MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – In the first debate in Minnesota’s hotly contested 8th Congressional District, the candidates talked guns, taxes and mining.
Congressman Rick Nolan debated Tuesday in Duluth with challengers Stewart Mills and Ray Sandman.READ MORE: At Least 2 Dead In Head-On Crash Near Lake Mille Lacs
The candidates sparred over whether it is environmentally safe to allow copper-nickel mines to open.READ MORE: Parents Demand More Distance Learning Options As COVID Cases Rise Ahead Of School Year
Mining companies have been working for nine years to get government permission to open for business, despite concerns about damage to lakes and rivers.
Nolan, a Democrat, is running for re-election for the seat he won just two years ago.MORE NEWS: Drought To Have Lasting Impact On Minnesota's Christmas Tree Farms
Mills, a Republican, is a first time candidate. Sandman is a Green Party candidate.