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Republican and Democratic state lawmakers, headed by those on the Iron Range, voiced their support for the proposed PolyMet mining project currently embroiled in a tug-of-war over its permits.

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Another 4th of July has come and gone and has left with us many warm memories of relaxing and enjoyable times with friends and families. We all look forward to good food, entertaining music, parades or time at the lake. Yes, Independence Day is all these things to us, but it is so much more.

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I would like to make a quite overdue statement of appreciation and gratitude to the Dream Machines Car Club for their great demonstration of camaraderie and compassion to my father, Vernon John Ulrich, over the years. Special mention needs to be given to Wendy and Bob Brown, as well as Glenn…

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In 2014, the Range Delegation of the Minnesota legislature laid the foundation for May’s successful levy referendum regarding the collaboration between the Eveleth-Gilbert and Virginia schools. The Delegation’s efforts back in 2014 amended the Production Tax law and provided funds to be allo…

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The Minnesota stage legislature and Gov. . Walz deserve credit for coming together in bipartisan fashion to enact the “wage theft” law during the recently-concluded session after attempts faltered in past sessions.

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The School Board of Directors of ISD 706 are very pleased with Superintendent Schmidt’s overall performance.

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The Iron Range with its heritage dug from the earth in scoops of hope for prosperity one after another is not accustomed to good news coming in bunches. We are used to boom and bust, boom and bust but perhaps, just perhaps what happened this week is the start of something we can come to embr…

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Congratulations to the voters in the Eveleth-Gilbert and Virginia school districts, who passed their critically important school referendum on Tuesday. I have the utmost respect for those economically stretched citizens, raising their own taxes to support the districts’ children and the Rang…

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I disagree with the recent opinion column, “Gov. Waltz is the Man in a Box on the Hunting of Wolves” (May 11). Gov. Waltz should be commended for speaking out on behalf of Minnesotans and supporting legislation to ban the sport hunting of our wolves.

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I'm actually writing to see if I can convince myself if I'm for or against the proposed consolidation of the Virginia and Eveleth-Gilbert School Districts. What leans me in the direction of supporting it is the fact that the IRRR has committed nearly $100 million incrementally over the next …

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The Iron Mining Association of Minnesota (IMA) represents our state’s iron mining facilities and more than 200 businesses that supply goods and services to the iron mines. All-told, these businesses employ 16,000 people, and we would like to see that number grow.

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The April 28 edition of the Mesabi Daily News contained a box ad that simply stated: “Keep Iron Range traditions alive, Vote No on May 14th.”

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Two years ago, our communities came together to develop a plan to improve educational opportunities for area students. My reaction was, YES! We have a real chance to pool our resources and work together to provide more opportunities for every student in our area. As their work progressed, I …

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I have had the pleasure of working in both school districts, first in Virginia and now Eveleth-Gilbert School District and I want all of the citizens of both communities to know – we need a new school.

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In a few short days the electorate of the Eveleth-Gilbert and Virginia school districts will decide the most critical question of our time. A YES vote has the potential to transform the Core Range unlike anything since the work of E.W. Davis led to the commercialization of taconite in the 1950s.

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I am writing this letter not as a graduate of the Eveleth- Gilbert or Virginia school, but rather from a stand point of an active community member. Both school boards voted unanimously for this collaboration, why… because change is needed.

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Confused? I am sure you are since the “vote” isn’t scheduled until May. I better start at the beginning and work up to the above statement that will hopefully be made by a majority of the people for the future of area education.

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Our communities need a new direction in order to reverse the trend of the last number of years. We now have an opportunity to begin that journey with an unprecedented investment in the future of our children's education.

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The other day I noticed a gentleman adjusting the position of a 'vote no' sign in his yard. Wishing to engage him in a polite discourse, I pointed at the sign and asked why he was thinking of voting 'no'.

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The Iron Range has a long history and strong tradition for supporting and valuing the arts as an essential element to a high quality of life. With the Eveleth-Gilbert-Virginia Collaboration project, we now have before us the opportunity to reinvest in, and reaffirm our support for, the arts.…

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This letter is in response to the article published in the Tower Timberjay regarding accusations of improper use of public funds for promotion of a ballot issue.

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As the President ofthe Iron Range Building and Trades, I write this letter in support of the May 14th Joint School referendum between Eveleth and Virginia.

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Our three communities, Eveleth, Gilbert, and Virginia have a one-time opportunity for the State of Minnesota and the IRRRB to provide approximately 81% of the funding to build a new 7-12 grade high school and two new grade schools.

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I am a science teacher at the Eveleth-Gilbert High School. I love teaching your kids, I love being involved in our communities, and I strive to push our students to do more and be more. But right now I am frustrated. I hope you are frustrated. I hope you are disappointed and frustrated. I ho…

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I have lived in Eveleth all my life, I am a proud 2015 VHS graduate, and some of my best memories came from the Eveleth-Gilbert speech and drama programs. I’ve been part of both schools, and I’m glad they’re working together. If this referendum passes, consolidation will almost inevitably fo…

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The Minnesota Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program has pushed the state to 91% penetration toward its goal of universal statewide high-speed internet access for all Minnesotans by 2020. In the next few weeks, the legislature will decide on the level of funding the program wil…

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As a parent, teacher, former board member of the Gilbert and later Eveleth-Gilbert schools, and now senior citizen of the communities, education of our young people has been my priority all my life.

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After more than 30 years of public service including mayor of Eveleth and as a state legislator representing the Eastern Iron Range it saddens me to see five of our Eveleth-Gilbert School Board members supporting a plan which will demolish our existing schools. Contrary to what our school ad…

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As business leaders and entrepreneurs from Eveleth, Gilbert, and Virginia, we know how important it is to have an educated workforce.

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We are writing this letter as a business owner, former educator, public citizens and concerned grandparents. We encourage you to vote “Yes” on the May 14 referendum election.

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Together, we spent over 60 years teaching in the Virginia and Eveleth-Gilbert districts. We recall our teaching and coaching experiences with fondness and pride. We know that quality education was provided by these two districts. It is now time to continue and enhance that tradition of excel…

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As teachers in the Eveleth-Gilbert and Virginia school districts, we work with the students in our communities every day. We listen to their hopes, dreams, crazy ideas and, yes, sometimes their struggles. We work to create learning experiences that will enable them not only to develop strong…

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I am writing to show support for the upcoming referendum vote for the Eveleth-Gilbert and Virginia school districts. I am a 2002 graduate of EGHS, my husband is a 2000 graduate of EGHS and our two children now attend Eveleth-Gilbert.

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I teach Family and Consumer Sciences in Virginia, and am a community member of Eveleth. Since the academies conversation began, I have been involved in many of the public community meetings. I was surprised to see the wide backgrounds of people who chose to come to the meetings. We all seeme…

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Personally, I didn't have much of an interest in this project in the very beginning. I grew up in Coleraine (Greenway) and still have family over there and have been hearing for the past 25 years how that school should combine with Grand Rapids.

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