IRRRB slated to approve Iron Range college course fundingThe Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board is set to approve $1.9 million in new money Thursday aimed at boosting increased access to college courses for jobs needed in the mining industry and other sectors across the Iron Range.
By: John Myers, Duluth News Tribune
The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board is set to approve $1.9 million in new money Thursday aimed at boosting increased access to college courses for jobs needed in the mining industry and other sectors across the Iron Range.
IRRRB Commissioners Tony Sertich is asking the board to approve:
The move is part of the ongoing collaborative to increase higher-education opportunities for people in Iron Range communities, especially aimed at jobs that are needed and available in Northeastern Minnesota.
“These projects all further our commitment to investing in an educated workforce,” Sertich said in a letter to commissioners.
In other action at their regular meeting planned in Eveleth, the board is expected to approve another $547,000 to complete a land acquisition along Minnesota Highway 169 in the area of Balkan Township, Buhl and Chisholm. The 730 acres includes Chisholm’s source of drinking water, a mine-pit lake, and offers opportunities for recreational and commercial development, Sertich said in a letter to commissioners. The board previously had approved $250,000 for the purchase. The total cost for the agency is $797,000 and includes mineral rights on all but 27 acres.
The board is expected to loan $945,000 to Cast Corporation of Hibbing, with the same amount matched by a local bank, as part of a $3.5 million expansion of the company to move into the foundry business. Cast employs 17 people in Hibbing and plans to add 15 more with the expansion.
The IRRRB will be asked to approve a $12,500 public works grant to the city of Cohasset for new water and sewer line; a $350,000 public works grant to the city of Virginia for water, sewer, utility extension and site work for a new surgery center on Bailey’s Lake; and $500,000 in funding for the Business Energy Retrofit Program to help existing businesses make energy efficiency improvements.