Residents of northeastern Minnesota's Iron Range enjoy an outstanding quality of life, every day.
Schools and medical centers, a regional airport, affordable housing, easy Internet access and countless recreational and arts events are only a few of the gems you'll find nestled among the deep, rich forests and crystalline lakes.
Minnesota has ranked as one of the top two America's "Most Livable State," by Morgan Quitno Press, for nearly a decade. This award was based on 43 factors including home ownership rate, job growth, percent of population graduated from high school, electricity prices and per capita personal income, among other indicators.
Minnesota was also the third healthiest state in the country in 2000. This award was based on 21 factors including but not limited to health care expenditure as a percent of gross state product, age-adjusted death rate and beds in community hospitals per 100,000 population. Source: Morgan Quitno Press, an independent private research publishing company.
Minnesota's workers are among the most educated and productive in the country, with a proven history of a strong work ethic. Educational facilities in northeastern Minnesota take pride in an excellent educational system that serves preschoolers through adults.
Schools here strive to provide an education that is contemporary, relevant and practical. Students of all ages develop skills based on rigorous academic standards, evolving workforce expectations and the demands of an international marketplace.
Several workforce training organizations offer services tailored to the needs of both new and expanding manufacturing and service sector employers.
Source: Bureau of Business & Economic Research UMD School of Business and Economics
For primary and secondary health care needs, few rural areas are better equipped than northeastern Minnesota. The region is served by two major health care systems, St. Mary's/Duluth Clinic Health System and Fairview University Medical Center-Mesabi. In addition, the area is served by numerous private practice physicians located in smaller clinics, as well as by many metropolitan-based consultants. Dentistry and orthodontic specialty clinics are available in almost every community in the region and psychiatric care, chiropractic clinics and chemical dependency clinics are also easily accessible throughout the region.
As the labor market tightens, employers are facing increasing difficulty in recruiting skilled workers in metro areas, and companies looking to fill open employment positions are beginning to look toward northeastern Minnesota.
The people in northeastern Minnesota are known for their work ethic, dedication and loyalty to employers. The Minnesota State Planning Agency reports that the region's employee-turnover percentage rate is significantly lower than other parts of Minnesota and the nation.
Northeastern Minnesota is a stronghold of participatory management, with companies such as Minnesota Power, an ALLETE company, and Reptron Electronics giving employees a say in how work is performed and empowering them to make decisions. Such companies are developing new work systems to improve productivity, and the workforce is part of the change process.Technology: Connecting Northeastern Minnesota to the the Information
In a land where wilderness abounds, the last thing anyone would have expected to take firm root is the Information Age. Still, northeastern Minnesota is quickly becoming one of the most technologically equipped rural areas in the nation. Technology centers, high-tech industrial parks, colleges and training programs, extensive telecommunications infrastructure - the list of efforts to equip the region for the new economy is long.
More Minnesotans than ever own their homes. Only one out of four occupied housing units in Minnesota is rented, while 74.6 percent of housing is occupied by the owner of the property. These same high rates hold true in the northeastern part of the state.
To a large extent, especially in northeastern Minnesota, the high rate of ownership is due to affordability and the availability of living-wage jobs. Source: Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development.
Today's business leaders are interested in more than the availability of labor and the cost of doing business: they want a lifestyle that includes quality recreation and cultural opportunities for themselves and their employees. Northeastern Minnesota delivers.
Offering unspoiled forests, thousands of lakes and a wide range of cultural attractions, the region has a variety of resources to satisfy everyone. Click HERE to download our region's quality of life fact sheet.
Relocation information provided by Iron Range Resources.
Iron Range Resources
P.O. Box 441 4261 Hwy 53 S
Eveleth, MN 55734-0441
800-765-5043 or 218-744-7400
For more information on relocation to northeastern Minnesota's Iron Range, click HERE.
Visit the Iron Mining Association website for information on how taconite is made, how it helps fuel the nation, and how it all happens right here on the Range!
Aaron Brown is an Iron Range newspaper and radio commentator who writes a blog found here. "Overburden: Modern Life on the Iron Range" describes the powerful and sometimes humorous ways that the Iron Range region is unlike any other. An instructor at Hibbing Community College, Brown lives with his family in the woods north of Nashwauk.