12,000 Expected to Apply for 100 Minnesota Jobs DULUTH, Minn.
(AP) - Up to 12,000 people are expected to apply for 100 entry-level
jobs at a new paper mill, a grim reminder of the tough economic
times facing northeastern Minnesota's mining industry.
``There's a tremendous number of skilled employees out there''
and the paper mill is giving them some hope, said Bob Nelson,
employment service supervisor for the Minnesota Job Service office
``A lot of these people are worried about their future with thei
present employers,'' Nelson said. ``These are people who are last or
next to last on the seniority list. What they're looking at here is
a company with promise.''
Many of the applicants lost their jobs when the bad times began
on the Iron Range in 1980 as the demand for steel dropped.
Taconite mining plants and manufacturers cut production and some,
such as Reserve Mining Co., with plants in Silver Bay and Babbitt,
shut down. Others moved out of town.
A positive note for the Range was sounded when officials
announced last year that the Lake Superior Paper Industries paper
mill would be built in Duluth. Company officials, who already have
hired about 100 administrative and technical employees, expect the
mill to be operating by the end of the year.
U.S., Common Market Reach Settlement BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -
The United States and the European Common Market reached an eleventh
hour settlement of a grain-sales dispute Thursday, averting a
politically embarrassing trade war, officials said.
The accord was reached less than 24 hours before punitive U.S.
import duties on a variety of European products were to take effect.
The European Economic Community, as the Common Market also is known,
had pledged to answer the American retaliation by slapping new
charges on some U.S. products.
Representatives of the 12 EEC governments met in Brussels to
hear details of the agreement and decide whether to formally approve
it. Sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that while
some members were not happy with the deal, final approval was
However, trade trouble loomed on another front Thursday.
Sources in Washington said the Reagan administration is considering
retaliatory action to protest European commercial aircraft
subsidies. Officials, who spoke only on the condition of
anonymity, said the target is Airbus Industries, an aircraft
consortium in which Britain, France, West Germany and Spain
Farmers Flood Insurance Extension Clears Senate Committee
WASHINGTON (AP) - A one-month extension of eligibility for $400
million in flood insurance for wheat farmers cleared the Senate
Agriculture Committee on Thursday with lawmakers urging early floor
The measure, which would aid those blocked from planting as well
as those who were prevented from harvesting, was approved without
opposition. It would move the sign-up deadline from Jan. 31 to Feb.
Reagan Seeks Federal Pay Raise WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Reagan is asking Congress to divert $258 million from other programs
to pay for a 3 percent pay raise that all federal workers received
earlier this month.
The funds would come from 25 different accounts, including mass
transit, food programs and occupational safety programs, said a
spokesman for the Office of Management and Budget. The spokesman,
Edwin Dale, said that the administration considers these programs no
The package of fund transfers, called deferrals, was sent to
Congress on Wednesday. Congress voted te pay increase last year
but did not provide funds to pay for it.
Dale said that under the Gramm-Rudman deficit-reduction law, new
programs cannot be paid for unless accompanying reductions are made
in other accounts. However, Congress has the option of taking the
presidential recommendations or finding other ways to finance the
pay raise. …