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Testing Begins At Rouchleau Pit In Virginia As Part Of Highway 53 Reroute Project; Tests Will Help State Determine Where Alternate Route Should Go

A foundations testing project will begin in the Rouchleau Pit this week. The first stage of work will be to improve the access road used to bring in the larger equipment that will be needed in the pit. This road will take one to two weeks to construct.

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China Photos via Getty
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Minntac Receives Permits Needed For Expansion; Plans Will Extend Life Of Mine By Almost 20 Years

Good news for U.S. Steel and the Iron Range:  The US Army Corps of Engineers has approved the final permits the mine needs for their proposed expansion plans.

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Highway 73 To Close Near Cromwell – August 19-21

Highway 73 in Cromwell will close from Tuesday, August 19 to Thursday, August 21 while a new railroad crossing system is being installed. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad has requested the closure and is funding the improvements.

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By: Jason Merritt
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By: Jason Merritt Getty Images Entertainment
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Start Your Acting Career Now, New Film Being Made On The Iron Range

Think you have the chops to become an actor, or do you have stage experience and want to branch out, to eventually direct? (That's an old actor's joke) A new film named "Sdanka’s War" is being filmed in the next couple of weeks and they need actors and

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Meadowlands Resurfacing Project To Close Highway 133 Starting July 14

A road resurfacing project is expected to close a highway near Meadowlands for three weeks starting Monday, July 14.

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John Rodriguez
John Rodriguez
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Mountain Iron Road Project Will Close Downtown Entrance For Three Weeks Starting July 7

An Iron Range road project will close a main route into Mountain Iron for 3 weeks - beginning Monday, July 7.

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Highway 73 Detour To Affect Traffic South Of Hibbing, Starting July 7

It IS the summer road construction season and a project that's set to begin on Monday will affect one of the routes residents on the Iron Range use to get to the Twin Cities.

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Highway 53 Relocation Project Might Not Be Finished By 2017; Minnesota Department Of Transportation Officials Issue An Update

The Highway 53 relocation represents one of the largest highway projects that the State of Minnesota has ever undertook. The move is necessary to allow for mining expansion. Today, the Minnesota Department of Transportation issued a statement suggesting that they may not hit the 2017 target date for relocation.

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Ryan McVay
Ryan McVay
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No Street Dance For The 2014 Land Of The Loon Festival In Virginia; Event Happens June 21 – 22

A popular Iron Range festival is about to happen without it's signature street dance.  The Lane of the Loon Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22 in Virginia, Minnesota.  The two-day fest celebrates the arts, crafts, and culture of the eastern Iron Range with a parade, food, music, and more.

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FogStock/Aisha Harley
FogStock/Aisha Harley
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Highway 169 To See Expressway Expansion In 2016

Although there are many arguments about the the geographical boundaries of Minnesota's Iron Range (I.E. - do you include Cotton?  Floodwood?  Canyon?), one can generally agree that the center-expressway would be represented by Highway 169 - say from Grand Rapids to Virginia.  There are plenty of communities on either side of that roadway, but it's easy to call that the main artery of the Iron Range.

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Minnesota Department Of Transportation Hosts Coffee And Conversation Session To Update Residents On The Highway 53 Relocation Project

A meeting to update the public about the latest regarding the Highway 53 Relocation Project has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 3 at the Hoover Road MNDOT Building in Virginia.  The start time for this event is 10AM

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New Problems For Highway 53 Relocation Project; Unaddressed Safety Concerns And Limited Funds Could Have An Affect On Northland Drivers For Decades

Highway 53 south of Virginia must move to make way for future mining expansion by United Taconite.  Plans have been in the works for the last few years to propose, design, and move the major arterial highway by 2017.  No compromise has been reached yet on a new route and now new wrinkles appear to create an even deeper quagmire.

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