St. Paul, Minn. (Feb. 9, 2018) – On behalf of Jobs for Minnesotans, Range Association of Municipalities and Schools and Mining Minnesota, we, along with so many others, were saddened to learn today’s news that Congressman Nolan will be retiring. We are deeply thankful for his commitment and service to the people, businesses and communities of Minnesota’s 8th District and his fearless support of the Iron Range.

Congressman Nolan has consistently believed in fair process and good science, and championed the values and economic growth of the Iron Range. We cannot express enough of our appreciation for the work he has done on behalf of responsible, modern industries and the jobs they support. The loss of his voice and support in the U.S. Congress will be deeply felt by Northeastern Minnesota.

About Jobs for Minnesotans
Jobs for Minnesotans, a coalition representing business, labor and communities, supports statewide opportunities for prosperity and middle-class jobs from sustainable natural resource development in Minnesota. The organization is committed to the principle that our state can preserve both job opportunities and the environment for future generations. Jobs for Minnesotans was co-founded in 2012 by the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council representing 55,000 workers and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce representing 2,300 companies and 500,000 employees. For more information, visit, follow @JobsforMN on Twitter and find the coalition on

About RAMS
Range Association of Municipalities and Schools (RAMS) is comprised of 22 elected public officials from either a school district, a township board or a city council .along with two superintendents from a district within the boundaries of the Taconite Assistance Area of Northeastern Minnesota. The organization represents more than 72,000 residents and 49 public sector units of government, including 22 cities, 16 public school districts and 11 townships, in the 13,000 square mile Taconite Assistance Area (TAA) of northeast Minnesota. Learn more at

About Mining Minnesota
Mining Minnesota is committed to sustainable and environmentally responsible mining of copper, nickel and precious metals. Driven by a diverse coalition of organizations, companies and individuals, Mining Minnesota works with local citizens, businesses and other organizations to bring growth and job creation to the state through responsible development of natural resources. Mining Minnesota seeks to provide the facts about copper, nickel and precious-metals mining in our state and offer a way for people to get involved and show support. Learn more at


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