The ERJPB began in 1984 as a collaboration and partnership effort between Aurora, Hoyt Lakes, the Town of White, and the local school district. Since then, the City of Biwabik was added in 2010 and the school district dropped out in 1994.

The four communities have made a considerable effort to invest time, effort, and financial commitment toward joint services, facilities, and programs the past three years and several initiatives are in progress. A major focus of the ERJPB over the years has been to engage in all feasible forms of collaboration and partnership with local, regional, state and federal communities and agencies involved with economic and community development. The current Strategic Action Plan includes additional resources to expand and enhance collaboration and other comprehensive plan goals and objectives.


The Board develops and implements policies and procedures for:

  • The preparation of an area-wide development strategy for the East Range area.
  • The preparation of promotional material and conduct of other public relations functions in the interest of maintaining and attracting new development in the East Range area.
  • Research and investigation of potential programs to support stabilization and growth of existing and new development in the East Range area.
  • Coordination and facilitation of development efforts with public and private interests both within and outside of the East Range area.

Board Members

City of Aurora

Doug Gregor, Mayor
Becky Lammi, City Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer

City of Biwabik

Jim Weikum, MayorJeff Jacobson, City Administrator

City of Hoyt Lakes

Chris Vreeland, Mayor
Rebecca Burich, City Clerk/Treasurer

Town of White

Edward Kippley, Board Vice Chair
Jodi Knaus, Town Manager/Clerk

Community Events & Meetings

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Timeline PhotosThe Burnt Onion Kitchen & Brews is now open three days a week featuring new summer menu items with takeout, outdoor patio dining and limited indoor seating available!

Burnt Onion Hours:
Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Call ahead: 218.865.8061 to reserve your table!
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It is with GREAT sadness to let you all know that Doris & I will be cancelling Cozy Cottage 2020. We were waiting until Aug. 1st to see how things were unfolding, but at this point we are not guaranteed that our building will even be open, as it has been closed for months. We feel this is the best decision, and hope you will all mark your calendars for Cozy Cottage 2021, (again held MEA week in October). This will give us time to make next year the biggest ever and come up with some new ideas. We will be calling all our vendors next August 2021 and hope you will again want to come join us for some Cozy Cottage fun! Enjoy the break, and focus on your crafts, maybe even learn a few new ones! We will miss you all, as you are all so important to us. Without you there would be no show. We feel keeping everyone safe at this time is the best decision. It would be too hard to manage the amount of people we pull in under safety guidelines. So here's to Cozy Cottage 2021!!!!!! PLEASE SHARE ... See MoreSee Less

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Timeline PhotosA 🇺🇸long holiday weekend never looked so good!

The Giants Ridge Bike Park will be OPEN a little EXTRA over the weekend to allow for MORE 🤘🏻#MTB riding #UPNORTH!

Thurs, July 2: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday, July 3: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 4: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 5: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

#giantsridge #giantsridgebikepark #truenorth #ridetherange #mesabiismagic #onlyinmn
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Timeline PhotosThe weekend we’ve all been waiting for! Goliath, our new Extremely Difficult mountain bike trail, will open Friday (weather permitting). We are planning normal operating hours Fri 3-7, Sat 11-7, Sunday 11-6. Please remember this is an experts only trail, so always ride within your abilities! #giantsridge #giantsridgebikepark #ridetherange #islayedgoliath #preride #reride #freeride ... See MoreSee Less

Purchased with a grant from the White Community Hospital Foundation:
One per child, please!
Pickup at Curbside Wednesday 12-4, Thursday 10-3, Friday 10-3.
Grow fresh herbs at home with Buzzy® complete grow kits. This kit includes everything needed to grow your own fresh herbs at home. Each kit includes a decorative metal container, 3 growing medium pellets, 1 seed packet and growing instructions.
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Essentia Health/Northern Pines Medical Center (Aurora)

Hospital (218) 229-2211
Clinic (218) 229-3311
5211 Hwy 110
Aurora MN 55705



Mesabi East Public School District #2711

Home of the Giants, this large school district encompasses 405.3 square miles in Northeastern Minnesota. It is a twice consolidated district, first with the consolidation of Aurora, Hoyt Lakes, and the surrounding area. Subsequently, Aurora-Hoyt Lakes consolidated with Biwabik creating Mesabi East.

The school district’s population is approximately 8,000 residents concentrated in the three communities of Aurora, Biwabik, and Hoyt Lakes. The district is bounded by the following school districts: St. Louis County, Lake Superior, Duluth, Virginia, and Eveleth-Gilbert.

Northeast Higher Education District

Northeast Minnesota is home to a unique experience of the rural north woods with quality education in liberal arts, high-demand programs, and rare programs. NHED pursues a positive learning process and well-balanced social and cultural experiences with an understanding of how to succeed in a technologically advanced world; and with a realization of the need for real-world, hands-on learning experiences.

With over 100 programs to choose from among seven career fields, NHED offers personalized advisement to group workshops on job readiness skills, we strive to help our students and alumni become more marketable and reach their career goals sooner.

Workforce Development

NORTHFORCE is a regional program providing community-based talent retainment and attraction by connecting career-minded individuals with professional advancement opportunities and supporting our regional employers’ current and future workforce needs in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.

Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency, Inc.

Employment & Training

Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training

Workforce Development

Area Banks

American Bank of the North

221 North Main Street
Biwabik, MN 55708

First National Bank of Gilbert

Hoyt Lakes Branch
Lakes Shopping Center
207 Kennedy Memorial Drive
Hoyt Lakes, MN 55750
(218) 225-1100
Fax (218) 225-1101

Embarrass Vermilion Federal Credit Union

600 W 3rd Ave North
Aurora, MN 55705

NorthRidge Community Credit Union

283 Kennedy Memorial Drive
PO Box 200Hoyt Lakes, MN 55750-0200
(218) 471-2121

Funding Sources

Department of Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation

Grant Resources

Arrowhead Regional Development Commission

Revolving Loan Fund

Entrepreneur Fund

Business Programs
Financing Resources

Northland Foundation

Emerging Entrepreneur Loans
Business & Quick Turn Loans

Great River Energy

Business Expansion Loan Program
E3 Loan Program

Contact Us

Staff & Consultants

The ERJPB staff & consultants work with the local governments of Aurora, Biwabik, Hoyt Lakes, and the Town of White to provide planning tools and assistance to enhance the East Range area including:

  • Regional Planning
  • Grant Writing
  • Redevelopment Planning
  • Community Vision and Strategic Planning
  • Presentations and Meeting Facilitation
  • Developing and Nurturing Clients
  • Project Management

Cherie Grams
Administrative Assistant

  • Phone: 218.780.6144
  • Email:

The Northspan Group, Inc. entered into a contractual relationship with the East Range Joint Powers Board (ERJPB) in October 2018 and serves as its staff consultant team.