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NRRI is working to improve steam locomotive sustainability with biocoal

DULUTH – We don’t see many steam powered locomotives these days, but they’re not obsolete. About 150 steam locomotives operate in the U.S. today and they still burn fossil coal. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

Second 2017 shipment of ALLETE Clean Energy turbine parts arrives in Duluth

DULUTH – The second of three shipments of ALLETE Clean Energy’s Nordex wind turbine components has arrived in Duluth.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

It’s Motorcycle Awareness Month: Be aware

The American Motorcyclist Association is issuing a special appeal during May, which is Motorcycle Awareness Month, to motorists to be aware of their driving environment, check mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes and watch for motorcyclists. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

NRRI's Business Assistance Fund to help entrepreneurs in Itasca County

Entrepreneurs are important innovators and economic drivers. And that’s especially needed in Minnesota’s rural communities.  More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

Elaine Braun is recipient of St. Michael’s employee recognition award

VIRGINIA – St. Michael’s Health & Rehabilitation Center in Virginia has selected Elaine Braun as this year’s recipient of the Sister Claudia Living a Legacy award.  More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

Apply now for Minnesota GreenCorps; application deadline is June 9

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is accepting applications from individuals interested in becoming members of the upcoming 2017-2018 year of the Minnesota GreenCorps program.  The application deadline is June 9, 2017.  More...

Posted 5/11/2017 11:05 PM

Let's start working together to cut prescription drug prices for Minnesotans

Now is a good time for Republicans in Congress and the president to take a step back from their divisive efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, and start working in a bipartisan way solve the real problems people face, including rising pr More...

Posted 5/11/2017 11:05 PM

Talent Within Range: Bridging the workforce divide in Greater Minnesota

HIBBING – The Citizens League and The Current are taking their popular event series Policy and a Pint©—sponsored by the Bush Foundation and Target—on the road to northern Minnesota. More...

Posted 5/4/2017 10:44 PM

Schoeben earns human resources certification

CHISHOLM – Magan Schoeben has earned a certification in human resources management from the Center for Continuing Education/ Extension at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. More...

Posted 5/4/2017 10:44 PM

Essar Steel purchase subject to final court approval

A bankruptcy court bid to acquire former Essar Steel Minnesota LLC (ESML) assets near Nashwauk on Thursday, April 27, is part of a larger plan for a Londonbased firm to establish an integrated mine and steelmaking footprint in North America.  More...

Posted 5/4/2017 10:44 PM

Range Center in Chisholm announces new program supervisors

CHISHOLM – Range Center, Inc. in Chisholm announced that Vincent Muccio has been selected as the new residential program supervisor of the Tamarack and Bradford programs in Chisholm.  More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:46 PM

State gains 5,300 jobs in March; unemployment rate drops to 3.8 percent

Minnesota employers added 5,300 jobs in March, according to seasonally adjusted figures announced by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:46 PM

Better Business Bureau MN/ND offers 10 things to do when hiring a contractor

The arrival of spring already has many people thinking about home improvement projects. Whether it’s a remodel, a build-on or new construction, some consumers are handy—or brave—enough to take things into their own hands. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:46 PM

Judge Florey appointed to MN Court of Appeals

Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Judge James B. Florey to represent the Eighth Congressional District on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Judge Florey will be replacing the Honorable Lawrence B. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:46 PM

Hibbing Community College instructor nominated for excellence in teaching award

HIBBING – Hibbing Community College law enforcement program instructor Steven Kovacic is among 31 outstanding educators from college campuses around the state, as well as seven nominees for the Professional Excellence in Service Award from stat More...

Posted 4/20/2017 10:45 PM

Another bidder emerges for Nashwauk mining project

NASHWAUK – Mesabi Metallics said last week that another potential buyer hopes to become owner and developer of the mine and partially completed pelletizing plant located in Nashwauk.  Essar Steel Minnesota LLC, the former developer, declar More...

Posted 4/20/2017 10:45 PM

Savanna Portage State Park volunteers needed

GRAND RAPIDS – Lake Country Power is calling on volunteers of all ages for GreenTouch, a state park clean-up day sponsored by Touchstone Energy Cooperatives. More...

Posted 4/20/2017 10:45 PM

State had 97,400 job vacancies in fourth quarter of 2016, up 1.3 percent

Minnesota employers reported nearly 97,400 job vacancies in the fourth quarter of 2016, indicating the state labor market remains tight as baby boomers retire from the workforce and moderate job growth continues, according to figures released today b More...

Posted 4/6/2017 11:21 PM

Ahead of the April 18 filing deadline, tips for taxpayers are offered

This year’s income tax filing season ends on April 18, and as the date approaches, the Minnesota Department of Revenue offers tips to help taxpayers as they get ready to file their returns.  More...

Posted 4/6/2017 11:21 PM

Tax Time Guide: There is still time to contribute to an IRA for 2016

The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that they still have time to contribute to an IRA for 2016 and, in many cases, qualify for a deduction or even a tax credit.  This is the eighth in a series of 10 IRS tips called the Tax Time Guide. More...

Posted 3/30/2017 10:37 PM

Kathleen Bergan, MN Discovery Center to receive Minnesota History Awards

Four historians and four history organizations will be honored at the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums (MALHM) Conference on April 27, in Walker, MN.  More...

Posted 3/30/2017 10:37 PM

Annual meeting to address the co-op business model and service

GRAND RAPIDS – The local nature of electric cooperatives and the mission to serve rural communities and members will be among the topics at this year’s Lake Country Power annual meeting. More...

Posted 3/30/2017 10:37 PM

Congressman Nolan announces U.S. service academy nominations

MINNESOTA 8TH DISTRICT – U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today announced his U.S. service academy nominations.  More...

Posted 3/30/2017 10:37 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

Accreditation of St. Scholastica physician assistant program celebrated

DULUTH – The College of St. Scholastics recently celebrated accreditation of its new physician assistant (PA) program.  The designation was awarded by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

State gains 15,100 jobs in April; the highest monthly jobs gain since 2013

Minnesota employers added 15,100 jobs in April, the most monthly job gains in the state since September 2013, according to seasonally adjusted figures released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).  The state More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

AAA, BBB offer safety tips for traveling seniors

Whatever time of year, getaways are always fun— but planning ahead is an important part of the process, especially for senior travelers. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

Nominations for Spirit of Hospitality Awards accepted by tourism bureau

IRON RANGE – Do you know someone who provides great customer service and helpful, spot-on information to visitors to our region? Nominate that person for a Spirit of Hospitality Award now through September 1, at ironrange.org.   More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

Mills joins W.A. Fisher as internet specialist

VIRGINIA – Corey Mills has joined the staff of W.A. Fisher as an internet specialist. As part of his role as an internet specialist at W.A. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

St. Louis County staff remembers former public works director

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – The 17 years that Richard H. Hansen led the St. Louis County Public Works Department was the culmination of a 45-year career in engineering and public service. Hansen, who served as St. More...

Posted 5/11/2017 11:05 PM

“World’s Smallest Record Store” opens its doors at storefront in Bovey

BOVEY – A vinyl revival is occurring all over the world, and now one man is bringing it to the Iron Range. Tim “Edwards” Verthein, the veteran radio voice on KOZY-Grand Rapids, opened his new record shop in Bovey last weekend. More...

Posted 5/11/2017 11:05 PM

St. Scholastica partners with Google on computer science education

DULUTH – The College of St. Scholastica is one of only three programs in the nation partnering with Google to address a critical shortage of computer science (CS) teachers.  More...

Posted 5/4/2017 10:44 PM

Annual HR conference to be held at MRC May 17

VIRGINIA – The Arrowhead Human Resources Association (AHRA) is once again offering an all-day spring conference to the public. The conference will focus on diversity and inclusion. More...

Posted 5/4/2017 10:44 PM

Annual Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards recipients announced

DULUTH – The Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE) named Carol Valentini its Business Person of the Year Wednesday, April 26, during the 25th annual Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Award ceremony.  The UMD Center for Econo More...

Posted 5/4/2017 10:44 PM

Bovey-Coleraine area residents complete Blandin leadership retreat

GRAND RAPIDS – Twentythree residents of the Bovey- Coleraine area returned April 7, from a five-day leadership retreat, the first segment of an intense eight-day training provided by the Blandin Community Leadership Program (BCLP). More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:46 PM

Soil and Water Conservation District seeks supervisor applicants

HIBBING/CHISHOLM/BALKAN TWP. – The North St. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:46 PM

Minnesota Power, National Guard cut ribbon on Camp Ripley solar array

DULUTH – Minnesota Power, a division of ALLETE, Inc., and the Minnesota National Guard cut the ribbon Thursday, April 13, at Camp Ripley in Morrison County on the largest solar array on any National Guard base in the nation. More...

Posted 4/20/2017 10:45 PM

Gas, food now available on Hwy. 169 in Buhl

BUHL – Travelers driving on the 25-mile stretch of Hwy. 169 between Hibbing and Virginia have long known there is no place to fill up, let alone get a milkshake. Not anymore.  More...

Posted 4/20/2017 10:45 PM

Virginia Fire Department Run Report: April 10 – April 16, 2017

During the week of April 10-16, the Virginia Fire department was called for service 68 times; nine fire calls, 18 transfers, and 41 EMS 9-1-1 calls. More...

Posted 4/20/2017 10:45 PM

Peterson promoted at Range Center

CHISHOLM – Range Center, Inc. in Chisholm announced that Lucas Peterson has been promoted to residential program supervisor of the Mapleview program at Range Center.  More...

Posted 4/13/2017 11:08 PM

Greenway fire station access bill presented

The House Transportation Committee heard a bill Wednesday, March 31, authored by Rep. Julie Sandstede (DFL-Hibbing) to improve access to the Greenway Fire Department’s station in Calumet. More...

Posted 4/6/2017 11:21 PM

State dollars assist in funding for employee training for area businesses

NORTHEAST MINNESOTA – Carrie Claybundy is dealing with issues that many rural small businesses are faced with: workforce retention. More...

Posted 4/6/2017 11:21 PM

Kristin Pessenda earns top honor for customer service

EVELETH – Kristin Pessenda, an American Family Insurance agent in Eveleth, MN, has been recognized for providing an outstanding customer experience under the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification Program.   More...

Posted 3/30/2017 10:37 PM

Joe Leoni appointed to MN Supreme Court Advisory Committee

VIRGINIA – Joe Leoni of Trenti Law Firm has been appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence.  More...

Posted 3/30/2017 10:37 PM

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

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

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