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.
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.
A final report to the Legislature on a six-year, $4.9 million University of Minnesota study says the state’s taconite workers face higher risks from a rare form of lung cancer called mesothelioma the longer they’ve worked in the industry or if they’ve had above-average exposures to certain kinds of dust.
Prospects look bright for Minnesota’s iron mining industry in 2014 and 2015 after a dip in production this year. State officials expect 2013 will end with production of about 38.9 million tons of taconite.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota-Duluth have developed a revolutionary new treatment for those pesky potholes: Just nuke them. A decade of work has uncovered the unlikely combination of magnetite and microwave energy, a mixture that could lead to smoother roads and fewer orange barrels.
A Minnesota taconite iron ore tax increase will be used to rebuild and retool Iron Range schools. The 10 cent-a-ton tax increase was included in the state Legislature’s final omnibus tax bill signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton Thursday.
Two versions of a bill mandating solar energy for big utilities are heading for a conference committee where compromise legislation should emerge in the final week of Minnesota’s legislative session. The Senate version requires large utility companies to generate 1 percent of power from the sun by 2025.
Cliffs Natural Resources says it’s ready to produce a new kind of iron ore pellet in Minnesota that could potentially open new markets.
The citizens board of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is taking another crack at approving rules meant to cut the haze that sometimes clouds the views at Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
Minnesota’s taconite plants will get a smaller tax rebate than they were expecting.
The number of Iron Rangers known to have died from a rare form of lung cancer has risen to 82, up from the 63 reported by state health officials last year.
It was a good year for taconite mining on northern Minnesota’s Iron Range.
The Mesabi Nugget plant will resume production, after it was shut down for maintenance earlier this month.