Thursday, March 26, 2009 By Aaron Brown
This means a good summer for downtown Chisholm. Hibbing-to-Virginia commuters now have the option for a convenient post-work belt at Tom and Jerry's or a impulse couch purchase at Rupp's. At the same time I'm betting this is bad for Ironworld. I imagine they could route visitors through the fairgrounds, but that's not clear in the story.
The Mesabi Daily News refers to Highway 169 as the "Cross Range Expressway." I would point out that it does indeed cross the Range but it will never, never be an "expressway" until the Pengilly to Taconite stretch is complete. I have inherited this cause from my grandfather, a 1960s Keewatin councilman, and shall carry it to my golden years if necessary.