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Latest Iron Range Stories

2008-07-18 06:00:00

By Dee DePass, Star Tribune, Minneapolis Jul. 18--Ohio-based Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. staked its claim as a natural resources powerhouse this week, with the planned $10 billion purchase of an Appalachian coal giant and the buyout of a Chinese company's minority interest in a taconite plant on Minnesota's Iron Range. Cleveland's two deals come amid a global consolidation in the mining industry that's fueled by demand for steel, particularly from China and India. The deals and the historic surge...

2008-07-07 06:00:12

By Janna Goerdt, Duluth News-Tribune, Minn. Jul. 7--BOVEY -- It's a problem that's only getting deeper. The water level in a nearly 5-mile-long chain of abandoned mine pits on the western Iron Range continues to rise, even as the debate persists over how to drain some of that water before the lake overflows into nearby Bovey, or the crumbling pit walls give way. If that happens, it's uncertain what would happen to Bovey and its population of 669, or to surrounding communities. Some...