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State Senators Visit Northshore Mining

On June 22, Senator Grant Hauschild (Dis­trict 3) and Senator Zaynab Mohamed (Dis­trict 63) visited Northshore Mining. Both Senator Hauschild and Senator Mohamed worked to push for an extension of unem­ployment benefits for Northshore Mining employees.

Senator Hauschild says he worked to gain the extension of unemployment benefits because he wanted to give a “lifeline” to community members. 450 employees were reliant on Northshore Mining, and Senator Hauschild knew some were looking to move out of the Silver Bay area with the mine shut­down. By gaining the unemployment bene­fits extension, Senator Hauschild hoped to encourage residents to remain in the Silver Bay community.

Minnesota’s unemployment fund was de­pleted during COVID-19, and concern was raised about whether or not it was appropri­ate to grant an allotment towards the unem­ployment benefit extension for mine workers. The fund is being restored, however, and the amount used for the benefits was less than 1% of the total fund.

Senator Hauschild entered a fresh legis­lative session looking to make allies and educate fellow legislators on the issue of unemployment benefits. Despite some feed­back that he would never get the extension approved, many legislators from both parties agreed to work with him on gaining the ex­tension.

While Senator Hauschild is from Herman­town, his district includes Babbitt and Silver Bay, both communities dependent on the mine. He sees it as his responsibility to make sure the needs of his entire district are met.

For Senator Mohamed, her recent visit to Silver Bay was her first time coming to the North Shore. She enjoyed seeing the area and found her tour of Northshore Mining very educational, learning about both the envi­ronmental issues faced by mining, and the essentialness of mining for many areas of life. Senator Hauschild stated he learned that Northshore Mining is the only plant to pro­cess the taconite from start to finish.

Seeing things first hand made Senator Mo­hamed think of the work she did to help gain the unemployment benefit extensions, and gave her the insight to see that she helped sustain jobs for many members of the Silver Bay community and surrounding area.

Senator Hauschild says that, “Cleve­land-Cliffs is doing mining right,” citing the recent news that state officials award­ed mineral leases near Nashwauk to Cleve­land-Cliffs. Taconite mined on those leases will keep Hibbing Taconite open for at least twenty years, predictions say.

Both Senator Hauschild and Senator Mo­hamed see a need for more housing in the Silver Bay area. Senator Hauschild likes what he sees with Little Mariners Child Care Center, and would like to see more housing, childcare, and broadband to attract families to the area.

Senator Hauschild would like to see the en­tire state of Minnesota work as an integrated whole, saying that the Northland has a lot to offer. Senator Mohamed says her trip to the North Shore was “eye-opening” to learn how people live in this beautiful area. She intends to return to see the fall colors.

Thank you, Senator Hauschild and Senator Mohamed for taking time to visit Silver Bay and for working hard to promote job stability in the region.

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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