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No deal reached on special session to help Iron Range workers

Minnesota’s top lawmakers met Thursday, but could not come to an agreement on whether a special session will be held to deal with a multitude of issues. Forum News Services reports Gov. Mark...

December 17, 2015

Iron Range struggles bring about closure of city's only grocery store

The continued downturn in the Iron Range mining industry has claimed another victim – but this time it’s a grocery store. KBJR reports that Zup’s Food Market in Aurora will close next...

December 16, 2015


3M Drops Full-Year Earnings Forecast Again, Evokes High Hopes For 2016

3M’s 2015 full-year forecast becomes bleaker, yet it believes the strategies that it is implementing now will pay off next year and beyond.

December 15, 2015

PolyMet, steel mining pose big questions for today's election in NE MN

Voters in House District 3A – the state’s largest, spanning 230 miles in northeastern Minnesota – will go to the polls to pick a new state representative following the death of former Rep. David...

December 08, 2015


Construction Begins On Renewable Chemicals Facility In Little Falls

Green Biologics said it would spend $76 million between the acquisition for the site and its costs to update the facility.

December 02, 2015

Midwest Manufacturing Conditions At Their Worst In Three Years

Analysts fear economic contraction due to flagging international sales.

December 02, 2015

Northshore Mine

Minnesota's Permit For Northshore Mine Expansion Riles Tribes, Environmental Groups

In comments submitted to the MPCA, environmental officials at the Fond du Lac and Grand Portage bands pointed out that the water permit does not set specific limits for sulfate, mercury, copper, nickel, zinc or cobalt in water leaving the mine site.

December 01, 2015

Dayton to steel company: Pay vendors in full or pay back state loan

Gov. Mark Dayton has issued a deadline to Essar Steel, which is building a new $1.9 billion taconite plant on Minnesota’s Iron Range, to start paying what it owes to Minnesota vendors and...

November 30, 2015


How Magnetic Poetry Went Head-To-Head With Amazon Resellers (And Won)

To save its business, the Minneapolis-based fridge magnet phenomenon cut out a large portion of its sales to defend brick and mortar stores and the future value of its product.

November 30, 2015

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan wants to ban foreign steel for 5 years to help ailing Iron Range

Minnesota Congressman Rick Nolan has proposed a fairly drastic plan to help the struggling U.S. steel industry – he wants to ban the import of foreign steel for five years. Nolan, a Democrat...

November 23, 2015

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