- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

HIBBING, Minn. (AP) - Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. says a rail logjam is forcing the company to immediately begin using trucks to transport iron ore pellets from Hibbing Taconite to the Duluth port.

In a statement Friday, the Cleveland-based mining company said the move is a way to ensure its customers on the lower Great Lakes will have an adequate supply of pellets to maintain operations before the shipping season closes.

Cliffs chairman, president and CEO Lourenco Goncalves says the company recognizes the impact additional truck traffic will have on people who live and travel along the route. He calls it a “short-term solution.”

The Mesabi Daily News (https://bit.ly/1vcVgbE) reports Cliffs’ decision comes as northeastern Minnesota mines stockpile taconite due to insufficient rail service in recent months.

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Information from: Mesabi Daily News, https://www.virginiamn.com

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