Steel plant, mining study make statewide news

A couple of items discussed this week made Saturday appearances in non-Range papers.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has a story today (“Iron Range steel mill fires up region’s hopes”) about the Essar Global Minnesota Steel plant in Nashwauk. This is the first major positive news about something on the Range to hit the Star Tribune in a long time.

Also, the Duluth News-Tribune has this story (“State won’t participate in Cliffs’ study”) following up on the one they ran yesterday. The mining company Cleveland-Cliffs is trying to do their own study about health risks in Range mines when many have insisted that one united academically-sound study should be completed by the University of Minnesota. The fact that the state is specifically opting out of the Cliffs study contradicts the company’s claims that they were working with state officials all along.

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