Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  April 9, 2020


(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

New York



(State or other jurisdiction of


(Commission File Number)

(I.R.S. Employer Identification



c/o Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas
Trust & Agency Services
60 Wall Street, 24th Floor
New York, New York


(Address of principal executive offices)

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(904) 271-2520

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Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Units of Beneficial Interest, no par value


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Item 2.02Results of Operations and Financial Condition.


Distribution Announcement


On April 13, 2020, Mesabi Trust issued a press release announcing that the Trustees of Mesabi Trust declared a distribution of fifty-six cents ($0.56) per Unit of Beneficial Interest payable on May 20, 2020 to Mesabi Trust Unitholders of record at the close of business on April 30, 2020.  A copy of the press release is being furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Form 8-K.


Item 7.01Regulation FD.


Other Developments


Cleveland-Cliffs Announced Iron Ore Mining and Pelletizing Production Adjustments at Northshore Mining Company and Tilden Mine


On Monday, April 13, 2020, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. (“Cliffs”), the parent company of Northshore Mining Company (which is the owner/operator of the mining operations located on Mesabi Trust lands), announced that based on current market conditions, Cliffs will be temporarily idling production at two of its iron ore mining operations, Northshore Mining in Minnesota and Tilden Mine in Michigan. Cliffs stated that it will work down current inventory levels from these two operations and will continue to ship iron ore to fulfill its commercial agreements with steel customers.


In Cliffs’ news release announcement dated April 13, 2020, Cliffs’ CEO stated that “[Cliffs has] evaluated market conditions and the extraordinary disruptions in manufacturing and steel production in North America due to the impact of the COVID-19 market shock. As our steel customers rationalize their operations’ capacities, we made the decision to adjust our iron ore production during the first half of the year and not continue to build additional iron ore inventory until market conditions improve. Once the North American steel market improves, [Cliffs] will be able to quickly restart and ramp up production.”


Cliffs stated that unless business circumstances change, it plans to temporarily idle production at Northshore mine by mid-April with a planned restart by August 2020, and Tilden mine will be temporarily idled by the end of April with a planned restart in July 2020.


Item 9.01Financial Statements and Exhibits.







Exhibit No.





Press Release dated April 13, 2020


In accordance with general instruction B.2 to Form 8-K, the information in this Form 8-K shall not be deemed to be “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section.




Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.







/s/ Jeffrey Schoenfeld



Jeffrey Schoenfeld



Vice President



Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, as Corporate Trustee of Mesabi Trust

Dated: April 14, 2020





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