Virginia firefighter receives advanced firefighter training

VIRGINIA – Lieutenant Lisa Hanover of the Virginia Fire Department was awarded a scholarship from Honeywell and DuPont to acquire advanced training in firefighting techniques and technologies that can be shared with their fellow firefighters. Lt. Hanover was one of 20 firefighters from the United States and Canada chosen from hundreds of submissions to receive a scholarship to attend the […]

Change effective June 1; smooth transition expected

Ownership of St. Michael’s, St. Raphael’s being transferred

EVELETH/VIRGINIA – The Benedictine Health System (BHS) has reached an agreement to transfer ownership of St. Michael’s Health & Rehabilitation Center, Virginia, and St. Raphael’s Health & Rehabilitation Center, Eveleth, to Monarch Healthcare Management, a Mankatobased organization, effective June 1, 2019. Over the past 20 years, senior care has evolved to meet the changing needs and desires of older adults. […]

Governor Walz signs “hands-free” cell phone bill

Governor Tim Walz last week signed Chapter 11, H.F. 50, into law. The bipartisan “hands-free” bill that bans the use of hand-held cell phones while driving aims to prevent distracted driving accidents. The bill requires drivers to be “hands-free,” but allows use of voiceactivated commands in a “hands-free mode” for calls and other functions like GPS navigation and music applications. […]

City of Hibbing plans how to advance its quality of life assets

HIBBING – Established in 1893 as a result of the booming iron mining industry in northeastern Minnesota, Hibbing was once called the “Iron Capital of the World.” Iron ore was discovered underneath the town in 1920, and Hibbing moved building by building, home by home two miles south to where it stands today. What remains of historic “Old Hibbing” was […]

IRRR redevelopment grant helps Nashwauk Township

NASHWAUK TOWNSHIP – Nashwauk Township received a commercial redevelopment grant to assist KM Corner Store with the removal and replacement of underground gas tanks and pumps. The store installed a more modern above-ground fuel storage system that serves the 69.5 square-mile rural Itasca County township and its population of 1,670 people. Nashwauk Township and its residents rely on the store […]

Deadline nears for $2.7M in dual-training grants

STATEWIDE – A new round of $2.7 million in grants is available to help Minnesota employers create or expand dual-training programs in the industries of advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care services and information technology. The grants strengthen the work of the Minnesota PIPELINE Program, which supports employers in creating or enhancing a competency based dual-training approach where workers receive a […]

New Best Western Plus to be built in Grand Rapids

Partnerships draw private lodging investment to the region

Pictured is a preliminary concept drawing of the 9-acre property on which a new 82- room lodging facility will be built in Grand Rapids. Photo courtesy of IRRR.GRAND RAPIDS – Minnesota based Rebound Hospitality recently purchased the former Sawmill I… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me     […]

Minnesota exports jump to record $23 billion in 2018

Minnesota exports of goods grew 10 percent between 2017 and 2018, reaching a record high of $23 billion, according to a report released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). U.S. exports grew 8 percent during the … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Governor Tim Walz declares April Financial Capability Month in MN

Governor Tim Walz has proclaimed April as Financial Capability Month in Minnesota, a time to highlight the importance of financial education and empowerment to the state’s upward trajectory and the success of its residents. Financial capability refer… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Operation Round Up gives $53,000 to community programs

 GRAND RAPIDS – Through the contributions of Lake Country Power’s participating members, the Operation Round Up® Trust Board recently approved $53,000 in assistance to local community programs during its quarterly meeting. The cooperative’s trus… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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