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Today marks the 20th anniversary of the day I was hired to work in the steel industry, in the mining division of U.S. Steel at Minntac.
The Mayor and City Council are seeking permission from the Minnesota Legislature to implement a .5 percent sales tax within the city limits of Virginia.
Orchids: Bouquets of them to Democratic Sen. Ron Latz of St. Louis Park for his informational meeting in the Judiciary Committee on April 26 in which it was revealed that the intention is to pass legislation requiring background checks for all but a few gun purchases and sales if the Democrats win control of the House and Senate in the upcoming election. Voice your support to Sens. Latz, Tomassoni and Bakk and to Reps. Melin, Metsa, and Ecklund, and be sure to vote on Nov. 8.
I am voting Yes on May 3 on a referendum to build a new high school in the Mountain Iron-Buhl School District. I hope my fellow citizens in Mountain Iron and Buhl will do the same.
I have to credit Bubba Clinton for encouraging his buddy Donald to give it a shot.
For twenty-six years, I had the privilege of representing the citizens of the Mountain Iron-Buhl School District.
We would like to commend the health care organization in Virginia for their good service.
Voters in the Mountain Iron-Buhl School District will go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to fund a new $29 million grades 7-12 school that will be built adjacent to Merritt Elementary.
Thank you Mesabi Daily News for this opportunity to inform voters to support the Mountain Iron-Buhl school referendum for a new grades 7-12 school attached to our Merritt Elementary. Also, I would like to thank our Iron Range legislators and IRRRB Commissioner Phillips for their support.
I am writing this letter in support of the Mountain Iron-Buhl School District and the upcoming special election.
It has been said that attitude is everything.
Onions: Mountain Iron does not need to relocate the Fire Hall to an area on Highway 169. Minntac has a valuation many times more than the rest of the whole town. In case of a fire, Mountain Iron has a legal obligation to protect that place. Leave the Fire Hall where it is. (Submitted by A Voice from Within.)
Alliances are nothing new in presidential campaigns, whether it’s one candidate reaching out to a vanquished opponent to join the ticket as a running mate (Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush) to support given in exchange for a Cabinet position (Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton) or to an alignment for regional electoral votes (John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.)
The ongoing discussions with a major company about locating a manufacturing plant on the Iron Range that would employe about 250 workers is a textbook example of the difficulty of making economic development happen in the region.
The outdoors world lost one of the great inspirational artists over the weekend. That makes me sad.
Onions: Onions, Onions: To St. Louis County Zoning for zoning the old Salmi Homes building that’s been vacant for at least two years in Palo, Loon Lake. This is now to become housing for male individuals who may be in recovery for drug and alcohol addiction and may also have criminal felony convictions or unlawful detainer convictions, like holding someone against their will or kidnapping. We don’t know because Palo, Markham and Loon Lake residents were not informed or warned of this element moving in next to us. Evidently we were of no concern to St. Louis County or the state, just taken for granted! C.J.’s house was leaked to us and found on the computer website email@example.com. The advertisement boasts of well managed housing when they don’t even have a manager yet! They’re looking locally for one live-in manager to hire A.S.A.P. according to a website to manage and monitor daily functions for 14-plus people, 40 hours a week with varied shifts. How is this manager going to fit all this in while disciplining, managing and rehabilitating 14 drug and alcohol addicted, convicted felons? What if they just simply walk away maybe to our houses, unlawfully detain us, rob us or steal our vehicles etc.? Most of us are retired Senior Citizens and have family who visit; now we’ll have to protect ourselves and them behind closed, locked doors and make sure we’re armed as law enforcement and medical services are at least one-half hour or more away. Maybe lawsuits will be coming against St. Louis County over this in the near future? (Submitted by Palo, Markham, Loon Lake Our Lives Matter.)
This year I again had the privilege of being the driver for my VFW Auxiliary president LuAnne Thompson on our annual spring project — distributing the Buddy Poppy in advance of Memorial Day. We pull up at the places of business, and she goes in to explain the annual campaign to raise funds for veterans services. And the businesses very nicely give financial contributions as they see fit.
Recently, landowners in 23 counties received letters from the Minnesota Department of Commerce notifying them of a series of public meetings being held across the state related to Enbridge’s applications to construct and operate the Sandpiper Pipeline and the Line 3 Replacement projects.
Stewart Mills has made false charges against Congressman Nolan when he implied that the congressman has embellished his role in the release of political prisoners in Cuba in the late 1970s (MDN 3/23/16). I was there and I know the facts of the matter, and I feel I must speak out.
We are members of Teamsters Local 346.
The Amazing Rick Nolan.
It was inevitable that the Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board would come under the critical eye of Republicans in the Legislature following release of the Office of Legislative Auditor’s report on the agency.
I had an opportunity to attend the Minnesota House Governmental Operations Committee and listen to the testimony concerning a bill introduced by Rep. Hackbarth, Republican from 31B in the northern suburbs. Rep. Hackbarth’s bill if passed would drastically change the way IRRRB reviews and approves projects submitted by political subdivisions and potential job creators.
Mountain Iron-Buhl residents, please vote on or before May 3 to continue the proactive nature of our communities.
Onions: Proverbial ... can’t see the forest for the trees. This might sum up the Eveleth-Gilbert’s administration and board. People, when your elected, and hired representatives fail to have any true vision, and fail to have any true vision, and fail to listen to its constituents it’s time they leave. E-G’s vision continues to be a race to the bottom that they’re winning. Hell bent on closing class rooms, buildings, and curriculum to continue a trend set by previous administrations over the last 15 to 20 years.
A friend and colleague texted upon hearing the shocking news that Prince had died: “This year is cursed for musicians.”
Republicans in St. Paul smell blood in the Iron Range political waters regarding the Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board and its far too lackadaisical policies on economic development grants and loans doled out and administered by the agency.
“Hi, Nikolai,” I said with a smile last Sunday as we entered his room at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. He smiled back and reached out his arms to welcome my friend Gerry and me to sit a while and visit. But he was tired, and the big man looked frail. And I knew the end was near, and that this would be the last time we would see him — a true icon of Gilbert, Minnesota, of which so many would say: They just don’t make them like Nick Vukelich anymore.
Orchids: To the Essentia Health Care and Rehab Center of Virginia, there are not enough orchids to express the excellent care I received here after my recent surgery. I was so well attended both day and night by the excellent 4th floor nursing staff, also the therapy staff provided outstanding therapy so I was able to return home, confident that I could keep up my progress at home. Thank you all very much. (Submitted by Virgil Stahlberg, Iron)
The academy was subject to witnessing a class you won’t find in college. Giving instructions about how a typical DWI stop would occur, an officer was given the sobriety test while sober and drunk. Yes, we got to watch someone down about two cups of Jack Daniels during the instructional period and fail a sobriety test.
Twenty-five years after they shocked the baseball world by going from worst to first and facing off in the 1991 World Series, my two teams as of this writing are still looking for their first victory of the season.
We are members of Teamsters Local 346.
Spring is “mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.” I just thought of those words from a poem by e.e. cummings.
Onions: To Kurt Daudt. He wrote a long op-ed telling us he supports mining. However, he didn’t support miners when he held up the unemployment extension bill for so long because he had to support big businesses.
It didn’t take long for the new “Chase Utley rule” to cause an uproar in baseball, and I’m not even talking about Jose Bautista’s slide that cost the Toronto Blue Jays a run and a likely victory.
The pretty teal ribbons that are being put up in the Virginia, Hibbing and Chisholm areas call attention to a very ugly and troubling problem of sexual assault.
The “Town Forums” with any of the five presidential candidates of the two major political parties are everywhere on cable networks.
It’s that magical time of the year — when anything is possible; when dreams really do come true; when everyone has a chance.
“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever”
I received an email notification from the Sportsmen’s Alliance last week that said there is legislation brewing in St. Paul for a total ban on any wolf management.
As the new president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, a top personal priority has been to hit the road. For six months, I’ve been crisscrossing our great state, asking questions and listening. It’s been both encouraging and energizing.
I have been trying to submit comments for the record to the Federal Communications Commission.
The first time I met Bob and Helen Hill, they made an lasting impression. They told me of an accident Bob had had a long time ago, and how he had never let it get in the way of achieving what he wanted to do in life, in spite of being thrown a challenge.
In a recent letter from Senate Republicans, my fellow rural DFL senators and I were painted as Twin Cities shills. As the leader of the Senate DFL Caucus and the Majority Leader of the Minnesota State Senate, I am many things, but a Twin Cities liberal, I am not. Nor are the 12 other rural DFL senators in my caucus.
There’s no question that the Iron Range needs a shot of economic development. After last week’s report from the Legislative Auditor, it’s clear that the IRRRB has failed to strengthen the Iron Range’s economy.
Virginia city officials didn’t wake up one day a few years ago and say: “Hey, let’s reroute Highway 53 and build a bridge over the Rouchleau Mine Pit at any cost.”
Onions: To Range Legislative Delegation and their DFL liberal friends in the Twin Cities. In the 1960s, Doug Johnson led a slate against the do nothing’s at the time. Other than Tom Bakk and David Dill who sadly died, the rest from Saxhaug to Metsa, they should be tossed out. DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin selling out the Range to keep his job and elect liberals from Minneapolis/St. Paul. Locally, Metsa and Melin are particular jokes. Dump the DFL Iron Range.
It’s certainly good to see that there is a growing number of U.S. House and Senate lawmakers who are uniting to put pressure on the Commerce Department to enforce trade laws against illegally dumping of product in the U.S. market.
We sincerely wish and hope that Gov. Mark Dayton is coming to the Iron Range on Friday with an open mind — open to realizing just how wrong was his fiat of three weeks ago to not allow any more exploration by Twin Metals on state lands where it had already received lease agreements.
This week I share with you the joys of living to a ripe old age, as honed to a fine art by Leonard Youngman.
What do you call it when a politician accidentally tells the truth? In D.C. they call it a gaffe. Here in Minnesota, I’d call it a warning.
MINNEAPOLIS — Thursday, March 17, 3 p.m. My departure from MSP to ORD.
We Support Mining. As I travel throughout the state, it is great to see these signs blanketing northern Minnesota.
Gov. Mark Dayton reached out to the Iron Range in an editorial page guest column last week and tried to defend the indefensible — his decision to not allow the Department of Natural Resources to enter into any Access Agreements for mining operations on state lands.
I am the board chair of Advocates for Family Peace, the local non-profit organizing the Hibbing Coalition for Safe and Accountable Schools (HCSAS).
Orchids: To Gov. Dayton for having the courage to stand up against the Twin Metals Mining Project near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. With every mining operation comes pollution, you really can’t have it both ways as they say. Just look at the mines already on the Range; there’s dust, noise, blasting, tailings ponds, water diversion, fuel spills, oil spills, scars on the land, shovels digging and trucks hauling 24/7. We’ve got enough mines on the Range already, we surely don’t need another one polluting the pristine wilderness near the BWCAW.
Since I stopped the leasing of state land for exploratory drilling for the Twin Metals’ copper-nickel mine at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, I have been accused of being against the Iron Range and against mining. I’m neither.
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