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US loan may help Australian mine compete with Minn. taconite

August 26, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

DULUTH, Minn. It’s not that Minnesota’s congressional delegation doesn’t like Australia, mate. But the idea of a U.S. government bank loaning money to an Australian iron ore mine that will compete with Minnesota taconite?
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Taconite mining plants on Minnesota’s Iron Range operated at close to capacity in 2011

January 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Minnesota’s taconite mining operations ran at or close to capacity in 2011. The Mesabi Daily News reports that the Iron Range produced an estimated 38.9 million tons of iron pellets last year. That’s 3.8 million tons more than in 2010, and much better than the 17.1 million in the downturn year of 2009.
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Minnesota aconite industry strikes while the iron (ore price) is hot

December 11, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The price of iron ore has bounced around on the global market in recent months, topping out at a record-high near $200 per ton earlier this year before falling to about $135 in November. But the roller-coaster ride doesn’t seem to be hurting Minnesota’s taconite industry. Continue Reading

Tax break for Minnesota’s taconite plants slashed

October 21, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board voted Thursday to chop a taconite production tax reimbursement nearly in half. The five plants will get nearly $5 million instead of nearly $10 million they expected this year. The money saved will go instead to public works projects on the Iron Range. Continue Reading

Minnesota PCA board OKs Keetac expansion air permit

September 14, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Producing more taconite may not mean producing more mercury, at least not in the long run, for U.S. Steel’s proposed expansion of its Keewatin taconite plant. Continue Reading

Brimson, Taconite post offices could close

July 27, 2011 in Lake County News-Chronicle

The Brimson and Taconite post offices are among approximately 3,700 nationwide the U.S. Postal Service will study “to determine customer needs.”
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Guest Commentary: Much remains on tailings study

September 23, 2010 in Lake County News-Chronicle

On the surface, the use of taconite tailings for highway and construction projects appears to be a straightforward application. Beneath the surface, the application is not that simple. Continue Reading

Lung study explained in Silver Bay

September 2, 2010 in Lake County News-Chronicle

About a dozen people showed up for an informational meeting Wednesday on a lung disease study that begins Sept. 20 in Silver Bay as a continuation of a University of Minnesota study that began in Virginia last year. Continue Reading

Taconite tailings hit the highway

August 29, 2010 in Duluth News Tribune

A Coleraine company has announced plans to distribute taconite tailings nationwide for use on highways and construction projects.
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Taconite worker health testing moving to Silver Bay

August 23, 2010 in Duluth News Tribune

The ongoing University of Minnesota health study of current and former taconite industry workers is moving from Virginia to Silver Bay to attract more steelworkers from the eastern Iron Range.
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