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

Association Members

Membership in the Range Association of Municipalities & Schools (RAMS)

Public entities within the Taconite Relief Area of NE Minnesota are all entitled to membership in the Range Association of Municipalities & Schools (RAMS). There is an annual dues for membership which is based somewhat on population and size of the unit. School districts are also entitled to membership and dues are based on student enrollment. The fee structure ranges between $300—$1750. Each member unit is entitled to elect a board delegate and we have a 24 member board representing our current 44 member units.

Corporate membership is available to community businesses or vendors who work and serve in our cities and schools and we encourage participation. Corporate members are entitled to attend all RAMS sponsored events but do not have voting privileges. Dues for a corporate sponsor are $500 on an annual basis.

To learn more about membership opportunities contact RAMS via email:

Current Association Members

Aitkin School, 3rd Monday 7:00 pm,

Aitkin City, 1st & 3rd Monday 7:00 pm, @ Public Library,

Aurora City, 1st Tuesday 5:00 pm,

Babbitt City, 1st & 3rd Wednesday 9:00 am,

Biwabik City, 2nd Monday 6:00 pm, http:/

Buhl City , 1st & 3rd Tuesday 5:30 pm,

Calumet City, 3rd Tuesday 4:30 pm

Cherry Township, 1st Tuesday 7:00 pm;

Chisholm Schools, 2nd & 4th Monday 5:00 pm,

Chisholm City, 2nd & 4th Wednesday (thru April)  5:30 pm.

Clinton Township, 2nd Tuesday 7:00 pm

Cook City, 4th Thursday of each month 6:00 pm;

Cook County School, 1st Tues/ 3rd Thur 5:00 pm,

Crosby Ironton School, 4th Monday 6:00 pm,

Ely City, 1st & 3rd Tuesday 5:30 pm,

Ely School, 2nd Monday  6:00 pm,

Eveleth/Gilbert School, 2nd & 4th Monday 5:00 pm, 

Eveleth City, 1st & 3rd Tuesday 5:00 pm;

Fall Lake Township,  
1st Tuesday 5:00 pm,

Fayal Township, 1st & 3rd Tuesday  7:00 pm,

Gilbert City , 2nd & 4th Tuesday 6:30 pm,

Grand Rapids City, 2nd & 4th Monday 5:00 pm,

Grand Rapids Schools, 1st & 3rd Monday 7:00 pm,

Great Scott Township, 1st Monday 6:00 pm

Greenway Schools, Last Wednesday 6:30 pm,

Greenwood Township, 2nd Tuesday 6:30 pm;

Hibbing City, 
1st & 3rd Wednesday 6:00 pm,

Hibbing School, 1st Wed after the 1st Monday 4:00 pm,

Hoyt Lakes City, 2nd & 4th Monday 6:30 pm,

Keewatin City, 2nd & 4th Wednesday 5:00 pm, www.keewatin.govoffice.

Kinney City  2nd Tuesday 6:00 pm

Lake Superior School, 2nd Thursday 6:00 pm,

LaPrairie City, 1st & 3rd Monday 6:00 pm,

Lone Pine Township, 1st Monday of each month 7:00 pm

Marble City,  2nd Monday 6:30 pm

McDavitt Township, 2nd Tuesday 7:00 pm

McKinley City, 

Mesabi East School, 1st Monday 5:30 pm,

Morse Township, 2nd Tuesday, 6:00 pm

Mt. Iron – Buhl School, 2nd & 4th Monday 5:30 pm,

Mt. Iron City, 1st & 3rd Monday 6:30 pm,

Nashwauk Township, 2nd Tuesday 7:00 pm,

Nashwauk / Keewatin Schools, Last Wednesday 6:00 pm,

Nashwauk City, 2nd & 4th Tuesday 5:30 pm,

Northland Learning Center,

Schroeder Township, 2nd Tuesday  7:00 pm,

Silver Bay, 1st & 3rd Monday 7:00 pm,

St. Louis County Schools, 3rd Monday 7:00 pm,

Taconite City, 2nd Tuesday 4:30 pm

Tower City, Mondays 5:30 pm,

Two Harbors City, 2nd & 4th Mondays 6:30 pm,

Virginia City, 2nd & 4th Tuesday 6:30 pm,

Virginia School, 2nd & 4th Monday 6:00 pm,

White Township, 1st Thursday 5:00 pm,

Wuori Township,

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.

Don’t forget to check out the latest on the RAMS website(s)
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