Taconite rebounds on the Iron Range

Minnesota's iron ore industry has bounced back to full speed this spring, less than two years after hitting rock-bottom - one of the fastest turnarounds in a century of mining. Full Story
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cafn8d

Hugo, MN

#22 Mar 28, 2011
I don't think this article considers the topic as thoroughly as it should before it leaps to the conclusion that the cycle of bust and boom has shrunken. Sure, there is reference to the age of the industry, but when the numbers get discussed, they only go back to 2008. Surely we can stomach a more longitudinal look at the numbers!

The mining industry on the Iron Range has decades of productivity to study, especially when compared to other simultaneous events: the Industrial Revolution, wars (including the Cold War), natural disasters, who holds political power, etc. In comparison to the last 100 years (and the 1000 years before that!), the 2009 down-year is barely a blip on the radar. Looking at the fuller picture, the industry is simply finally clawing its way back from the devastation of the 1980s.

Let them make hay while the sun shines, and take advantage of the opportunity to diversify while they've got it. The Iron Range may not be like it was prior to the crash in the 80s, but having grown up there (there's something about not having a 4-year college within 80 miles of home that forces the Bachelor's-degree-seekers out of the area... go figure), the hardship of that period left an indelible mark.
swampbuck

Holmen, WI

#24 Mar 28, 2011
FICH wrote:
We get no more support from the state then anyone else. You just stole another 60 mil. from the IRRRB again, that make about 600 mil. over the last 25 years, money that would have been invested in business and jobs not hand outs. They are building a steel mill and that money would have helped move things along not to mention the copper,nickel and titanium mining thats starting up. These are very good hard working people that also play hard in what God has blessed us with up here. We are here because we wish to live here and yes many of our freinds had to leave, but we persevere. AS I sit her writing this I look out at my lake and watch the ice break, this time of year the lake comes alive whith groans and cracks as it stretches and wakes up from a long winters sleep. In a little while I will go play and train my new 1 year old yellow lab to get her ready for the fall bird seasons, nothing to do, sorry,son,but sounds like a coach potato talking to me. Tere are lots of things to do where ever you live, you have to get out and look for them.
Well said. Not much for the city folk to do.I guess if there were more side walks paved through the forest they could get out in nature.
Ruthie G

Alexandria, MN

#25 Mar 28, 2011
Fish wrote:
3600 workers?
Wow, what a ground breaking stimulus to that economy which is 90% tourism oriented.
Ever been up there to those taconite towns? Not much to see or do until you get away from them.
This story headline should actually read; "Area Iron Business Gets More Profits With Temporary Demand".
Do a real story about the massive clearcut deforestation in the arrowhead generations ago.
Perhaps a nice exposure about the displacement of the Ojibwe to take the resources could be posted.
What am I thinking though, that would just be the truth.
What a boring, negative person you are. Try to stay off Topix Eeyore.
stu

Loretto, MN

#26 Mar 28, 2011
Pedro wrote:
<quoted text>I have a good warehouse job working the night shift. My wife runs a day care. Mostly Mexican kids, a few black ones. The kids help her make burritos. We sell egg and chorizo and bean every morning. Do you have someone who comes by? My cousin sells them in your area. We find that people in the midwest get very excited about Mexican food. The burritos are 4 bucks each cash only. Homemade salsa 1 buck.
it better be damn spicy!
butch

Wayzata, MN

#27 Mar 28, 2011
Union will kill the golden goose again and there will be corruption in the IRRRB with the disappearance of the taconite tax collections.

Commodity bubble will explode as high oil prices will crush the recovery.

That is what an amateur with a disdain and hatred for the private sector and no energy policy wants. Libs, loons, and dumbocrats rejoice when capitalism is under assault. Unions wholly owned subsidiary know as the DFL can't be trusted--they will overreach and cause the jobs to move again so they can pig out at the trough exclusively at the expense of the working taxpayers!!
Pedro

Woodruff, WI

#28 Mar 28, 2011
Ruthie G wrote:
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What a boring, negative person you are. Try to stay off Topix Eeyore.
Eeyore,Eeyore,Arriba,Arriba,Pi nchi gavacha
steve

Saint Paul, MN

#29 Mar 28, 2011
NotHappy2PayMore wrote:
Another government supported business that of course is union. If these mines are so productive than why does the state have to give them so many incentives. The taconite business has been dead for thirty years. But our state government insists on giving them money.
Get a clue.
jw in the grove

Saint Paul, MN

#30 Mar 28, 2011
Good for them. Depressed area thats offering good jobs, even though it is a evil corporation.
Hard Rock Miner

Ely, MN

#31 Mar 28, 2011
Pedro wrote:
Do they hire Mexicans. Me and my friends will work the mines for ten bucks an hour!
No Pedro, No hablar espanol'. I work in a mine. Love my job. I was born on the range and moved back here after getting sick and tired of the lack of civility and crime in the metro. If you are not from here, you wouldn't understand how wonderful it is. By the way , my mine paid out 20K in profit sharing this year. Don't tell anyone.
mnproud

Lindstrom, MN

#32 Mar 28, 2011
Thanks to the ouster of Oberstar!!!!!!! This is the first time Republicans have controlled both the House and Senate in Mn, and with the take back of US House we have only seen the beginning of making Mn a great working state again! Now you Libs can lash out at me like your "leader Soros" tells you how. Thanks Republicans for helping out the long "Dead" Iron range.
cafn8d

Saint Paul, MN

#33 Mar 28, 2011
mnproud wrote:
Thanks to the ouster of Oberstar!!!!!!! This is the first time Republicans have controlled both the House and Senate in Mn, and with the take back of US House we have only seen the beginning of making Mn a great working state again! Now you Libs can lash out at me like your "leader Soros" tells you how. Thanks Republicans for helping out the long "Dead" Iron range.
That's funny... Cravaack just took office THREE MONTHS AGO. If he created the events which put this upturn into motion, then he's gotta be the Second Coming! I can see it now: the World will be Saved by a union pilot who cashes in on disability for sleep apnea to the tune of $80K a year. Savior, thy name is Chip.

Please spare me the unnecessary "this is all wonderful thanks to voters throwing the bums out" schpiel. Politics is cyclical. What goes up must go DOWN.
mnproud

Lindstrom, MN

#34 Mar 29, 2011
cafn8d wrote:
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That's funny... Cravaack just took office THREE MONTHS AGO. If he created the events which put this upturn into motion, then he's gotta be the Second Coming! I can see it now: the World will be Saved by a union pilot who cashes in on disability for sleep apnea to the tune of $80K a year. Savior, thy name is Chip.
Please spare me the unnecessary "this is all wonderful thanks to voters throwing the bums out" schpiel. Politics is cyclical. What goes up must go DOWN.
I never thought that George Soros would reply to my thoughts! Oh, never mind, it is one of his puppets he has doing the dirty work for him. I suppose you think the DEMOCRATS turned the economy around on the Election of your "Leader, O Man". Give up your negative thoughts you little liberal weasel, Man up and thank the Republicans for saving this Great Country of the USA!!
Hard Rock Miner

Ely, MN

#35 Mar 30, 2011
jw in the grove wrote:
Good for them. Depressed area thats offering good jobs, even though it is a evil corporation.
jw-you silly little, uninformed lunatic- Most people work for corporations! I was self-employed for over 20 years. Now I have fewer headaches, and my "dirty corporation" provides me with: A salary of appx. 60K + bonuses, they contribute to my pension, I get 3 weeks of paid vacations, sick days, insurance (health, vision, dental and life) etc.......... But to get these things you need to work, full time. Have skills of some kind. Get back to school and maybe you too can grow up some day.
Hard Rock Miner

Ely, MN

#36 Mar 30, 2011
NotHappy2PayMore wrote:
Another government supported business that of course is union. If these mines are so productive than why does the state have to give them so many incentives. The taconite business has been dead for thirty years. But our state government insists on giving them money.
My mine doesn't need support. We pay taxes, lots of them. The state of MN gives us NADA. We sure are selling lots of pellets for a dead industry aren't we? Do you read the paper, watch the news? Thought not, cuz then you would know better.
Pedro

Woodruff, WI

#37 Mar 30, 2011
Hard Rock Miner wrote:
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No Pedro, No hablar espanol'. I work in a mine. Love my job. I was born on the range and moved back here after getting sick and tired of the lack of civility and crime in the metro. If you are not from here, you wouldn't understand how wonderful it is. By the way , my mine paid out 20K in profit sharing this year. Don't tell anyone.
I saw how wonderful it is. I watched that movie Up North. I want to drive on of those big trucks like the lady did. I told my cousins. They all want to come. I think the mine will hire us all for 15 bucks an hour. You white people ask for to much. We like to hunt and fish too. Do they have apartments there?

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