Virginia Economy: Just Warming Up

By KBJR News 1

June 28, 2011 Updated Jun 28, 2011 at 7:52 PM CDT

Virginia, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - While the economic bounce back may not be as fast as hoped for, communities in one of the hardest hit areas continue to see it happen.

"We seem to be doing ok though. The hospital is generating revenue again; positive cash flow so yeah, we're healthy," said Virginia City Operations Manager, John Tourville.

With the mines producing at record highs, businesses on the main street have seen positives, but have eagerly been awaiting warmer weather.

A main traffic hub on the Iron Range, Virginia businesses say summer months are when they see their peak in activity.

"We do see a lot going on in the summer time because of the traffic coming up from the cities and such, we do a see a lot of travelers from out of state as well. Our license machine we probably do about 30 percent out of state licensing," said Chris Nelson, who works at Virginia Surplus.

A local favorite sandwich stop, Deli–licious, has been serving tasty treats for more than ten years and says like most other businesses on Chesnut Street, summer is their main season.

"You'll see there's a lot more traffic running up and down the streets. A lot of people like to get out and a lot of people like to go downtown, they like to walk down town during their lunch break because the weather is so nice. I think everyone really thrives in the summer," said Melanie Vilbrandt, owner of Deli-licious.

A hope for businesses as well.

Coming up this Friday, KBJR 6 and Range 11, we'll shine the spotlight on the city of Virginia in our on going community spotlight series.