Duluth News Tribune
Opinion: Ely Mayor Chuck Novak
(This letter also was signed by and is from Aurora Mayor Mary Hess, Babbitt Mayor Andrea Zupancich, Biwabik Mayor Jim Weikum, Chisholm Mayor Mike A. Jugovich, Embarrass Township Board Chairman Gene Wright, Eveleth Mayor Bob Vlaisavljevich, Gilbert Mayor Rob Kutsi, Grand Rapids Mayor Dale Adams, Hibbing Mayor Rick Cannata, Hoyt Lakes Mayor Mark Skelton, Keewatin Mayor William King, Mountain Iron Mayor Gary Skalko, Nashwauk Mayor Ben DeNucci, Tower Mayor Joshua Carlson, Virginia Mayor Larry Cuffe, and White Township Board Chairman Edward Kippely.)
This letter is in response to recent claims posited by a vocal minority about the future of mining in Northeastern Minnesota. As Iron Range mayors and township board chairmen, we represent the interests of Northeastern Minnesotans. We’re tired of people who represent the interests of St. Paul or other areas of the state pretending to know what is best for our region. We live and work in Northeastern Minnesota and take great pride in representing and preserving our Iron Range heritage. It is our responsibility to carry our respective communities into the future, to build on past successes and create opportunities for our children to thrive — and we do this unapologetically.