Amy Klobuchar

WASHINGTON — Mining has always been a way of life for families on the Iron Range. Throughout our state’s history mining has not only brought jobs to the region, it has also built our country, from our roads, bridges, buildings and railways to the tanks and ships critical to our nation’s defense. Minnesota’s Iron Range boasts the largest concentration of iron ore in the world, and supplied most of the iron used in World War II.

My own family is part of this tradition. My grandpa worked in the mines in Ely for most of his life. He never graduated from high school but he saved money in a coffee can in the basement to send my dad to college. I learned the Iron Range values of hard work and perseverance from my parents and grandparents, and I carried them with me to the Senate.

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