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Justin Mattson, his wife, Christina, and daughter, Maarit. Justin Mattson, a Two Harbors native and teacher at Mesabi East High School, supports the proposed PolyMet copper mine. Others say the potential for long-term environmental damage isn't worth the short-term economic gain. Submitted photo

Differences bubble in copper mining debate

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Justin Mattson and Steve Koschak each live within a few miles of the proposed PolyMet copper mine and processing plant near Hoyt Lakes.


One is a high school chemistry teacher. The other is a resort owner. Both want to see the Iron Range thrive economically and both want clean air and water for their families.

Yet Mattson and Koschak have vastly different views on what Minnesota's first copper mine might mean.

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