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Press Release: Stauber Statement on Trump Administration’s Decision to Cancel the Mineral Withdrawal

HERMANTOWN– Pete Stauber released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s decision today to cancel the mineral withdrawal which will allow the current leaseholders to resume exploration of the vast mineral deposits in the Superior National Forest.

“When I met with President Trump and Vice President Pence this summer in Duluth I conveyed to them in no uncertain terms the importance of canceling the mineral withdrawal cynically put in place as a last ditch effort by the Obama administration for purely political reasons and they understood. I am pleased the President and Vice President heard our voices and made it official today by ending this anti-job, anti-mining policy. This is great news for Minnesota working families and is another significant step toward unleashing the economic engine of this region.”


Pete Stauber is the Republican candidate for Congress in the 8th congressional district. Pete served 23 years in law enforcement and retired as an Area Commander in the Duluth Police Department. A small business owner and St. Louis County Commissioner, Pete and his wife, Jodi, live with their four children in Hermantown.

Note: In its release today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said: “It’s our duty as responsible stewards of our environment to maintain and protect our natural resources. At the same time, we must put our national forests to work for the taxpayers to support local economies and create jobs. We can do these two things at once: protect the integrity of the watershed and contribute to economic growth and stronger communities.”