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Mesaba Airlines moving headquarters to Memphis, cutting 193 Minnesota jobs

Mesaba's parent company, Pinnacle Airlines, is already based in Memphis and currently has about 800 Minnesota employees. Delta sold the regional air carrier last year. Mesaba's roots are in Minnesota's World War II-era iron range.
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Mesaba's parent company, Pinnacle Airlines, is already based in Memphis and currently has about 800 Minnesota employees. Delta sold the regional air carrier last year. Mesaba's roots are in Minnesota's World War II-era iron range.

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