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Minn. Taconite Prospects Bright For 2014 And 2015

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.

12/17/2013

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UMD Researchers Develop ‘Nuclear Option’ To Fix Potholes

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.

06/06/2013

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Taconite Tax Will Help Pay For Iron Range Schools

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.

05/24/2013

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Solar Power Bills Headed For Conference Committee

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.

05/13/2013

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Cliffs Ready To Produce New Kind Of Iron Pellet

Cliffs Natural Resources says it’s ready to produce a new kind of iron ore pellet in Minnesota that could potentially open new markets.

04/26/2013

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MPCA Board To Revisit Voyageurs, BWCA Haze Rules

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.

04/24/2012

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IRRRB Slashes Tax Break For Mining Companies

Minnesota’s taconite plants will get a smaller tax rebate than they were expecting.

10/21/2011

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Iron Range Death Toll From Rare Lung Cancer Rises

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.

10/18/2011

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Minnesota Taconite Production Doubles In 2010

It was a good year for taconite mining on northern Minnesota’s Iron Range.

01/03/2011

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Mesabi Nugget Restarts After Maintenance Shutdown

The Mesabi Nugget plant will resume production, after it was shut down for maintenance earlier this month.

11/29/2010