THE IRON RANGE RESOURCES AND REHABILITATION BOARD
was formed as a state
department nearly 60 years ago, to help prepare Minnesota for the decline
of its iron-mining industry, and to revitalize the state's forested and
Media reports savaged the IRRRB's business and tourism investments in the 1980s. Infighting among board members and the agency's commissioner led one political leader to declare the IRRRB "dysfunctional." Now, the IRRRB enters a new era, with a revamped board of advisors and a new commissioner appointed by Reform Party Governor Jesse Ventura.
Part One: The History
Center for Economic Development
Bureau of Business and Economic Research
Giants Ridge Ski Area
Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Boad
Iron Range Economic Alliance
NRRI Business Group
Itasca Development Corporation
City of Silver Bay City Hall
Ely Area Development Association
Minnesota Technology, Inc.
About the Reporters
Bob Kelleher began with Minnesota Public Radio as a part-time reporter in 1990 while completing work on a business degree. Kelleher became a fulltime reporter and was appointed bureau chief in 1993. Before his tenure with MPR, Kelleher abandoned a radio disc-jockey career to assume management of a small-market radio-news operation in Boone, Iowa. He also reported news for a commercial station in Duluth.
Amy Radil joined MPR as a reporter in the Duluth bureau in 1997, where she covers everything from moose calling to charter schools. She grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and attended Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. For two years Radil worked as a reporter in Washington, D.C. covering medical issues for FDC Reports. She received her master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and pursued her true vocation, radio.