Bakk worried about mining downturn

During Ely visit, Senate Majority Leader says layoffs, steel dumping put region’s future ‘at risk’

State Sen. Tom Bakk spoke to an audience of roughly 60 people at the Grand Ely Lodge during the annual legislative session hosted by the Ely Area Joint Powers Board Thursday at Grand Ely Lodge. At the table with him are Ely School Board chairman Ray Marsnik, Winton Mayor Kathy Brandau and Ely Mayor Chuck Novak. Town of Morse representative Bob Berrini is not pictured.
While Bakk looked ahead to next year’s legislative session and how lawmakers will deal with a state budget surplus of roughly $1.8 billion, the longtime area legislator also voiced grave concerns about northeastern Minnesota’s present and future - given the recent downturn and layoffs in the Iron Range mining industry.
“The future of this reason is at some pretty significant risk,” said Bakk.

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