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Two Iron Range Highway Projects Start May 26 Near Hibbing

Good news:  Saint Louis County is expected to invest $119 million dollars on roads and bridges in 2015 and 2016! The work will help to repair, rebuild, and strengthen the infrastructure that connects the communities in our northland.

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Highway 53 Work Near International Falls To Cause Delays

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Railroad Work Will Close A Portion Of Highway 169 May 11-25 Near Grand Rapids

A lot of people travel from the Twin Ports to the Iron Range for business and pleasure.  A temporary highway closure could affect your travel starting next week.

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What Is The Safest City In The United States? Hibbing Minnesota Tops The List

It seems like the rest of the country is finding out what we've known about the Northland for years:  It's a great place to live!  Recent surveys have awarded various communities and establishments in our region titles for the best  the best french fries, and the best city to live in Wisconsin.  Now, they're celebrating one of our Northland communities as the Safest City in America!

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What’s New On The Iron Range? Plans For Phase II Of The Highway 169 Cross-Range Expressway To Be Detailed At A Public Meeting On April 28

Iron Range residents have reason to be happy:  The plans for a two-lane expansion on Highway 169 between Bovey and Taconite are about to move forward.

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Highway 53 Relocation Project Details Make For An Interesting Read

As the Minnesota Department of Transportation continues its plans for the relocation of Highway 53 between Eveleth and Virginia details are starting to be made public.  Some of those project details are rather interesting.

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Contractors Named For Highway 53 Relocation Project; Colorado And California Companies Will Perform Work On What Will Become The Biggest Bridge In Minnesota

People who were holding out hope for a local contractor for the Highway 53 Relocation Project didn't get their wish.  Officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation have announced the two contractors who will perform the work on what will become the biggest bridge in Minnesota when it's finished.

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Source: senate.leg.state.mn.us Resource Page
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DFL And GOP Colleagues Suggest Conflict Of Interest In DFL State Senator David Tomassoni’s Dual Lobbyist-Legislator Role [Update]

An update to a story we shared yesterday:  It appears that both DFL and GOP colleagues of Minnesota State Senator David Tomassoni (DFL) are suggesting that his new lobbying position might be a conflict of interest with his role as a legislator.

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Source:  senate.leg.state.mn.us Resource Page
Source: senate.leg.state.mn.us Resource Page
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DFL State Senator Dave Tomassoni Takes A Lobbying Position While Still In Office; Unprecedented Dual Role Comes Under Fire

Minnesota State Senator David Tomassoni (DFL) has made the unusual and unprecedented move of assuming the Executive Director position at the Range Association of Municipalities and Schools (RAMS) - a lobbying group - while still a sitting lawmaker.

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Collateral Research Ready For Highway 1/169 Project; Work Will Improve The Road Between Tower And Ely

Highway 53 isn't the only roadway that will see movement over the next few years on the Iron Range;  Plans are underway to alter the route that Highway 1/169 takes between Tower and Ely to create a safer route for motorists.

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Environmental Impact Statement For Highway 53 Relocation Project Is Released; Learn About The Ways You Can Review It For Yourself

Even though we're in the "off season" for road construction projects, there is plenty of movement on the Highway 53 Relocation Project that is planned for 2017.  Now that the state has firmed up plans and selected an alternate route, the work on what impact this roadway will have on our environment is underway.

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Minnesota Department Of Transportation Recommends Preferred Highway 53 Relocation Route

The E-2 Route appears to be the winner - as officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation made their announcement of which proposed roadway they would support for the Highway 53 Relocation Project.

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