The Ranger - February 12, 2014


IRRRB News - February 12, 2014

NORTHFORCE talent strategy launched


NORTHFORCE, a strategy that aims to cultivate a talented workforce in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin, was officially launched on Feb. 10, 2014. The web portal offers microsites focusing on Duluth, Superior and the Iron Range and an employer-employee “matchmaking” function for current and prospective residents of the region. 

Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) Commissioner Tony Sertich said, "NORTHFORCE provides an easy, effective way to connect our dedicated employers with prospective employees seeking jobs in the region. This database simplifies the often complicated job search process for everyone involved. There’s never been a better time to live the good life up north.”

NORTHFORCE is a collaborative initiative of APEX, The Northspan Group, IRRRB, the City of Duluth, and the City of Superior. Pictured at the launch event are project partners: Randy Lasky, The Northspan Group; Jason Serck, City of Superior; Mayor Don Ness, City of Duluth; Brian Hanson, APEX; and Commissioner Tony Sertich, IRRRB.


Bob McDonald Day celebrated in Minnesota


Mesabi Daily News  

There have been many monumental moments in the celebrated career of Chisholm High School’s boys basketball coach Bob McDonald, but maybe none so appropriate as having a day named after him.

In honor of the lifelong coach — 59 total years, 53 at Chisholm — who won three state titles and amassed more than 1,000 career wins, Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed Feb. 11, 2014, as “Bob McDonald Day.”

A special presentation was held Tuesday night in the Chisholm gym before his Bluestreaks went up against rival Hibbing. His son Joel, the Hibbing coach, offered his father a basketball dated and signed by each varsity player from both teams. 

Pictured above, IRRRB Commissioner Tony Sertich presented the proclamation to McDonald in Gov. Dayton’s absence due to recent hip surgery. Sertich, a Chisholm native, played for McDonald in the ’90s. 

Read the full Mesabi Daily News article.

Advanced Minnesota offers Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training


Advanced Minnesota (Advanced) recently announced that it now offers Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification training. This certification is led by a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and is offered to any organization that would like to reduce waste and variation within their processes and create a sustainable culture of process improvement. 

The Green Belt training will be customizable to the needs of the organization’s industry, such as healthcare, the service industry, education, government or manufacturing. Currently, Advanced is able to offer manufacturing companies with partial grant funding from IRRRB to attain this training.

Read the full Advanced Minnesota news release.

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The Ranger is a publication of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB). Our mission is to promote and invest in business, community and workforce development for the betterment of northeastern Minnesota.