Welcome to the Range dinners planned for next Thursday

Communities across the Iron Range will roll out the red carpet to new residents by hosting free welcoming dinners in Biwabik, Virginia and Hibbing on Thursdays, May 4, 2023.

The events are being hosted by the East Range Joint Powers Board, Biwabik Civic Association, the Chambers of Commerce in Aurora and Hoyt Lakes, the Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce, the Laurentian Chamber of Commerce and ReVive Virginia.

“This is a great opportunity for the East Range Joint Powers Board to act upon one of our strategic directions: to promote the east range to attract and retain businesses,” said Miriam Kero, consulting staff for the ERJPB. “We heard that Hibbing’s new resident dinner last year was a great success. We are hoping for the same!”

Iron Range Tourism, which serves communities from Hibbing to Hoyt Lakes, was able to provide small grants to help fund each of the events, thanks to an anonymous sponsorship. “We’re really excited to see these welcoming events happening across the region,” said Beth Pierce, executive director of IRT. “Whether we’re thinking about bringing visitors or new residents to the region, being welcoming and helping people connect to our communities is the key to our success.”

The dinners are open to all who recently moved to the Iron Range, and will include the opportunity to meet city officials, chamber staff and ambassadors, connect with local businesses, and receive information about the area. Event details:

Laurentian Elementary School, 1409 Progress Parkway, Eveleth – 5:30 p.m. This event is for new residents in and around Eveleth, Gilbert, Virginia, Mountain Iron and Buhl. RSVP by calling 218-741-2717 or by emailing events@laurentianchamber.org or revivevirginia@gmail.com

Hibbing Memorial Building, 400 E 23rd St – 5:00 p.m. This event is for new residents in and around Hibbing and Chisholm. The Hibbing Historical Society Museum, also located in the Memorial Building, will be open for free tours. Register by calling 218-262-3895

Biwabik Pavilion 100 5th Ave N – 5:30 p.m. This event is for new residents in and around Biwabik, Hoyt Lakes and Aurora. Register by calling 218-481-7737.

“As a chamber working with our business community to draw a qualified workforce to our community, this event is part of the equation to showcase Hibbing and the surrounding area as a place to call home,” said Shelly Hanson, Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce President. New residents are asked to register for the event closest to them