Study shows Mining impact triples tourism

A Canadian National train carrying 6,000 long tons of ore slowly leaves the Eveleth United Taconite plant for a 10-mile trip to Forbes.

A 10 percent increase in mining activity would benefit the Duluth-Arrowhead region more than three times as much than a similar tourism boost, according to a new study by the Praxis Strategy Group.

The study, sponsored by advocacy group MiningMinnesota, concluded a 10 percent increase in mining would create 567 new jobs compared to 161 in the tourism-impacted areas. Average earnings in those created jobs would average out to $66,300 in mining and $25,000 in tourism.

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