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Northland Briefs: United Taconite worker loses three fingers

A worker lost three fingers in a maintenance accident at United Taconite on Sept. 26, and the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident. "Representatives from United Taconite, Cleveland-Cliffs and the United Stee...

A worker lost three fingers in a maintenance accident at United Taconite on Sept. 26, and the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident. "Representatives from United Taconite, Cleveland-Cliffs and the United Steelworkers are participating in that investigation," Cleveland-Cliffs spokeswoman Maureen Talarico said. Talarico confirmed that a worker had injured his hand, but she declined to release any details.

Heating bill help available

Federal grants to help Minnesotans with heating costs are now available through the Federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Families struggling to pay their heating bills can learn if they are eligible for energy assistance and learn where to apply or print a grant application by visiting the "Bridge to Benefits" Web site at www.bridgetobenefits.org .

Congress recently approved $145 million in energy assistance money for Minnesotans. The needs-based grant is available on a first-come, first-served basis. In 2007, the average grant award was about $500 per eligible household.

More information about the program also can be found on the Minnesota Department of Commerce Web site at

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www.commerce.state.mn.us . The department administers the energy assistance program in Minnesota.

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