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Kiewit: Culture of safety sustains succ ess “Moosejaw” a unique project for construction giant

VIRGINIA – Safety first is the name of the game Kiewit Corporation, the Fortune 500 construction company based out of Omaha, NE. More...

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Final Coffee and Conversation on project held

VIRGINIA – “You guys are like family.”  More...

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The new bridge represents new opportunities and options

VIRGINIA – Minnesota Lt. Governor Tina Smith and Congressman Rick Nolan were among the many who traveled to Virginia on Friday, Sept. 15, to mark the completion of the Highway 53 Relocation project. More...

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A “marvel of cutting-edge engineering”

VIRGINIA – U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) released the following statement on the opening of Virginia’s Highway 53 Bridge, the now-highest bridge in the state, which was constructed by Minnesota workers using American steel:  More...

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Highway 53 Relocation Project dedication

VIRGINIA – The dedication of the Hwy. 53 Relocation Project was held on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. The master of ceremonies was Virginia Mayor Larry Cuffe, Jr.  Speakers:  • Lt. Governor Tina Smith • Rep. More...

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Hwy. 53: A fast-paced and fun project to work on

VIRGINIA – Six-year Operating Engineers Local 49 member and long-time Iron Range resident Chuck Kaufman was one of the more than 100 Local 49 members who worked on the Highway 53 bridge project— which is now officially the highest bridge More...

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HIGHWAY 53 BRIDGE BUILDERS

Ironworkers go [WAY] above and beyond to hang steel

EDITOR’S NOTE: In the May 26, 2017, edition of Hometown Focus, HTF Staff Writer Brian Miller wrote a story about some of the iron workers on the bridge project. More...

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The Bridge Walk: A community celebration of bridge and trail

VIRGINIA – Earlier this summer, the Bridge Daze committee started a just-forfun "contest" to name the new Virginia bridge. On page 26 is the full list of names that were submitted electronically via BridgeDaze.com. More...

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Rouchleau Mine Pit: Its distinctive ore coloring is a permanent feature

A lady participating in the Community Bridge Walk on Sept. 30, 2017, carried this old postcard of the Rouchleau Mine in Virginia. Photo by Cindy Kujala. More...

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NRRI analyses give Highway 53 project strong start

Ore resource model and geology analysis provide foundation for MnDOT

VIRGINIA – “In order to mine the ore, you must mine where Mother Nature put it,” said Senator David Tomassoni at the dedication ceremony of the new U.S. Highway 53 bridge in September.  More...

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NRRI, MnDOT workshop connects transportation to “everything else”

DULUTH – Most of us don’t have to pay attention to the details of moving stuff. More...

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First to bike across the bridge!

An avid rider of the Mesabi Trail, Cherie Seppi—with her granddaughter Mattelyn Seppi, age 10—on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at approximately 4:30 p.m. More...

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MnDOT: Historic bridges

In 1966 Congress enacted the National Historic Preservation Act to help preserve historical and archaeological sites. More...

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Huston helps steer bridge, highway relocation job to completion

MnDOT project manager enjoyed “crazy, wild ride”

VIRGINIA – Pat Huston likened being the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s project manager for the Highway 53 relocation project to being the captain of an ore boat coming into Duluth harbor.  “I was the guy representing More...

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The Bridge: A monument to the mining industry

IT WILL LONG BE A REMINDER OF THE IMPORTANCE OF MINING IN OUR LIVES

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the speech that Sen. David Tomassoni gave at the Highway 53 Relocation Project dedication held beneath the new bridge on Sept. 15, 2017. More...

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One of the finest bridges anywhere

Following are excerpts from Congressman Rick Nolan’s bridge dedication speech.   VIRGINIA – This bridge is such an important statement. A statement about the importance of transportation. More...

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Kiewit: A great community partner will be missed

VIRGINIA – As we near the completion of the Highway 53 bridge project, North St. More...

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MnDOT: Historic bridges

There are two historic bridges in northern St. Louis County and one in Itasca County. (No historic bridges are listed on the Minnesota Department of Transportation website for Koochiching County.) BRIDGE 7423 More...

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My bridge story: The historic Charles Bridge

When Hometown Focus requested stories about bridges, I thought easypeasy, I’ll write about the time I read in the newspaper that several times a day during tourist season, a driver would become frightened on the Mackinaw Bridge and would have t More...

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Bridge Daze: Over 250 bridge names offered by the community

Gateway | Skyway | Expressway | Lookout | Land of the Loon |Mines and Pines | Much more

Bridge of the Lakes Bridge of the North Bridge of the Queen City East Range Bridge Gateway of the North Gateway to North Country Gateway to the Majestic Mesabi Gateway to the North Bridge Gateway to the Range B More...

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Naming the bridge: What’s in a name?

VIRGINIA – Over 1,000 people submitted names for the new bridge! More...

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New Millennium provides beam strap customization for new bridge

VIRGINIA – The TH53 Highway Relocation Project in Virginia is critical to the local economy of this once-thriving mining town. More...

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Will you cross that bridge?

VIRGINIA – There have been mixed feelings about the recent opening of the Highway 53 bridge. More...

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Jean wanted to know: Will it BE Minnesota’s tallest bridge?

EDITOR’S NOTE: In the Feb. 26, 2016, edition of Hometown Focus, long-time editor Jean Cole (now retired) wanted to know for sure that the new Hwy. 53 bridge was going to be the tallest in the state. More...

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Time capsule placed in bridge

VIRGINIA – As part of celebrating the opening of the Highway 53 bridge, the City of Virginia placed a time capsule in the Highway 53 East End Pedestrian Plaza column pillar on Friday, Sept. 29. More...

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