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Rep. John Persell of Bemidji listens to Thursday testimony in a state House committee about how much it costs businesses and government because Minnesota does not quickly issue various permits. Pioneer Photo/Don Davis

Lawmakers discuss streamlining permits, environmental reviews

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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 needed government permits, delaying hiring hundreds of workers.

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