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.
Watch: New London-Spicer wins 3A championship on incredible walk-off TD
New London-Spicer defeated the unbeaten Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in remarkable circumstances.
Suspect in woman's killing in Moorhead is arrested
James Kollie Jr. was arrested Friday evening.
Former chair Jennifer Carnahan sues Minnesota GOP, which is suing her back
Carnahan stepped down under a cloud of controversy in August 2021.
One injured after leaping from burning vacant building in Minneapolis
Authorities say the building is known to be used by squatters.
Head-on crash leaves two drivers dead in southeastern Minnesota
The crash happened in Houston County just before 4 p.m. Friday.
Charges: Armed man made death threats at Minneapolis LGBTQ bar
The man allegedly used derogatory terms while threatening to kill someone.
FDA pulls last COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment as new variants rise
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Charges: Plymouth man shot girlfriend in head after birthday party
The 23-year-old victim is in critical condition as of Friday.
State announces $2.5M in grants for child care providers
Child care providers in roughly a dozen communities will receive funds to help grow the supply of affordable, quality child care.
Probe of Golden Valley police uncovers racism, alleged misconduct
One officer was terminated for alleged racist comments and violations of state law.
Blowing snow Friday in Minnesota; will it snow next week?
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To combat CWD, late-season deer hunting announced for 9 areas of MN
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St. Louis County backs copper mines after contentious Ely hearing
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Two more southeast Minnesota counties approve silica sand mining moratoriums
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Winona County passes 3-month moratorium on silica sand mining
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Magnetation: Minnesota won't get taconite pellet plant
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City of Red Wing becomes latest to put moratorium on mining of frac sand
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