Itasca County News


01/15/2018 08:41 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Plaintiff prevails in 'date rape' civil suit 

When the Itasca County Attorney's Office declined to prosecute Randall Lee Vannet of Grand Rapids for allegedly raping his girlfriend, Renee Dianne "Rae" Florek, she didn't give up. Florek had dated Vannet for more than four years.


12/29/2017 02:33 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Small economic development projects follow recovery of Iron Range taconite industry 

The Iron Range wrapped up 2017 with a flurry of demolition, building and job training projects designed to end blight and sprinkle economic development across communities in the Northeast pocket of Minnesota, state officials announced Friday. The projects are the latest good news for the Iron Range, which is recovering from a two-year downturn in the iron ore and taconite pellet industry that dominates that part of the state.


12/28/2017 07:21 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Mesabi Metallics Emerges from Bankruptcy under New Ownership 

Mesabi's chapter 11 plan of reorganization, sponsored by Chippewa, was confirmed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware in June 2017 and became effective December 22, 2017. Tom Clarke, Chippewa principal, and Mesabi's new Chief Executive Officer praised the efforts of Governor Dayton, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and the Itasca County Board of Commissioners, who worked closely with the Mesabi and Chippewa teams to achieve last Friday's success.


12/22/2017 12:23 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Mesabi/Chippewa gets until June 30 to pay debt, complete financing 

Mesabi Metallics and its holding company Chippewa Capital Partners are still entangled in post-bankruptcy legal action and embroiled in recent speculation that Cleveland Cliffs has thrown a curve ball into its development plans. Nonetheless, the state, county and company appear to be moving forward with business as usual.


12/22/2017 12:52 AM  ~~~Source~~~
Itasca County Votes to Amend Bankruptcy Agreements 

An emergency meeting was called for the Itasca County Board on Thursday afternoon. Commissioners considered amendments to bankruptcy agreements related to the former Essar project.