The money comes from companies that are mining taconite on tax-forfeited land managed by the county. The royalty check will cover nearly one percent of St. Louis County's budget for next year. It may not be reliable income, though. A county official offers the reminder that taconite production can vary dramatically from year to year.
Top MN football recruit Jaxon Howard to announce college decision
He's the son of former Minnesota Viking Willie Howard.
MN trucking firm that used 'strength tests' to screen out women drivers to pay $500K
The company will pay $500,000 and offer jobs to the women it discriminated against.
On-the-run man charged with murder in fatal shooting at gas station
The suspect hasn't been arrested, and court documents say he poses a risk to public safety.
Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, December 8
The latest details from the Minnesota Department of Health.
Couple ending festive lights display after dispute with sheriff over trespassing
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald addressed complaints from over the summer on Facebook Saturday.
MN man, 60, still missing despite 'extensive search efforts'
Local authorities are now asking for the public's help locating the man.
Beloved Uncle Sven's Comic Shoppe in St. Paul closes after 39 years
The hallway-sized shop with "a big heart" closed in late November.
'Weird Al' Yankovic to perform in 3 Minnesota cities in the summer
The singer will make stops in Duluth, Mankato and Minneapolis.
St. Paul brewery to require proof of vaccination or negative COVID test
Staff will also be required to wear masks and test negative for COVID.
Winter storm watch issued as Friday storm track wobbles
The latest model runs show the heaviest snow a bit north of where the watch is in place.
52-year-old man dies in crash on snowy Twin Cities road
The crash happened Tuesday morning.
St. Louis County backs copper mines after contentious Ely hearing
Critics warn new copper and nickel mines will harm northeastern Minnesota's land and water. But St. Louis County commissioners sided with those who say mining can be done well and bring economic prosperity.
Two more southeast Minnesota counties approve silica sand mining moratoriums
The Rochester Post Bulletin reports both the Houston and Fillmore County Boards passed resolutions earlier this week. Goodhue, Wabasha and Winona are also among the list of counties, cities and townships concerned with the proliferation of silica sand mines.
Winona County passes 3-month moratorium on silica sand mining
County commissioners in Winona are among the latest officials in southeast Minnesota to hit the pause button on frac sand mining while they study possible environmental and public health effects.
Magnetation: Minnesota won't get taconite pellet plant
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.
City of Red Wing becomes latest to put moratorium on mining of frac sand
City leaders have approved a one-year ban on silica sand mining within the city limits, where a county moratorium does not apply. Wabasha and Goodhue Counties earlier approved similar bans as they try to figure out what effects mining could have on the area and environment.
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