This bridge leading into the town of Virginia, Minnesota spans a frozen lake created by years of iron mining. Virginia is a mining town on the Iron Range in northern Minnesota.

This bridge leading into the town of Virginia, Minnesota spans a frozen lake created by years of iron mining. Virginia is a mining town on the Iron Range in northern Minnesota.

In Northern Minnesota, there’s a community of taconite (a component of steel) miners who are already feeling the brunt of President Trump’s moves on trade.

Our team from Across America spoke with union leaders who represent about 2,500 area miners. They told us what it feels like to live in a single-industry town, and how trade decisions in Washington are affecting them.

We’re also taking a closer look at the potential trade war with China. After President Trump seemed to suggest an easing of tensions and a 90-day freeze on tariffs, how will the recent arrest of a top Huawei executive affect relations?

Show produced by our Across America producers, James Morrison and Amanda Williams.

1A Across America is funded through a grant from The Corporation for Public Broadcasting. CPB is a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967 that is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting.

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