Updated: 01/21/2014 10:52 PM
Created: 01/21/2014 3:12 PM WDIO.com
Virginia and Mt. Iron-Buhl share some things, like hockey teams. But other times, they are opponents, like on the basketball court.
And the strong desire to maintain and serve each community is the reason the "standard" solution of consolidation is off the table, according to the districts.
Both districts are facing the challenge of aging facilities. They've decided to join forces and look for funding together, for one new campus.
The potential location is next to the Merritt Elementary in Mt. Iron.
According to plans from the districts, no staff would be eliminated, and the two districts would keep separate school boards and superintendents. The students would go to classes together, but at 3:15 when the bell rings, they would go their separate ways for their extra-curriculars.
The superintendents spoke to us on Tuesday.
"To co-exist in one, state-of-the-art facility, but maintain our own sports teams, and keep our school songs. This would allow our students to have a world class education," according to Deron Stender, superintendent in Virginia.
John Klarich, superintendent in Mt. Iron, agrees. "We have a proud tradition at MIB. We like our independence. We are sound financially. But our facilities are aging."
Klarich said it could be a chance of a lifetime. He explained the potentially $75 million dollar venture is being sought from the legislature and taconite tax dollars.
The soonest the potential new school would be completed would be the fall of 2016.
Eveleth Gilbert is looking at joining these conversations. Their school board is having a special meeting about this on Thursday.
Two forums are coming up next week for the public to weigh on the co-located school.
1) Tuesday, January 28th, at Parkview in Virginia. 6pm
2) Wednesday, January 29th, at Merritt Elementary in Mt. Iron. 6pm
And for more detailed information: http://www.bettertogethermn.info
E-Cigarette Business Booming as FDA Proposes New Regulations
Regulating the sale and use of electronic cigarettes is the goal of new rules proposed by the Food and Drug Administration Thursday. If approved, e-cigarette sales would be banned to people under age 18, a warning label would be placed on the devices, and manufacturers would be required to tell the FDA what's in their products.
Cancellations & Closures
We've received a few event cancellations due to the snow. To have your event added to the list, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Man Missing in Itasca Co.
Itasca County Sheriff's Office is asking for your help in finding a missing man, Gregory Arthur Thurston. The 51-year-old man was last seen around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday on foot in rural Bigfork near County Road 52.
Dining Out for Life in Duluth
Eating at one of a half-dozen Duluth restaurants today can help Minnesotans living with HIV/AIDS. The "Dining Out for Life" event raises money for the Aliveness Project.
Monument to Honor Former POWs and David Wheat
There's an effort underway to build a monument to honor all POWs from the Northland, including Commander David Wheat, of Duluth.