Cleveland-based Cliffs Natural Resources says will re-start operations at its United Taconite plants in Eveleth and Forbes in August, two months earlier than expected. The company cites an agreement with U-S Steel Canada to supply the majority of their iron ore pellet requirements for the last half of 2016. Senator Al Franken applauds the announcement, saying Iron Range miners are more than ready to get back to work after a painful economic downturn. Franken says he’s continuing the fight against illegal steel-dumping by China. The Eveleth and Forbes plants employ about 450 workers.
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