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Great Northern Iron Ore Properties 10-K 2009
GREAT NORTHERN IRON ORE PROPERTIES FORM 10-K FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2008

Annual Report on Form 10-K

 

Great Northern Iron Ore Properties

 

December 31, 2008

 




 
 

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 


FORM 10-K


 

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF

THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008

Commission File Number 1-701

 


GREAT NORTHERN IRON ORE PROPERTIES

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Minnesota

41-0788355

(State or Other Jurisdiction of
Incorporation or Organization)

(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

 

 

W-1290 First National Bank Building
332 Minnesota Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota

55101-1361

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

(Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code 651 / 224-2385

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Exchange Act:

 

Title of Each Class

 

Name of Each Exchange on
Which Registered

 

 

 

Trustees’ Certificates of Beneficial Interest

 

New York Stock Exchange

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Exchange Act—None

 


Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer (as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act). Yes o  No x

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act. Yes o  No x

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding twelve months and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes x  No o

 

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. x

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer or a non-accelerated filer (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).

Large accelerated filer o

Accelerated filer x

Non-accelerated filer o

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes o  No x

 

As of the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter, that being June 30, 2008, the aggregate market value of the registrant’s certificates (shares) of beneficial interest held by non-affiliates of the registrant was $165,705,000 based on the closing sale price as reported on the New York Stock Exchange Euronext – Composite Inter-Market Trading System.

 

The number of certificates (shares) of beneficial interest outstanding as of the close of the period covered by this report:

 

Trustees’ Certificates of Beneficial Interest – 1,500,000

 

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

 

Portions of the Annual Report to Certificate Holders for the year ended December 31, 2008, attached hereto as Exhibit 13, are incorporated by reference into Part II.

 


 
 



PART I

 

Item 1.

BUSINESS

 

The Registrant (“Trust” or “we” or “our” or “GNIOP”) owns interests in fee, both mineral and nonmineral lands, on the Mesabi Iron Range in northeastern Minnesota. The Registrant is a conventional nonvoting trust organized under the laws of the State of Michigan pursuant to a Trust Agreement dated December 7, 1906. Because the Trust properties and offices are all located in Minnesota, the Trust and matters affecting the Trust are under the jurisdiction of the Ramsey County District Court in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Income is primarily derived from royalties on iron ore minerals (taconite) mined by our lessees from these properties and minimum royalties. The Registrant is presently involved primarily with the leasing and care of these properties. There have been no significant changes in these functions since the beginning of the fiscal year.

 

The terms of the Great Northern Iron Ore Properties Trust Agreement, created December 7, 1906, state that the Trust shall continue for twenty years after the death of the last survivor of eighteen persons named in the Trust Agreement. The last survivor of these eighteen persons died on April 6, 1995. Accordingly, the Trust terminates twenty years from April 6, 1995, that being April 6, 2015.

 

At the end of the Trust on April 6, 2015, the certificates of beneficial interest (shares) in the Trust will cease to trade on the New York Stock Exchange and thereafter will represent only the right to receive certain distributions payable to the certificate holders of record at the time of the termination of the Trust. Upon termination, the Trust is obligated to distribute ratably to these certificate holders the net monies remaining in the hands of the Trustees (after paying and providing for all expenses and obligations of the Trust), plus the balance in the Principal Charges account (this account is explained in the Trust’s Annual Report sent to all certificate holders every year). All other Trust property (most notably the Trust’s mineral properties and the active leases) must be conveyed and transferred to the reversioner (currently Glacier Park Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of ConocoPhillips) under the terms of the Trust Agreement.

 



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Item 1.

BUSINESS – Continued

 

The Trust has previously provided information in its various Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including its Annual Report, about the final distribution payable to the certificate holders upon the Trust’s termination. The exact final distribution, though not determinable at this time, will generally consist of the sum of the Trust’s net monies (essentially, total assets less liabilities and properties) and the balance in the Principal Charges account, less any and all expenses and obligations of the Trust upon termination. To offer a hypothetical example, without factoring in any expenses and obligations of the Trust upon its termination, and using the financial statement values as of December 31, 2008, the net monies were approximately $7,345,000 and the Principal Charges account balance was approximately $4,962,000, resulting in a final distribution payable of approximately $12,307,000, or about $8.20 per share. After payment of this final distribution, the certificates of beneficial interest (shares) would be cancelled and have no further value. It is important to note, however, that the actual net monies on hand and the Principal Charges account balance will most likely fluctuate during the ensuing years and will not be “final” until after the termination and wind-down of the Trust. The Trust offers this example to further inform investors about the conceptual nature of the final distribution and does not imply or guarantee a specific known final distribution amount.

 

The raw materials essential to the business of the Registrant are the minerals contained in properties owned and leased by the Registrant. Because we lease our properties to mining interests that control the amount of ore production, we do not have direct control over the tonnage mined from our properties; we are primarily involved with administering the leases on the properties. Since operating companies insist on freedom to move from property to property as mining requirements dictate, such changes in production cannot be precisely reduced to financial forecasts.

 

Although the Registrant owns in excess of 67,000 acres in varied fee (surface and/or mineral) and ownership percentage interests in northeastern Minnesota, our mineral interests on the Mesabi Iron Range formation represent 12,033 acres, including approximately 7,443 acres which are wholly owned, 1,080 acres in which the Registrant is a tenant in common with a 91% interest, 3,350 acres in tenancy in common with a 50% interest and 160 acres in tenancy in common with other fractional interests. Of said mineral interest total, 9,415 acres are under lease and 2,618 acres are unleased.

 

None of the Registrant’s leases provide for any right of renewal by the lessees upon expiration, even though unmined minerals might remain. Any extension of any such terminating lease would have to be negotiated in the same manner as unleased properties.

 



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Item 1.

BUSINESS – Continued

 

The Registrant cannot estimate at this time any tonnage for nonmagnetic taconite because of lack of drilling, testing and any established large-scale commercial treatment method for Mesabi Iron Range nonmagnetic taconite. To give a better perspective on magnetic taconite, our engineers estimate that the proven and probable ore reserves of magnetic taconite under lease as of December 31, 2008, were equivalent to approximately 358,807,000 tons of pellets. These ore reserves are developed from exploration drilling (diamond drilling) analyses performed by our lessees (steel and mining companies), with our interaction and assistance, though they have never been audited by any external party as this is not a customary practice. Although the ore reserves generally are adjusted downward each year for taconite pellet shipments, they also may increase due to new leases entered into and/or amendments to existing leases. In addition, reserve adjustments (positive or negative) are made from time to time when additional diamond drilling results in adjustments to the estimates. (See table of current leases within this “Item 1. Business” section for additional reserve information.)

 

Present leases provide for minimum royalties aggregating approximately $3,596,000 for the year 2009 even if no taconite is mined. This entire amount is attributable to long-term taconite leases.

 

All leases granted by the Registrant, except some covering remnants of natural ore, have provisions for escalation of royalty rates. Most of the taconite royalty rates are escalated on the basis of the price of pellets, the iron content, the Producers Price Index (PPI) (All Commodities), the PPI (Iron and Steel subgroup) or certain combinations of the above.

 

There are other landowners on the Mesabi Iron Range, including mining companies and numerous other private fee owners. Accordingly, firm data on competitive conditions in the iron ore industry is not available. Iron ore is also available from a number of other sources. However, the generally close proximity of our lands to the mining facilities tends to provide a competitive advantage to the Trust. In addition, other typical competitive factors include royalty rates, quality and geological characteristics of the ore bodies available, production guarantees granted to the fee owners, minimum royalty provisions and other matters. The Registrant’s non-taconite shipments have presently ceased as a source of income. The mining of taconite by lessees is the most important part of our present business. Future development depends, to a large part, on the demand for taconite from our properties by steel and mining companies.

 



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Item 1.

BUSINESS – Continued

 

The Registrant’s royalty income is dependent on the number of tons of taconite shipped from its properties by the lessees, royalty rates, minimum royalties collected and absorption of minimum royalties collected. Following is a summary of shipments by lessee (operating facility) during 2008, 2007 and 2006:

 

 

 

Pellet Tons Shipped

 

 

 

2008

 

2007

 

2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hibbing Taconite Company

 

3,505,531

 

2,763,719

 

3,293,199

 

U.S. Steel Corporation – Minntac

 

3,377,329

 

4,416,137

 

4,700,864

 

U.S. Steel Corporation – Keetac

 

532,620

 

956,573

 

857,856

 

 

 

7,415,480

 

8,136,429

 

8,851,919

 

 

As previously reported, Section 646 of the Tax Reform Act of 1986, as amended, provided a special elective provision under which the Trust was allowed to convert from taxation as a corporation to that of a grantor trust. Pursuant to an Order of the Ramsey County District Court, the Trustees filed the Section 646 election with the Internal Revenue Service on December 30, 1988. On January 1, 1989, the Trust became exempt from federal and Minnesota corporate income taxes. For years 1989 and thereafter, certificate holders are taxed on their allocable share of the Trust’s income whether or not the income is distributed. For certificate holder tax purposes, the Trust’s income is determined on an annual basis, one-fourth then being allocated to each quarterly record date.

 

The Trustees provided annual income tax information in January 2009 to certificate holders of record with holdings on any of the four quarterly record dates during 2008. This information included the following:

 

 

Substitute Form 1099-MISC – This form reported the certificate holder’s 2008 allocable share of income from the Trust, distributions declared and any taxes withheld. (Foreign certificate holders received a Form 1042-S.)

 

 

Trust Supplemental Statement – This statement reported the number of units (shares) held by the certificate holder on any of the four quarterly record dates in 2008.

 

 

Tax Return Guide – This guide instructed the certificate holders as to the preparation of their income tax returns with respect to income allocated from the Trust and various deductions allowable.

 



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Item 1.

BUSINESS – Continued

 

At December 31, 2008, the Registrant employed ten persons. We have been engaged in only one line of business, namely the leasing and maintenance of our mineral properties. Our business is not seasonal, but income primarily depends upon production by the steel and mining companies that lease our properties. We have no operations in foreign countries. Our customers’ (or lessees’) taconite facilities are all located in northeastern Minnesota, though the ownership interests and/or corporate headquarters are elsewhere, as explained in the footnotes to the table below.

 

The Registrant maintains a website, which can be found at www.gniop.com. Information about the Registrant posted on the website includes: General Trust information, Securities and Exchange Commission filings (Form 10-K’s, Form 10-Q’s, Form 8-K’s), Annual Reports, Tax Return Guides, Quarterly Distribution Releases, Quarterly Earnings Releases, Court Hearings, Audit Committee Charter, Code of Ethics, Contact and other information. We will, upon request, be pleased to furnish to any certificate holder or investor, free of charge, a paper copy of any of the above documents for any recent year.

 

The table on the following page is a listing of the Registrant’s current leases, all associated with taconite mining facilities located on the Mesabi Iron Range in northeastern Minnesota near the cities of Hibbing and Virginia. The following footnotes pertain to said table:

 

(a)

Operator of lease is as follows: (1) U.S. Steel Corporation – “Minntac”; (2) U.S. Steel Corporation – Keewatin Taconite Company (“Keetac”); (3) Cliffs Mining Company – Hibbing Taconite Company (“Hibtac”); (4) Essar Steel Minnesota, LLC (“ESM” or “MSI”). The ownership interests and corporate headquarters for the above operators are as follows: Minntac and Keetac owned 100% by U.S. Steel Corporation (Pittsburgh, PA); Hibtac owned 62.3% by Arcelor-Mittal (Luxembourg), 23% by Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (Cleveland, OH), and 14.7% by U.S. Steel Corporation (Pittsburgh, PA); and ESM owned 100% by Essar Steel Holdings Ltd. (Mauritius), a subsidiary of Essar Global Ltd. (Mumbai, India [Cayman Islands corporation]).

 

(b)

Represents leased mineral acres on iron formation.

 

(c)

Represents other leased surface acres on or off iron formation and/or mineral acres off iron formation.

 

(d)

Represents proven and probable magnetic taconite reserves in pellet tons (rounded to the nearest thousand) remaining as of the end of the fiscal year.

 

(e)

Lessee termination provision is as follows: (1) 1 year; (2) 6 months.

 



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Item 1.

BUSINESS – Continued

 

Table of Registrant’s current leases:

 

Lease (a)

 

Mineral Acres (b)

 

Other
Acres (c)

 

Total Number
of Leased Acres

 

Magnetic Ore Reserves in Pellet Tons (000) (d)

 

GNIOP Interest

 

County Location

 

Term (e)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bennett Annex (2)

 

237

 

 

237

 

 

100

%

St. Louis

 

1/1/1965 to 12/31/2039

(1)

Carmi-Campbell (2)

 

1,417

 

180

 

1,597

 

22,549

 

100

 

St. Louis

 

7/1/1959 to 12/31/2010

(1)

Enterprise-Mississippi (incl. Miss. #3 & Stevenson) (2)

 

696

 

80

 

776

 

14,188

 

100

 

St. Louis and Itasca

 

1/1/1961 to 12/31/2010

(2)

Hanna Taconite #1 (2)

 

40

 

 

40

 

 

100

 

Itasca

 

4/1/1962 to 12/31/2010

(2)

Gray Annex (3)

 

40

 

 

40

 

 

50

 

St. Louis

 

1/1/1974 to 1/1/2049

(1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ontario 50% (3)

 

1,317

 

80

 

1,397

 

20,740

 

50

 

St. Louis and Itasca

 

7/1/1978 to 12/31/2016

(1)

Ontario 100% (incl. Stevenson Townsite) (3)

 

280

 

120

 

400

 

15,164

 

100

 

St. Louis and Itasca

 

7/1/1978 to 12/31/2016

(1)

Ontario #3 (3)

 

40

 

40

 

80

 

457

 

25

 

St. Louis

 

1/2/1993 to 12/31/2016

(1)

Mahoning (3)

 

940

 

40

 

980

 

35,638

 

100

 

St. Louis and Itasca

 

1/1/1979 to 12/31/2026

(1)

Russell Annex/Theodore (2)

 

200

 

 

200

 

1,106

 

50

 

Itasca

 

1/1/1966 to 12/31/2040

(1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L&W/Leetonia (3)

 

80

 

 

80

 

2,957

 

50/~51

 

St. Louis

 

1/1/2005 to 12/31/2014

(1)

South Stevenson (2)

 

180

 

 

180

 

17,637

 

100

 

St. Louis

 

4/1/1966 to 4/1/2041

(1)

Minntac (1)

 

1,525

 

200

 

1,725

 

163,355

 

100

 

St. Louis

 

1/1/1959 to 12/31/2057

(2)

Atkins (1)

 

160

 

 

160

 

15,296

 

~91

 

St. Louis

 

8/1/1984 to 7/31/2009

(2)

MSI 100% (4)

 

1,190

 

877

 

2,067

 

20,466

 

100

 

Itasca

 

11/29/2006 to 12/31/2036

(2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MSI BLGN (4)

 

1,073

 

 

1,073

 

29,254

 

50

 

Itasca

 

11/29/2006 to 12/31/2036

(2)

MSI 50% (4)

 

 

80

 

80

 

 

50

 

Itasca

 

11/29/2006 to 12/31/2036

(2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totals

 

9,415

 

1,697

 

11,112

 

358,807

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Item 1A.

RISK FACTORS

 

Certain expectations and projections regarding future performance of the Registrant referenced in this report are forward-looking statements. These expectations and projections are based on currently available industry and financial data and may be subject to certain events and uncertainties beyond our control. We caution readers that in addition to factors described elsewhere in this report, the following factors and comments, among others, could cause our operations and financial results to differ materially from the expectations and projections contained in the forward-looking statements.

 

The Registrant is dependent on a limited number of customers.

Our lessees (customers) primarily include Minntac and Keetac, owned and operated by U.S. Steel Corporation; Hibtac, owned by Arcelor-Mittal, Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. and U.S. Steel Corporation, and operated by Cliffs Mining Company; and ESM, owned by Essar Steel Holdings Ltd., a subsidiary of Essar Global Ltd., with a new taconite mining and steelmaking facility to be constructed by ESM over the next few years. Because our revenues are primarily dependent upon a limited number of customers, any significant adverse event at any of our primary lessees, or the loss of any of our primary lessees, could materially adversely affect our future financial results.

 

The Registrant is subject to market forces beyond its control.

A decline in market demand for steel, and correspondingly taconite, could adversely affect our financial results. However, other related and sometimes compensating factors include our lessees’ operating levels, minimum royalties, ore body quality, metallurgical and geological characteristics, and proximity of our lands. Also sometimes affecting taconite production from our lands are extreme weather conditions and labor contracts at the mines. Though we are not a party to the labor contracts, all pertinent labor contracts affecting production from our lands run through August 31, 2012. Additionally, over the past few years, the domestic steel and taconite industries have also been influenced by the global markets. As a result, the future demand for domestic steel and taconite, which is now part of the global markets, is uncertain. It should be noted that the Keetac facility has been temporarily idled due to lower demand for domestic steel and taconite with no start-up date yet available. Similarly, we have been apprised that the Hibtac facility is scheduled to be idled for the summer of 2009 due to lower market demand. While any cut in production by any of our lessees can adversely affect the Trust, continued receipt of minimum royalties do mitigate this effect, in part.

 

The Registrant’s royalty rates are generally tied to producer price indices.

Royalty rates can fluctuate due to the escalation and de-escalation of producer price indices as a result of provisions present in many of our leases. To the extent these indices decline (All Commodities or the Iron and Steel subgroup), royalty rates, and correspondingly royalty income, could be adversely affected. Conversely, higher producer price indices may increase royalty rates and royalty income.

 



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Item 1A.

RISK FACTORS – Continued

 

The loss of grantor trust status would have adverse tax consequences.

Compliance with Section 646 of the Internal Revenue Code is integral to the level of distributions paid to the certificate holders. Should it be determined that we have violated the requirements of Section 646, the Trust would be taxed as a corporation versus a grantor trust. This would mean our income would be taxable upon our receipt and again upon receipt by the certificate holders. It is the Trustees’ opinion that, based on independent tax firm reviews, the Trust has remained in compliance with the provisions of Section 646 since its election in 1988.

 

Item 1B.

UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

 

None.

 

Item 2.

PROPERTIES

 

The Registrant owns interests in fee, both mineral and nonmineral lands, on the Mesabi Iron Range in northeastern Minnesota, many of which are leased to the steel and mining companies that mine the mineral lands for taconite ore. A list of the leased properties is shown in table format in “Item 1. Business” above. The leases provide the lessees exclusive mining rights during the term of such leases. Taconite deposits are substantial, and our ore reserves are deemed proven and probable. The properties have a reversionary interest as explained in “Item 1. Business” above.

 

Item 3.

LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

 

In proceedings commenced in 1972, the Minnesota Supreme Court determined that while by the terms of the Trust, the Trustees are given discretionary powers to convert Trust assets to cash and to distribute the proceeds to certificate holders, they are limited in their exercise of those powers by the legal duty imposed by well-established law of trusts to serve the interests of both the term beneficiaries and the reversionary beneficiary with impartiality. Thus, the Trustees have no duty to exercise the powers of sale and distribution unless required to do so to serve both term and reversionary interests; and, if the need arises, the Trustees may petition the District Court of Ramsey County, Minnesota, for further instructions defining what is required in a particular case to balance the interests of certificate holders and reversioner. Also, the Court, in effect, held that the Trust is a conventional trust, rather than a business trust, and must operate within the framework of well-established trust law.

 

By a letter dated April 11, 2008, certificate holders of record as of December 31, 2007, and the reversioner were notified of a hearing on May 7, 2008, in Ramsey County District Court, Saint Paul, Minnesota, for the purpose of settling and allowing the Trust accounts for the year 2007, and also for the purpose of considering requested fee increases in the compensation of the Trustees.

 



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Item 3.

LEGAL PROCEEDINGS – Continued

 

By Court Order signed and dated May 12, 2008, the 2007 accounts were settled and allowed in all respects. In addition, the Court granted the requested fee increases of $20,000 per year to the President of the Trustee’s base salary and $20,000 per year to the potential bonus of the President, and an increase of $10,000 per year to each of the other Trustees, all effective July 1, 2008. By previous Orders, the Court settled and allowed the accounts of the Trustees for preceding years of the Trust.

 

Item 4.

SUBMISSION OF MATTERS TO A VOTE OF CERTIFICATE HOLDERS

 

None.

 

PART II

 

Item 5.

MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S SHARES OF BENEFICIAL INTEREST, RELATED SECURITY HOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

 

Shares of Beneficial Interest, Market Prices and Distributions on pages 5 and 6 of the Annual Report to Certificate Holders for the year ended December 31, 2008, attached hereto as Exhibit 13, are incorporated herein by reference. There are no issuer purchases of equity securities. No performance graph is required, as the Registrant is a nonvoting trust and the Trustees are not elected by the certificate holders; therefore, the performance graph has been omitted.

 

Item 6.

SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

 

Selected Financial Data (Summary of Operations) on page 2 of the Annual Report to Certificate Holders for the year ended December 31, 2008, attached hereto as Exhibit 13, is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 7.

MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

Trustees’ & Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations on pages 3 through 9, inclusive, of the Annual Report to Certificate Holders for the year ended December 31, 2008, attached hereto as Exhibit 13, are incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 7A.

QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

 

None.

 



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Item 8.

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

 

The following financial statements of the Registrant are included in the Annual Report to Certificate Holders for the year ended December 31, 2008, attached hereto as Exhibit 13, and are incorporated herein by reference:

 

Balance Sheets – December 31, 2008 and 2007.

 

Statements of Beneficiaries’ Equity – Years ended December 31, 2008, 2007 and 2006.

 

Statements of Income – Years ended December 31, 2008, 2007 and 2006.

 

Statements of Cash Flows – Years ended December 31, 2008, 2007 and 2006.

 

Notes to Financial Statements – December 31, 2008.

 

Quarterly Results of Operations (unaudited), as shown in “Note H” of the Notes to the Financial Statements contained in the Annual Report to Certificate Holders for the year ended December 31, 2008, attached hereto as Exhibit 13, are incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 9.

CHANGES IN AND DISAGREEMENTS WITH ACCOUNTANTS ON ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE

 

None.

 

Item 9A.

CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

 

As of the end of the period covered by this report, the Trust conducted an evaluation, under the supervision and with the participation of the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, of the Trust’s disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”)). Based on this evaluation, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that the Trust’s disclosure controls and procedures are effective to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Trust in reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in Securities and Exchange Commission rules and forms.

 

Management’s Report On Internal Control Over Financial Reporting on page 10 of the Annual Report to Certificate Holders for the year ended December 31, 2008, attached hereto as Exhibit 13, is incorporated herein by reference.

 



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Item 9A.

CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES – Continued

 

The Report Of Ernst & Young LLP, Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm, On Internal Control Over Financial Reporting on pages 25 and 26 of the Annual Report to Certificate Holders for the year ended December 31, 2008, attached hereto as Exhibit 13, is incorporated herein by reference.

 

There was no change in the Trust’s internal control over financial reporting during the Trust’s most recently completed fiscal quarter that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the Trust’s internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) under the Exchange Act).

 

Item 9B.

OTHER INFORMATION

 

None.

 

PART III

 

Item 10.

DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

 

The Registrant, being a trust, has no directors as such. The management of the Trust is vested in the following Trustees (who are not employees of the Trust) and officers whose terms of office are not fixed for a specified time:

 

Name and Position

 

Age

 

Years of Service
in Position

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph S. Micallef

 

as Trustee

 

75

 

32

 

 

 

as President of the Trustees and Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

10

 

Roger W. Staehle (1)

 

as Independent Trustee

 

75

 

27

Robert A. Stein (2)

 

as Independent Trustee

 

70

 

27

John H. Roe, III (3)

 

as Independent Trustee

 

69

 

7

Thomas A. Janochoski

 

as Vice President & Secretary and Chief Financial Officer

 

50

 

17

 

 

______________________

(1)

Roger W. Staehle is an independent member, pursuant to NYSE standards, of the Trust’s Audit Committee.

(2)

Robert A. Stein is an independent member, pursuant to NYSE standards, and the chairman of the Trust’s Audit Committee. He is deemed, for purposes thereto, to be a financial expert. He also presides at all non-management executive sessions.

(3)

John H. Roe, III is an independent member, pursuant to NYSE standards, of the Trust’s Audit Committee. He is deemed, for purposes thereto, to be a financial expert.

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Item 10.

DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE – Continued

 

The Board of Trustees meets quarterly throughout the year. The principal occupations of the Trustees and officers during the last five years are as follows:

 

JOSEPH S. MICALLEF

President of the Trustees and Chief Executive Officer, Great Northern Iron Ore Properties.

 

ROGER W. STAEHLE

Adjunct Professor, Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota;
Industrial Consultant.

 

ROBERT A. STEIN

Everett Fraser Professor of Law, University of Minnesota as of September 1, 2006;

Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, American Bar Association, until October 15, 2006.

 

JOHN H. ROE, III

Retired Chairman of the Board, Bemis Company, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, as of May 5, 2005.

 

THOMAS A. JANOCHOSKI

Vice President & Secretary, Chief Financial Officer, Great Northern Iron Ore Properties.

 

Executive employees in addition to those listed above include Roger P. Johnson, Manager of Mines and Chief Engineer.

 

There are no family relationships among any of the above persons.

 

Item 11.

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

Summary Compensation Table(a)

 

Name and Principal Position

 

Year

 

Salary

 

Bonus

 

Pension Values(b)

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph S. Micallef

 

2008

 

$

170,000

 

$

80,000

 

$

 

$

250,000

 

Chief Executive Officer and

 

2007

 

 

160,000

 

 

60,000

 

 

 

 

220,000

 

President of the Trustees

 

2006

 

 

160,000

 

 

60,000

 

 

 

 

220,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas A. Janochoski

 

2008

 

 

150,200

 

 

8,000

 

 

72,625

 

 

230,825

 

Chief Financial Officer and

 

2007

 

 

145,767

 

 

6,000

 

 

30,992

 

 

182,759

 

Vice President & Secretary

 

2006

 

 

139,600

 

 

6,000

 

 

70,775

 

 

216,375

 

 

 

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Item 11.

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION – Continued

 

Notes: (a) There are no Stock Awards, Option Awards, Non-equity Incentive Plan Compensation or All Other Compensation and, accordingly, such columns in the table and any corresponding supplemental tables have been omitted. (b) Pension Values represent “Change in Pension Value and Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Earnings,” if applicable.

 

Compensation Discussion and Analysis

 

The Trust has only two executive officers, the Chief Executive Officer and President of the Trustees (“CEO”) and the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President & Secretary (“CFO”), as shown above in the Summary Compensation Table. No other Trust personnel receive compensation in excess of these named executives. The compensation for the Trust’s other directors (Trustees other than the CEO) is discussed and shown below under a separate table.

 

The compensation of the Trustees and CEO is established by the Trust Agreement (as modified by Court Orders). That is, the CEO does not participate in setting his own compensation. In addition, the Board of Trustees, as a whole, establishes and approves of all compensation for all employees of the Trust (including that of the CFO).

 

Compensation Committee Report & Interlocks and Insider Participation

 

The Board of Trustees, as a whole, has reviewed and discussed this Compensation Discussion and Analysis (“CD&A”) with management and, based on such review and discussion, has recommended that the CD&A be included in the Registrant’s annual report. The Board of Trustees has not designated a separate compensation committee, and the Trustees take all actions with respect to compensation themselves due to their trustee fiduciary obligations pursuant to the Trust Agreement. This report is respectfully submitted by Joseph S. Micallef, Roger W. Staehle, Robert A. Stein and John H. Roe, III, collectively as the Board of Trustees of Great Northern Iron Ore Properties.

 

Chief Executive Officer/President of the Trustees (CEO) Compensation

 

The Trust Agreement (as modified by Court Orders, the last being effective July 1, 2008) provides for current annual compensation (salary) to the CEO of $180,000. The Trust Agreement (as modified by Court Orders, the last being effective July 1, 2008) also provides for current additional compensation (bonus) to the CEO equal to one percent (1%) of the excess of annual gross income of the Trust over $5,000,000, with a maximum bonus of $80,000.

 

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Item 11.

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION – Continued

 

The original 1906 Trust Agreement provided for compensation to the CEO of $25,000, plus a maximum bonus equal to one percent (1%) of the excess of annual gross income of the Trust over $5,000,000, with a maximum bonus of $25,000. Between 1906 and 1982, the compensation of the CEO had never been adjusted. Because of the time-consuming court proceedings that occurred in the 1970s and 1980s, and the fact that there had not been an increase in compensation since the inception of the Trust, the Trustees petitioned the Court for an increase in compensation to reflect, in part, their increased time commitments and inflation over the years. By Court Order effective January 1, 1983, the CEO’s compensation was adjusted to $40,000, and the maximum bonus was adjusted to $35,000. Thereafter, because of increased duties under today’s regulatory environment and further inflation, the Trustees have, from time to time, petitioned the Court for additional compensation increases, essentially based on the increases in the Consumer Price Index since 1983. This petition process includes notification to all certificate holders of record and the reversioner, followed by a formal Court hearing and opportunity by certificate holders and reversioner to comment. The Court, taking into consideration any and all testimony and other materials filed, has approved of increases to the CEO’s compensation a total of seven different times since 1906, the last being effective on July 1, 2008.

 

Because the compensation of the CEO is set forth by the Trust Agreement (as modified by Court Orders), there are no stock awards, option awards, non-equity incentive plan compensation, change in pension value and nonqualified deferred compensation earnings or all other compensation. Accordingly, such columns in the table and the corresponding supplemental tables have been omitted.

 

Chief Financial Officer/Vice President & Secretary (CFO) Compensation

 

The Board of Trustees, as a whole, determines the compensation of all employees of the Trust, including that of the CFO. The objective for determining the compensation of the CFO is to provide a competitive salary based on market data obtained from time to time, as deemed necessary, representative of other chief financial officers’ responsibilities and pay scales within other similar-sized companies. To determine reasonable and competitive salary ranges for all employees of the Trust, including the CFO, the Trustees retained independent market research firms to obtain market data reflective of each specific position. Studies were performed and obtained in 1990 and updated again in 2001. With respect to the CFO’s base salary, the market salary averages and ranges obtained in the 2001 study reflected compensation paid to various chief financial officers in 47 different, similar-sized organizations (representing the lower twenty-five percent quartile of all companies sampled).

 

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Item 11.

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION – Continued

 

Since 2001, the Trustees have extrapolated the historical salary percentage increase that occurred between 1990 and 2001 forward to current year dollars or, if greater, adjusted the salary ranges based on the change in the Consumer Price Index since 2001. The Trustees intend to target the CFO’s base salary to fall within the range of this 2001 study, as extrapolated to current year dollars, which said CFO base salary does fall within said range.

 

In addition to the CFO’s base salary, the Summary Compensation Table includes $7,300, $6,900 and $5,100 under the column heading “Salary” for nonqualified deferred compensation plan contributions accrued by the Trust for the benefit of the CFO for the years 2008, 2007 and 2006, respectively (as discussed and shown below under a separate table).

 

The CFO’s bonus compensation was established in 2001 to reward the CFO for any productive year by the Trust that effectively results in gross revenues in excess of $5,000,000, the same threshold used for the bonus calculation of the CEO. The CFO’s bonus compensation is equal to ten percent (10%) of the CEO’s bonus compensation, resulting in a current maximum annual bonus of $8,000.

 

The increase in the actuarial present value of accumulated benefits under the column heading “Pension Values” for the CFO within the Trust’s defined benefit pension plan (as discussed and shown below under a separate table) amounted to $72,625, $29,231 and $70,775 for the years 2008, 2007 and 2006, respectively. The CFO participates in the pension plan, along with all other employees, on a nondiscriminatory basis.

 

In addition to the CFO’s compensation attributed to the increase in the actuarial present value of accumulated benefits as stated above, the column heading “Pension Values” also includes $0, $1,761 and $0 of above-market returns pertaining to nonqualified deferred compensation earnings accrued by the Trust for the benefit of the CFO for the years 2008, 2007 and 2006, respectively, under the nonqualified deferred compensation plan (as discussed and shown below under a separate table).

 

The CFO does not receive any stock awards, option awards or non-equity incentive plan compensation. Accordingly, such columns in the table and the corresponding supplemental tables have been omitted. In addition, the CFO did not receive any other compensation that would require disclosure under the column heading “All Other Compensation.”

 

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Item 11.

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION – Continued

 

Post-Employment Compensation

 

Pension Benefits Table

 

Name

 

Plan Name

 

Number of Years Credited Service

 

Present
Value of Accumulated Benefit

 

Payments
During Last
Fiscal Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas A. Janochoski (CFO)

 

Defined Benefit Pension Plan

 

19

 

$

549,137

 

$

 

 

Only employees of the Trust (not Trustees) are eligible to participate in the Trust’s pension plan and, as such, post-employment compensation disclosure is not applicable for the CEO or the other Trustees. The CFO, as an employee of the Trust, does participate in the Trust’s defined benefit pension plan on a nondiscriminatory basis with the other employees of the Trust.

 

The Number of Years Credited Service reflects the years of credited service currently vested as of December 31, 2008. The normal retirement benefit is a straight life annuity as of the end of the Trust and is based on the highest sixty (60) consecutive months average salary (annualized), the years of credited service and three percent (3%) per year of credited service, as defined in the pension plan. The pension plan also provides for a $500/month supplemental bridge payment (a nondiscriminatory benefit) that begins as of the end of the Trust (due to an involuntary early retirement resulting from Trust termination) and continues until the earlier of the participant’s death or attainment of age 65. The early retirement age, as defined in the pension plan, is the earliest date that the participant could elect early retirement based on the participant’s years of credited service and the participant’s age, the sum of which must equal or exceed 65. The CFO is currently eligible to elect an early retirement benefit. The early retirement benefit is calculated similar to the normal retirement benefit, except the percentage used for years of credited service equals two and one-quarter percent (2 1/4%), and the benefit is reduced by 1/15 for each of the first five years preceding age 65 and by 1/30 for each year before that until the early retirement age is reached, and the $500/month supplemental bridge payment is not applicable. However, if an employee is eligible for early retirement as of the end of the Trust, the employee’s benefit will be unreduced, similar to the calculation of the normal retirement benefit. Actuarial equivalent annuity options are also available to all participants in the pension plan in lieu of a straight life annuity.

 



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Item 11.

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION – Continued

 

Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Table

 

Name

 

Executive Contributions in the Last Fiscal Year

 

Registrant Contributions in the Last Fiscal Year

 

Aggregate
Earnings in

the Last

Fiscal Year

 

Aggregate Withdrawals/ Distributions

 

Aggregate Balance
at Last
Fiscal Year-End

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas A. Janochoski (CFO)

 

$

 

$

7,300

 

$

2,800

 

$

 

$

57,600

 

 

The Trustees established a nonqualified deferred compensation plan for the CFO in 2001. The Registrant’s contributions to the deferred compensation plan for the CFO represent the difference between (i) what the CFO is limited to contributing to his account within a 401(k) Supplemental Retirement Plan (a plan provided on a nondiscriminatory basis to all employees, without company match or profit sharing) because of his “highly compensated employee” status as defined by IRS regulations, and (ii) the maximum amount other employees, subject to IRS thresholds, are permitted to contribute to their accounts.

 

Aggregate Earnings represent interest earned on the Aggregate Balance within the deferred compensation plan. The interest percentage used to determine interest earned is the greater of five percent or the actual one-year current return achieved within the Trust’s defined benefit pension plan. The Aggregate Balance is distributable at the earliest of (i) the CFO’s termination of employment, (ii) the termination of the Trust (April 6, 2015), (iii) the CFO’s termination of employment due to disability, or (iv) the CFO’s death.

 

Of the total $7,300 in Registrant Contributions and total $2,800 in Aggregate Earnings listed in the table above, $7,300 (deferred compensation) and $0 (above-market earnings) were included in the Summary Compensation Table under the respective column headings “Salary” and “Pension Values” for the year 2008. In addition, of the total $57,600 Aggregate Balance listed in the table above, $6,900 and $5,100 (deferred compensation) were included in the Summary Compensation Table under the column heading “Salary” for the years 2007 and 2006, respectively; and $1,761 and $0 (above-market earnings) were included in the Summary Compensation Table under the column heading “Pension Values” for the years 2007 and 2006, respectively.

 



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Item 11.

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION – Continued

 

Compensation of Directors/Trustees (Other Than the CEO)

 

Directors Compensation Table

 

Name

 

Current Fiscal Year
Fees Earned
or Paid in Cash

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roger W. Staehle, Trustee

 

$

65,000

 

Robert A. Stein, Trustee

 

 

65,000

 

John H. Roe, III, Trustee

 

 

65,000

 

 

The Trust Agreement (as modified by Court Orders, the last being effective July 1, 2008) provides for current annual compensation (fees) to each Trustee (other than the CEO) of $70,000.

 

The original 1906 Trust Agreement provided for compensation of $10,000 to each of the other Trustees (other than the CEO). Between 1906 and 1982, the compensation of the Trustees (other than the CEO) had never been adjusted. Because of the time-consuming court proceedings that occurred in the 1970s and 1980s, and the fact that there had not been an increase in compensation since the inception of the Trust, the Trustees petitioned the Court for an increase in compensation to reflect, in part, their increased time commitments and inflation over the years. By Court Order effective January 1, 1983, the Trustees’ (other than the CEO) compensation was adjusted to $20,000. Thereafter, because of increased duties under today’s regulatory environment and further inflation, the Trustees have, from time to time, petitioned the Court for additional compensation increases, essentially based on the increases in the Consumer Price Index since 1983. This petition process includes notification to all certificate holders of record and the reversioner, followed by a formal Court hearing and opportunity by certificate holders and reversioner to comment. The Court, taking into consideration any and all testimony and other materials filed, has approved of increases to the Trustees (other than the CEO) a total of six different times since 1906, the last being effective on July 1, 2008.

 

Because the compensation of the Trustees (other than the CEO) is set forth by the Trust Agreement (as modified by Court Orders), there are no stock awards, option awards, non-equity incentive plan compensation, change in pension value and nonqualified deferred compensation earnings or all other compensation. Accordingly, such columns in the table and the corresponding supplemental tables have been omitted.

 



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Item 12.

SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT AND RELATED SECURITY HOLDER MATTERS

 

 

(a)

The only authorized securities of the Registrant are Trustees’ Certificates of Beneficial Interest. These securities are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “GNI” (CUSIP No. 391064102). The holders of these securities do not have voting rights. The Trust is not aware of any entities holding more than 5% of the Certificates of Beneficial Interest outstanding, of record and/or beneficially, as of December 31, 2008.

 

 

(b)

There were no Certificates of Beneficial Interest of Great Northern Iron Ore Properties owned or pledged by the Trustees or officers of the Trust as of December 31, 2008.

 

Item 13.

CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS, AND DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE

 

There are no certain relationships or related transactions requiring disclosure under this section. Director independence is set forth in “Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance” of this report.

 

Item 14.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT FEES AND SERVICES

 

All audit and non-audit services (printing and reproduction services) were preapproved by the Audit Committee. Fees paid in 2008 for the annual audit services are $76,600, for audited-related services are $6,350, for tax services are $0 and for all other services are $3,000. Fees paid in 2007 for the annual audit services were $73,700, for audit-related services were $1,300, for tax services were $0 and for all other services were $3,000.

 

 



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PART IV

 

Item 15.

EXHIBITS, FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES

 

(a)

(1)

The following financial statements of Great Northern Iron Ore Properties are included in the Registrant’s Annual Report to Certificate Holders for the year ended December 31, 2008, attached hereto as Exhibit 13, and are incorporated by reference in Item 8:

 

Balance Sheets – December 31, 2008 and 2007.

 

Statements of Beneficiaries’ Equity – Years ended December 31, 2008, 2007 and 2006.

 

Statements of Income – Years ended December 31, 2008, 2007 and 2006.

 

Statements of Cash Flows – Years ended December 31, 2008, 2007 and 2006.

 

Notes to Financial Statements – December 31, 2008.

 

 

(2)

All Item 15(c) schedules for which provision is made in the applicable accounting regulation of the Securities and Exchange Commission are not required under the related instructions or are inapplicable and therefore have been omitted.

 

 

(3)

Listing of Exhibits – See the “Exhibit Index” immediately following the signature page.

 

 

(b)

Exhibits – The response to this portion of Item 15 is set forth above in Item 15(a)(3) of this report.

 

 

(c)

Financial Statement Schedules – The response to this portion of Item 15 is set forth above in Item 15(a)(2) of this report.





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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

GREAT NORTHERN IRON ORE PROPERTIES
(Registrant)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Joseph S. Micallef

 

February 26, 2009

Joseph S. Micallef, Chief Executive Officer, Trustee and President of the Trustees

 

Date

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the Registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

/s/ Roger W. Staehle

 

February 26, 2009

Roger W. Staehle, Trustee

 

Date

 

/s/ Robert A. Stein

 

February 26, 2009

Robert A. Stein, Trustee

 

Date

 

/s/ John H. Roe, III

 

February 26, 2009

John H. Roe, III, Trustee

 

Date

 

/s/ Thomas A. Janochoski

 

February 26, 2009

Thomas A. Janochoski, Vice President & Secretary, Chief Financial Officer, and in the capacity of Principal Accounting Officer

 

Date

 



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ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K

 

EXHIBIT INDEX

 

YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2008

 

GREAT NORTHERN IRON ORE PROPERTIES

 

W-1290 First National Bank Building

332 Minnesota Street

Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101-1361

 

Exhibit No.

 

Document

3

 

Copy of Trust Agreement and Rules and Regulations for Management of the Trust (filed as Exhibit A to Great Northern Iron Ore Properties Form 11, filed on May 6, 1935, as published under date of March 30, 1935, and incorporated by reference)

 

 

 

4

 

Specimen of Securities Registered Hereunder (filed as Exhibit E to Great Northern Iron Ore Properties Form 11, filed on May 6, 1935, as published under date of March 30, 1935, and incorporated by reference)

 

 

 

10.1

 

Court Order on Trustees’ Compensation (and annual hearing of accounts), dated May 12, 2008, but effective July 1, 2008 (filed as Exhibit 10.1 to Great Northern Iron Ore Properties Form 8-K, filed on May 12, 2008, and incorporated by reference)

 

 

 

10.2

 

U.S. Steel Corporation Minntac January 1, 1959 Lease and Operating Agreement and all subsequent amendments through September 12, 2003 (filed as Exhibit 10.2 to Great Northern Iron Ore Properties Form 10-Q, filed on July 24, 2008, and incorporated by reference, subject to a confidential treatment request as to certain portions of this exhibit that was filed separately with and granted by the Securities and Exchange Commission)

 

 

 

10.3

 

Hibbing Taconite Company Mahoning January 1, 1979 Lease and Operating Agreement and all subsequent amendments through January 1, 2006 (filed as Exhibit 10.3 to Great Northern Iron Ore Properties Form 10-Q, filed on July 24, 2008, and incorporated by reference, subject to a confidential treatment request as to certain portions of this exhibit that was filed separately with and granted by the Securities and Exchange Commission)

 







EXHIBIT INDEX – Continued

 

Exhibit No.

 

Document

13

 

Annual Report to Certificate Holders

 

 

 

23

 

Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

 

 

31.1

 

Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

 

 

 

31.2

 

Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

 

 

 

32

 

Certifications of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (furnished but not filed)

 

 

 

99

 

Report of Audit Committee

 

 



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