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VIRGINIA — Family, friends and politicians honored the late Tom Rukavina on Saturday with a fitting tribute mixed with humor, stories and the life lessons of the state representative, county commissioner and one-time candidate for governor.

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If you have gone past or into the Memorial Building during the past several months, you have seen evidence of the upgrades happening there. This fine Art Deco-style building always receives compliments from visitors. Peter Hyduke, Director of City Services, and the entire staff of the Memori…

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VIRGINIA — Family, friends and politicians honored the late Tom Rukavina on Saturday with a fitting tribute mixed with humor, stories and the life lessons of the state representative, county commissioner and one-time candidate for governor.

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HIBBING — Nina Brooke’s Kindness Campaign is back and she’s excited to shine light on teenagers whose everyday compassionate acts brighten the halls of high schools across the Iron Range.

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AURORA — Iron Range Rep. Dave Lislegard responded Friday to a fellow lawmaker’s comments regarding the integrity of the environmental review process for PolyMet’s proposal for the Minnesota’s first copper-nickel mine.

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Franklin School students add stuffing to their new "Golden Bears" during an after school bear building workshop held in Eveleth.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — A donation shortfall over the winter holidays is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now to prevent a blood shortage from continuing throughout winter and affecting patient care.

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Hello library lovers! Need stuff to do? Want to have some fun? Check out what we’ve got planned for you this month!

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ISD 701 teachers and staff recently volunteered at the United Way of Northeastern Minnesota packing food for the “Buddy Backpack” program.

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AURORA — DFL House Speaker Melissa Hortman made her first official visit to the Iron Range on Friday ahead of the funeral for former State Rep. Tom Rukavina.

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NASHWAUK — When Lacey Kluck saw a need to help her community, she didn’t hesitate to act.

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Five-year-old Donna Birke throws up a rainbow of ice chunks as she helps her dad Mike clear the sidewalk near their Virginia home Monday afternoon. Temperatures near 30 made it ideal to break up ice before a cold front moves through the area later in the week.

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The Nashwauk Community Fund recently presented the Nashwauk-Keewatin Spanish students with a $1,000 check to put toward their upcoming trip to Puerto Rico.

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VIRGINIA — Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream for the country will be celebrated Monday in Virginia, with a first-time march and rally.

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CHISHOLM — Earlier this week, Cory Kolodji, a science teacher for 36 years at Chisholm High School said that he has never been so “frustrated, disappointed, or even angry.” Standing before members of the board on Monday, Kolodji said that’s because he felt that it has been nearly two years s…

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A shopper browses a selection of games and puzzles Thursday at a rummage and bake sale, at the Chisholm Baptist Church. The event continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. Proceeds benefit the Chisholm Food Shelf.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum wants to know why the federal Environmental Protection Agency opted against filing formal comments with Minnesota regulators when the state was considering whether to issue a key water pollution permit for the PolyMet copper-nickel mine in nort…

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Snow removal crews clear up mountains of snow from Iron Range streets Wednesday afternoon. Temperatures are expected to drop to below zero levels but now major snow storms are predicted over the next several days.

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AURORA — The appointment of a new mayor for Aurora failed Thursday, meaning a special election could be called to fill the position.

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Snow removal crews clear up mountains of snow from Iron Range streets Wednesday afternoon. Temperatures are expected to drop to below zero levels but now major snow storms are predicted over the next several days.

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A Hibbing man accused of murdering Joshua Robert Lavalley has been ordered to undergo an evaluation to determine his mental competency.

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HIBBING — This weekend the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites you to grab your ice fishing gear and get ready for “Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend.”

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ST. PAUL — Health care was a top issue during the 2018 campaign and Minnesota lawmakers have wasted no time detailing their ideas for improving the system by making it more affordable and accessible.

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CHISHOLM — The Chisholm City Council has yet to commit to a membership for the Range Association of Municipalities and Schools (RAMS) for 2019.

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Connie Branigan (née Cronin) is a Hibbing native and current resident of Mahtomedi, Minn. She served as the Hibbing Daily Tribune’s sports editor, 1942-1944, a point of pride for Connie to this day. It was unusual at the time for a woman to assume a job as sports editor, but the shortage of …

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HIBBING — Amid the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, the USDA decided to issue their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for February early.

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BALKAN TOWNSHIP — Balkan Township will conduct its annual election and meeting Tuesday, March 12, at the Balkan Community Center on Highway 73.

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Congressman Pete Stauber R-Minn., introduced new legislation on Monday aimed at stopping legal challenges to a federal land exchange for PolyMet Mining Corp.’s development of the first copper-nickel mine in Minnesota.

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The Minnesota Discovery Center (MDC) visited Iron Range Makerspace last week to challenge makers and artists to create items to represent Northeastern Minnesota that would sell well at its gift shop. MDC will return April 4 to select items that meet the challenge. Participation is free, but …

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TACONITE — A teen driver sustained injuries following two-vehicle collision near Scenic Highway 7, north of Taconite, around 9:20 p.m. Monday.

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NASHWAUK — The City of Nashwauk was recently approved for $1.14 million in funds by the Public Facilities Authority (PFA). The money was earmarked for water infrastructure projects already completed by the city.

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The spring semester got underway today at Hibbing Community College.

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CHISHOLM — In his first report of the new year, Chisholm Mayor John Champa “set the stage.”

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ST. PAUL — Freshmen in the Minnesota House are gearing up for a trip to the Iron Range as part of a coalition building effort aimed at better understanding issues across the state, their visits being organized by State Rep. Dave Lislegard, DFL-Aurora.

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Washington Elementary students received surprise visitors last week. The Hibbing Community College mens basketball team joined the school for lunch and later showed off their shooting and dunking skills in the gym.

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When people enjoy Carey Lake — the cross country skiing in winter, or the fishing and swimming in the summer — they might not know the interesting history there. Maybe they hear some people refer to the area as “DuPont” and not know why. There might even be an old-timer who mentions that the…

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HIBBING — The air at the Greenhaven Elementary School was thick with laughter and a palpable sense of anticipation Friday evening as nearly every seat in the cafeteria began to fill. The mouthwatering smell of gooey cheese and pepperoni wafted over smiling attendees who were busy chatting ac…

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HIBBING — Legal Counsel Andy Borland presented Hibbing Public Utilities commissioners Tuesday with a letter from the Attorney General regarding the potential downsizing of the steam system.

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HIBBING — In a few short weeks, Dr. Ernest Williams Jr. will close the doors to his family optometry practice on First Avenue, taking with him many memories and the satisfaction of having served others for so many years.

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CHISHOLM — A group of local women have a created a new life line. The six ladies have made and hung items of warmth to help people in need survive the winter elements.

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Assumption School Principal Gabe Johnson works with this student team Friday to prepare a surprise for Catholic Schools Week, which will be celebrated Jan. 27 -Feb. 2.