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Lawmaker threatens retaliation for township board's mining vote

Veteran Iron Range DFLer Tom Rukavina sent a letter to Pequaywan Township board saying if they don't want mining they could be removed from the Taconite Tax Relief Area. He calls the board's resolution critical of copper mining "full of B.S."
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Veteran Iron Range DFLer Tom Rukavina sent a letter to Pequaywan Township board saying if they don't want mining they could be removed from the Taconite Tax Relief Area. He calls the board's resolution critical of copper mining "full of B.S."

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