On behalf of Up North Jobs and its thousands of members and supporters, we wish to thank Minnesota Eighth District Congressman Rick Nolan and his staff for their efforts in achieving the passage of the Superior National Forest Land Exchange of 2017, H.R. 3115.

Without passage of this bill, the PolyMet mining project located near Hoyt Lakes could not proceed.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Sixth District Congressman Tom Emmer for his efforts in achieving the passage of Minnesota’s Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act, H.R. 3905. Passage of this bill will require congressional approval of any mineral withdrawal or monument designation involving National Forest Lands in the State of Minnesota, and provide renewal of certain mineral leases on such lands. Congressman Emmer’s bill and passage of a similar bill in the Senate, will allow Twin Metals Minnesota to proceed with their exploration of Federal land.

With the passage of these bills, we can be cautiously optimistic regarding the future of Northeaster Minnesota’s economy.

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