It’s a little-known source of major school funding. The Iron Ore Alliance is pleased to share that Minntac and Keetac operations provided $22.7 million of the approximately $33 million that went to Minnesota’s permanent school fund in 2018. Money from the fund is distributed to Minnesota’s 337 public school districts based on student population. Special thanks to Rep. Rob Ecklund for authoring a column about the history and impact of this fund that was published in the Mesabi Daily News …

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This summer the Iron Ore Alliance was proud to sponsor the 18th Annual International Legislators Forum held in Biwabik, Minnesota. The International Legislators Forum is an annual meeting of legislators from Manitoba, Minnesota, and North and South Dakota. This year’s topics included mining, trade, and environmental permitting and review. The forum gives legislators an opportunity to share information, understand problems, and build relationships. “Mining is a critical part of Minnesota’s economy and is where the steelmaking process begins,” said Chris …

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Coalition of associations letter

St. Paul, Minn. – Senator David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm) today voted with a majority of lawmakers to eliminate a wild rice sulfate standard based on data collected in the 1940s that has not been enforced by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) since the 1970s. Sen. Tomassoni gave a speech on the Senate floor in support of his decision. Full video of Sen. Tomassoni’s remarks can be viewed here: Video clip 1 Video clip 2 Excerpt of Sen. Tomassoni remarks “We’ve …

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For more than 130 years, the Iron Range has been defined by the iron mining industry. This is where America’s steelmaking process begins. We are proud of this history, our range communities, and our workforce. Below is a short video to help tell this story.  

By Rep. Dale Lueck on Mar 13, 2018  I recently moved bipartisan legislation forward to put new energy into protecting Minnesota’s natural wild rice. It is time to refocus on the hydrological, biological and physical risks to wild rice health. The bill successfully cleared the House Environmental and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee and is headed for the House Government Operations Committee. The legislation would retire an obsolete numeric-based sulfate standard and replace it with a new narrative standard that will …

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