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Magnetation to expand in Iron Range

The Duluth News Tribune reports the $297 million deal could bring anywhere from 200 to 400 new jobs to northern Minnesota.
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The Duluth News Tribune reports the $297 million deal could bring anywhere from 200 to 400 new jobs to northern Minnesota.

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