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RELEASE: Rep. Lislegard statement on termination of Mesabi Metallics mineral leases

Thursday, May 27, 2021

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Wednesday, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officially terminated the mineral leases for Mesabi Metallics, located at the site of the former Essar Steel project in Nashwauk, after failing to meet terms of the company’s agreement with the state of Minnesota.

Rep. Dave Lislegard (DFL – Aurora) issued the following statement:

“Yesterday was a significant day for our region and our state to move forward. I applaud the DNR for their work to hold bad actors accountable for their inability to follow through on the commitment and obligations that were set forth and agreed upon. I am committed to ensuring that the most viable, logical company will receive state leases and following that, once real work begins on the site, Iron Rangers can soon experience the economic opportunities they deserve.”