to Chippewa Capital Partners and Tom Clarke at the former Essar Steel Minnesota site in Nashwauk. A day later the state moved to strip mineral leases from Clarke and …

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One of the unexpected outcomes of the opioid epidemic in northern Minnesota and across the nation is an overcorrection by doctors and prescribers that is preventing people from gaining access to pain medication.

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Families are arguably the biggest victims of the rising opioid and methamphetamine crises facing the Iron Range and Minnesota. When a parent abuses drugs and becomes addicted, the ramifications create a ripple effect through the family unit and the surrounding community.

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In today’s edition, the Mesabi Daily News launched the first part of a far-reaching look at the opioid epidemic in Minnesota, St. Louis County and the Iron Range. The first part that is featured today takes an over arching view of the epidemic, which was ravaged rural areas nationwide, while…

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In Duluth on Wednesday, President Donald Trump delivered another promise to the Iron Range: He would rescind the federal land withdrawal on more than 234,000 acres of Superior National Forest that includes the Twin Metals Minnesota project site and where Teck Resources is also prospecting.

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As President Trump enters the Northland today, he does so on a wave of tariff announcements and trade wars that may or may not ultimately benefit the Iron Range and its steel industry. Those will undoubtedly be highlighted talking points for the president today in an 8th District that carrie…

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The 2018 election cycle will be one of Minnesota’s most competitive in recent years as candidates filed in quick order for local, statewide and federal offices. With primaries upcoming in August, candidates have also started to file in and out of newsrooms to get their message to the voting public.

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Some of the greatest players in sports leave their respective game without a championship. It’s the missing check mark on countless hall of fame resumes and career highlights when the cleats and skates are hung up.

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