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House, Senate Move To Provide Help To Idled Taconite Workers

A measure that has won initial backing of Minnesota House and Senate lawmakers would ensure that Iron Range taconite workers are eligible for unemployment benefits when several plants are idled in coming months.

04/22/2015

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Welcome Precipitation: Snow In The North, T-Storms In The South

It may be spring in Minnesota, but Tuesday’s weather was all over the map.

We saw snow in the northern part of the state, but thunderstorms in parts of southern Minnesota.

04/07/2015

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Keewatin Taconite Plant To Be Idled, Affecting 412 Workers

The operator of an Iron Range taconite plant in Keewatin announced Thursday it will temporarily halt operations in May to deal with a mismatch in inventory and demand, putting 412 jobs in doubt and fanning calls for regulatory changes at the state Capitol.

03/12/2015

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EPA Reaches Tentative Settlement With Mines Over Park Haze

The Environmental Protection Agency has reached a tentative settlement with four iron mines in Minnesota and Michigan that’s aimed at reducing haze over pristine areas including Voyageurs and Isle Royale national parks and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

01/28/2015

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DFL Senator Clears One Conflict Hurdle In New Job

Minnesota’s campaign finance watchdog says a Democratic senator’s new job heading a lobbying group doesn’t necessarily conflict with his role as a lawmaker. The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board said in a draft advisory opinion released Tuesday that Sen. David Tomassoni may face a conflict of interest on specific votes or actions.

01/27/2015

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Good Question: How Did Minnesota Become The State Of Hockey?

Hockey Day Minnesota is this Saturday. High school, college and pro teams will play outside throughout the day on a specially-made rink. It’s a celebration of the state’s official sport that an estimated 100,000 Minnesotans play.

01/13/2015

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DFL Senator Says New Job Heading Lobbying Group Is OK

A Minnesota State Senator says he doesn’t think his new job as the head of an Iron Range lobbying group conflicts with his role as a lawmaker.

01/12/2015

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Iron Range Board Approves Protecting Trust Fund

The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board has approved a plan to protect a trust fund from potential raids by state government. The IRRRB is funded by a taconite production tax paid by mining companies in lieu of local property taxes.

12/19/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Potica, A Czech Pastry

Jason DeRusha sampled a Czech pastry so popular that they’re being sold throughout the state.

11/29/2014

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MnDOT Backs Plan For Iron Range Highway Reroute

The relocation of U.S. Highway 53 to make way for a mine expansion on the Iron Range should follow a route that would require building one of the highest bridges in the state over an abandoned mine pit outside of the city of Virginia, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said Tuesday. The route known as E-2 is the northernmost route that was under consideration. The project is expected to cost about $220 million.

11/18/2014

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First Lady Rallies Voters In Minneapolis

Election Day is just two weeks away, and Minnesota Democrats are getting support from some of the most popular national campaigners. First Lady Michelle Obama was the main attraction at an energetic get-out-the-vote rally at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis. This was the first of three high-profile Democrats to be stumping the state for Minnesota Democratic candidates this week.

10/21/2014

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VP Biden To Hold Rally For Nolan In Hibbing

Vice President Joe Biden is coming to Minnesota’s Iron Range to hold a get-out-the-vote rally this week.

10/20/2014

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Mine Plan Spurs Sharp Jabs In Governor Debate

A mining project under regulatory review has fueled a sharp exchange among Minnesota’s candidates for governor. At a debate Wednesday night, Republican challenger Jeff Johnson accused Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration of “slow-walking” a regulatory review of the PolyMet copper-nickel mine project in northeastern Minnesota.

10/01/2014

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New Normal In 8th: Battleground District

In the chilly curling hall-turned-community center, hundreds of iron miners gathered on a September afternoon to celebrate five decades of feeding America’s thirst for steel. Some on walkers, some still wearing hardhats, they listened and cheered as a procession of speakers recounted stories of mining’s trials and victories through the years until one — state Rep. Jason Metsa — cleared his throat and stepped back to the microphone.

09/27/2014

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Biking The Iron Range’s Mesabi Trail

Head to northern Minnesota for a biking adventure.

09/09/2014

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Iron Range Speakeasy Tunnel To Reopen

A bit of Prohibition era history is about to reopen to the public on Minnesota’s Iron Range. Annabella’s Antique Mall in Bovey plans to reopen a secret speakeasy tunnel at a red carpet event Friday night.

08/29/2014

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McFadden Talks On Recent Gas Tax Fumble

You’ve seen his campaign ads on TV, and on Tuesday night John Lauritsen had an opportunity to visit with U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden at football practice.

08/19/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Off-Roading In The Iron Range

Minnesotans love their four-wheel drive SUV’s and pickup trucks. We often need them with all the snow we get each winter. The vast majority of owners rarely take them off the freeways and paved streets.

08/03/2014

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Dayton Hails US Gov’t Duties On Foreign Steel Pipe

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is hailing the U.S. government’s decision to impose duties on imports of steel pipe from South Korea, India and seven other countries.

07/11/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Amelia & Mark Visit Biwabik (Day 2)

Thursday had Amelia and Mark working for their dinner on the Iron Range, but Friday held its own adventures. The two were up in Gilbert, which is about 200 miles north of Minneapolis. Their first stop was at the Whistling Bird, which brings the taste of the Carribean to the Iron Range.

06/06/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Amelia & Mark Visit Biwabik (Day 1)

The summer road trip continues this week with a stop up north. Amelia Santaniello and Mark Rosen hit the road in the Mobile Weather Watcher and headed to the Iron Range town of Biwabik. The Biwabik area is dotted with lakes that used to be old open-pit iron mines.

06/05/2014

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Auditor’s Race To Test Democratic Allegiances

A suddenly competitive primary for state auditor has some top Minnesota Democrats rallying behind two-term incumbent Rebecca Otto while others aren’t ready to discount Matt Entenza, the former state legislator who has statewide campaign experience.

06/04/2014

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Opposing Sides Converge At Iron Range Copper Mine Meeting

About 1,500 people turned out Thursday night to weigh in on what Minnesota’s first copper mine could mean for their water and air. The DNR has spent the last five years studying what PolyMet’s proposal could mean for the environment on the Iron Range. A crowd packed the convention center in Duluth. The building, which is usually home to concerts and hockey games, turned into the place Barb Crow came to join a polarizing debate.

01/16/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Alpine Village On The Iron Range

Knowing how to yodel is not required when you visit Biwabik, but you might be inspired to try. It’s a Northwoods town with a Bavarian personality.

12/01/2013

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