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IRS reminds taxpayers of April 1 deadline to take required minimum retirement plan distributions

The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers who turned age 70½ during 2016 that, in most cases, they must start receiving required minimum distributions (RMDs) from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and workplace retirement plans by Saturday, More...

Posted 3/23/2017 10:57 PM

MN Business Snapshot data is available for purchase

Secretary of State Steve Simon announced last week that 115,227 businesses to date have participated in the Minnesota Business Snapshot—a new initiative designed to better serve Minnesotans and advance economic development by providing the publ More...

Posted 3/23/2017 10:57 PM

Region lacked strong desire to repeal Sunday liquor ban

One of the few remaining states that separate liquor sales from all other store sales, Minnesota has responded to pressure from big box liquor stores moving into the market. More...

Posted 3/16/2017 10:01 PM

Minnesota exports at $5 billion in fourth quarter of 2016

Minnesota exports of manufactured, agricultural and mining products were valued at $5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2016, unchanged from the same period a year earlier, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment More...

Posted 3/16/2017 10:01 PM

Iron ore trade kicked off 2017 Great Lakes shipping season on February 28

The 2017 Great Lakes shipping season began on Tuesday, Feb. More...

Posted 3/10/2017 12:01 AM

Department of Revenue warns of W-2 email phishing scam targeting HR, payroll

The Minnesota Department of Revenue is warning all employers of a dangerous W-2 email phishing scam targeting human resources and payroll departments. More...

Posted 3/10/2017 12:01 AM

91.7 KAXE/90.5 KBXE produces new program and podcast: Dig Deep

Northern Community Radio announced a new Morning Show segment and podcast: Dig Deep. Dig Deep will look at issues that matter to people in rural Minnesota. More...

Posted 3/3/2017 12:10 AM

Free estate and will planning seminar planned

VIRGINIA – A free, informational estate/will planning seminar with attorney Colleen Kosluchar from Trenti Law Firm will be held on Thursday, March 16, at 7 p.m. at St. More...

Posted 3/3/2017 12:10 AM

Fritsinger hired as new deputy county administrator

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – St. Louis County has hired Brian Fritsinger as deputy county administrator. Fritsinger previously served as administrator for the city of Cloquet since 1999. More...

Posted 3/3/2017 12:10 AM

Grand Itasca offers mental health first aid class

GRAND RAPIDS – You may be trained in CPR or the Heimlich maneuver, but would you know how to help someone in a mental health emergency? More...

Posted 3/3/2017 12:10 AM

Fairview Range welcomes orthopedic sports medicine surgeon

HIBBING – Fairview Range welcomes board certified orthopedic sports medicine surgeon Leo Hise, D.O. to its medical staff.  More...

Posted 3/3/2017 12:10 AM

Daniel Rabideaux joins Frandsen Investment Services

VIRGINIA – Frandsen Bank & Trust announced the addition of financial advisor Daniel J. Rabideaux to their comprehensive investment program, Frandsen Investment Services. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:50 AM

AARP Smart Driver class offered

VIRGINIA – The Mesabi Family YMCA in Virginia will be hosting a 4-hour AARP Smart Driver refresher course on Monday, March 6, from 1 – 5 p.m. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:50 AM

MNsure sets enrollment record with 117,654 enrolled in private coverage

Minnesota set a new enrollment record, with a total of 117,654 enrollments in the individual marketplace during the 2017 open enrollment period and one-week special enrollment period that followed open enrollment. More...

Posted 2/16/2017 11:09 PM

NRRI leads the way in alternative fuel process with torrefaction at Coleraine site

Turning wood into a new product could boost a flagging lumber industry in northern Minnesota, and investigators at the Natural Resources Research Institute— University of Minnesota Duluth—are leading the way in perfecting the technology.& More...

Posted 2/16/2017 11:09 PM

Mesabi Community Band to present “A Musical Valentine” mid-winter concert

MT. IRON – The Mesabi Community Band will hold its mid-winter concert, “A Musical Valentine,” on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Merritt Elementary School auditorium in Mt. Iron.  More...

Posted 2/9/2017 11:47 PM

Amy Trast to serve on Alworth Memorial Fund Foundation board

DULUTH – The Marshall H. and Nellie Alworth Memorial Fund Foundation has named Amy Trast to serve a five-year term on the board. More...

Posted 2/9/2017 11:47 PM

AEOA offers free help with tax returns

IRON RANGE – Free tax counseling and preparation of Federal, State and Property Tax returns for middle and low-income taxpayers of all ages is available at these locations in North St. Louis County beginning February 7, 2017:   More...

Posted 2/3/2017 12:08 AM

Better Business Bureau of MN/ND names Top Ten Scams of 2016

Since fall of 2015, BBB Scam Tracker has served as a valuable resource for consumers nationwide to report schemes and learn about scams targeting their area. More...

Posted 2/3/2017 12:08 AM

MNsure announces one-week special enrollment period through February 8

MNsure announced a one-week special enrollment period (SEP) to give Minnesotans additional time to purchase health insurance and benefit from a new law that provides an automatic 25 percent reduction in health insurance premiums for the more than 125 More...

Posted 2/3/2017 12:08 AM

Minnesota gains 11,900 jobs in December; unemployment rate at 3.9 percent

STATEWIDE – Minnesota employers added 11,900 jobs in December, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).  More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:14 PM

Small businesses enroll in MNsure health insurance in record numbers

STATEWIDE – MNsure's Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) has enrolled 1,934 employees from 438 different small businesses in 2017 health coverage. Demand for coverage through SHOP has increased significantly from 2016. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:14 PM

Voters can register to vote when electronically filing their taxes

STATEWIDE – With income tax season now open (as of Jan. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:14 PM

Andrew Peterson certified as MSBA Board Certified Real Property Law Specialist

VIRGINIA – Cope & Peterson law firm of Virginia announced the certification of Andrew R. Peterson as a Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) Board Certified Real Property Law Specialist. More...

Posted 1/19/2017 11:28 PM

Nolan responds to USFS’s efforts to withdraw lands from mining development

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today expressed his outrage at the U.S. More...

Posted 1/19/2017 11:28 PM

Strong growth for majority of Minnesota is predicted by 4th quarter regional economic reports

The majority of Minnesota is expected to experience strong economic growth over the next several months, according to new economic reviews and forecasts released this month by Secretary of State Steve Simon and the St. More...

Posted 3/23/2017 10:57 PM

Tax Time Guide: Payment options are available to those who owe federal taxes

The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that it’s easier than ever to pay taxes electronically. For those unable to pay on time, several quick and easy solutions are available. More...

Posted 3/16/2017 10:01 PM

Minnesota Commerce Commissioner warns consumers of a new type of timeshare resale scam

Throughout the country, regulators have recently received reports of a more sophisticated timeshare scam. More...

Posted 3/16/2017 10:01 PM

Peterson named to COUNTRY Financial Hall of Fame

VIRGINIA – COUNTRY Financial named Erik Peterson of Virginia to its Hall of Fame for his outstanding service to customers throughout 2016. Peterson has been serving clients in the area since 1992.  More...

Posted 3/16/2017 10:01 PM

Area residents sue Governor Dayton over mineral rights decision affecting Twin Metals project

Gov. Mark Dayton violated state law and the U.S. Constitution last year by interfering with mineral lease renewals for Twin Metals Minnesota and Franconia Minerals, a lawsuit against the state and governor alleges.  More...

Posted 3/10/2017 12:01 AM

Minnesota ranked 3rd-best state in the nation, best in the region

Citing economic opportunities, great educations, and quality health care in Minnesota, U.S. News and World Report recently released a study ranking Minnesota the 3rd-best state in the nation. More...

Posted 3/10/2017 12:01 AM

Steve Bragg wins Big Hitter Award

Steve Bragg recently received the “Big Hitter Award” at the Calhoun Companies Awards breakfast celebration in Minneapolis on February 7, 2017. This award was given to the most productive of 21 Calhoun agents servicing a five-state area. More...

Posted 3/3/2017 12:10 AM

Fairview Range offers care coordination services

HIBBING – Fairview Range recently added care coordination services to further its mission to improve the health and well-being of patients.  More...

Posted 3/3/2017 12:10 AM

New members welcomed by MRC Alumni Board

VIRGINIA – Sue Medure, president of the Mesabi Range College Alumni Association, announced the addition of two new members to its board of directors: Kathy (Koroshec) Halfaker from the class of 1968, and Mary Lou (Pecarina) Conaway, class of 19 More...

Posted 3/3/2017 12:10 AM

The Entrepreneur Fund announces director of strategic services

The Entrepreneur Fund announced the promotion of Meg Thoreson from Women’s Business Alliance director to director of strategic services. More...

Posted 3/3/2017 12:10 AM

St. Luke’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit and Stroke Specialty Program earn accreditation

DULUTH – The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has announced that St. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:50 AM

With quick thaw and melting snow, there is risk of water getting into gasoline

As the state experiences unseasonably warm temperatures with melting snow while the ground is still frozen, the Minnesota Commerce Department advises Minnesota motorists to be aware of the potential risk of excessive water getting into their gasoline More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:50 AM

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees names interim chancellor

The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has voted unanimously to name Devinder Malhotra to serve as the interim chancellor of Minnesota State. More...

Posted 2/16/2017 11:09 PM

Frandsen Bank & Trust honored as one of 24 Community Champions

The Minnesota Bankers Association (MBA) recently recognized 24 Minnesota banks for their community involvement. More...

Posted 2/16/2017 11:09 PM

The Better Business Bureau of MN/ND offers tips on consolidating student loans

With existing student loan debt surging to well over a trillion dollars, many former students are looking for help managing their debt. More...

Posted 2/9/2017 11:47 PM

Guy Alto named Employee of the Month at Arrowhead Transit

GILBERT – Guy Alto has been awarded Employee of Month at Arrowhead Transit. He could have been awarded Employee of the Decade, or of this century, because he’s been with the Virginia Dial-A-Ride since 1993. More...

Posted 2/9/2017 11:47 PM

IRS, states and tax industry warn payroll and HR departments about W-2 scams

The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry renewed their warning about an email scam that uses a corporate officer’s name to request employee forms W-2 from company payroll or human resources departments.  More...

Posted 2/3/2017 12:08 AM

Range Center announces new hire, promotion

CHISHOLM – Range Center, Inc. of Chisholm announced the selection of Lori Stavnes to fill the position of residential program supervisor. More...

Posted 2/3/2017 12:08 AM

Gov. Dayton signs bill to reduce health insurance premiums by 25 percent for 125,000 Minnesotans

Governor Mark Dayton on January 26, 2017, signed Chapter 2, SF 1, to provide an automatic 25 percent reduction in health insurance premiums for the more than 125,000 Minnesotans facing significant premium increases in the individual market.  More...

Posted 2/3/2017 12:08 AM

Medica open again for 2017 individual market enrollments through MNsure

Minnesotans who buy their own health insurance will again be able to enroll in coverage for 2017 from Medica effective January 31, 2017.  More...

Posted 2/3/2017 12:08 AM

Better Business Bureau tip: New year, new gym membership

Is joining a gym on your list of New Year resolutions? You’re not alone. January sees a huge surge in gym activity (up 50 percent from December). Before you sign on the dotted line, however, do some warm-ups! More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:14 PM

Minnesota Department of Revenue offers tips for income tax filers; e-filing is handy and secure

STATEWIDE – Minnesota taxpayers can now file their state income tax returns as of Monday, Jan. 23, the same date the Internal Revenue Service began accepting federal income tax returns. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:14 PM

The Trenti Law Firm announces the addition of Darrold Persson to the firm

VIRGINIA – The Trenti Law Firm is pleased to announce the addition of Darrold E. Persson to the firm as “of counsel.” Persson has an excellent and established reputation on the Iron Range. More...

Posted 1/19/2017 11:28 PM

Twin Metals statement on government action to withdraw lands from mining development

Twin Metals Minnesota issued the following statement in response to the Jan. 13, 2017, announcement by the U.S. More...

Posted 1/19/2017 11:28 PM

Community Sustainability Initiative contest accepting applications

IRON RANGE – The 4th Annual Community Sustainability Initiative (CSI) contest will once again be hosted by the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability (IRPS). More...

Posted 1/19/2017 11:28 PM

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