MINNESOTA: Silver Bay: Living in Limbo

Silver Bay: Living in Limbo

Silver Bay, Minn., is a pleasant community of 3,500 people nestled in the birch forests that line the northwestern shores of Lake Superior. Last year it celebrated the 20th year of its existence. This year may prove to be its last.

The fortunes of Silver Bay are tied to those of the Reserve Mining Co., which produces 15% of the nation's iron ore by extracting it from the area's flint-hard taconite rock. Reserve also employs 80% of the town's work force. In the late 1960s, U.S. Government scientists...

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