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Fond du Lac Band set to start cannabis production in northeastern Minnesota

DULUTH - The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will soon join three other Minnesota tribes in the cannabis business, filling a niche in a region of the state where no other marijuana operations yet exist.

The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation (IRRR) department will grant a $2.5 million loan to support the $14.7 million project, despite the department's advisory board recommending against it at its Tuesday meeting in Eveleth. Whether the band supported mining was among the first questions tribal leaders faced there. The band has filed several legal challenges to permits related to copper-nickel mining.

IRRR Commissioner Ida Rukavina later said the department would invest in Fond du Lac Cannabis Corp. regardless.


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