If you are new to the Range, welcome! Like any rural place, we have our own distinct culture, climate and practices.
With a large ethnic heritage of stoic Finnish Americans and Slavs, some of us are more reserved upon first meeting–but that doesn’t mean folks are not glad you are here! As you make your home on the Iron Range, you will find a combination of both outwardly friendly and those who take a little longer to get to know.
Thinking seasonally, summer is our easiest season, both for living and socializing. There is no snow to remove, extra clothing to layer, or tires to change (yes–many of us change the tires on our cars to snow tires for the snowy months). And it is a time when neighbors make small talk as they are out working in their yards.
Winter offers a wonderful respite from bugs, magical moonlit skiing and snowmobiling. And cold winter air is truly cleansing. It is a time for “hygge,” the “quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being” achieved through informal time together with friends.
We recognize that when folks move to a new town, they need an ear, a helping hand. That’s what Hello Range! is here to provide. We welcome your questions via email. And we are working to schedule New Iron Ranger Gatherings in our range communities!
Let us help you make the Range your home.