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Asbestos and Mesothelioma in Minnesota


Minnesota has an abundance of jobsites at which workers were exposed to asbestos. Recently, there has been a significant increase in asbestos poisoning noted among taconite miners in the state's Iron Hills region.

Generally, asbestos is used anywhere heat or fire poses an industrial hazard, particularly at facilities constructed before 1980. Asbestos insulation has been used in pipe fittings, furnace doors and general insulation as well as the protective clothing worn by workers, such as fireproof aprons and gloves.

Between 1980 and 2000, 677 Minnesotans died from asbestos disease. Almost 65% of these were due to the terminal cancer mesothelioma. Since 1997, at least sixty taconite miners from northeastern Minnesota have died from this disease.

About The Taconite Industry

Minnesota's naturally-occurring asbestos deposits are found in the Iron Hills region, where a number iron mines were re-opened in the 1970s. Since then, as U.S. supplies of iron ore have been depleted, the industry has turned to the waste product known as taconite in order to extract what iron may be left. Much of this is contaminated with various forms of asbestos, including the deadly amphibole variety – which should not be surprising, as these forms of asbestos actually contain ferrous molecules.

Although sixty miners in this area are recorded as having died from mesothelioma, the fact is that there may have been many more; prior to 1999, the Minnesota Department of Health simply recorded such deaths as “cancer-related.”

Asbestos Exposure in Minnesota Cities

Provided below is a list of cities in the state of Minnesota where asbestos jobsites are known to have been located. If you worked at any of these companies and/or jobsites in Minnesota, there is a possibility that you may have been exposed to harmful asbestos which is known to cause mesothelioma. Click on any link to view a complete list of jobsites in that city.

Asbestos Exposure at Minnesota Jobsites

If someone you know has ever worked at one of the Jobsites listed below, they may have been exposed to high levels of asbestos. Asbestos exposure at any one of these Jobsites could put them at risk for developing one of the following asbestos related diseases: malignant mesothelioma (a terminal cancer), asbestos related lung cancer, asbestosis.

Albert Lea

  • Albert Lea Courthouse
  • Interstate Power Company
  • Southern Minnesota Gas and Elec Company
  • Wilson & Company Inc


  • Aurora Steam Electric Plant
  • Bethlehem Steel
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • Erie Mining Company
  • Linde Air Products Company
  • Minnesota Power & Light


  • Austin Municipal Power Plant
  • Austin Utilities Northeast
  • Board of Water Electric & Gas
  • City of Austin Utilities
  • Fuel Economy Engineering Company
  • Geo. A. Homiel and Company


  • Anderson Corp
  • King Power Plant
  • Minnesota State Correctional Facility
  • Northern States Power Company


  • Becker Sherco Power Plant
  • Northern States Power Company
  • Sherburne County Power Station
  • Sherco Power Plant


  • Carley Foundry, Inc.


  • Northern Pacific Railroad Company
  • Northwestern Paper Company
  • Potlatch Corporation The Northwest Paper Company Div
  • Wausau Paper Company


  • Black Dog Generating Plant
  • Northern States Power Company
  • Xcel Energy


  • Conwed Corporation
  • Diamond Match Div
  • Northwest Paper Company
  • Potlatch Corporation
  • S. D. Warren Company
  • Sappi Fine Paper
  • Usg Interiors
  • Wood Conversion Company


  • Clay Boswell Power Station
  • Minnesota Power & Light Company

Elk River

  • Elk River Power Plant
  • Great River Energy Cooperative
  • Rural Co-Op Power Association

Fergus Falls

  • Dairy Farmers of America
  • Fergus Falls Dairy
  • Fergus Falls Hospital
  • Hoot Lake Power Plant
  • Ottertail Power Company

Grand Rapids

  • Blandin Paper Company
  • Flament-Hampshire, Inc.
  • Itasca Paper Company
  • Western Mining


  • Hastings State Hospital
  • Koch Petroleum Minnesota
  • Koch Refining Company
  • N-Ren
  • Pine Bend Ammonia
  • Regina Hospital
  • Smeads Plant


  • Allis Chalmers Manufacturing Company
  • Charter Inc
  • Hibbing Public Utilities
  • Mechanical Construction Corporation
  • Public Utilities Commission
  • Rogers Brocon Iron Company

Hoyt Lakes

  • Erie Mining Company
  • Hoyt Lakes Power Plant
  • J&L Steel
  • Ltv Steel Mining Company

International Falls

  • Boise Cascade International
  • Boise Cascade Paper Mill
  • Minnesota and Ontario Power Company


  • Archer Daniels Midland Company
  • Bethany College
  • Chs, Incorporated
  • Dotson Company, Inc.
  • Honeymead Products
  • Mankato Clinic
  • Mankato State College
  • Mankato State University
  • Northern States Power Company
  • St. Joseph's Hospital


  • General Electric Company
  • Hoechst Celanese
  • Monticello Nuclear Power Plant
  • Monticello Nuclear Power Plant
  • Northern States Power


  • A. H. Bennett Company
  • Anheuser Busch Inc
  • Busch Agricultural Resources
  • Fargo-Moorhead Insulation Company
  • Moorhead Power Plant

New Brighton

  • Trussbilt

New Ulm

  • Altria Corporate Services, Incorporated
  • Dart & Kraft
  • Eagle Roller Mill
  • Kraft Foods Company
  • Municipal Light and Power Plant
  • New Ulm Public Utility Comm
  • Power Service Corporation


  • Big Stone Lake Plant


  • Municipal Power Plant
  • Owatonna Electric Company
  • Owatonna Power Plt
  • Owatonna Public Utilities
  • Pillsbury Academy

Pine Bend

  • Asbestos Products, Inc.
  • Great Northern Oil Company
  • Koch Refining Company
  • Pine Bend Oil Refinery

Red Wing

  • Prairie Island


  • Broadway Power Plant
  • Franklin Heating Station
  • Madonna Tower-Apartments
  • Mayo Bros.
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Medical Science Building
  • Municipal Power Plant Rochester
  • Public Utilities Board
  • Rochester Community College
  • Rochester Electric Department
  • Rochester Public Utilities
  • Silver Lake Power Plant
  • Silver Lake Steam Generation
  • St. Marys Hospital
  • State Hospital At Rochester

Saint Cloud

  • Monumental Sales
  • Northern States Power Company
  • St. Cloud College
  • St. Cloud Power House
  • Stovall By Products Company
  • Veterans Hospital
  • Vocational Technical High School

Saint Paul Park

  • Marathon Refinery Minnesota


  • Champion International Corporation
  • International Paper
  • Sartell Paper Company
  • St. Regis Paper Company
  • Watab Pulp and Paper Company

Silver Bay

  • Cyprus North Shore Mining
  • Hunkin, Arundal, Dixon
  • Keuttle & Sons
  • Lakeside Project Power Plant
  • Reserve Mining Company
  • Silver Bay Power


  • Allen S King Station
  • Consumers Powr Company
  • Minnesota State Prison
  • Northern States Power
  • Stillwater State Prison


  • City of Virginia Water & Light Commission
  • Mesaba Railway Company
  • Modern Plumbing & Heating
  • Oliver Iron Mining Division
  • Pohaki Lumber Company
  • Shoppe Plumbing & Heating Company
  • Staver Foundry
  • U S Steel Ore Operations


  • Municipal Power Plant
  • Willmar Hospital
  • Willmar Mun Utility Comm
  • Willmar Municipal Power Plant
  • Willmar Municipal Utilities


  • Badger Foundry Company, Inc.
  • Board of Municipal Water Works
  • Board of Public Works
  • Community Hospital
  • Community Memorial Hospital
  • Interstate Packing Company
  • Miller Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
  • Mississippi Valley Public Service Company
  • Saint Teresa Institute
  • Sauer Memorial Home
  • St. Teresas Womens Res Hall
  • Swift & Company
  • Watkins Products
  • Winona Hospital - Community Memorial Hospital
  • Winona Malting Company
  • Winona Railway and Light Company
  • Winona State College
  • Winona State Hospital
  • Wisconsin Railway Light and Power Company


  • Conoco Oil Refinery
  • International Oil Refineries, Inc.
  • Wrenshall Refinery

Mesothelioma Doctors in Minnesota

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that are located in Minnesota. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Dr. Robert Kratzke
Masonic Cancer Center - University of Minnesota
Masonic Cancer Clinic
420 Delaware Street SE, MMC 480
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers in Minnesota

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located in Minnesota. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered, professional designations, areas of expertise and how to contact the center.

200 First Street SW
Rochester, MN 55905

Masonic Memorial Building
424 Harvard Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Filing an Asbestos Claim in Minnesota

Don’t lose your right to file a claim and seek financial assistance. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Minnesota, you should be entitled to compensation.

Asbestos Related News in Minnesota

Polaris Recalls 35,000 ATVs Due to Asbestos

Polaris has recalled 35,000 ATVs because of asbestos bans in Australia, Europe, and New Zealand. Read more about this issue at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.

EPA Scientist's "Small Fibers Matter" Asbestos Work To Be Published

Scientist Philip Cook's "small fibers matter" asbestos research will be published and shared for the first time at this week's symposium in Duluth, Minnesota.

Asbestos Exposure Across the U.S.


Evans, David and Greg Johnstone. "Asbestos Use Companies and Locations in Minnesota." All About Malignant Mesothelioma (September 2005.)

Geological Research, Analyses and Services Programs. "Naturally Occurring Asbestos Locations in the Contiguous U.S. and Alaska." Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, 25 May 2007. (accessed 23 August 2010).

Minnesota Department of Health. "Six more cases of asbestos-related cancer identified in group of former mine workers." Press release, 20 June 2007. (accessed 23 August 2010).

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