Everyday, in nearly every facet of life, we use products created by Minnesota’s iron mining industry. Unearthed on northeastern Minnesota’s Iron Range in 1884, iron mining has long-played, and continues to play, a vital role in every individual’s life. From the cars we drive and the bridges we drive on, to the skyscrapers that line our country’s skylines to the wind turbines generating power throughout the nation, iron mining has built America. Every American born will need more than 20,000 pounds of iron in their lifetime. More than 85% of the iron mined in the United States is mined in northeast Minnesota to be processed into steel, which makes up so many of the products, services, infrastructure and transportation methods that we use nearly every single day.
Minnesotans and visitors alike travel to the Duluth-Superior area each year to watch the massive ships leaving the harbor. While people marvel at the ships’ size, the significance of what they’re carrying is pretty awe-inspiring, too. These ships make it possible for iron ore mined in Minnesota to be made into our vehicles, infrastructure, appliances…Read More »
by Rep. Rob Ecklund District 3A International Falls, for the Mesabi Daily News, Mar 21, 2019 In 1858, the year of Minnesota’s statehood, and even before that in our territorial days, our founders had the foresight to recognize our land is one of our most valuable assets. They also recognized that the future success of…Read More »
BY THOMAS GIBSON, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 02/14/19 04:30 PM EST THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL Dumped and subsidized steel imports have damaged the health of the American steel industry, which directly and indirectly supports more than 2 million jobs. Unfairly traded imports have caused steel plants to shutter and…Read More »
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True or false: Minnesota Iron Mining accounts for 30% of the region’s gross regional product (GRP).
Complete this sentence correctly: “Imagine Life Without _______ .”
______% of all wind turbine towers are made of tubular steel.
True or false: “Iron mining helped contribute more than $3 billion to the state’s economy in 2010 and helped support more than 11,200 jobs.”
Minnesota has been mining iron ore for _____ years.