The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (previously Iron Range Resources, Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Agency and Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board, known locally, always and forever, as the IRRRB) is trying to plan for the future of northern Minnesota’s Iron Range. That’s why Commissioner Tony Sertich and agency officials have crafted the NextGen initiative, a task force that addresses the needs of younger professionals, families and entrepreneurs in the region.
Yesterday, the IRRRB announced four young professionals it was naming to the Next Gen task force, which includes other various Range dignitaries as well.
Britta Bloomquist of Virginia is a communications coordinator for Habitat for Humanity in Virginia through the AmeriCorps VISTA program.
Victoria Hagberg of Hibbing is a geotechnical engineer for Barr Engineering Company in Hibbing.
Kyle Lamppa of Virginia is a United Steelworkers training coordinator at ArcelorMittal-Minorca Mine in Virginia.
Jordan Richards of Ely is a data analyst for Twin Metals Minnesota and co-manager of Rockwood Bar and Grill, both in Ely. He also is an aircraft armament system specialist with the Minnesota Air National Guard 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth.
“Young” in this case refers to people under the age of 34. I am still under the age of 34 but did not apply for this because, excuse me, I have a blog and my task force is THE PEOPLE. Anyway, I know a couple of these cats and they ought to do fine, for what that’s worth. A little mining-y, you know, but a brother can’t help that. It’s the Range.