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Highway 53 Bridge Open! Here’s A Video Of Our First Drive Across [VIDEO]

The Highway 53 relocation project is just about finished. Minnesota's tallest bridge opened overnight, and this morning we took our first drive across. I had my wife video the drive starting from where the route change begins heading south out of Virginia, MN.

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TSM - Nick Cooper
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Highway 73 Roundabout Project Starts August 14

A major road project kicks off on Monday, August 14 in Chisholm, Minnesota.  Work crews with St. Louis County will begin the process of constructing a roundabout on the south end of town where Highway 73 meets up with the new route of Highway 5.  A detour will be in place during the two-month process.

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Steve Tanko
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What Are The Top Five Suggested Names For The New Highway 53 Bridge?

Back in June we reported that Explore Minnesota was having a contest to solicit names for the soon-to-open bridge east of Virginia - part of the Highway 53 Relocation Project.  While the winner wasn't guaranteed that their submission would be the final name chosen by state authorities, they would win a gift card and their name would be forwarded to the state legislature for consideration.

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Near-Record Heat Wave Grips U.S. East Coast, Midwest
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Highway 169 Temporary Lane Closures Begin July 17

Summer is the season of road construction!  As we near the half-way point to the summer construction season, officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation are alerting drivers to some work that will require temporary lane closures well into fall.

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Cathy Kates
Cathy Kates
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Review Of HooDoo Point Campground In Tower, MN

I recently officiated a wedding at Fortune Bay Casino. That's about 2 hours from our home in Duluth, so we decided to stay at a campground nearby and chose the HooDoo Point Campground.  We had driven through it the year before and liked the sites right on the lake. After staying there for a weekend, here’s what we thought.

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Milton Keynes Celebrates Its 50th Birthday
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Highway 73 Roundabout Public Meeting Scheduled For June 28

Residents on the Iron Range will get an update about one of two roundabouts under construction right now.  The roundabout in Chisholm - where Highway 73 and County Road 5 intersect - will be the focus of a meeting to be held on Wednesday, June 28 at the Chisholm Senior Center.  The meeting will start promptly at 7:00 PM.

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Steve Tanko
Steve Tanko
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You Could Name The New Highway 53 Bridge On The Iron Range

Construction continues on the new 1,100-foot  bridge that spans the Rouchleau Pit east of Virginia as part of the Highway 53 Relocation Project.  Work began in 2015 and is expected to wrap up this fall - ushering in a new route for the arterial roadways that cuts its way through the Iron Range north towards Canada.

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17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards - Show
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Bob Dylan’s Debut Stage In Hibbing To See $3.1M Restoration

The much-revered auditorium that Northland-native Bob Dylan made his debut in is about to see some restoration work.  Officials with the Hibbing High School are looking to spend about $3.1M on maintenance work that will restore the facility to it's original grandeur.

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Grey-Headed Flying Foxes To Be Relocated From Royal Botanic Gardens
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Soudan Mine Bat Population Falling Victim To White Nose Syndrome

If you've ever toured the Underground Mine in Soudan, you've seen the bats.  After the long elevator ride deep into the Earth ends and the steel doors open,  you're left to encounter the more-than 15,000 bats that have made their residence in the abandoned mine.  Now it appears that that is about to change.

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What Will The New Highway 53 Bridge Look Like? [Video]

If you've been following the Highway 53 Relocation Project on the Iron Range, you've no doubt heard about the bridge they're building that will cross Rouchleau Pit - just to the east of the City of Virginia. When it's done and the new highway is open, that bridge will be the tallest one in the state - rising more than 200 feet over the water below.

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Clowns Gather For Annual Church Service Honouring Joseph Grimaldi
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Clown Sightings In Chisholm Add To The National Phenomenon

They're everywhere - so it seems;  The last few weeks have brought about a rash of clown-sighting incidents all across the country - setting off both alarm from the general public and concert from authorities...

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I-495 Bridge Closed Indefinitely Over Christina  River in WIlmington
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Highway 37 To See One-Week Closure Starting September 19

Northern Minnesota drivers know Highway 37 as the short-cut from Highway 53 west - towards Hibbing.  Work to rebuild a railroad crossing will close that route for about a week, beginning Monday, September 19.

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