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Former CBS 3 anchor to lead Iron Mining Association

Kristen Vake, a Chisholm native, previously hosted the channel's "Eye on Mining" segment.

Kristen Vake
Kristen Vake
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DULUTH — A former CBS 3 anchor will lead the iron mining industry's lobbying organization.

Kristen Vake, who stepped away from the anchor desk last week, will serve as the executive director of the Iron Mining Association of Minnesota, the organization announced in a news release earlier this week. Her first day will be Tuesday.

“I’m honored to take on this role within an organization that does so much for iron mining and the Iron Range,” Vake said in the release. “This industry impacts more than just our region — it impacts the state, the country and beyond.

"I’m thrilled to be able to continue sharing the stories of the mining industry, its people, and the region where it all started. A place I’m proud to call home.”

Vake, a Chisholm native, hosted the "Eye on Mining" segment on CBS 3.

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"Kristen’s deep roots in the mining industry combined with her passion for the Iron Range make her uniquely positioned to lead the IMA," Chrissy Bartovich, director of environmental at U.S. Steel's Minntac and Keetac facililties and chair of the IMA board, said in the release. "We look forward to Kristen building relationships and continuing to tell the story of the importance of Minnesota’s iron mining industry.”

Vake replaces former IMA President Kelsey Johnson, who is now running for state Senate District 3 as a Republican .

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