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Reps. Andrew Falk, DFL-Murdock, left, and Jean Wagenius, DFL-Minneapolis, look up state laws Thursday dealing with the issuance of permits. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Lawmakers discuss streamlining permits

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ST. PAUL -- U.S. Steel Corp. announced plans to expand its Keetac iron ore production facility three years ago so it could produce more taconite pellets. But it still awaits government permits, delaying hiring hundreds of workers.

U.S. Steel estimates construction would create 500 temporary jobs and provide 120 permanent jobs on the Iron Range.

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