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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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Gudella
Gudella
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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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Klaus Rein
Klaus Rein
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Chisholm Native Races In The Iditarod; Nathan Schroeder Building On Beargrease Win

After a first place finish at the 2014 John Beargrease Sled Dog Race, Nathan Schroeder is pursuing his dream to complete the Iditarod in Alaska - the 1,049 mile race that tests the endurance of both dog and man.

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image100/Corbis
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Bonding For Lake Vermilion State Park On Agenda For 2014 Minnesota Legislative Session

The Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota is planning a full scale push for funding for the newly-established Lake Vermilion State Park during the 2014 session.

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(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Chisholm’s Coach Bob McDonald Finishes Out Final Year In Style

More years ago than I care to admit to, I had Bob McDonald as a teacher for World History.  He was also someone that I knew as a classmate of my dads in high school and of course I was aware of his basketball career - even though I never played sports in school.

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(Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
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Hibbing Native To Compete On ABC’s The Taste

Tonight's premier of The Taste on ABC-TV has a local tie-in:  Chef Sarah Master is originally from Hibbing.  The 1996 Bluejacket graduate heads up the kitchen these days at Barbette in Minneapolis, and this show is an excellent way for her to show off her culinary skills on a national level.

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Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
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Bob McDonald Takes Home 1,000th Win; Chisholm Coach Reaches Milestone Victory In Final Season

With no offense to Walker-Hackensack-Akelyy, all eyes were on Chisholm and Bob McDonald last night, as the infamous basketball coach achieved his 1,000 career victory in his final season before retirement.

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(Photo by Simon Hayter/Getty Images)
(Photo by Simon Hayter/Getty Images)
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Highway 53 Relocation Coffee And Conversation Rescheduled For December 12

The Coffee and Conversation that was scheduled to take place on December 5 has been rescheduled due to the weather.  That meeting will now take place on Thursday, December 12 at 10AM at the Virginia Hoover Road MNDOT Building

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(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Highway 53 Relocation Primer; Video Explains The Reasons Behind The Move And Details Proposed Alternate Routes For The Roadway [Video]

 

If you wonder why Highway 53 has been in the news a lot lately and aren't sure of the backstory of the relocation project, this video does a good job of explaining all the details.

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(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Chisholm’s Coach Bob McDonald To Retire At The End Of This Basketball Season

To me - he'll always be my dad's classmate and my high school World History teacher.  But to many, Bob McDonald is Minnesota's basketball coach with the most wins - 994 to be exact.  This week, McDonald announced that he will step down at the end of this upcoming basketball season.

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