Steve Giorgi
Executive Director
Phone: 218-780-8877

RAMS hearing 1940

Kawishiwi Falls - Ely MN photo by Adrian Koski 2016


Moon over Queen City photo created by Matt Herberg

RAMS delegation with Senator Klobuchar

2016 Press conference on US Forest Service - Virginia, MN

DC delegation on land withdrawal 2017

Mayor Rick Cannata Wild RIce/Sulfate rally

New bridge at night photo by P Pluswick

Hwy 53 bridge Nov 2016 photo by F Luomanen

Pike Bay Marina Lake Vermilion

Tom Rukavina at rally prior to MPCA hearing at MCC

Range Officials with Congressman Stauber

Itasca Ski Hill

Board Members

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Charlie Baribeau                                           2020 RAMS Vice President
Virginia City Council Member

Barb Kalmi Nashwauk-Keewatin School Board

Barb Kalmi
Nashwauk-Keewatin School Board

Cyndi Worshek Mesabi East School Board

Cyndi Worshek
2020 RAMS Secretary/Treasurer

Mesabi East School Board

Ronald Pittman
Cherry Township Supervisor

John Champa
Mayor – Chisholm City Council

Dale Christy Grand Rapids City Council

Dale Christy
Grand Rapids City Council Member

Morse Township Supervisor

Bob Berrini
Morse Township Supervisor

Town of McDavitt, Vice President

Jim Fisher
Town of McDavitt

Kim McLaughlin
Hibbing School Board Director

Dave Worshek
Aurora City Councilor

Steve Giorgi

Steve Giorgi
RAMS Executive Director

City of Ely

Paul Kess
City of Ely


Calvin Saari
Nashwauk Mayor

Glenn Anderson
Babbitt City Council Member

Richard Aldrich
Superintendent Hibbing Schools
Superintendent’s Association


City of Buhl

Stuart Lehman
Buhl City Council Member

Grand Rapids Schools

Pat Medure                                                     2020 RAMS President
Grand Rapids Schools

President of RAMS, Silver Bay City Councilor

Carlene Perfetto
Silver Bay City Councilor

Jennifer Hoffman-Saccoman
Hibbing City Councilor

Mt. Iron City Councilor

Al Stanaway
Mt. Iron City Councilor

Gregg Allen

Gregg Allen
Superintendent of Mesabi East Schools
Superintendent’s Association

David Zins
Hoyt Lakes City Council


Nashwauk Township Supervisor

Warren Stolp
Nashwauk Township Supervisor


Stacey Sundquist
Virginia School Board

Milan Luzaich Great Scott Township

Milan Luzaich
Great Scott Township Supervisor

Message From Director

September was a month full of activities with kids returning to school, Senate and House bonding tours and RAMS back to work with a board meeting in Hibbing.

Prior to the meeting, members of the Board of Directors took a tour of the Windows to the World new mine view overlooking the Hull Rust mine pit. This is an amazing site that all Rangers have to put on a “to do” list when visitors come to town.

At the board meeting Representative Julie Sandstede, District 6A gave a report that included highlights from the 2019 session and included insights into the 2020 bonding session. So far $5.3 BILLION dollars in projects have been requested!

Rep Sandstede’s report was appreciated by the board and was comprehensive and informative. Thanks Julie for all you do for the Range.



In other board business, the annual audit report was reviewed and approved with no financial concern noted by our auditor. A new conflict of interest policy and code of conduct policy were recommended and the board will adopt at the next meeting. The board also heard updates on PolyMet, Twin Metals, HibTac and Mesabi Metallics…good news is hard to find but we continue to support projects that meet all permitting requirements and will provide great economic boosts to our region.

The board also agreed to hold the RAMS annual meeting on December 19th, 2019. This is earlier than in the past so much work must be done in the next two months to prepare.

RAMS hosted a Range Mayors meeting in September and the mayors heard a presentation from Dean DeBeltz from Twin Metals.

Twin Metals signed a PLA (project labor agreement) with the MN Trades and Labor Council and is close to submitting a mine plan of operation to the US Forest Service. The mayors were thankful for the presentation and many good questions were answered by Dean.

October started with a bang as RAMS hosted a meeting with 8th District Congressman Pete Stauber. The meeting included RAMS board members and Iron Range Mayors from over a dozen communities.

Congressman Stauber continues to fight for the “Range way of life” in DC and was proud to testify in a committee about how we mine safely, efficiently and without environmental catastrophes. The Congressman is part of the “Problem Solver Caucus” that is made up by 48 bi-partisan representatives and was instrumental in developing a solution to end the government shutdown. Thanks so much for your time and efforts on behalf of the 8th District, Congressman Stauber.

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