$2 billion sale puts Boise’s International Falls plant at risk

  • Article by: Dee DePass , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 16, 2013 - 9:08 PM

Cutbacks — or worse — possible in International Falls.

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supervon2Sep. 16, 13 5:11 PM

Maybe it's time to take a second look at those mining jobs in Minnesota. People up north need to feed their families and heat their homes and that now looks like the best gig in town.

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ordinarydudeSep. 16, 13 5:49 PM

Supervon2, I agree on iron mining, which doesn't significantly destroy water supplies. If you're referring to the sulfide mining proposals, only thing those mines will do is destroy the water resources for NE Minnesota. If you think the range is hurting now, just wait until the watershed is toast in 20 years. Of course, the sulfide mining companies say "this time will be different"....

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texas_technomanSep. 16, 13 6:18 PM

With any merger or acquisition (I've been through 4 in my career) the only folks that come out good are the executives. The mere mortals will pay the price. Sorry Int'l Falls...looks like more on the SNAP program, until our friends in the House in DC whack that as well!

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dwntwnmpls83Sep. 16, 13 9:00 PM

Anyone who wants to increase mining in this state needs to take a long hard look at Montana. They're still cleaning up 100 years later with no solutions in sight. Mining companies go bankrupt leaving not nearly enough $ behind to clean up those sites. We can use the resources in this state in much better ways. As for I'Falls, I really hope that plant doesn't get shut down. That would cripple that town.

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rshacklefordSep. 16, 13 9:53 PM

(supervon2 wrote): "Maybe it's time to take a second look at those mining jobs in Minnesota. People up north need to feed their families and heat their homes and that now looks like the best gig in town." ---- Don't forget the requirement of paying the "NFL tax" which Dayton will soon hit them with.

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Rob7304Sep. 17, 13 1:25 AM

You folks opposed to the proposed copper/gold etc. mining better be ready to pony up billions of dollars to pay off the claims of those who own mineral rights in NE MN, if you stop the new mines. FYI, paper consumption is still rising worldwide. The question is will the U.S. supply that rising demand? Or will we become even less competitive and lose more industry to overseas? Incomes are dropping and Washington fiddles. Time for a change.

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verdepatoSep. 17, 13 6:02 AM

As soon as all of the city folk give up their computers, I phones and all other electronics. We will be able to forget about mining the resources that are used to make them. Quit screwing around and get these mines working

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rangesonSep. 17, 13 6:36 AM

So sad to see my wife's hometown destroyed like this. Even tourism to Canada is down since they changed their fishing laws, so this town will be a ghost-town in ten years if this plant goes. Yes, Ely sulfide=mining supporters: You will be so happy when all those unemployed people move on over to Ely for all those mining jobs, won't you? Think that through for a while.

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plummpjSep. 17, 13 7:49 AM

It's interesting that paper usage is finally coming down. It was predicted 30 years with the advent of the personal computer but only in recent years is it actually happening.

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Mark27Sep. 17, 13 8:25 AM

plummpj, "It's interesting that paper usage is finally coming down. It was predicted 30 years with the advent of the personal computer but only in recent years is it actually happening.".....We're still not seeing it at my office. Every time the bosses say we're going "paperless", paper use doubles.

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