An iron mining company confirms Minnesota is out of contention for a major taconite pellet operation. Magnetation had been considering Itasca County but is now focused on sites in Indiana and Wisconsin. Earlier this year Magnetation officials said Minnesota’s pollution regulations are too strict to make the plant profitable.
Body of missing Mankato woman believed to have been found
A canoer found the body in a swamp near Eagle Lake Friday.
MN GOP endorses attorney general, secretary of state candidates
Kim Crockett was endorsed as the party's candidate for secretary of state, while Jim Schultz won the endorsement for attorney general.
Volunteer firefighter identified as man killed during Thursday storms
The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office confirmed that 63-year-old Ryan Erickson died when a grain bin fell on him.
Firm takes on case defending Taco Chon against Taco John's lawsuit
The local Mexican restaurant is fighting a case presented by Taco John's over naming rights, among other things.
Worker killed in skid loader accident was 23-year-old apprentice lineman
Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative called the incident "the unthinkable."
Raging North Shore rivers overtake bridges, snap trees in half
Pedestrian bridges near the Lutsen Resort have been damaged by the vast river flow.
Stillwater teen drowned while helping save friend struggling in river
The 17-year-old was identified Friday.
Nation's first city-owned EV car share service gets official Twin Cities launch
Subscriptions cost between $0-$30 a month.
Stevens County may have been hit the hardest by Thursday storms
The entire county was without power after the storms blew through Thursday evening.
3 killed, 1 critical after trio of crashes in Minnesota Thursday
One person also faces life-threatening injuries in a crash that happened in Olmsted County.
Mora woman saves pelican caught in fishing line for days
A birthday fishing trip shapes into a heroic tale.
Plan to drop environmental reviews for Magnetation shelved
Instead of waiving some environmental reviews, state lawmakers will offer to speed them up in hopes of luring Magnetation's iron pellet plant to northern Minnesota. The company is looking at building the plant in Wisconsin or Indiana to avoid a permitting process it considers strict and cumbersome.
Iron Range leaders angry as Magnetation scouts sites outside Minnesota
The company says Minnesota's strict pollution rules are forcing it to look beyond the state for a possible site for a new iron ore plant. State officials tell the Duluth News Tribune they're upset Magnetation executives would consider such a thing after the state gave them $1 million in taxpayer money.
Workers at taconite plant near Aurora reject union
The United Steelworkers of America represent workers at most of the taconite plants on Minnesota's Iron Range. But employees of the Mesabi Nugget plant near Aurora overwhelmingly rejected the union. An organizer for the union even calls the vote "a little embarrassing."
Where is the Mr. Taconite statue?
A roadside attraction north of the Twin Cities is a dandy little statue with the name Mr. Taconite, a symbol of a mid-50s technology that converts low-grade taconite rock into concentrated iron pellets. Where is Mr. Taconite's home? A) Virginia, Minn. B) Silver Bay, Minn. C) Hibbing, Minn. For the answer, click on the headline above...
Federal regulators say Minn. taconite plants must cut emissions
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is imposing new air pollution regulations for the taconite industry in northern Minnesota that go beyond state regulations. The Duluth News Tribune reports the new federal rules require plants to install technology to reduce smokestack emissions that cause haze and lung ailments.
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