As Keetac resumes its operations, we’re thrilled to share our latest episode of Taconite Talks featuring Keetac’s Tawnya Gustafson, a USW Local 2660 member. Welcome back Tawnya and our Keetac employees! From starting out as a truck driver to working now as a trainer, Tawnya has made a career mining on the Iron Range. In this episode of Taconite Talks, Tawnya shares her career journey and what the industry means for her community. “It pays our bills, it keeps our …

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Minnesota iron mining has supported families and communities across the state for generations. This legacy continues through strong will and collaboration realized through the Iron Ore Alliance, a partnership that remains essential for industry progress and building prosperity in Minnesota. To recognize the valuable relationship between the United Steelworkers and U. S. Steel – as  well as showcase its pride in the Iron Range – the Alliance produced a new video featuring workers, supporters and lawmakers that strengthen the industry …

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In the latest episode of Taconite Talks, Sen. David Tomassoni, who represents District 6, explains how mining and environmental responsibility go hand in hand. Mining and logging activities on the Iron Range have been happening for more than 135 years, yet the area also boasts some of the most pristine natural areas in the state.  “Not only do we care about the environment in the area, but we take care of the area,” said Sen. Tomassoni. “We make sure that …

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In the latest episode of Taconite Talks, the Iron Ore Alliance caught up with Rep. Julie Sandstede, who represents District 6A, to hear more about the state’s responsible use of its mineral resources. “The Range is mineral rich… When we are given much, we should make much with it in a responsible way,” said Rep. Sandstede, a lifelong Hibbing resident. Watch this video to hear more from Rep. Sandstede about the importance of mining: Stay tuned for more Taconite Talks …

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From providing jobs and shaping our skyline to helping provide funding for schools and partnering to protect the environment, iron mining is a critical part of Minnesota’s economy and community. That’s why – in our new video series, Taconite Talks – we are talking to people in our region about what it means to be a part of the iron mining industry and the impact it has throughout Minnesota. In the first Taconite Talks, we hear from Les Minter, a …

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The Iron Ore Alliance was proud to support a community initiative to restore the Olcott Park fountain in Virginia, Minnesota. The historic Olcott Park fountain, which was built during the Great Depression, fell victim to mechanical issues when it stopped flowing in 2013. After six dry years, many community meetings and $1 million in donations, a crowd of residents gathered in June to watch the fountain spring forth once again. With the fountain back in action, the Parks and Recreation …

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U. S. Steel introduced its new P&H 2800 shovel at Minntac in Mountain Iron on June 18, which is the first of its kind on the Iron Range. The electric shovel, which took three months to build, has a price tag of more than $20 million. Its primary purpose will be to strip waste rock to expose and load crude ore directly for delivery to primary crushers. The shovel features a state-of-the-art alternating current (AC) drive, which differs from traditional …

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