Flying high on the Iron Range

A love of the outdoors leads writer to a career with Delta Air Lines By Zach Johns In the fall of 1996, I found myself recently graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and like most college graduates, I was clueless about what my next step was going to be.  I seemed to be heading toward […]

A Home for All Ages

We live in a vibrant region, full of natural beauty and strengthened by hard work, a cooperative spirit, and care for our neighbors. These qualities are just a few of the reasons we choose to remain here in our later years or return to the area to retire. We look at what is important to […]

Minnesota’s Iron Range Has Low Cost of Living

Northeast Minnesota, home to the Iron Range is an affordable place to live. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) provides data on the costs of basic needs by family type for counties and regions. These data show that Northeast Minnesota as well as Itasca and St. Louis counties – the two counties encompassing the […]

Left the City Behind, Loving Rural Life

We moved here from Bismarck, North Dakota on Labor Day last year and fell in love with our small town here on the range. The people are incredibly friendly. When we moved in, our neighbors visited to introduce themselves and we’ve attended many neighborhood bonfires and gatherings. Our kids love their teammates on their baseball, […]

Rural by Choice

I’m what you call “rural by choice.” When I was 18, I couldn’t imagine ever moving back to small town Minnesota. Turns out it was one of the best decisions I have ever made! After getting my engineering degree, I had a great job opportunity and moved back to the area. I spent the next […]

Jim’s family finds a second home

Crossing Mesabi: Campsite #33 Jim takes us on a tour of campsite 33 at the beautiful Vermilion Trail Campground on Embarrass Lake in Biwabik. He shares how the many activities that they connect with regularly in the area makes it not just a place you visit, rather a place where you stay.

Benji is Building MTB on the Range

Crossing Mesabi with Benji Neff from Giants Ridge Benji Neff from Giant’s Ridge discusses the 10 gravity mountain bike trails that are being developed along with their full strategy to become the biggest mountain bike park in the midwest. This is only one addition to the skiing, golfing, biking, and wall climbing Giant’s Ridge has […]

See how Daniel blazed new trails

Mesabi Outdoor Adventures has been an exciting addition to my life since moving to the Iron Range last year. The organization has connected me to so many unique and amazing people, and has given me numerous opportunities to embrace the outdoors through the advent of scheduled weekly events as well as the occurrence of special […]

Learn why Jill digs our history

Crossing Mesabi: Minnesota Discovery Center with Jill Aubin Jill Aubin with the Minnesota Discovery Center shares insights on how the trolly system changed the area in the early 1900s to open up the region.

Mickey Makes a New Life

Mary Margaret White – known as “Mickey” to friends and family – spent the first part of her life moving across the country from big city to big city. Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Tucson, Chicago, Boston, and more. But the place that feels most comfortable to her is the Iron Range. Today, she lives on an old […]

  • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
  • Iron Range Tourism Bureau
  • L&M Radiator
  • Department of Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation