More positive mine signs

Some more encouraging news from U.S. Steel Corp…

For the first time since 2008, the Iron Range’s largest taconite facility returned to full production, when Minntac fired its fifth line back up last week. About 960 people are now back to work at the Mountain Iron facility, according to Mike Woods, president of United Steelworkers Local 1938.

Minntac’s owner, U.S. Steel Corp., recently also announced plans soon to resume production at Keetac, a Keewatin facility that last produced pellets in December. Keetac employs about 400 people when it is up and running full strength. Some of those workers will probably be back on the job this week.