I.R.R.R.B Opens Its Doors

By KBJR News 1

July 21, 2011 Updated Jul 22, 2011 at 9:16 AM CDT

EVELETH, MN (Norhtland's NewsCenter)---The new legislative budget won't have a negative impact the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board.

The doors of I.R.R.R.B are now open and its phone lines are ringing off the hook.

The agency said its first priority is to re–open the lines of communication with the businesses it was working with before the shutdown.

During the legislative session Republicans had proposed taking millions from the Douglas J. Johnson fund to help balance the state budget.

The amount of revenue lost to businesses on the Iron Range during the twenty day shut down is unknown at this time.

I.R.R.R.B Commissioner Tony Sertich said though revenue was lost, the agency is restarting and continues to look ahead.

"Governor Dayton and the legislature did not cut any of the funding for our agency and so our local resources are going to stay here on the Iron Range," Sertich said. "Our job now is to put them to good use to grow jobs, grow our economy and help our communities."

Another area on the Range impacted during the shut down was Giants Ridge.

The courts allowed the resort area to continue up–keep on the Legend & The Quarry Golf Courses during the shutdown.

They will re–open for play beginning Saturday.

Posted to the web: Jennifer Walch