Iron Range board tables Fond du Lac water treatment funding over band's 'anti-mining' stances


State Sen. Tom Bakk shares his view of the 2020 legislative session in January. (2020 file / News Tribune)

The Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation's advisory board tabled a grant Wednesday for a new water source, tower and treatment plant on the Fond du Lac Reservation after board members said the band is "anti-mining."

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa had asked for a $250,000 grant to help fund the $1.3 million project replacing an existing noncompliant system and serve 140 homes near Mahnomen and Brookston.

But state Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, a member of the IRRR's board, objected to the IRRR funding the project because it is a state agency funded by taxes on taconite produced in the region and the Fond du Lac Band has taken what he called "anti-mining" stances.


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