Executive Director
Phone: 218-748-7651
Email: rams@ramsmn.org


Tom Rukavina at rally prior to MPCA hearing at MCC

RAMS hearing 1940

RAMS Board Members with State Legislatures 2022

RAMS DC Delegation visit 2021 on land withdrawal

Kawishiwi Falls - Ely MN photo by Adrian Koski 2016

Hwy 53 bridge Nov 2016 photo by F Luomanen

Mayor Rick Cannata Wild RIce/Sulfate rally

2016 Press conference on US Forest Service - Virginia, MN

New bridge at night photo by P Pluswick

Moon over Queen City photo created by Matt Herberg

RAMS visit to Minntac with State Legislatures 2021

Itasca Ski Hill

RAMS meets with Congressman Stauber in DC 2021

RAMS visits Cliffs Toledo Facility 2021

Pike Bay Marina Lake Vermilion

A Message From the Director


As many of you know, Steve Giorgi, Executive Director of RAMS for the last six years, announced his pending retirement in the Spring of 2021. Steve officially retired at the end of June and I was hired by the Board of Directors of RAMS to replace him and started my new position on August 1st. I want to share my congratulations to Steve on his retirement and express my thanks to him for the many years that he led this organization.

The Range Association of Municipalities and Schools (RAMS) was started in 1939 as a unique organization dedicated to enhancing the Iron Range area and to advocate for the communities and schools in this region. Throughout the years, RAMS has advocated at the state and federal level for legislation that benefits our region, our townships, our cities and our schools. Our members participate in RAMS in a number of ways, including: attending state committee hearings, testifying at the capital, hosting legislative informational meetings and contacting their legislators to express their concerns. Every member of this organization makes us a stronger and more viable voice to be listened to and to make a positive impact for the Iron Range.

As the newly hired Director of RAMS, I plan on initiating conversations with our membership to hear your ideas about the direction we should be going, legislation we should work on in the next session and other areas where we can work with partners in the region to make the Range even better equipped for the future.

RAMS has a proud history of representing the Iron Range, advocating for the issues that we care about. There are many challenges we face in the coming months and years ahead and I feel confident we can work together to benefit the entire Iron Range.      In the weeks and months ahead, I look forward to connecting and working with you. Please feel free to reach out to me directly by email or phone if you wish to set up a meeting or would like to discuss anything happening in your community.

“One Range – One Voice”

Stay Healthy and Safe,

Ida Rukavina

Executive Director