City by City: Virginia, Orr, Hermantown

Published: Jan. 6, 2022 at 5:48 PM CST
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Virginia, MN- A local mental health resource has found a new home! The Range Mental Health Center’s Wellstone Center for Crisis Stabilization has moved to Third Street South in Virginia. The building was formerly known as the Merritt House. The Center is open for individuals experiencing a mental or emotional crisis. Staff will begin move-in soon. For more information, click here.

Orr, MN- The city elected to dissolve its Chamber of Commerce last month. In September the board mailed out a letter to the community asking for feedback on the motion when none was received all board members agreed to dissolve at their meeting in December. In their announcement, the board says that they hope businesses join local tourism boards to continue promoting themselves. They gave their remaining bank funds to the Orr, Buyck and Crane Lake Fire Departments. They hope the local Lions Club and potential new committees carry on the annual city events.

Hermantown, MN- A grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development will go towards the revitalization of a one-acre plot in town. The $50,000 grant comes from the Contamination Cleanup Grant Program. The city is focused on using the money on land that was used to house the Arrowhead Refinery. Last year the site was removed from the EPA’s Superfund National Priorities List, meaning clean-up is complete. The city hopes to create job opportunities with the future of the site.

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