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St. Louis County commissioners today are expected to set in motion the sale of hundreds of acres of tax forfeited land to the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. The undeveloped forest land, in the south-central portion of the county, south of the St. Louis River, is within the boundaries of the Fond du Lac Reservation. The sale was requested by the band, which received state conservation funding to make the purchase, with the land to be set aside as undeveloped and open to public access forever. The county board vote today would give the county land commissioner authority to have the land appraised to determine its fair market value for the sale.
St. Louis County will pay $112,500 to settle its part of a federal lawsuit by a former Iron Range sheriff’s deputy who says her privacy was invaded hundreds of times by unnecessary queries into her motor vehicle and driving records. The County Board today is expected to approve the settlement proposed by County Attorney Mark Rubin rather than allow the case to go to federal court and ring up attorney fees. Jennifer Rae Heglund and her husband, Jamie Lee Heglund, filed the civil suit in January 2014 against St. Louis County, the state of Minnesota and dozens of counties and cities across the state after they discovered their records had been accessed 480 times between 2003 and 2013.
Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday pledged to play hardball with Essar Steel Minnesota, saying he’ll call the state’s $67 million loan to the company on Wednesday if Essar doesn’t pay...
A joint effort between mining giant Kennecott and newcomer Talon Metals will punch up to 20 more exploratory drill holes in the swampy country near the Aitkin-Carlton county line this...
Members of the International Teamsters Union in the Northland are being asked to give their input on a rescue effort for their troubled pension plan. The U.S. Treasury Department this...
When the new Roy Hill mins opens in a remote part of Australia, potentially any day now, it will produce more iron ore in one year than all Minnesota taconite operations combined. The extra 55 million tons or so will add to the glut of iron ore on the world market right now that's sending the price of ore into a free-fall and allowing foreign steelmakers to cut their costs and sell their steel even cheaper. All that cheap ore turned into cheap steel may further erode business for U.S.
Three years ago, Mitch Robertson showed a reporter around his booming steel fabrication business in Virginia, with sparks flying and machines clanking and business as brisk as it had ever been. In late 2012, the price of iron ore was over $130 per ton. U.S. steelmakers were pumping out finished product for new oil pipelines, trucks and refrigerators.
Duluth's unemployment rate sank to just 2.9 percent in October, the lowest level in 16 years and well below the regional, state and national unemployment rates. Duluth employers continue to look for new workers — especially to replace retiring baby boomers — but also as many Duluth businesses grow and the city's economy diversifies, said Erik White, labor analyst with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Minnesota's statewide rate fell to 3.7 percent in October with the U.S rate at 5 percent. "It (2.9 percent unemployment) does seem unusually low b
With all major players expecting a legal battle over the proposed PolyMet copper mine near Hoyt Lakes, state officials confirmed Wednesday they are getting ready to pay big bucks for outside legal assistance. That legal challenge could come as soon as early 2016 when the Commissioner of Natural Resources makes a decision on whether the environmental review conducted so far is "adequate'' or not. The DNR, pending ongoing public input, is expected to say it is adequate, sending the project forward.
A Duluth police officer was arrested Sunday on charges of domestic assault. The officer was arrested at the Public Safety Building in Duluth just after 3:30 p.m. Sunday for misdemeanor...