N E W S L E T T E R - Laurentian Chamber of Commerce

MAY 2015
Eveleth, Gilbert, Mt. Iron, Virginia
and surrounding business communities
Our mission is
“Promote business
through education
and advocacy...”
Congressman Nolan visits Range
Regional Airport: Laurentian
Chamber Board Passes Resolution
Photo by Mark Privratsky,
Congressman Nolan’s office
Grand Rapids Chamber Pres.
Bud Stone, Congressman Rick
Nolan, Laurentian Chamber
Pres. Bernie Collins and
Hibbing Chamber Pres. Lory
Flanked by corporate and
city officials, MnDOT and
Chambers of Commerce,
Congressman Rick Nolan
discussed the Essential Air
Service (EAS) Program
Tuesday, April 7 at Range
Regional Airport. The
United States Department
of Transportation provides
a subsidy directly to the
airline to provide service
into smaller communities.
Businesses say that air
service like that at Range
Regional is essential to
the community. Nearly 30
people personally heard the
Shaun Germolus, Range
Regional Airport’s executive director, hosted
the news conference. He’s
in favor of EAS, noting
that without the federal
program, airline service to
rural markets would be extremely difficult to retain.
Nolan’s stop in Hibbing prompted discussion
among Chamber Board
Members. Besides efforts
to pay for Range Regional
Airport’s infrastructure
improvements, support is
needed for Essential Air
Service. On April 15, the
Chamber Board passed
an Essential Air Service
Resolution. Copies were
sent to the United States
Congressional delegation,
and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.
MnDOT: Visual Quality Committee’s
work is…not quite done
Lots of discussion at
the April 28 meeting of
MnDOT’s Visual Quality
Design questions like:
May 8 is the deadline for signing up for
sponsorships for the 2015 Laurentian
Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic. This
will assure the full benefits of our advertising package. Rick Marwick and the golf
committee are working hard to ensure a
memorable day of golf at the
Virginia Golf Course.
June 10th –
Laurentian Chamber
Golf Classic
Take-Your-Daughter-to-Work Day
Caitlin Maki at Chamber Office
Marnie Maki, administrative manager at the Chamber brought her
daughter to work on April 23. Caitlin Maki joined Marnie for a full
day’s work which included filing,
copying, organizing office material
and even meeting with some of the
Chamber members. Bernie Collins,
president/ceo said, “It’s like having
two for one. Caitlin is capable,
confident and outgoing. Her presence for the Chamber’s work, is
Improvements in communication and Chamber
Members’ interest in
legislative issues were
discussed. Linking the
community and pending
legislation is a concern for
the committee. One of the
local issues discussed was
Virginia’s interest in an
Chamber Business Highlight
Laurentian Medical Clinic
Thank you to our
Corporate Sponsors
Legislative Committee
Legislative Affairs Committee members met April
24, at NTS Scientific. During the Minnesota Chamber’s webcast, end-of-session bills and amendments
were reviewed. It’s a busy
time at the Capitol. The
state chamber is supporting
a June primary election.
on this committee. Members’ input is welcome;
call the office 741-2717.
Next MnDOT Coffee & Conversation:
Thursday, May 7, 10:00, MnDOT on Hoover Road
2015 Golf Classic - Virginia Golf Course
Rick “R.J.” Marwick
Swing into the season!
Sign up early for the
Chamber Golf Classic!
Pedestrian traffic, lighting,
height of railing, fencing
and the more-visible Hwy.
135 bridge decoration.
The Chamber is one voice
international building code.
Among issues that the
Laurentian Chamber supported are: Funding for
regional airports, restaurant
association on wages and
trucking association on
truck weights.
St. Luke’s Laurentian Medical Clinic providers include (left to right) Elaine Hammond, PA-C; Dr. Steve
McDowell, MD; Dr. John Ryden, MD; Dr. Stephen Turner, DO; Erin Thielbar, CNP
St. Luke’s Laurentian Medical Clinic is a primary care clinic offering a wide-range
of visiting specialists. Our staff consists of Family Medicine Physicians Dr. Steve
McDowell, Dr. John Ryden and Dr. Stephen Turner as well as Physician Assistant
Elaine Hammond and Nurse Practitioner Erin Thielbar. The staff is experienced,
compassionate and dedicated to promoting the health of individuals and families in
Mountain Iron and the surrounding communities.
The clinic also offers urgent care services Monday-Friday from 9 am to 7 pm and
Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 6 pm. Urgent care can treat common injuries and
illnesses such as:
•Sore throats
•Minor cuts
•Minor burns and bruises
•Sprains and strains
•General illnesses
For additional information, contact Todd Scaia, Laurentian Medical Clinic manager, 218.748.7402.
Kids Eat Fee Tuesday’s & Saturday’s 4-10pm
Free Lease Opportunity!!
Free rent for Orthodontist!!!
Call April for details
8685 Rock Ridge Drive (218) 741-3325
(equipment included for use)
Hours: Sunday thru Thursday 6am – 11pm
Friday and Saturday 6am – 3pm
218-741-5114 main/763-286-4001 cellular
“A Timeless Treasure”
Real estate closing services and title insurance.
Your Number One Choice for Title and Closing Services
“Located in Cook, Ely & Virginia, Minnesota to better serve your needs.”
Board Certified Real Estate Attorney on staff
Angie Mikulich
Closing Specialist
Jodee Micheletti
Owner/Closing Specialist
Sharon Maronick
Closing Specialist
Monday: Pasta and Meatballs $8.99
Tuesday: Honey Mustard Chicken Skillet $8.99
Wednesday: Glazed Ham Steak Dinner $8.99
Thursday: Beef Stroganoff $8.99
Friday: Steak and Shrimp $13.49
4 piece Chicken Dinner
BusinessAfter Hours
Breakfast Connections
• Coffee • Breakfast Goodies • Door Prizes
Join us for Business and News Updates, and make a new contact!
Wednesday, May 27th • 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Hosted By:
Co-Hosted By:
101 North
Broadway Ave.
Gilbert, MN
2015 Breakfast
Connections Sponsor
1201 8th Street South. Virginia, MN
Wednesday, May 13th • 7:45 am - 8:45 am
Mesabi Range College,
Virginia Campus Breakfast
Connections, April 8
Iron Trail Motors
Business After Hours,
April 22.
Habitat for Humanity’s Breakfast
Connections: One Week Early
June’s Breakfast Connection will be a week early on June 3 at Habitat
for Humanity.
Eveleth Heritage Committee
Eleven enthusiastic members were on hand
for the Heritage Committee’s meeting on
April 14, Noon. Discussion ranged from
auditorium renovation to mural restoration.
Mary Ellen Higgins is working on the
plaque for Miners Bank’s “This Place Matters” award. She and Chamber representative
Bernie Collins visited with Jerry Hoel, Miners
Bank president after the meeting.
Roger Kochevar’s library inventory is uncovering a lot of intriguing material.
Rosemary Zlimen’s photographs were circulated. Names of people in the photos are
needed. Everyone who loves Eveleth should
come to the meetings.
Anytime Fitness at AmericInn Ribbon
Cutting - Monday, April 13
Charolette Lief shares Eveleth history with
Hannah Gurno of Katherine House in Eveleth
as Lois Ferguson, Heritage Committee secretary
looks over photos
Salvation Army volunteers honored
Johnson and Tieberg attend All Star Banquet
Steve Johnson and Jim
Tieberg, chamber board
members, attended the
Range Engineering Council’s First Annual Iron
Range STEM All Star
Banquet at Hibbing Com-
munity College on April 23.
The banquet honored Iron
Range high school students
who’ve excelled in science,
technology, engineering and
math classes and programs.
Four teachers were also
recognized for their dedication and efforts promoting STEM in the region’s
schools. Eric J. Larson,
P.E., 3M Co. was the guest
Community & Lakes - April 28, 8:30
Community and Lakes
met on April 28, 8:30 at
Edgewood Vista. Committee members focused on
beach cleanup and planter
adoption. Spaces and planters are available.
Greg Gilness is promoting
the Olcott Park Fountain
Restoration. Community
and Lakes is behind his
effort. At a meeting at the
Miners Memorial Building
Wednesday evening, 6:30,
he presented some preliminary figures, and formed
the basis of a committee to
raise funds for restoring the
historic fountain. During
the meeting, it was deter-
mined that The Virginia
Community Foundation
would be the project’s fiscal
The next Community and
Lakes meeting will be held
on Tuesday, May 26, 8:30
am at Edgewood Vista. Everyone is welcome to join.
Camp Esquagama: as special place where –
“One week can change a child’s world.”
Photo by Lt. Randy Stahl, Hibbing Corps Officer: Lieutenants Christina and Sean Wise flank
2014 Volunteer of the Year Mark Carlson
The Salvation Army Virginia Corps honored over
100 volunteers early in the
evening at the Mountain
Iron Community Center on
April 23. Father Brandon
Moravitz delivered the
keynote speech during
which he stressed happiness by helping others and
unity among all faiths in
our community. Volunteers were treated to a
delicious Italian dinner, all
the trimmings, and several
desserts from Kim Phelps
and staff with entertainment by Mario Chiophone
on the accordion.
United Way shows good taste
United Way of Northeastern Minnesota held their “Flavor of the North”
at Curl Mesabi the evening of April
23. More than 300 people attended
and were treated to a sampling of food
from over 100 food purveyors. Over
$37,000 was raised during the event.
Jessica Lietz, Whistling Bird owner
said, “It was great to be part of United
Way’s Flavor of the North. We felt
like the Whistling Bird and our entree
were received well. Looking forward
to being part of this next year!”
Marnie Maki, Chamber administrative manager, took a tour and had lunch at 40-acre
Camp Esquagama. Maki noted that the camp is safe, well staffed and, “a place where
anyone can feel comfortable sending their kids.”
Marnie was part of about 40 people who learned about the special place. Founded in
1935, with the building of the main lodge the camp hosts children ages 4 to 17. Activities include canoeing, swimming, volleyball, archery and a climbing wall.
St. Louis County Commissioner Keith Nelson said, “The new Camp Esquagama is an
important addition to our Laurentian Area in terms of promoting tourism and having a
facility available throughout the year as a host for any number of groups or organizations.”
Thank you volunteers!
Celebrate National Small
Business Month.
Day or night, rain or shine,
Small Businesses are always
by your side.
at the Giants Ridge golf courses
Golf Shops & Courses
Cart Attendants
Golf Shop Clerks
Golf Course Maintenance
Eveleth, Virginia, Mt. Iron, Gilbert
(218) 741-2717
Food & Beverage
Banquet Cooks
Line Cooks
Banquet Servers
Restaurant Servers
Beverage Cart Servers
FT & PT positions. Application details at GiantsRidge.com
Photo by CAVU
Photo by Herbergs Hot Shots