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Mesabi Trust Declares Distribution

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The royalties paid to Mesabi Trust are based on the volume of shipments of iron ore pellets for the particular quarter and the year to date, the pricing of iron ore product sales, and the percentage of iron ore pellet shipments from Mesabi Trust lands rather than from non-Trust lands. In the second calendar quarter of 2011, Northshore credited Mesabi Trust with 1,532,046 tons of iron ore, as compared to 2,189,889 tons shipped from Mesabi Trust lands during the second calendar quarter of 2010. Although Mesabi Trust was credited with shipments of 1,532,046 tons of iron ore during the second calendar quarter of 2011 because it is entitled to payment on at least 90% of the first four million tons of pellets shipped from Silver Bay, MN by Northshore in each calendar year, actual shipments of iron ore products shipped from Mesabi Trust lands in the second calendar quarter of 2011 were 1,388,359 tons. The volume of shipments of iron ore pellets (and other iron ore products) by Northshore varies from quarter to quarter and year to year based on a number of factors, including the requested delivery schedules of customers, general economic conditions in the iron ore industry, and weather conditions on the Great Lakes. Further, the prices determined under contracts between Northshore, Northshore’s parent Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (“Cliffs”) and certain of their customers (the “Cliffs Pellet Agreements”) are subject to interim and final pricing adjustments, dependent in part on multiple price and inflation index factors that are not known until after the end of a contract year. This can result in significant variations in royalties received by Mesabi Trust (and in turn the resulting amount available for distribution to Unitholders by Mesabi Trust) from quarter to quarter and on a comparative historical basis. These variations, which can be positive or negative, cannot be predicted by the Trustees of Mesabi Trust. Royalty payments received in 2011 and prior years continue to reflect pricing estimates for shipments of iron ore products that may be subject to further adjustment (upward or downward) pursuant to the Cliffs Pellet Agreements. Based on all of the above factors and as indicated by the Trust’s historical distribution payments, the royalties received by the Trust, and the distributions paid to Unitholders, in any particular quarter are not necessarily indicative of royalties that will be received, or distributions that will be paid, in any subsequent quarter or for a full year.

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