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ST. PAUL — There will be contested contests for all legislative seats on the Iron Range on Nov. 6, with a four-candidate primary for the House DFL 6A nomination.

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EVELETH — United Taconite is slated to restart operations in October, Cliffs Natural Resources said Tuesday, ending about nine months of uncertainty for nearly 500 Iron Range workers.

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VIRGINIA — The City Council will meet in special session at 10 a.m. today to consider a resolution to designate and encumber $3.4 million for relocation of utilities and a portion of the Mesabi Trail as part of the Highway 53 road and bridge project.

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DULUTH — The original Lincoln Funeral Car was being stored in the Twin Cities suburb of Columbia Heights in June 1911, waiting for restoration, when it was burned to the metal by a grass fire.

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ST. PAUL — The 2016 legislative session was only 11 weeks long. But, as often is the case in St. Paul, the Iron Range sucked up the most oxygen at the State Capitol.

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VIRGINIA — The steel girders that will span the Rouchleau Pit as part of the Highway 53 relocation bridge are big — really big — and they’re American-made.

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BIWABIK — This year’s Rampage at the Ridge is expected to be bigger than ever, with organizers creating an entire “weekend experience” for participants and those cheering on the racers.

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VIRGINIA — There will be a street dance in Virginia the Saturday night of the Land of the Loon Festival, despite concerns about alcohol use and police overtime pay.

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Americans will be traveling at a near-record rate this Memorial Day weekend, and while those driving the roadways will find recent rising gas prices when they fuel up, the price at the pump will still be considerably less than a year ago.

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BIWABIK — Mark Sutich will be master of ceremonies again for Memorial Day services at cemeteries in Biwabik and Biwabik Township. And for Sutich, it is a bittersweet honor, because he will be thinking of the uncle he never knew — Korean War veteran Marine Cpl. Steve Sutich, born in Mountain …

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ST. PAUL — The bipartisan Omnibus Tax Bill approved by lawmakers helps all Minnesotans — from students to farmers to families to businesses to local governments — say legislative leaders.

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EVELETH — It’s been a long, long journey back home for Army Pvt. John P. Sersha of the Leonidas area.

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VIRGINIA — A City Council decision on the Northland Building’s future has been delayed for a month to the June 28 meeting.

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HIBBING — More than 50 local lawmakers and other community members anxiously awaited the St. Louis County Board’s decision regarding the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) ordinance Tuesday morning at Hibbing City Hall.

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VIRGINIA — A Hibbing man is accused of murdering his roommate, whose body was found beaten, stabbed, severely burned and dumped in an old Mountain Iron mine pit area, according to charges filed Tuesday.

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ST. PAUL — The final piece of an economic development package for a major job-creation project on the Iron Range avoided the debris of a legislative session that veered out of control on Sunday.

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ST. PAUL — “The Range got shut out,” said an angry Virginia Mayor Larry Cuffe regarding no bonding bill coming out of the 2016 legislative session that adjourned late Sunday night.

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ST. PAUL (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers began a marathon Saturday to piece together spending plans for a $900 million budget surplus, racing toward a midnight Sunday deadline as legislative leaders tried to finalize a compromise that could satisfy Gov. Mark Dayton.

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ULUTH — There’s a lot of public anticipation and even excitement over the Highway 53 bridge over the Rouchleau Mine Pit as part of a $230 million roadway relocation project.

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VIRGINIA — Stewart Mills believes he will benefit this year from no Minnesota statewide contests on the ballot in November.

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MOUNTAIN IRON — Older Americans have a lot to offer society in life’s lessons and wisdom, along with their own time and energy.

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EVELETH — Eveleth-Gilbert School Board directors are awaiting word on a grant extension from the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board before diving into the agency’s offer to pick up the tab for the Chicagami Child Care Center.

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ST. PAUL — There will be some intense legislative poker played at the State Capitol today and Sunday, with billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money in the pot.

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MOUNTAIN IRON — Authorities are investigating the discovery of body near Mott Pitt in Mountain Iron as a homicide.

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EVELETH — About $500,000 in cuts are scheduled to be considered Monday by the Eveleth-Gilbert School Board as the district combats a large spending deficit.

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BUHL — The Mesabi Academy correctional and school facility will close its doors by the end of June, officials said on Thursday.

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ST. PAUL — Legislative Republican and DFL leaders have united in support of a steel dumping complaint filed by the U.S. Steel Corp.

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ST. PAUL — The logging and mining sector showed a modest increase of jobs in April, but its year-to-date figure continues to show just how major has been the ongoing economic jolt to the Iron Range from the devastated iron ore and steel industries.

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ST. PAUL — House DFLers hijacked a seemingly trivial hunting bill on Wednesday and used it as a forum to blame Republicans for major legislation not yet approved by lawmakers, with less than a week left in the 2016 session.

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AURORA — The members of Girl Scout Troop 1812 from the Aurora area are working hard at another project — a prom dress donation and exchange. And they believe the time is right, with several people now laid off from their jobs and with budgets being tight. The event will be held from 10 a.m. …

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WASHINGTON — Hefty tariffs have been imposed by the U.S. Commere Department on Chinese and Japanese illegally subsidized steel dumped into the American market.

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MOUNTAIN IRON — A pre sale review of nearly $29 million in school bonds was approved Tuesday by the Mountain Iron-Buhl School Board, setting into motion a process for the district to secure funding for a new grades 7-12 school.

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ST. PAUL (AP) — Republicans in the Minnesota House offered Tuesday to hike license tab fees on new cars, the first time in the contentious debate over the transportation budget that they’ve agreed to raise new money to help fund $600 million in needed annual road and bridge repairs.

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VIRGINIA — A solid majority of the City Council wants nothing to do with becoming landlord of the county’s Northland Building across the street from City Hall.

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The 2016 election campaign has seemingly been with us for months or more. But it really officially begins on the Iron Range today.

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COOK — A little bit of Hollywood will come to the Iron Range, with the Minnesota premiere of “After the Reality,” which was filmed in part in Virginia and at Nelson’s Resort on Crane Lake.

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