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HIBBING (AP) — Longtime mineworkers are trying to reshape their future after long and frequent layoffs in Minnesota's Iron Range.

Steelworkers local union 2660 president Cliff Tobey says many of the members have made the decision to leave the area or go back to school.

U.S. Steel has not indicated when or if it plans to reopen the Keetac plant.

College of St. Scholastica economist Tony Barrett says workers should plan for a long shutdown because demand hasn't rebounded enough for the plant to reopen.