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      Cliffs and Eagle Mine give more than $1 million through community fund

      Cliffs Natural Resources and Eagle Mine announced the contribution of more than $1 million to local organizations as part of the Marquette County Community Fund.

      The money comes from the second round of grant approvals from the foundation. Cliffs says more than $2.2 million has been earmarked for community projects and programs since the creation of the fund in 2012.

      "Once again in this funding round we had a number of high-quality grant requests to consider," said Dale Hemmila, director of public affairs in North America for Cliffs. "The projects chosen for support are diverse and represent a broad geographical area within the county."

      Contributions from the Cliffs/Eagle Mine Marquette County Community Fund include:

      ? U.P. Children??s Museum $200,000? UPSET $200,000? Forsyth Twp. Public Library $150,000? Kaufman Auditorium $100,000? Marquette Women??s Center $100,000? Marquette Twp. Ice Rink Building $100,000? Republic Twp. Munson Park $75,000? Great Lakes Recovery Center $50,000? NICE Community Schools $36,000? Marquette City Band $25,000? Negaunee Historical Society $6,500? Michigan Youth Opportunities $5,000? Aspen Ridge Middle School $3,500