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Range lawmakers urge governor to pull mineral leases

Range lawmakers are pushing the governor to pull the mineral leases from Mesabi Metallics. Range lawmakers are pushing the governor to pull the mineral leases from Mesabi Metallics. |  Photo: WDIO FILE

Updated: October 02, 2020 05:21 PM

Range lawmakers have sent a letter to Governor Tim Walz, asking him to take action to improve prospects of mineral activity at the former Essar site.

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Specifically, the lawmakers want him to pull back mineral leases from the current operator at the site, Mesabi Metallics. They say the move is legally authorized following the company's failure to complete a construction deadline of December 31, 2019.

They believe the leases could be awarded to a company with sound financial standing.

Cleveland-Cliffs does own land in Nashwauk around the site.

The letter is signed by Rep. Julie Sandstede, Rep. Rob Ecklund, Rep. Dave Lislegard, Sen. Dave Tomassoni and Sen. Tom Bakk.

To read the letter, click here.

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