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Steel Dynamics and Cleveland-Cliffs announced a land deal Monday that would lead to the opening of a new mine to provide raw material for the world's first commercial iron nugget plant. The mine and plant together would employ about 200 to 300 workers, compared with 50 for the nugget plant alone, said Steel Dynamics chairman and CEO Keith Busse. The Mesabi Nugget plant is planned for the former LTV Steel Mining Co. site near Aurora and Hoyt Lakes. "This is excellent news," Hoyt Lakes Mayor Marlene Pospeck said. "Everything is moving ahead, very much so.
ST. PAUL - See you in February. That was Gov. Tim Pawlenty's message Monday to Democratic lawmakers seeking a special legislative session as a partial remedy to a gloomy economic forecast. Pawlenty rejected the request during a brief meeting with Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller and House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher. The Republican governor "encouraged the Legislature to be poised for quick action when they return in February," Matt Kramer, Pawlenty's chief of staff, said afterward.
It's not just because I live near Maiden Rock, Wis., and have escaped from the Twin Cities, that I like the police stories of Mary Logue, the Twin Cities' poet and memoirist.
ST. PAUL -- A rash of consumer toy safety warnings may have parents closely reviewing their children's Christmas wish lists this year. While local toy makers report the recall of hazardous toys made overseas has boosted their sales, other Minnesota businesses are hoping consumers look beyond toys and consider buying other gifts locally during the holiday shopping season. They cite the positive local economic impact, product safety assurances and the attraction of picking a local merchant over a big-box retailer.
MONTEVIDEO - Jean Hoidal and her friends in Montevideo are serving our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, one place setting at a time. Hoidal and Montevideo area volunteers are shipping boxes packed with everything from hand-knit head caps and playing cards to U.S. troops they've adopted through "Operation Minnesota Nice.'' The packages have generated lots of thank you notes from the recipients, but Hoidal said nothing matches the response they've gotten when plain old, everyday silverware is included.
WINDOM -- A 911 call to report a vehicle on fire resulted in the discovery of a dead body Monday, according to a news release from the Cottonwood County Attorney's Office. The body of Alberto Samilpa Jr., 20, of Watonwan County, was located next to a burning vehicle in the early morning hours Monday on Cottonwood County 3, just east of U.S. 71. A family traveling to northern Minnesota saw the vehicle in Cottonwood County and called 911 to report the fire.
Changes to fish house rules during the close of the 2007 Legislative session will apply to anglers in Minnesota this ice fishing season, particularly those leaving structures unattended on the ice overnight. Officials at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources expect questions because the 2007 Fishing Regulations Handbook does not reflect the new statute language. Col. Mike Hamm, DNR's chief conservation officer, said the changes are pretty straightforward. "If you haul a fish house out and leave it unattended on the ice overnight, it needs a fish house license," Hamm said.
Deer donated to food shelves will be processed at no cost to hunters this fall, thanks to a new program coordinated by the Minnesota departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture.
Preseason forecasts of plentiful pheasants panned out for a lot of hunters last weekend when the state's pheasant season opened Oct. 13. In the Madison, Minn., area, hunters bagged a few roosters in the first hour at the state's new 25th Anniversary Wildlife Management Area. Another group of 10 hunters, hunting standing corn and grass on private land, shot its limit of 20 roosters in the first hour on opening day. August roadside counts had put the state's pheasant population at its highest level in 40 years.
I've always been fascinated by Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, ever since I read "The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas" by Gertrude Stein and "The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook," by Alice B. Toklas. The first is a tour de force in which Stein really writes about herself, but titles it using her partner. That ploy enables her to have Toklas "write" stuff like this: "I have known only three geniuses in my life -- Pablo Picasso, Alfred North Whitehead and Gertrude Stein." Not bad, eh?