Special Session Clock Ticking For Miners On UnemploymentAs lawmakers make last-ditch efforts to call a special session, hundreds of steelworkers and mine laborers are counting the days until their last unemployment check arrives and know they may have to take jobs that'll pull them away from Minnesota's faltering Iron Range.
Dayton, Lawmakers Expected To Decide On Special Session This WeekGovernor Mark Dayton and Minnesota lawmakers are expected to decide this week whether to call a special session.
Gov., Legislative Leaders Talk Special Session, To No AvailIt's time for a special session status check. Gov. Mark Dayton was set to meet with legislative leaders Thursday morning to discuss his hopes for an emergency session before the Legislature's scheduled March 8 return.
Melin Says She Won't Run For A 4th Term, But Isn't Done With PoliticsAn Iron Range lawmaker who came to the Minnesota House in her 20s has ruled out a run for a fourth term but doesn't consider it a political retirement.
Layoffs Set For Jan. 18 At Magnetation In Iron RangeIron ore producer Magnetation has a target date for layoffs on the Iron Range. The company said in a statement Wednesday night it will idle the plant in Bovey beginning Jan. 18.
With Dayton And Daudt Frustrated, Hopes Of A Special Session Fade Hopes for a quick special session faded Wednesday when Democrat Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt accused one another of acting in bad faith to solve the state's driver's license dilemma and assist sidelined steelworkers.
Gov. Dayton Calls For Real ID Cards In MinnesotaGov. Mark Dayton renewed his call Wednesday for the state to adopt new, high-security driver's licenses. The Department of Homeland Security denied Minnesota's request to delay Real ID in the state on Tuesday.
White House Chief Of Staff Visits Iron Range, Talks Steel CrisisOn Tuesday, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough visited the Iron Range to talk about the steel crisis. Nearly 1,500 people have been laid off at Minnesota taconite plants.
White House Chief Of Staff Headed To The Iron RangePresident Barack Obama's chief of staff was headed to Minnesota's Iron range to talk about a domestic steel industry crisis taking a job toll.
Dayton, Top Lawmakers Meet To Discuss Iron Range, Possible SessionGov. Mark Dayton and top Minnesota lawmakers are meeting to discuss a possible special session to help laid-off steelworkers. The governor, House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Majority Leader Tom Bakk met for an hour.
White House Official To Visit Struggling Iron RangePresident Barack Obama's top adviser is heading to Minnesota's Iron Range as it struggles through an economic downturn.
Woman Killed In Iron Range Apartment FireOne person is dead after an apartment fire on northern Minnesota's Iron Range. The fire was reported just before 6:30 a.m. Saturday at an apartment building in Mountain Iron.
DNR Extends Comment Period On PolyMet Environmental ReviewThe Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is giving the public an extra week to comment on the final environmental review for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The original deadline was Monday, Dec. 14. The DNR said Thursday that it's extending that through 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21.
Royalty Rates Cut For Taconite ProducersMinnesota officials are giving a break to three taconite producers by retroactively lowering their royalty rates on ore mined on the Iron Range.
Bakk: Food Shelves In Iron Range Need HelpSenate Majority Leader Tom Bakk is helping raise money for food shelves on the reeling Iron Range.