Iron Range Makerspace finds home in Hibbing

The former Hibbing Post 8510 VWF building along Highway 169 in Hibbing will now house the Iron Range Makerspace. (PHOTO: Iron Range Makerspace)

Iron Range Makerspace announced just before Christmas that it bought the empty Hibbing VFW building on the Highway 169 Beltline. The move will finally provide a permanent location for this unique laboratory for tinkers, be they students, amateurs or professionals.

I wrote about the Iron Range Makerspace concept just over a year ago. CEO Andrew Hanegmon and his team have been working on the project throughout 2016. Iron Range Makerspace hosts “Makers Talk” sessions every month and provides programming at youth STEM events in the region.

There is a Makers Talk session tonight at 6 p.m. at the Hibbing Tourist Seniors Center on Howard Street. Forrest Brownlee will discuss building arrow tips. Brian Hacker will discuss lean prdouction.

IRM has moved its programming around the Iron Range while seeking a permanent home. The old VFW club has sat empty on the Beltline for more than two years. VFW Post 8510, citing declining membership and revenue, dissolved in 2014.

Iron Range Makerspace is a private, member-supported LLC providing equipment and space for inventors, craftspeople, artists and engineers. When fully operational, members will be able to use advanced software, 3-D printers, and other expensive production tools to make anything they want.

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