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RELEASE: Iron Range Delegation Sends Letter to President Biden Reacting to Mining Ban

Thursday, January 26, 2023

St. Paul, MN—Minnesota’s Iron Range Delegation sent a letter to President Biden today urging him to reverse his administration’s decision to implement a 20-year moratorium on mining in northern Minnesota. Members of the Iron Range Delegation include Rep. Spencer Igo, R-Wabana Township, Rep. Roger Skraba, R-Ely, Rep. Ben Davis, R-Grand Rapids, Rep. Dave Lislegard, DFL-Aurora, Sen. Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids, Sen. Rob Farnsworth, R-Hibbing, and Sen. Grant Hauschild, DFL-Hermantown.

A copy of the letter can be found here.

The letter reads in part:

Modern technology and global industry best practices mean that non-ferrous mining can be done safely and responsibly in Minnesota. For more than 130 years, mining has sustained our communities in northeast Minnesota. We have long mined safely and responsibly. We know how to get the job done, it’s in our blood.

Today’s order will cause Minnesota and our communities to lose thousands of potential jobs that would have resulted in future mining projects, billions of dollars in future investment in the people of northeast Minnesota, and billions of dollars in revenues that would support students through Minnesota’s School Trust Lands.

Please let me know if you're interested in speaking with Rep. Igo or any other member on this topic.


David Anderson
House Republican Communications