Statement on passing of Joe Begich

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 Administration • 100 North Fifth Avenue West, Room 202 • Duluth, MN 55802

Phone: (218) 726-2450 •

Kevin Z. Gray
County Administrator



August 10, 2019

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218-725-5049 (office) • 218-591-2219 (cell)


St. Louis County issues statement on passing of Joe Begich 

"St. Louis County has lost a friend with the passing of Joe Begich. While we mourn his death, we celebrate his life and draw inspiration from his legacy of public service as a legislator, mayor and Army veteran. He was a champion for his beloved Iron Range and for our citizens, in particular miners,” said Commissioner Keith Nelson, speaking on behalf of the St. Louis County Board.”


"Two years ago, when we renamed the section of Highway 101 that passes by his home as Representative Joe Begich Highway, he told our commissioners, 'It'll be nice to finish off my life by this new road.' What a privilege it was to honor him in this way.


"We extend our sympathy to his wife, Carol, and family and all who knew and loved him. He will be missed."

Joe Begich Highway dedication

Joe Begich and his wife Carol in 2017 as the St. Louis County Board voted to rename Highway 101 in his honor.