Economic Lookout: On the Range, jobs beyond mining?

MinnEcon note: Aaron Brown gave us a view this spring on the hopes and concerns for Minnesota’s Iron Range economy.

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Aaron J. Brown | Balsam Township Itasca County

Today, Brown, a source in MPR’s Public Insight Network, looks at the rebound in the region’s core mining business and the potential for copper exploration.

While these are positive signs in a region that’s been hit hard in the Great Recession, Brown worries about the Range “once again focusing on minerals to save an economy.”

Policy makers should also be looking at ways to help people “make a living out here that aren’t like the old ways.”

Check out Brown’s video report and then post your thoughts below.

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Aaron Brown writes the MinnesotaBrown blog. He teaches communication at Hibbing Community College.

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