The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently released its proposal for changes to the sulfate water quality standard to protect wild rice. This issue is critical for the families and communities who live and work on the Iron Range. The cost of complying with the proposed standard would result in major job losses in Northeastern Minnesota and hurt cities and businesses throughout the state. The MPCA’s proposed rule is not proven to protect wild rice, and the current standard of …

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On August 23, Minnesota’s Legislative Permanent School Fund Commission toured Minntac to learn about the impact of Minnesota Ore Operations on Minnesota’s permanent school fund. Operations on school trust lands at Minntac and Keetac have provided approximately $370 million to Minnesota public schools over the last 15 years, which accounts for approximately 90 percent of all contributions to Minnesota’s permanent school fund. Money from the fund is distributed to Minnesota’s 553 public school districts based on student population. For example, the St. Paul …

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About 70 Iron Range community leaders and local officials gathered to receive updates on Minnesota’s sulfate wild rice water quality standard. At the meeting, presenters provided an update about research that started in 2012.