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Up North: All-Terrain Fun Spreading Across the Iron Range

Updated: September 04, 2019 10:42 PM

The Northland is well known for its all terrain fun. So recreational thrill seekers rejoiced when an ATV trail was expanded in Virginia to connect the Quad Cities on the Iron Range.

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"This was a huge feat for us to get this done. The issue for us is this was the interconnect, this was the cog in the wheel. This opened up access to north and south, east and west," said Mayor Larry Cuffe Jr. of Virginia.

Virginia, Eveleth, Gilbert and Mountain Iron are now connected with this two mile stretch dubbed the Quad Cities Bridge trail. The ribbon was cut on the new addition August 28th. For the first time ATV riders can legally cross the Tom Rukavina Memorial Bridge in Virginia. 

"We've had so many people wanting this for so long. Just to be able to ride, like I said, legally is a huge thing because before if you got caught you got ticketed," said Lisa Suihkonen, the Treasurer for the Quad Cities ATV Club.

It runs from the west end of the bridge to East 8th Street South in Virginia. It sits alongside the existing Mesabi Trail, eventually joining it. 

"Now we can go, we're getting to where we can go almost anywhere," said Suihkonen.

"[It's] a recreational area for everyone to come and play," added Mayor Cuffe.

Mayor Cuffe said the entire project, including guard rails and lane dividers, cost around $6.2 million, but was made possible in part thanks to grants from the Iron Range, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and maintenance from the Quad Cities ATV Club. Cuffe also mentioned, "its going to open up a huge opportunity for recreational traffic and activities here in northern Minnesota particularly through Virginia."

The trail's first official club ride will be the Greg Peterson Memorial Ride for a Cure September 7th.

For more information on the opening of the trail click here.

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