Iron Range

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Iron Range Board Approves Protecting Trust Fund

The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board has approved a plan to protect a trust fund from potential raids by state government. The IRRRB is funded by a taconite production tax paid by mining companies in lieu of local property taxes.

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DeRusha Eats: Potica, A Czech Pastry

Jason DeRusha sampled a Czech pastry so popular that they’re being sold throughout the state.

11/29/2014

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MnDOT Backs Plan For Iron Range Highway Reroute

The relocation of U.S. Highway 53 to make way for a mine expansion on the Iron Range should follow a route that would require building one of the highest bridges in the state over an abandoned mine pit outside of the city of Virginia, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said Tuesday. The route known as E-2 is the northernmost route that was under consideration. The project is expected to cost about $220 million.

11/18/2014

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First Lady Rallies Voters In Minneapolis

Election Day is just two weeks away, and Minnesota Democrats are getting support from some of the most popular national campaigners. First Lady Michelle Obama was the main attraction at an energetic get-out-the-vote rally at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis. This was the first of three high-profile Democrats to be stumping the state for Minnesota Democratic candidates this week.

10/21/2014

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VP Biden To Hold Rally For Nolan In Hibbing

Vice President Joe Biden is coming to Minnesota’s Iron Range to hold a get-out-the-vote rally this week.

10/20/2014

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Mine Plan Spurs Sharp Jabs In Governor Debate

A mining project under regulatory review has fueled a sharp exchange among Minnesota’s candidates for governor. At a debate Wednesday night, Republican challenger Jeff Johnson accused Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration of “slow-walking” a regulatory review of the PolyMet copper-nickel mine project in northeastern Minnesota.

10/01/2014

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New Normal In 8th: Battleground District

In the chilly curling hall-turned-community center, hundreds of iron miners gathered on a September afternoon to celebrate five decades of feeding America’s thirst for steel. Some on walkers, some still wearing hardhats, they listened and cheered as a procession of speakers recounted stories of mining’s trials and victories through the years until one — state Rep. Jason Metsa — cleared his throat and stepped back to the microphone.

09/27/2014

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Biking The Iron Range’s Mesabi Trail

Head to northern Minnesota for a biking adventure.

09/09/2014

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Iron Range Speakeasy Tunnel To Reopen

A bit of Prohibition era history is about to reopen to the public on Minnesota’s Iron Range. Annabella’s Antique Mall in Bovey plans to reopen a secret speakeasy tunnel at a red carpet event Friday night.

08/29/2014

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McFadden Talks On Recent Gas Tax Fumble

You’ve seen his campaign ads on TV, and on Tuesday night John Lauritsen had an opportunity to visit with U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden at football practice.

08/19/2014

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Finding Minnesota: Off-Roading In The Iron Range

Minnesotans love their four-wheel drive SUV’s and pickup trucks. We often need them with all the snow we get each winter. The vast majority of owners rarely take them off the freeways and paved streets.

08/03/2014

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Dayton Hails US Gov’t Duties On Foreign Steel Pipe

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is hailing the U.S. government’s decision to impose duties on imports of steel pipe from South Korea, India and seven other countries.

07/11/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Amelia & Mark Visit Biwabik (Day 2)

Thursday had Amelia and Mark working for their dinner on the Iron Range, but Friday held its own adventures. The two were up in Gilbert, which is about 200 miles north of Minneapolis. Their first stop was at the Whistling Bird, which brings the taste of the Carribean to the Iron Range.

06/06/2014

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Goin’ To The Lake: Amelia & Mark Visit Biwabik (Day 1)

The summer road trip continues this week with a stop up north. Amelia Santaniello and Mark Rosen hit the road in the Mobile Weather Watcher and headed to the Iron Range town of Biwabik. The Biwabik area is dotted with lakes that used to be old open-pit iron mines.

06/05/2014

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