AURORA (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone hoped today to bring some good news to students on the Iron Range who worry that the closing of the LTV Steel Mining Co. will affect their ability to pay for college.
Wellstone heard the concerns a week ago during a visit to Hoyt Lakes, where LTV is located. He promised to return with advice for students.
The Democrat, Minnesota's senior senator, checked this week with various state and federal education officials. They told him that, by law, students can have their financial aid allowances recalculated in cases of unexpected hardship.
''Every bit of positive news can only help right now,'' Wellstone said by phone in advance of his visit, which also was to include a speech at Chisholm High School's graduation ceremony.
Incomes of some LTV workers could swing dramatically after the mine closes next summer. The mine employs 1,400 people who earn an average of $60,000 annually. The first 120 workers will be permanently laid off in August, the remainder next summer.
''Students can contact my office and we will work with each family one-on-one to help get the issue resolved,'' Wellstone said.
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