Bemidji Pioneer
Jennifer Smith


In addition to investing in our system, we also invested more than $2 million into community grants and sponsorships that support environmental stewardship programs, community emergency response and safety initiatives as well as non-profits who are working to tackle issues such as poverty, hunger, human trafficking and homelessness. Our employees also spend hundreds of hours volunteering every year supporting children’s programs, park clean up initiatives, food pantries and more.

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Duluth News Tribune
Sen. Erik Simonson

I fully understand and unequivocally accept the desire for Iron Range communities to want economic development in their hometowns. Iron ore mining has been a part of their heritage for generations, and they believe that evolution to other forms of mining is only natural and ought to be respected. You cannot, and should not, disparage anyone for wanting to make their home a more-prosperous place. Opening this proposed mine would result in many new jobs — and if you think for one minute they won’t be good-paying union jobs, think again. I seriously doubt Iron Rangers would have it any other way.

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St. Paul, Minn. (March 15, 2018) – Jobs for Minnesotans released the following statement in response to today’s Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) ruling that the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Line 3 Replacement Project is adequate.

“The MPUC’s decision to deem the Line 3 Replacement Project’s environmental review adequate is a tremendous achievement for this crucial infrastructure project. The review and analysis were accomplished in a thoughtful and deliberate process involving a wide range of stakeholders. Jobs for Minnesotans is thankful to the state and public for their roles in shaping such a comprehensive and thorough document.

This moment is the culmination of years of work and paves the way for more than $2 billion in total economic impact in Minnesota. It also reinforces the importance of investing in integrity-driven projects that provide long-term returns for our state. Above and beyond creating a pipeline that will serve our safe energy transportation needs well into the future, Minnesota stands to gain an additional $19.5 million per year in property taxes from Enbridge. We anxiously await the MPUC’s summer 2018 decision on the certificate of need and route permit and believe there is strong justification for a similarly positive outcome for this much-needed project.”

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


Media Contact: Nancy Norr, Chair
Cell: 218.590.6978

Mesabi Daily News
Rep. Rick Nolan


Here’s the truth of the matter: Right here in Minnesota, we have the resources and capacity – better than perhaps anywhere in the world – to mine these strategic minerals and do it the right way. We have tremendous companies that are committed to creating good paying jobs for generations to come, and we have rigorous state and federal rules and regulations that protect our precious land, air and water. Needless to say, it is absolutely imperative that we continue to maintain and strengthen these environmental standards in the years to come, using all available science and technologies.

By way of example, the proposed Polymet project on the Iron Range has gone through twelve long years of rigorous approvals and reviews by numerous state and federal agencies, including the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and State Historic Preservation Office, the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, as well as public hearings with Minnesota citizens and consultation with our Native American tribes.

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Mining People
Debra McCown Thomas

There’s excitement on the horizon for the mining industry in Minnesota, which is looking ahead to the promise of a big opportunity: an effort to mine the largest undeveloped copper-nickel deposit in the world.

Though perhaps not often in the spotlight, Minnesota is a big mining state–often in the nation’s top 5 in terms of the value of the minerals it produces–and has relied upon iron ore as an economic driver for more than a century. These yet-to-be-developed resources are located close to what has traditionally been the state’s iron-producing region.


The company closest to being ready to start work is PolyMet Mining Corp., whose NorthMet project is in its final permitting stages. According to the company’s website, PolyMet is “on track to be the first to commercially mine copper, nickel, and precious metals in Minnesota.”

Twin Metals […] is also progressing toward mining in the region.

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