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Stauber: Congress should pass Rick Nolan’s land swap bill to create mining jobs

HERMANTOWN – Congressman-Elect Pete Stauber issued the following statement today encouraging Congress to pass Rep. Rick Nolan’s bipartisan legislation, the Superior National Forest Land Exchange Act (H.R. 3115), which directs the Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) to swap National Forest System land within the Superior National Forest to PolyMet Mining:

“As the Congressman-Elect of the 8th congressional district I am encouraging the current Congress to support legislation introduced by Rep. Rick Nolan that would finalize the land exchange in northern Minnesota for PolyMet Mining. We both strongly agree on the importance of environmentally safe mining in northern Minnesota. If this legislation doesn’t become law, one of my first acts in the 116thCongress will be to introduce Nolan’s land exchange bill so we can unleash the economic engine in the 8th district and create good-paying jobs for working families in our region.”

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Pete Stauber, who in November was elected to the 116th Congress, served 22 years in the Duluth Police Department where he retired as a Commander. A small business owner and St. Louis County Commissioner, Pete and his wife, Jodi, live with their four children in Hermantown.