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Extended Benefits for Iron Range Workers to Start Tomorrow

Workers impacted by layoffs will receive a 26-week extension to unemployment benefits effective March 25

3/24/2016 2:52:50 PM

Madeline O'Phelan. 651-259-7236

Iron Range workers who have been laid off due to mine closures will start receiving extended unemployment benefits through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s (DEED) Unemployment Insurance office beginning next week.

With passage in the Minnesota Senate and Minnesota House of Representatives, Governor Mark Dayton signed the legislation for Minnesota’s unemployment benefits to be extended for mining workers who have been laid off after March 1, 2015 as a result of mine closures in northern Minnesota and whose regular benefits have expired.

DEED’s unemployment insurance office will be contacting all affected workers by early next week. In the meantime, impacted mining workers can visit the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance website at to follow the applicant procedure. The first benefit payments will be sent to workers next week.

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