The Essar Project is moving forward. On Tuesday, the Itasca County board of commissioners approved a number of contracts and agreements relating to Essar. The first agreement allowed for the county to advance an additional $450 million dollars to the project- for a total of $1.163 billion dollars. County Board Chair Leo Trunt said the board is excited to see the project moving forward.
The second approved a technical service contract with SEH Engineering regarding updating the county’s land use plan to reflect changes caused by recent new mining activities. The update will include the concept of extending the Itasca county Regional Railroad to the Grand Rapids area.