Dust in the wind … public meeting on dust in the wind

Tonight at 6 a public meeting will be held in the small western Iron Range city of Keewatin regarding the red dust blowing off the Magnetation scram mining site south of town. Representatives of Magnetation have been invited, as have local officials.

Magnetation is a newer company producing iron concentrate from mine dumps once considered too difficult to extract. It’s been one of the biggest new employers and positive economic stories on the western Iron Range these last few years. However, anyone who’s driven by Keewatin on Highway 169 has seen the red stained highways and red-tinted houses of the city.

Some days it looks like a tomato soup explosion. My grandpa says that’s how the whole place used to look, but not in a long time.

The story is atop the Hibbing Daily Tribune front page today.

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