The ERJPB began in 1984 as a collaboration between communities to foster community and economic development across their boundaries.

Aurora, Biwabik, Hoyt Lakes, and the Town of White 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. Its actions are guided by three-year plans created by the board and staff.

Vision: The region to live, work, and play.

Mission: To improve the lives of our residents by fostering collaboration among East Range communities.

Core Values:

We are…

Collaborative. We build bridges across the four East Range communities and with local and regional partners to promote comprehensive solutions for us all.

Supportive. We share resources across our communities and acknowledge the success of one community brings benefits to the entire area.

Trusting. We build deep relationships with one another and believe our tight-knit networks are the foundations for the future of the East Range.

Responsive. We recognize the voices of community members and adapt our efforts to address our most urgent needs and challenges.

Board Members

City of Aurora

Doug Gregor, Mayor
Luke Heikkila, City Administrator

City of Biwabik

Jim Weikum, Mayor

Jeff Jacobson, City Administrator

City of Hoyt Lakes

Dave Zins, Mayor
Becky Lammi, City Administrator

Town of White

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

Funding Sources

East Range Joint Powers Board 


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Department of Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation

Grant & Loan 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

Small Business Development Center Partner

Northland SBDC

The Northland Small Business Development Center program serves the Northeast Minnesota counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis. Our consultants work throughout this region to help anyone seeking assistance to start, manage, or grow a business, and our services are offered at no-cost to clients.

Request for Services

Vicki Hagberg

Business Consultant (She/Her)
Northland SBDC
218-228-8552 x103

Katherine Lahti

SBDC Business Consultant, Quad Cities/East Range

Area Banks

American Bank of the North

221 North Main Street
Biwabik, MN 55708
(218) 865-6345

First National Bank of Gilbert

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

Embarrass Vermilion Federal Credit Union

600 W 3rd Ave North
Aurora, MN 55705
(218) 229-2048

NorthRidge Community Credit Union

283 Kennedy Memorial Drive
Hoyt Lakes, MN 55750
(218) 471-2121

Northern State Bank

213 Main Street South
Aurora, MN 55705
(218) 229-2234

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Community Events & Meetings

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NEWS RELEASE: City of Aurora to break ground on West Industrial Park

The city of Aurora is developing an industrial park northeast of the intersection of Minnesota State Highway 135 and County Road 100. The park will create new industrial space in the region and help attract and accommodate potential new manufacturing businesses.

West Industrial Park Groundbreaking Ceremony (public welcome):

DATE/TIME: Thursday, July 25, 2024 at 12 p.m.

LOCATION: Northeast of the intersection of Minnesota State Highway 135 and County Road 100.

RECEPTION: Immediately following at the Aurora Community Center (15 West 1st Avenue North, Aurora), hosted by contractor Bolton & Menk.

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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

JET: Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training

Workforce Development

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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.

Minnesota North College

Minnesota North colleges are open to you – and a bigger, brighter tomorrow. Tomorrow needs big thinkers. Tomorrow needs difference-makers. Tomorrow needs … you. And the closest place to go far with your tomorrow is right here in your backyard.

Choose from five Northeast Minnesota community colleges: Vermilion, Hibbing, Itasca, Mesabi and Rainy River. Go close. Go far. Go now.

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.

    Shaun Hainey
    Consultant & Northland Connection Program Manager