VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) — Miners have rallied on northern Minnesota's Iron Range for an end to foreign countries illegally dumping steel in the U.S. and threatening the local mining industry.
Gov. Mark Dayton joined Monday's rally and urged iron miners to step up the fight.
The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1pvv6e6) reports about 1,500 miners attended the rally. The Iron Range miners were rallying against alleged illegal steel dumping from Asian countries, and pressed for the federal government to impose tariffs on steel from those counties.
The crowd chanted, "Mine it here, make it here!"
In advance of President Barack Obama's visit to Minnesota later this week, state Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk of Cook urged the president to return to Washington with a renewed commitment to ending the dumping of low-cost foreign steel.
Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com