Former executive editor at Mesabi Daily News has passed away

Bill Hanna Bill Hanna |  Photo: Mesabi Tribune

Updated: January 12, 2021 09:47 PM
Created: January 12, 2021 08:19 PM

The former executive editor of the Mesabi Daily News has passed away.

Bill Hanna died earlier this week.

He retired a few years ago after a heart attack.

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar sent a statement, saying, "I am deeply saddened to hear of Bill's passing. For more than three decades, Bill provided Rangers with the news and never shied away from hard truths.His dedication to serving his community was truly remarkable. And now, more than ever, we understand the importance of journalists to our nation. Bill loved the history and people of the Iron Range, and was committed to bringing them the news. As we mourn his tremendous loss, my heart is with his loved ones."

State Representative Dave Lislegard sent a statement as well. "Over his storied career, Bill Hanna not only kept the Iron Range informed, but he helped tell our region's story to the entire world. I'll never forget how a decade ago, he joined a visit to the Eagle Mine in Michigan, to see firsthand how emerging forms of mining can be done safely. His reporting let folks not only read about the opportunity, but to see it, feel it, and experience it."

It went on to say, "Bill had a tenacious nose for hypocrisy and mistruths, and a willingness to hold those in positions of power accountable. Now more than ever, people deserve a free press in our country, and strong independent news outlets, especially in rural areas. Bill made each of these a reality on the Iron Range. I will miss Bill deeply, and my prayers are with his family for comfort."

The Mesabi Tribune reports they will have a full story on Hanna on Thursday.

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