NEW MEMBERS 2016: City of Keewatin Latest to Join RAMS!
Just last week a meeting with the city council of Keewatin ended with a very positive outcome for RAMS, another new member joined our ranks. That brings our total up to 47 public sector members across the TAA (Taconite Assistance Area). Membership has grown this year with three other new member groups including Biwabik, Fayal Township and the city of Two Harbors coming aboard in 2016.. Now more than ever, we need to unite under one umbrella for a louder and stronger voice at the legislature and for our region. If you know of a neighboring community or township that is not currently a member, please reach out to them, or contact me and I will meet with the leadership and discuss membership. ONE RANGE – ONE VOICE!!
Fostering economic development across Minnesota’s Iron Range
One Range… One Voice
Ensuring the voices of our Range cities, townships, and schools will be heard on the issues of economic enhancement and quality of life.
Serving Cities, Townships and Schools since 1939.
The Range Association of Municipalities & Schools (RAMS) was created in 1939 by the joining together of the Range Civic Association and the Range Municipalities Committee to promote legislation beneficial to its membership.
The main function of RAMS is to monitor proposed State and Federal legislation and determine how it may affect Association member units of government. The Range Association of Municipalities & Schools (RAMS) works closely with the Iron Range Delegation, the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) , and area economic development entities to further community development and quality of life for all member units.
Message From the Board
Someone recently asked me why I chose to live on the Iron Range. It was a thought-provoking question for me, given my determination after high school to leave for the big lights and big city, vowing never to return to the Range or marry a Ranger. Little did I know that a few years later I would I end up back home with a new job, AND married to that Ranger I met while working in the Twin Cities. Turns out it was a good decision.
It was a good decision to live here and raise a family because of what the Iron Range has to offer.
Shared values ~ Range values.
Range values are the kind of values our grandparents brought with them from “the old country” – Greece, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Germany, and Finland to name a few. They had a vision for a better life not only for themselves, but for the grandchildren they hoped to meet someday. They were risk takers who knew the value of hard work, determination, and perseverance. Their emphasis on education and belief in good citizenship are trademarks still with us on the Range.
We know the importance of family and Sunday dinners after church, the joy of a polka mass, and the value of education and hard work.
We know that voting is both a right and a privilege – and we vote in higher numbers than nearly anywhere else in the country.
Rangers aren’t shy about telling you exactly how they feel – sometimes whether you asked them or not. They tell it like it is. No hidden agendas.
We understand that we need to stick together to make things happen and that community service is required of us to give back a little of what we were given already.
Rangers help other Rangers.
We experienced the generosity of Rangers first hand after we had a house fire. And every weekend on the Range there are numerous fundraisers and benefits community members organize for others in need. This kind of help from Rangers isn’t confined geographically to the Range. For nearly three decades, transplanted Rangers in the Twin Cities have raised thousands of scholarship dollars for Iron Range students, and most recently, $12,000 for the Buddy Backpack program in our schools via the annual RangerSpiel in St. Paul. Once a Ranger, always a Ranger.
Recreational opportunities abound!
We live where we play! Right outside our doors we can hike-bike-walk-ski-swim-snowshoe-fish-camp-hunt. Northern lights dance in our skies on summer evenings and we enjoy them after a good hot sauna and while relaxing around a campfire. What’s not to like?
We face some economic challenges these days. And we will meet those challenges with our hard work, determination and perseverance. RAMS is one vehicle where we can and will speak as One Range. One Voice.