Sep 19, 2014

Updating Minnesota’s water quality standard to protect wild rice is critically important to the future of the mining industry and our communities in Northeastern Minnesota.

Attend one of these meetings to learn more:

Wednesday, October 1

5-7 p.m. (dinner served at 5 p.m., program begins at 5:30 p.m.)
The Lodge at Giants Ridge
6373 Wynne Creek Drive
Biwabik, MN

Thursday, October 2

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (lunch served at 11:30 a.m., program begins at noon)
Minnesota Discovery Center
1005 Discovery Drive
Chisholm, MN

Speakers include:

  • Mike Hansel, senior chemical engineer and vice president at Barr Engineering
  • Robin Richards, REM, Principal for ENVIRON Global
  • Shannon Lotthammer, MPCA director, environmental analysis and outcomes division

To help us plan for enough food, please RSVP to Katy Kohlhase at by September 24 and let her know which meeting you plan to attend.  For more information, contact the Iron Mining Association at 218-722-7724.


Sep 17, 2014


The Iron Ore Alliance is pleased that United States Steel Corporation’s Minntac facility has received the final necessary federal permits to move forward with a 483-acre extension of the mine’s boundary, which supports 100 jobs and generates millions of dollars for the state’s school trust fund. The extension will allow the facility to continue to mine and produce taconite pellets for approximately 16 more years.

“The Iron Ore Alliance is thankful for the support of our Congressional delegation – Senators Klobuchar and Franken, and Congressman Nolan – for their assistance with the permits,” added Masciantonio. “We also appreciate the commitment and support of Governor Dayton, his state agencies, and the Iron Range legislative delegation. We would like to finally thank the U.S.  Army Corps of Engineers for completing the approvals that will allow the expansion to proceed.”

For more information, please read the U.S. Steel and United Steelworkers press releases about the expansion.