U.S. Steel has received the final federal permits necessary to move ahead with expanding its Minntac iron mine and processing facility in Mountain Iron. A joint announcement from the company and the United Steelworkers union says the 483-acre expansion will allow the state’s largest taconite operation to keep operating for around 16 more years.
The Crow Wing County sheriff has checked the ice on Gull Lake and has given the green light to the Brainerd Jaycees’ 24th annual ice fishing fundraiser that draws more than 10,000 anglers.
Minnesota is one of 14 states that allow handguns in its State Capitol building. State officials are taking a fresh look at security after mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., and the Navy Yard in DC, after getting the results of a nationwide survey of capitols.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says it’s achieving a 99 percent success rate in issuing environmental permits for construction of new projects and expansions of existing facilities within 150 days.
Hunters who think they’ve already received a Minnesota bear-hunting permit for this year will have to wait a little longer for confirmation.
More long-necked sandhill cranes may soon end up in hunters’ crosshairs if a bill makes its way through the Minnesota Legislature.