HCC & USW Women of Steel Present: Women in the Workforce

Wednesday September 29th, 2021 at 11:30AM in the Hibbing High School Auditorium meet some influential women of the community and join us for lunch with prizes & giveaways!

  • Angela Heikkila, Event Coordinator

Hibbing Community College Empower Coordinator/ Electrical Lab assistance/ Licensed Electrician

  • Tawnya Gustafson, Attorney at Law


  • Cathy Drummond, Assistant to the Director USW District 11

(218) 744-2757


  • SFC Kayla Freeman, Readiness NCO, 1-94 CAV (Combat Arms)

19D/ Cav Scout

(651) 268-8615


  • Rossi Gangl, Fire Marshal

(218) 421-3942


  • Vicki Hagberg, Northland Small Business Development Center-consultant/ Geotechnical Engineer

(218) 228-8552 x. 103


  • Kori Meskill, US Steel Maintenance/ WOS Chair

(218) 235-3255


  • Racael Shiek, Hibbing Police Department- Investigator

(218) 262-0288


  • Anna Wald, Mesabi Range College and HCC Welding Instructor/ Certified Weld Inspector

(218) 404-3829


  • Susan Wiirre, Manager, Employee and Labor Relations- United States MN Ore Operations

(218) 749-7455


Redhead MTB Park Small Business Sponsorship Opportunity

There are some big changes coming to the Redhead MTB Park and now is your chance, as a small business, to get your business some recognition as well as help with a major upgrade to a community installation that is geared to bring in more business to the area!

By donating to this public project, you are supporting a vibrant and diverse Iron Range Community, supporting the growth of healthy lifestyles and building community connections, supporting increased tourism to our region, supporting inclusive recreational opportunities, helping build a space to bring new events to our region such as competitive racing and other community events, and supporting our mission to create a world-class recreation destination everyone can enjoy for free! Ask how you can make your sponsorship tax-deductible!

Level 1 Sponsorship ($100):

  • Social Shoutout with tag on Redhead media channels
  • Donation will be recognized in a commemorative sign at the trailhead
  • 2 free Redhead Stickers

Level 2 Sponsorship ($250):

  • Social Shoutout with tag and graphic w/ company logo on Redhead media channels
  • Donation will be recognized in a commemorative sign at the trailhead
  • 6 free Redhead stickers

Level 3 Sponsorship ($500):

  • Social shout out with tag, graphic w/ company logo, and story post on Redhead media channels
  • Donation will be recognized in a commemorative sign at the trailhead
  • 10 free Redhead stickers
  • 1 free Shuttle Tour of the Redhead for up to 10 people

Garbage Can Street Art Contest Winners

The City of Chisholm along with the Chisholm Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce our winners of the Garbage Can Street Art Contest. We want to thank all 27 participants who put their artistic talents and abilities into making beautiful street art.  We had a tie for 3rd place, these winners will split the Chisholm Chamber bucks prize.


1st Place Winner: Carrie Luoma $500.00

2nd Place Winner: Matt Hartl $300.00

3rd Place Winner: Cory and Mary Lundin $50.00

3rd Place Winner: Scott and Gretchen Mousseau $50.00

Winners may pick up their Chamber bucks at the Chisholm Chamber of Commerce. Please contact Shannon Kishel-Roche to arrange pick up. 218.254.7930

Hibbing Community College Building Naming Celebration

Join Hibbing Community College (HCC) on Friday, October 8th, 2021, in celebrating new names for buildings and common spaces.

The renaming process began with HCC seeking nominations from community members, students, faculty, alumni, and staff. Historically, campus buildings have been labelled by letter; however, with HCC having completed a major renovation project, the college recognized an opportunity to assign more meaningful names to its buildings and common spaces. As nominations were received, an HCC committee consisting of HCC faculty, staff, administrations, students, alumni, and community members made the final naming recommendations, which were approved by the chancellor of the Minnesota State system.

New memorable names will now offer clarity for students and visitors while also honoring HCC’s century-long history of providing affordable higher education for the Iron Range.

The Building Naming Celebration will take place on Friday October 8th, 2021, and will honor individuals and groups that have made a lasting impact on the Hibbing Community College. The public is welcome to attend.

Schedule of Events

4:00 p.m.  Welcome & Presentation

5:00 p.m.  Ribbon Cutting & Social Hour

6:30 p.m.  Athletics Recognition & Hall of Fame Inductees

Chisholm Community Education: Northern Lights Painting

Try your hand at water-miscible oil painting. Instructor will help participants to create a Northern Lights painting using an 11×14 stretched canvas and water-miscible oil paint.

No experience necessary-all skill levels welcome.

Ages 15-Adult

Time: 5:30-7:00

Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Cost: $25/participant

Location: Chisholm Elementary Cafeteria.


(Must have 4 registered participants to conduct the class)

Registration deadline is Nov. 7th, 2021


To contact them or to register visit their website chisholm.k12.mn.us  

Minnesota Main Street COVID Relief Grants: DEED Applications Begin September 20th

Minnesota Main Street COVID Relief Grants to Begin Accepting
Applications September 20;
Informational Resources Available Today

More than $64 million is available in grants for Minnesota businesses that experienced financial
hardship due to COVID-19.

St. Paul – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) will begin accepting applications for the Main Street COVID Relief Grants Program on September 20th. This program was approved by the Minnesota State Legislature and signed by Gov. Tim Walz on June 30, 2021.  

A total of $64,200,000 is available in grants for Minnesotan owned and operated businesses that can demonstrate financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Businesses that are majority-owned by military veterans, women, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color individuals; employ 6 people or fewer; and/or did not receive previous assistance from other state relief programs will be prioritized in the selection process. Funding will be distributed in a 50/50 split between the Twin Cities metro area and Greater Minnesota.   

Applicants that qualify and are selected will receive a grant amount between $10,000 and $25,000 based on the number of full-time equivalent (FTEs) employees on staff. To be eligible, businesses must operate in Minnesota and be majority owned by a resident of Minnesota. Additional eligibility requirements and application information can be found at DEED’s Main Street COVID Relief Grants Program page

“We know many small businesses are still feeling the lingering effects of the darkest days of the pandemic, so we’re eager to get this money into their pockets,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. “We know small businesses are big drivers of the job growth we need in our economy and hope businesses across the state apply for these funds.” 

Previous relief programs include the Small Business Emergency Loan program, the Small Business Relief Grant Program, the Movie Theater and Convention Center Relief Grant program, and the County Relief Grant program. 

We will be holding informational sessions; please find the dates and details below.  

If you have questions, you can email MSCRG.DEED@state.mn.us. We will also be keeping our Frequently Asked Questions updated as we get inquires. Additionally, you will be able to find translated program information on our website in Hmong, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese. You can also watch our How To Apply For The Minnesota Main Street COVID Relief Grant video in Hmong, Somali and Spanish.   

Applications will be reviewed and awards will be disbursed and administered by qualified local and regionally based nonprofit organizations. Grant funds received by individual businesses shall be used for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility bills, and other similar expenses that occur or have occurred since March 12, 2020, in the regular course of business. 

The application portal will open September 20, 2021 and will accept applications for 10 days after opening. Applications will close on September 29 at 11:59 p.m. Afterward, grant applications will be selected for consideration through a computer-generated, randomized selection process.  

DEED is the state’s principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and its services, visit the DEED website or follow us on Twitter.


Upon request, this information can be made available in alternate formats for people with disabilities by contacting the DEED Communications Office at 651-259-7161.


·         Eligibility

To qualify, an applicant must:

·         Be private for-profit business or non-profit organization (that earns revenue in ways similar to a business) with primary operations located in the state of Minnesota.

·         Be at least 50% owned by one or more resident(s) of Minnesota.

·         Employee the equivalent of 200 full-time workers or less.

·         Be able to demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

·         Minimum total sales or revenue of at least $10,000 for the 2020 or 2019 tax year.

In making awards, there are minimum set asides for various targeted groups and categories of businesses.

·         50% of funds will be available for businesses based in Greater Minnesota.

·         50% of funds will be available for businesses based in the 7-county metro area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington counties).

·         A minimum amount of funds must be awarded as follows:

o $18 million for businesses with six or fewer full-time workers.

o $10 million for businesses that are majority owned and operated by Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC).

o $2.5 million for businesses that are majority owned and operated by veterans.

o $2.5 million for businesses that are majority owned and operated by women.

Applicants will receive a grant amount based on the number of full-time equivalent (FTEs) employees on staff.

  • $10,000 – 6 FTEs or less.
  • $15,000 – Between 7 and 49 FTEs
  • $20,000 – Between 50 and 99 FTEs
  • $25,000 – Between 100 and 200 FTEs

Minnesota Discovery Center: Crowdfunding Digital Campaign Launch for Redhead Phase 2 Expansion

Starting Friday September 3rd 2021, The MDC will be launching a public crowdfunding campaign at www.GOREDHEAD.com to help fund the planned expansion of The Redhead MTB Park. The goal is to raise $100,000 from the public between September 3rd and October 3rd but will continue accepting donations after that deadline and until the project is fully funded. Funds raised during the campaign will directly support the phase 2 expansion plan, offsetting the total cost of the project. Members of the public  are invited to visit The Redhead crowdfunding campaign website HERE and social media platforms to follow and discover more about the project and support it with a donation.


As part of the campaign, the MDC will host a community fundraiser and screening of the documentary “Reclaimed”, a short film sharing a glimpse of the tory of The Redhead MTB Park, at the MDC theater. A date for this screening will be announced soon on the MDC and GoRedhead websites at mndiscoverycenter.com and goredhead.com

“We are thrilled to be officially launching this campaign and inviting the public behind the fences of the mines that built America,” said Jordan Metsa, MDC Fund Development and Marketing Coordinator. “A lot of hard work went into producing this campaign and we hope it helps people get excited about the unearthed potential Redhead has.”

The Phase 2 expansion project is anticipated to cost approximately $1.9 million and would include up to 14 additional miles with some wider trails for adaptive cycling and competitive racing, a mining themed paved pump track, a robust skills course, and enhanced user amenities throughout the trail system i.e. changing stations, water stations, bike pump stations, shade shacks, historical and interpretive signage, and more.

Behind the scenes, The MDC will be foraging new private and public partnerships, seeking community sponsors, and writing grants in a combined effort to raise the funds needed to complete the expansion of Redhead into its full potential as a world-class recreational destination.

“By acquiring phase 2 funding, one thing we can do is incorporate our museum into Redhead, offering a sort of educational experience as well as the recreational one everyone is coming for,” said Donna Johnson, Executive Director of the MDC. “This funding will not only build out the full experience Redhead offers, but it will allow us to share the rich history that is unique to this region.”

The expansion will help attract new visitors to the Iron Range, help the park attract new events, make the park more accessible and accommodating to beginning riders and individuals with disabilities, and promote healthy and vibrant communities. To recognize donors who contribute, the MDC will have a sign manufactured portraying the names of donors. The sign will be placed at the trailhead once the project is complete.