U.S. Steel has eliminated some salary positions at two Iron Range mines amid what the company called "challenging market conditions." The company did not say exactly how many positions were eliminated, but sources put the figure at about 30.
President Trump said that he opened the Iron Range during an interview with Renee Passal on Thursday evening. WDIO reached out to the White House for more clarification about what that meant. Environmental groups believe it has to do with the mineral leases for Twin Metals and the mineral exploration issue on federal lands.
A federal judge has rejected challenges by several environmental groups to a land swap needed for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine. Judge Joan Ericksen ruled that the groups lacked the necessary legal standing to block the land exchange.
Democratic state legislators from outside of the Northland want Gov. Tim Walz to suspend permits for PolyMet's proposed copper-nickel mine to make sure they "were not rigged." PolyMet says the project meets environmental standards.
The Minnesota DNR has taken $1 million from Mesabi Metallics' financial assurance funds over alleged permit violations. The agency says Mesabi Metallics failed to resume pumping water to Oxhide Creek by a June 23 deadline.
Twin Metals Minnesota made a major announcement about their copper nickel mine near Ely. They plan on using the dry stack method to store leftover rock, eliminating the need for a tailings pond and dam.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals says there is substantial evidence of procedural irregularities in how EPA officials handled a water discharge permit. The appeals court has ordered a lower court to hold an evidentiary hearing as soon as practical.
Duluth Police continue their investigation into an overnight shooting that left one man with a gunshot wound to the arm. It happened at an uninhabitable unit on W. 3rd Street, and no suspect has been located or identified.