Profile: Mesabi Trust (MSB.N)
3 Dec 2013
Mesabi Trust (the Trust), incorporated in 1961, is a royalty trust. The Trust was organized to derive income from an iron mine (the Peter Mitchell Mine) located near Babbitt, Minnesota, at the eastern end of the Mesabi Iron Range. The Trust conserves and protects the Trust Estate and to collect and distribute the income and proceeds there from to the Trust’s certificate holders after the payment of, or provision for, expenses and liabilities. The Agreement of Trust prohibits the Trust from engaging in any business other than the collection and distribution of royalties and payment of expenses. The lessee/operator of Mesabi Trust’s mineral interests is Northshore Mining Corporation (NMC), a subsidiary of Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (Cliffs). Cliffs is a producer of iron ore products. Mesabi Trust holds all of the interests formerly owned by Mesabi Iron Company, including all right, title and interest in the Amendment of Assignment, Assumption and Further Assignment of Peters Lease (the Amended Assignment of Peters Lease), the Amendment of Assignment, Assumption and Further Assignment of Cloquet Lease (the Amended Assignment of Cloquet Lease and together with the Amended Assignment of Peters Lease, the Amended Assignment Agreements), the beneficial interest in the Mesabi Land Trust and all other assets and property identified in the Agreement of Trust.
The principal assets of Mesabi Trust consist of two different interests in certain properties in the Mesabi Iron Range: Mesabi Trust’s interest as assignor in the Amended Assignment of Peters Lease and the Amended Assignment of Cloquet Lease, which together cover properties aggregating approximately 9,750 acres in St. Louis County, Minnesota (the Peters Lease Lands and the Cloquet Lease Lands, respectively), and Mesabi Trust’s ownership of the entire beneficial interest in the Mesabi Land Trust, which has a 20% interest as fee owner in the Peters Lease Lands and a 100% fee ownership in certain non-mineral-bearing lands adjacent to the Peters and Cloquet Lease Lands (the Mesabi Lease Lands, together with the Peters Lease Lands and the Cloquet Lease Lands, the Trust Estate).
The Peters Lease Lands and the Cloquet Lease Lands are located at the northeastern end of the Mesabi Iron Range and contains mineral deposits consists of a sedimentary bed of magnetite in siliceous gangue, a form of low-grade iron ore known as taconite. The Mesabi Lease Lands contain no commercial ore deposits and has been used principally in connection with mining the taconite from other parts of the Trust Estate, such as the provision of an area for location of service roads, supporting plants and equipment and dump sites for overburden. The Mesabi Trust properties, including the ore mine, are located in northeastern Minnesota, approximately two miles south of Babbitt, Minnesota. The ore mine on the Mesabi Trust properties is called the Peter Mitchell mine, an open pit mine consists of a 10-mile long segment of a host rock called the Biwabik Iron Formation, which is a hard cherty rock containing magnetite as the ore mineral. The Biwabik Iron Formation extends west and southwest for over 100 miles and constitutes the Mesabi Iron Range. The ore body dips south under the hanging wall called the Virginia Formation.
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