Statement from DFL Chairman Ken Martin

“Thanks to the behind the scenes work of many individuals this past weekend at the DFL State Central Committee meeting an agreement was reached to create an Ad Hoc Task Force to address the issue of nonferrous mining in Minnesota.  This task force, convened and led by State Auditor Rebecca Otto, with representation from the DFL Environmental Caucus, organized labor, the Iron Range legislative delegation, and Minnesota tribal communities, will develop a revised platform resolution, begin to build strong working relationships going forward for unity, and start to develop solutions that are acceptable to the four groups involved.

“The motion to create this task force, introduced by Veda Kanitz, Chair of the DFL Environmental Caucus, also directed the body to postpone the vote on platform resolution #54 until the December State Central Committee meeting.

“I am proud of the work of all people involved to find a path forward on this important issue which will allow our DFL Party to focus on the things that unite us rather than divide us.”

Filed under: DFL News, Environmental Issues, Iron Range / Northern Minnesota Area News, Labor & Business Affairs