21 Sep 2013
September 21, 2013

New Group Jobs for Minnesotans Formed, Growing

September 21, 2013

Mesabi Daily News
Charles Ramsay

One of the main backers of a state group supporting more mining jobs in Northeastern Minnesota sees passage of H.R. 761 in the U.S. House as vital to the area’s economy.

“This is getting us one step further in creating job opportunities,” Jobs for Minnesotans co-founder Harry Melander said in a phone interview Thursday. He is president of the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council.

The group had mounted a campaign urging supporters of mining to call their elected officials to vote for the measure, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013, which would revise and streamline permitting for mining activities.

“We’re very appreciative of those who helped,” Melander said.

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