Melin sworn in; appointed to IRRRB

State Rep. Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbing) was sworn in today at Hibbing City Hall. She joins the state House of Representatives already in session and restores the 72-62 GOP/DFL split established after last fall’s election.

News today also came down that House Speaker Kurt Zellers appointed Melin to the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. State. Rep. Larry Howes (R-Walker) stepped down to avoid conflict and to make room for the new Range legislator. This was a classy move by Howes. The IRRRB now consists of eight DFLers and five Republicans; still the closest divide in party affiliation on the board in recent memory. Melin’s House 5B predecessor Tony Sertich is now the agency’s commissioner.

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