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Report Summary
Iron Range Resources


Financial Audit Division Report 05-52 Released October 5, 2005

Key Conclusion:

Iron Range Resources did not always comply with grant and loan approval procedures that are outlined in statutory provisions. Minnesota Statutes require that the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board and the Governor review and approve many types of projects. The agency exceeded its statutory authority by initiating projects without seeking or obtaining the required approvals.

Key Findings:
  • Iron Range Resources issued some grants without obtaining the approvals required by Minnesota Statutes.
  • Iron Range Resources circumvented Minnesota Statutes by instructing one grantee to use grant funds to pay costs that pertained to a different grant.
This report contained five audit findings relating to internal control and legal compliance. Two of those findings were included in our prior audit report.
   Audit Scope:

Audit Period:
Fiscal Years 2002 - 2004

Selected Audit Areas:
  • Grants
  • Loans


The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board and the Office of the Commissioner of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation are created in Minnesota Statutes. Their mission is to strengthen and diversify the economy of northeastern Minnesota. The thirteen-member board is controlled by legislators, while the commissioner is appointed by the Governor to manage the executive branch agency that currently refers to itself as Iron Range Resources.

Working together, the board and the agency make grants and loans to profit and nonprofit corporations, higher education institutions, and other units of government. For the period including fiscal years 2002 through 2004, $67 million in grants and loans were issued.

Our audit scope included only the activities of the executive branch agency—Iron Range Resources. We did not audit expenses for the board (i.e. per diems and travel expenses).

More Information

Office of the Legislative Auditor, Room 140, 658 Cedar St., St. Paul, MN 55155 : or 651‑296‑4708