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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:

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

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