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Highway 169 Eagles Nest Lake Reconstruction Project Public Meeting To Be Held April 26

An important road project near Ely that is planned for this fall will have a Project Status Meeting on Tuesday, April 26.  Officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation will communicate the latest.

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Culvert Work Closes Arkula Road/County Highway 52 Along Highway 53 For 15 Days

I encountered the orange road signs for this project over the weekend and noticed that it looks like a rather long detour.  Officials with St. Louis County have alerted the public that a culvert replacement project on Arkula Road/County Highway 52 will close to traffic for about 15 days.

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Steve Tanko
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Highway 53 Relocation Expected To Exceed $160 Million Budget; Range Lawmakers Seek An Additional $3.4 Million To Move Utility Lines

It should be no surprise that a project that's already been billed as one of Minnesota's biggest highway jobs is expected to overrun its projected budget.  As the move and bridgework inches towards its November 2017 completion date, I have the feeling that we'll see the need for additional funds to cover oversights.

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Tree Clearing Project On Highway 169 To Delay Traffic Near Ely

Minnesota might be the "land of 10,000 lakes" - but there are probably millions of trees to go along with them - especially up in our neck of the woods.  But, a multi-month project to make way for the Highway 1/169 Eagles Nest Lake Area Project will see a lot of them going away.

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Sherry Rodriguez Re-Appointed St. Louis County’s Veterans Service Officer

With a unanimous vote, St. Louis County Commissioners approved the re-appointment of Sherry Rodriguez as the county's Veterans Service Officer.  The position is an important one in the northland, overseeing the staff that serves veterans out of offices in Duluth, Virginia, Hibbing, and Ely.  As their point of contact, the Veterans Service Officer assists veterans in navigating the necessary paperwork to receive the benefits they've earned.

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Does The Proposed Roundabout For Hibbing’s Highway 169/37 Intersection Foreshadow The Future?

Superior has one.  Highway 2 near Ashland has one.  Grand Rapids does, too.  What does the proposal to install a roundabout at the busy Iron Range intersection of Highway 169 and 37 in Hibbing mean to Northlanders?

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St Louis County To Provide Details About Highway 5 Relocation At Public Meeting On January 25

The Highway 53 Relocation Project has been big news the last three years or so.  Perhaps that's the reason why a lot of people aren't aware that a second highway on the Iron Range is scheduled to be relocated to make room for mining expansion.

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Greyhound Bus Lines Roots Remain In A High-Tech Way

There's an old adage that goes something along the lines of "you can take the person out of their birthplace, but you can't take that birthplace out of the person".  I'm paraphrasing, but the general idea is that a persons origins remain a big part of the person they become - no matter how far away they might travel in life.

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St. Louis County Making Intersections Safer; Dynamic Warning System Being Installed at Seven Rural Crossroads

Drivers in rural Saint Louis County will be a little safer at the end of next summer;  Officials with the county are spending $392,000 to install Dynamic Warning Systems at seven high-risk intersections.

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Iron Range Youth Stage A Cardboard City To Raise Money And Awareness For Homeless

Thirty six students from four different schools on the Iron Range spent the overnight of November 21-22 outside in an effort to raise awareness and funds for the homeless population.  The students from Mesabi East, Cherry, South Ridge, and Virginia had only a cardboard box to shelter them from the elements.

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How To Locally-Source Your Thanksgiving Meal; Duluth-Superior Offers A Surprising Number Of Options

Forget the fact that locally-sourced meals have become all the rage;  truth be told - food is just simply better tasting and better for you when it comes from a local farm.  The carrot that comes from the ground in Lakewood Township trumps the one that spent two weeks on a train coming from Argentina.  Add in the fact that there are (usually) less preservatives and the question about whether or not to serve locally is moot.

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Steve Tanko
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Two Highways, Two Mines, And An Uncertain Future For The Iron Range

As the Highway 53 relocation project moves forward towards its fall 2017 completion date, a new road story is developing in the central part of the Iron Range;  Officials with Hibbing Taconite have put Saint Louis County on alert that it plans on mining the property near Chisholm where County Highway 5 currently resides.  The announcement means that a second highway on the Iron Range will need to move in order to make way for mine expansions.

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