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Reader Opinion: Killing mining jobs

In the past year, northern Minnesota has lost nearly 1,500 jobs in mining and logging, industries our families depend on. While most metropolitan areas in and around the Twin Cities have seen job growth, our part of Minnesota is suffering, while ...

In the past year, northern Minnesota has lost nearly 1,500 jobs in mining and logging, industries our families depend on.

While most metropolitan areas in and around the Twin Cities have seen job growth, our part of Minnesota is suffering, while the political stronghold is growing.

Northern Minnesota deserves better.

Many in the 8th District have been fighting to put food on the table, pay their outrageous mandated health insurance bills and keep a roof over their heads, all the while politicians in Washington, D.C. and St. Paul put mining projects on hold and kill potential jobs that are desperately needed. Some in Washington are even vowing to put miners out of business.

President Obama's EPA continues to hold up the approval process for mining projects with political red tape keeping miners out of work.

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It's time to vote in representatives who will side with their constituents rather than the party leaders who are not in touch with the people and are beholden to special interest groups.

Rick Nolan proved that he would rather kill mining jobs than create them when he put his support behind Hillary, who publicly said she wants miners to find other work.

Kenneth Toole

Baxter

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