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'Next Gen' members appointed to Better IRR task force
Four Next Gen members, all under age 34, were named to the Better IRRRB Task Force, Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) Commissioner Tony Sertich announced.
The Next Gen members are:
Britta Bloomquist of Virginia, a communications coordinator for Habitat for Humanity in Virginia through the AmeriCorps VISTA program.
Victoria Hagberg of Hibbing, a geotechnical engineer for Barr Engineering Company in Hibbing.
Kyle Lamppa of Virginia, a United Steelworkers training coordinator at ArcelorMittal-Minorca Mine in Virginia.
Jordan Richards of Ely, 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.
“Because the task force will focus heavily on the future of the region, it is important that younger Iron Rangers bring their unique perspectives to the process," Sertich said in a news release.
He originally planned to appoint two Next Gen members to the task force but ultimately decided to expand the number to four, due to the number of qualified applicants.
“The education and experience of these four individuals, coupled with their strong vision and passion for the Iron Range, will make each of them a great asset to the task force,” he said.
The 17-member Better IRRRB Task Force, which was created in June, is charged with protecting agency resources, particularly the $143 million in the Douglas J. Johnson Trust Fund. It is a trust fund of local Iron Range tax dollars established in 1977 that supports projects that stimulate employment and encourage diversification of northeastern Minnesota’s economy. Over the past decade, Sertich said, there have been repeated and failed attempts by some elected officials to "raid" the fund and use the money for non-germane state expenditures.
The task force also will develop strategies for improving the IRRRB and helping it evolve with the times. Input will be gathered from all citizens, including current agency stakeholders, previous customers, former IRRRB Commissioners and former IRRR Board members. Findings and recommendations are due to Sertich by the end of the year.
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