"Ruk Roast" to honor, pillory iconic Range lawmaker

On Monday evening, Iron Range community members, leaders and state politicos will join to roast retiring Rep. Tom Rukavina (DFL-Pike Township), an icon of recent Iron Range politics. Donations will be collected to establish a Tom Rukavina scholarship at Mesabi Range Community and Technical College in Virginia, Minnesota.

I expect stories aplenty, as Rukavina left a broad wake of anecdotes and quotes behind his 26-year legislative career.

Representative Tom Rukavina Retirement Roast and Scholarship Fundraiser.

Special Guests: Gov. Mark Dayton, U.S. Senator Amy Kobuchar, U.S. Senator Al Franken

6-7 P.M. Dinner with a Roast to follow! LIVE BAND! LIBATIONS!

Dinner will include brats, polish, and coleslaw. Cost is $5 or whatever you can afford. Proceeds and additional generous contributions will go to create a Scholarship Fund in Tom’s name at Mesabi Community College.

Checks to: Mesabi College Foundation, Rukavina Scholarship
1001 Chestnut St West, Virginia, MN 55792

This will take place at the Mt. Iron Community Center on Highway 169. Traveling from the south, you’d take 53 to Virgina, turn onto 169 and drive a couple miles.

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