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Gov. Walz, Cliffs CEO talk future of Hibbing Taconite

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EYE ON MINING -- Governor Tim Walz and Cleveland-Cliffs' leader spoke Monday afternoon about the future of Hibbing Taconite.

The mining operation is expected to run out of ore by 2025, raising concerns for the hundreds of people who work there and for the impact on the regional economy.

In a statement, Cliffs spokespeople said Goncalves thanked Governor Walz for his commitment to Hibbing Taconite and protecting the hundreds of jobs it creates.

“Lourenco Goncalves and Governor Walz spoke this afternoon (Monday), and Mr. Goncalves informed Governor Walz that Cleveland-Cliffs has identified a solution to extend HibTac’s life of mine using land already under the control of Cleveland-Cliffs. With this solution, no land swap with other companies will be necessary to extend the life of HibTac. Gov. Walz stated his commitment to direct his agencies to take all legally possible actions to support Cliffs’ initiative."

A spokesperson for the mining company told CBS 3 that no specific details on that plan are available at this time.

The Governor's office is also responding to the meeting. In a statement, Communications Director, Teddy Tschann, wrote:

"Governor Walz appreciated the opportunity to talk with Cleveland-Cliffs about keeping Hibbing Taconite open and protecting 800 jobs on the Iron Range. The Governor also looks forward to talking with U.S. Steel and is committed to exploring all options to find a solution."

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Kristen Vake

Anchor, Reporter

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