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Material like this from an old tailings basin are what Magnetation workers are digging up Tuesday, December 17, 2013 near Grand Rapids, Minn. Credit: Derek Montgomery/For MPR News

In waste rock, mining companies find opportunity and jobs

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Grand Rapids, Minn. – The rising price of iron ore and other metals in the last decade has led mining companies to an important discovery: there's money to be made in what was once considered waste.


Minnesota's Iron Range is littered with the legacy of 130 years of iron mining. Mine pits, enormous waste rock piles and tailings basins dot the landscape.

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