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
Stefanie Dickinson, City Clerk-Treasurer

City of Biwabik

Jim Weikum, Mayor

Jeff Jacobson, City Administrator

City of Hoyt Lakes

Chris Vreeland, Mayor
Becky Lammi, City Administrator

Town of White

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

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

Betsy Olivanti

Business Consultant (She/Her)
Northland SBDC
218-228-8552 x102

Vicki Hagberg

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

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

Funding Sources

East Range Joint Powers Board 

Disaster Relief Loan Program

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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

Premiere  Available Sites

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East Range Sites & Buildings

Community Events & Meetings

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Timeline PhotosEvery Friday beginning August 5th, all women Mountain Bikers at Giants Ridge get $30 lift tickets on Fabulous Fridays! Begin the weekend with friends on the trails and afterwards stop in to the Burnt Onion Kitchen & Brews for our Pizza & a Pint (or wine) Special!

Chairlift hours are 10 am – 6 pm on Fabulous Fridays and the special offer runs until September 10th.
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Timeline PhotosGiants Ridge has immediate openings for both a full-time, year-round Product Sales Supervisor and Product Sales Agent to join our customer service team working with golfers, mountain bikers and skiers!

For job descriptions & to apply, visit:
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Author Tom Mattson will appear at the Hive Coffee and Bakehouse this Saturday, July 31, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tom's second book of world travel adventures was published in April. It is Meeting Strangers, Making Friends: More Surprising Travel Adventures from the Minnesota Storyteller.

Tom looks forward to chats with Range readers whether they have one of his books, check them out from a library, or just like to stop by.

Like his first book, The Other Worlds, the new one covers events and people from the Iron Range to the heart of South America and several countries in Asia (including the Kingdom of Bhutan), as well as Africa and the American West.

The Hive will be Tom's last appearance before he motorcycles west again. He'll appear in Buffalo, Wyoming at the Johnson County Library on August 19. His 2021 book tells about "The Cowboy You Meet on the Next Stool,' set in Buffalo. Before that story ends, others with Buffalo connections besides the cowboy are weaved into the plot, including Theodore Roosevelt, Calamity Jane, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Ernest Hemingway and Owen Wister.
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Timeline PhotosIf you love to golf in the Northwoods, it’s tough to dial up a better day on the links than 18 holes at both The Legend & The Quarry with lunch in-between! Take advantage of our 37-Hole Special, valid until August 29th!

Weekday: $160
Weekend: $175

Book 37-Hole Special by calling 218.865.8030.
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Timeline PhotosGRIND Race Day is quickly approaching on August 14th! Who’s already signed up to race the Short GRIND (18 mi) or Long GRIND (35mi)? If you haven’t registered yet, make sure to register before our entry fee goes up $10 after July 31st! All Minnesota Interscholastic Cycling League athletes receive 50% off the GRIND entry fee! #racethegrind

More Info & Online Registration:
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East Range Joint Powers Board Meeting

August 24 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

East Range Joint Powers Board Meeting

September 28 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

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

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Hello Iron Range

Welcome! Are you moving to the Iron Range, or considering a move? Let us help you learn more about the area. Start your journey by exploring this site!


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 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.

    Karl Schuettler
    Research Director & Senior Consultant