Tom Rukavina – Iron Range Icon
Tom Rukavina passed away on January 7, 2019 after a courageous battle with leukemia. Tom was maybe short in stature, but he will be remembered as a giant advocate for the Iron Range. Tom seemingly knew everyone or their relatives, always found time to listen, discuss, perhaps even argue with his constituents but you knew he cared and you knew his loyalty to our region, our communities and the people of the Range. Tom supported RAMS and appreciated the support RAMS provided for the region and we often found ourselves on the same stage, at the same rally fighting for the same causes. Tom was our closer at all of our events and he never let us down as he repeatedly found a historical reference, or use of a prop like a Zup’s grocery bag to make his point on the matter at hand. Tom also took great pride in his family, his grandchildren and his heritage that included Italian and Croation geneology. He had a great sense of humor, civility and passion and will be remembered for years to come. I had the personal pleasure of hiring and working with his daughter Ida, so I always got a pass with Tom, even if we disagreed on an issue. Tom, on behalf of RAMS and all the Range communities we represent, THANK YOU for all that you did, day in and day out a fighter to the end. We love and will miss you. Our love and support go out to Victor, Ida, Jean and Tom’s brother and sister and the Rukavina family.
2019 NEWEST MEMBERS TO JOIN RAMS:
City of Eveleth – Thanks Mayor Bob Vlaisavljecich
City of Cook – Thanks Mayor Harold Johnston
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 2019, RAMS has been pleased to announce the addition of 3 new Corporate Members:
Colosimo, Patchin, Kearney & Brunfelt LTD. – Thanks Mitch Brunfelt
Komatsu Mining Corp. – Thanks John Ward
ICS Consulting – Thanks Jeff Schiltz
RAMS is grateful to the continued, growing support of our regional business community. RAMS is grateful to these companies for their support and membership, and encourages your community, or business to consider becoming a member. Contact Steve at: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.