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Minnesota again named among the top states for business in the nation

Minnesota is America’s Third Best State for Business in 2017, according to a new report released last week by CNBC. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:13 PM

Tips offered for property tax refund filers ahead of August deadline

Homeowners and renters should file for their 2015 property tax refund before it expires on Aug. 15, 2017, says the Minnesota Department of Revenue. Claims for 2016 property tax refunds can also be filed on or before Aug. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:13 PM

1,600 Minnesota consumers set to get $315,000 in auto insurance refunds

Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced that an investigation by his agency has resulted in an insurance company paying a $75,000 penalty and refunding $315,000 to more than 1,600 Minnesota drivers who were charged higher auto insuranc More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:13 PM

Senator Franken lauds consumer protection rule

After a several-year effort led in large part by U.S. Sen. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Governor Dayton Proclaims July “Hire a Veteran Month” in Minnesota

Governor Mark Dayton issued a proclamation declaring the month of July to be “Hire a Veteran Month” in Minnesota. Governor Dayton and Lt. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Rep. Nolan introduces land exchange legislation for NorthMet Project

AURORA – PolyMet Mining Corp. reports that U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, D-MN-8., has introduced bipartisan legislation to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to move forward with the land exchange between PolyMet and the U.S. Forest Service.  More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Industrial Lubricant Co., Iron Mining Association reflect on 25 years

GRAND RAPIDS – The Iron Mining Association of Minnesota (IMA) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The association represents Minnesota’s iron mines and more than 100 businesses that supply goods and services to the industry. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Supper on the Farm event July 12 in Hibbing

HIBBING – Bringing city and country folks together to learn about farms and food is the purpose of a free to the public event sponsored by the Arrowhead Regional Farm Bureau. Supper on the Farm is being held at Mr. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Burggraf’s presents Caring Fore Kids dollars to Grand Itasca Foundation

  Steve Burggraf, Sean Burggraf and Pam Uecker of Burggraf’s Ace Hardware in Grand Rapids presented a check in the amount of $72,000 to Grand Itasca Foundation Director Kelly Kirwin (2nd from left). More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:08 AM

Ely Area Food Shelf seeks to maximize its donations during July

ELY – The Ely Area Food Shelf will participate in the Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless Challenge Grant, which will proportionally match all donations up to $5,000 that are received by the end of July.  More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:08 AM

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce: Legislative session was good for business

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce views the past legislative session as one of the most successful in recent memory—at least in terms of the strides made for business in the state.  More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:08 AM

PolyMet strengthens its finance team with new CFO appointment June 15

HOYT LAKES – PolyMet Mining Corp. announced the appointment of Patrick Keenan as chief financial officer of PolyMet effective June 15, 2017. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

Reduced Conflict Intersections are reducing deaths

A new safety study by the Minnesota Department of Transportation shows that the state’s Reduced Conflict Intersections are saving lives.  More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

Minnesota’s unemployment rate falls to 3.7 percent in May; U.S. rate 4.3

Minnesota’s unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent in May, matching a post-recession low point last seen in June 2015, according to seasonally adjusted figures released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

PolyMet reports first quarter FY 2018 results; details upcoming objectives

HOYT LAKES – PolyMet Mining Corp reported that it has filed its financial results for the three months ended April 30, 2017. More...

Posted 6/15/2017 11:50 PM

Volunteers are needed to fill openings at local tourist attractions

HIBBING – Want to learn about new cultures and meet people from around the globe without leaving your home community? It’s possible when you volunteer with one of the many tourist attractions in our area. More...

Posted 6/15/2017 11:50 PM

L&L Rentals aims to increase customers as U-Haul dealer

HIBBING – U-Haul Company of Minnesota announced that L&L Rentals, Inc. has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Hibbing community. More...

Posted 6/8/2017 11:09 PM

Free grants workshop offered in Eveleth for non-profits, community groups

EVELETH—Nonprofits and community groups are invited to a conversation and workshop on local grant funding and resources for organizations in Eveleth and on the Iron Range.  More...

Posted 6/8/2017 11:09 PM

Youth In Philanthropy Board approve $11,057 in grants to youth-led projects

Through the generosity of the Minnesota Power Foundation, the following grants were approved in April 2017 by the 13 young people and four adult mentors serving on the KIDS PLUS Youth In Philanthropy Board.  More...

Posted 6/8/2017 11:09 PM

Better Business Bureau warns: Watch out for unclaimed property schemes

Better Business Bureau® of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is warning of an unclaimed property impersonation scheme designed to collect fees—which are not due—from people who might have unclaimed property being held at the state level. More...

Posted 6/1/2017 11:08 PM

STEM teaching expert to keynote conference

DULUTH – The College of St. More...

Posted 6/1/2017 11:08 PM

Mesabi Range College named one of the best community colleges in Minnesota

EVELETH/VIRGINIA – Mesabi Range College announced May 24 it was ranked fourth on a list of the Best Community Colleges in Minnesota by BestColleges.com, a leading provider of higher education information and resources. More...

Posted 6/1/2017 11:08 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

$14.6 million in grants awarded for housing and infrastructure projects

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded 26 grants totaling $14.6 million for rehabilitation and infrastructure projects in Greater Minnesota.  The funding under the Small Cities Development Program will hel More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:13 PM

Tracy Podpeskar appointed chair of ethics committee

VIRGINIA – The Minnesota Supreme Court recently appointed Tracy Podpeskar of Virginia as chair of the 20th District Bar Association’s ethics committee. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:13 PM

UMD to begin offering new engineering physics degree

A new University of Minnesota Duluth undergraduate program will offer a bachelor of science degree in Engineering Physics, UMD said in a Friday announcement.  The program was approved in June by the UM Board of Regents. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:13 PM

Mesabi Metallics reduces workforce number by half

NASHWAUK – Mesabi  Metallics Company LLC, formerly known as Essar  Steel Minnesota, announced on July 5 that it would half its number of direct employees in anticipation of being acquired by Chippewa Capital  Partners, LLC in Mes More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Fairview Range earns Governor’s Safety Award for superior performance

HIBBING – Fairview Range of Hibbing was recognized for superior performance in workplace safety and health at the Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon on May 18 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Hospitals, clinics partner on Wilderness Health ACO

Wilderness Health and PreferredOne have introduced the Wilderness Health accountable care organization (ACO) healthcare plan, which will be available in northern Minnesota through employers.  More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

150 businesses make energy improvements with IRRR retrofit program

COOK – Mary and Eric Hanson see a bright future at Pehrson Lodge Resort— both literally and figuratively.  That’s in part due to the installation of LED lighting, a new 32 kilowatt solar panel array, heat pumps, and constructio More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Ryan achieves membership once again in Million Dollar Round Table

HIBBING – Outstanding client service, ethics and professionalism have enabled John R. More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:07 AM

Co-op program donates $1,962.14 to the Bess Metsa Community Garden

VIRGINIA – The Bess Metsa Community Garden was the recipient of the May Change Within Reach donation program at Natural Harvest Food Co-op in Virginia. More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:08 AM

IRS website helps small businesses understand employment taxes

The Internal Revenue Service reminds small businesses of the many free products available to help them understand and comply with the law. More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:08 AM

NorthRidge Community Credit Union announces promotions, staff addition

VIRGINIA/HOYT LAKES/ BIWABIK/ELY – NorthRidge Community Credit Union (NRCCU) announced two promotions and an addition to the member services staff.  More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

Cliffs announces its plans to build $700 million HBI plant in Toledo, Ohio

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. has selected a site in Toledo, OH, to develop its first hot briquetted iron (HBI) production plant, the company announced last week.  More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council names Drew Digby as new executive director

DULUTH – Drew Digby has been named the next executive director of the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council following an extensive search. More...

Posted 6/15/2017 11:50 PM

Kristina Conner, CNP, cardiology, welcomed at Fairview Range, Grand Itasca

HIBBING/GRAND RAPIDS – Fairview Range and Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital announce the addition of Kristina Conner, CNP with University of Minnesota Health Heart Care, to the medical staff in Hibbing and Grand Rapids.  More...

Posted 6/15/2017 11:50 PM

Max Gray Construction puts finishing touches on Natural Harvest project

VIRGINIA – Natural Harvest Food Co-op officially opened the doors of its new 9,000-square-foot retail and education classroom facility to the Virginia community on April 26. More...

Posted 6/8/2017 11:09 PM

22 residents complete Blandin Reservation Community Leadership Program

GRAND RAPIDS – Twentytwo residents of the Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth reservation communities completed a five-day leadership retreat May 12. More...

Posted 6/8/2017 11:09 PM

Jack Ryan achieves exclusive Court of the Table MDRT membership

HIBBING – John (Jack) R. Ryan Jr., CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®, of Hibbing has qualified for Court of the Table of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT). Ryan is a 39-year MDRT member and seven-year Court of the Table and Top of the Table qualifier. More...

Posted 6/8/2017 11:09 PM

Duluth International Airport receives AIT scanner

DULUTH – The Duluth International Airport (DLH) announced that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has installed an Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) scanner at the airport’s checkpoint to enhance security of passengers flyin More...

Posted 6/1/2017 11:08 PM

MN patients spend millions for low-value medical tests, diagnostic imaging

The Minnesota Department of Health looked at 18 low-value medical tests and found Minnesota spent $54.9 million on them in 2014, even though they’re known to provide little benefit to patients.  Minnesota patients alone spent $9.3 million More...

Posted 6/1/2017 11:08 PM

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

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