I can’t remember how many times I’ve driven up to the new mine view site already this summer — but it’s quite a few. When the master plan is finished, I believe Hibbing will have its first ‘tourist destination’. Maybe it already has. I believe that more than 30,000 visitors from all over have watched the mining activity miles below. It’s awesome. We’ve always been disadvantaged by the lack of a major artery of transportation passing through or around our city. Grand Rapids (HWYs 169 and Hwy 2 and Virginia has #53 that feeds off of Interstate 35) so each have the advantage of significant summer traffic. Granted we’ve always had a mine view and our majestic high school and Bob Dylan’s house along with other places to see . . . but now we are in a position to attract tourists off the major routes. I wish the new owner of Dylan’s house will create a world-class museum for a world-known singer, song-writer, musician and Nobel Prize winner. And we all know that tourism dollars spur economic development. Who knows, maybe some young families and retirees as well will find that our town is not a bad place to settle. Our schools are top-notch, our hospital first-class, and our airport becoming more and more attractive. Long story short, I’d love to see some of our talented graduates come back — I know that many of them would happily do so if there were more job opportunities.

To say that I’m proud to call Hibbing my home is an understatement.

On another note, I’m pleased to announce that I have a new outlet for my books here in Hibbing. Sunrise Deli on First Avenue will be the site of my first book-signing next month. Tom and Mary have put together an attractive display of all my titles. Stop by and take a look. And, while you’re there have a cup of coffee or a tasty lunch. More on my new book in my next post. I’ve been filling my calendar of signings for October and November so that information will be forthcoming on this website and in local papers. My first two events will be at the Sunrise Deli in early October and you might find me having a morning cup of coffee there from time to time over the next few weeks. Anyhow, I hope to see you at one of my events.

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