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Mesabi Metallics suing DNR over mineral leases

Mesabi Metallics is suing the Minnesota DNR. Mesabi Metallics is suing the Minnesota DNR. |  Photo: WDIO-TV/File

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Updated: May 28, 2021 08:07 PM
Created: May 28, 2021 07:59 PM

Mesabi Metallics is suing the Minnesota DNR over its decision to terminate the state mineral leases at the future mine site in Nashwauk.

The company says the lawsuit was filed in Ramsey County District Court Friday. 

They want a court order to prevent the DNR from taking any further actions to terminate the leases and require the DNR to recognize a Master Lease Agreement between the two. 

Mesabi said they have 40 employees and contractors on site and eventually expect that to ramp up to 1,000 jobs. 

In a statement Friday night, the company said a lawsuit is never the preferred route but that in this situation it is necessary.

"The DNR's actions in recent weeks demonstrate both a failure to meet the legal standards, but more importantly, a failure to meet a standard of common sense and fair play that all Minnesotans understand. Should the DNR be allowed to stop construction of the most advanced mine on the Iron Range? Should the DNR walk away from the table when informed that the money would be deposited within three days of the DNR withdrawing the notice of termination?"

The DNR has not yet responded to a request for comment. 

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