Herb Sellars – Lifetime of Public Service
Herb Sellars passed away after his longtime battle with multiple myeloma came to an end. I was fortunate to know Herb when we both served as members of the RAMS board of directors, prior to my becoming the director of RAMS. Herb was an outstanding hockey player, coach and mentor, being inducted in the US Hockey Hall of Fame as a coach in 2014. Herb was a teacher, guidance counselor and principal for the Chisholm schools for over 30 years and was a lifelong advocate for the education of our youth.
Herb lived on Dark Lake north of Chisholm and served as a Supervisor for Great Lake Township for decades, as well as a member of the RAMS board of directors, and as an original member of the Central Range Sanitary Sewer District board. Herb cared deeply about the Range, about the environment, and about the people of this region. Herb would never dominate the conversation at a board meeting, but when Herb spoke, it was always wise to pay attention as his carefully crafted statements were often the most important statements at the meeting.
It was truly an honor to serve with Herb, and then to work for him. I always appreciated his counsel and words of encouragement. On behalf of the RAMS board of directors I extend our sympathy to his wife Mara and his children and grandchildren. Take comfort in knowing how many people were positively affected because Herb Sellars touch their lives in one way or another.
NEWEST MEMBERS TO JOIN RAMS:
Cherry Township – thanks Ron Pittman!
City of McKinley – Welcome to RAMS. Thanks Mayor Nygaard. City of Aitkin.
The Range Association of Municipalities & Schools is always looking to add to the membership base. The RAMS motto: “ONE RANGE – ONE VOICE” becomes even stronger with every new member. Already in 2018, RAMS has been pleased to announce the addition of six new Corporate Members:
Northeast Technical Services (NTS)
VIC’s Crane & Heavy Haul, Inc.
RMS Road Machinery Supplies, Inc.
Arcelor/Mittal Minorca Mine Inc.
RAMS has worked with these companies on issue that are impacting the Range such as wild rice/sulfate standards, promotion of mineral exploration and the continued support for “our way of life” on the Iron Range. RAMS is grateful to these companies for their support and membership, and encourages your community, or business to consider becoming a member. Contact Steve @ email@example.com for more information.
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.
Charles Baribeau – Virginia City Council & RAMS Vice President
RAMS as an organization advocates for issues of regional importance, such as modifying the wild rice/sulfate standard to afford local municipalities an affordable treatment process based on science with proven results. RAMS supports allowing mining exploration and submission of a mine plan that shall then be reviewed by the EPA, MPCA, DNR, and must meet or exceed environmental standards before being permitted. This should apply to precious mineral mining not just iron ore mining. RAMS also advocates and supports collaboration by school districts on the Range to truly enhance educational experiences and opportunities for generations of Rangers to provide them a pathway to successful and prosperous futures.