State. Rep. Joe Radinovich (DFL-Crosby) has been officially granted membership in the Iron Range Delegation of state lawmakers. Here he is with Reps. Jason Metsa (DFL-Virginia) and Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbing). Radinovich is already on the record making elementary teachers swoon.
Though in recent decades membership has been limited to representatives and senators with active mining in their districts, Radinovich does represent the Cuyuna Iron Range by Crosby and Ironton, an historically significant region in Minnesota’s mining and political story. With redistricting essentially eliminating one of the seven “traditional” spots in the delegation, Radinovich’s admission fills out the roster.
The delegation is generally associated with the pro-mining, economically populist brand of DFL politics common to the region, but has included Republican members when they’ve managed to win election here, most recently among them former State. Rep. Carolyn McElfatrick (R-Deer River).
Meantime, Rep. Mary Murphy (DFL-Hermantown) was frozen off the IRRRB and was not invited to join the Range delegation, even though North Shore’s processing plant is in her new district. Her skepticism about nonferrous mining is probably just a coincidence.
That is sarcasm.
CORRECTION: I forgot that former Rep. Al Juhnke was a dues-paying member for many years (during which he was the roommate of Rep. Tom Rukavina, a further mark of bravery).