Northern Minnesota, traditionally home to a strong goods-producing sector, was hit hard by the Great Recession. The economy is still solidly grounded in its rich natural resources and strong manufacturing base, but the health care and social assistance sector weathered the recession to emerge as the largest employer in the region.
DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben and Office of Higher Education Commissioner Larry Pogemiller visited International Falls, Grand Rapids and Hibbing to underscore their support for $3.3 million in bonding that Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing for four Northeast Higher Education District (NHED) colleges. They are Hibbing, Itasca, Rainy River and Vermilion community colleges.