'Super Wood' Could Replace Steel, Engineers Say"This new way to treat wood makes it 12 times stronger than natural wood and 10 times tougher," the University of Maryland's Liangbing Hu said in a press release.
US Steel, Union Reach Tentative AgreementU.S. Steel Corp. and the United Steelworkers union have announced tentative agreement on a new contract covering about 18,000 workers at more than a dozen facilities across the country.
Keewatin Taconite Plant To Be Idled, Affecting 412 WorkersThe 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.
Minnesota's Senators Welcome Steel Decision Minnesota's U.S. senators are welcoming a ruling from the International Trade Commission that they say will open the door for strong action against the dumping of South Korean steel on the American market.
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.
Rukavina Annoyed Stadium Requires Foreign OreFormer state House member Tom Rukavina says he's annoyed that the new Vikings stadium requires ore from overseas. Mortenson Construction executive John Wood told the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority that some high-grade steel will be imported from Europe. He says officials are ordering from a Luxembourg manufacturer that's a global provider of the extra-strength steel. Wood says the 7,000 tons of steel that make up the perimeter can be drawn domestically, but even that will probably have only small traces of Minnesota in it.
New Minn. Vikings Stadium Will Have Foreign Flair Backers of the $1 billion Vikings stadium regularly tout the project as an economic driver that will boost the state's construction industry and rely heavily on Minnesota-derived materials. Construction planners showed last week that those goals are easier stated than achieved.
Survivors Emotionally Collect Pieces Of Collapsed 35W BridgeMinnesota transportation officials are distributing remnants of the Interstate 35W bridge that collapsed in 2007. MnDOT says the material is being distributed at its Oakdale facility from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Legislation passed this year specifies who's eligible for the steel and MnDOT says it's contacted most of those people and groups.
Years Later, Minn. Disposing Of I-35W Bridge SteelIn a few weeks, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will begin parceling out tons of steel from the collapsed Interstate 35W bridge. They're being guided by a new state law and paying special attention to the requests of survivors from the deadly collapse, which happened six years ago Thursday.
Elk River Teen Missing For 2 Weeks Found SafeThe missing Elk River teenage girl who hadn't been seen since Feb. 11 has been found safe, authorities say.
Construction Accident Injures 1 In Eden PrairieOne person suffered non-life-threatening injuries in a construction accident at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Eden Prairie.
Charges: Man Stole Steel Grates From Car Washes A 29-year-old man faces one count of theft for allegedly stealing more than $1,000 worth of steel grates from car washes and selling them to a metal recycling company, according to court documents filed Friday in Dakota County.