Building Trades Show up to Support Mining at County Board

Updated: May 07, 2019 06:18 PM

A group of Local 49ers attended Tuesday's county board meeting in Gnesen Township, to show their solidarity with mining. Dan Snidarich spoke on behalf of their group and the Iron Range Building Trades.

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"The building and construction trades support mining. We do a lot of support work in these mines," Snidarich shared at the podium. "Obviously we support the PolyMets and the Twin Metals. We have agreements in place with these companies to have labor contracts."

He and the others were there because a rumor had spread about a commissioner introducing an anti-mining resolution of some sort.

"I just want everyone to know this isn't true." Commissioner Frank Jewell addressed the crowd right away. "I didn't have any intention of bringing a resolution or bringing a moratorium on mining today or in the future. In part, because our board agreed we wouldn't bring resolutions of support for or against things and we have stood by that," he said.

A few minutes later, Commissioner Keith Nelson walked around to the public podium and stood there to speak. "Over the last couple of weeks, there's been an onslaught against Twin Metals. And that's before any mine plan is introduced. There is attack after attack," he said. "The attempts to eviserate Twin Metals before it even has a real chance, are very real. It's time to stand up, and say, no more."

Nelson also added he doesn't want to see Twin Metals become another Enbridge for the Walz administration.

A final speaker, Dan Manick, said he hopes that the county will support the jobs, because it will benefit the schools, too. He's a school board member for St. Louis County Schools.

The group of tradesmen had to leave after the public comment part of the meeting, to attend a groundbreaking in Two Harbors.

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