Monday, January 31, 2011

Winter Frolic

Be a part of one of Hibbing’s most time-honored traditions! You & your friend can proudly represent your hometown by the Annual Hibbing Winter Frolic festivities!

Cross-Country Ski Night - Friday, January 28
Senior Coronation - Wednesday, February 2
Treasure Hunt Kick-Off - Sunday, January 30
Coronation - Saturday, February 5

For more information go to:

Library Winter Reading Programs

Snowflake Reading Club for Kids -
Chase away those winter blues with great books! The Snowflake Reading Club will run from Jan.31 until Feb. 28. All kids just need to sign up at the circulation desk and get a reading log. Readers (and listeners) will earn stickers for every five books. All those that finish will receive and certificate and prizes.

Hot Reads for Cold Nights for Adults -
All adult readers will have a chance of winning during the annual Hot Reads program at the library in February. Every week there will be stuffed Hot Reads mugs given to lucky drawing winners. There will also be prizes every week for special categories. Visit the library often and check out reading material.

One Community Many Mysteries -
Meet Minnesota’s mystery authors William Kent Krueger, Carl Brookins, and Ellen Hart.
Come see the “Minnesota Crime Wave” at the Hibbing Public Library on Thursday, March 31, at 6 p.m. This mysterious and fun-filled program is brought to you by the Minnesota Library
Legacy Fund. There’s almost no truth to the rumor that the members of the Minnesota Crime Wave met because they have the same parole officer. Established in 2000, they have toured the country several times. These three authors have published more than 30 novels and have
received nearly two dozen local, regional and national awards for their writing.

Ellen Hart, a trained chef, is author of the Jane Lawless mystery series, which features a culiculinary detective. Her newest in the series is Cruel Ever After which was published in December 2010.

Carl Brookins, a former academic and an avid sailor, is the author of three mystery
series. The Tanner- Whitney series features a married pair of sailing sleuths. Devil’s Island is
his latest mystery.

William Kent Krueger writes the Cork O’Connor mystery series, which is set in the great northwoods of Minnesota and features a protagonist who is part Irish and part Ojibwe. His stories often deal with the clash of cultures. His latest Cork O’Connor book is Vermilion

AAUW Booksale

The American Association of University Women will soon have their 40th annual book sale with
thousands of used books for sale at affordable prices. Proceeds from the sale go toward scholarships for area women.
The AAUW Book Sale at the Irongate Plaza on Hwy 169 will be held:

February 4th, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. ($1.00 per book)

February 5th, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ($0.50 per book)

February 6th, Noon – 3:00 p.m. ($1.50 per bag)

Questions? Call 262-5704.

City Board & Commission Openings

The City of Hibbing is currently seeking dedicated and interested residents
of Hibbing to serve on the following Boards and Commission of City
Government. Your commitment and ideas to help advise the elected and
appointed officials is needed on matters which promote and maintain the
continued healthy growth of the community.

PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES: The purpose is to see that adequate funds are obtained for good library service; to promote the best possible use of all library resources in the area, to improve the library, and extend library service to those not previously serviced and is composed of a seven member board, appointed by the Mayor for terms of three years. Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m.
Vacancy: There are three (3) Vacancies for a three-year term

The purpose is for selection and promotion of Public Safety personnel under the authority of MN Statutes Chapter 419 and amendments thereto and is composed of a three member board appointed for terms of three years. Meetings are held as needed.
Vacancy: There is one (1) Vacancy for a three-year term

PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD: The purpose of the board is to advise the Council as to the management and operation of the parks and recreation facilities in the City and is composed of seven members appointed for terms of three years. Meetings are held on the 4th Monday of each month at 4:30 p.m.
Vacancy: There are three (3) Vacancies for a three-year term

POLICE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION: The purpose is for selection and promotion of Public Safety personnel under the authority of MN Statutes Chapter 419 and is composed of three members appointed for terms of three years. Meetings are held as needed.
Vacancy: There are three (3) Vacancies for a three-year term.

PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION: The purpose is to develop policy and oversee management of the City of Hibbing Public Utility System and is composed of three members appointed for terms of three years. Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m.
Vacancy: There is one (1) Vacancy for a three-year term

TELEVISION CABLE COMMISSION - HPAT: The purpose is to propose to the Council such rules and regulations for the cable communications system and consists of five members.
Vacancy: One (1) Vacancy for a term through March 31, 2012
One (1) Vacancy for a term through March 31, 2013
One (1) Vacancy for a term through March 31, 2014

APPLICATIONS are available in the Council Office, 3rd Floor of City Hall at 401 East 21st Street, Hibbing or On-Line on the City Website . If your application is on file in the Council Office, please inform the Administrative/Council Assistant of your interest to again be considered for appointment at 362-5990.

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE in the Council Office on Wednesday, February 9, 2011.
Appointments will be made at the City Council meeting on Wednesday, February 16, 2011.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Pennies for Play

The Communities of International Falls and Hibbing, Minnesota have joined together to lure the Minnesota Vikings to visit their towns as a part of the 2011 “You Made the Team” Community Tour.

The two northern Minnesota communities will participate in a friendly competition in an effort to entice the team to visit and to encourage active living in their children. The competition is called “Pennies for Play.” In Hibbing the money raised will benefit the Greenhaven Community Playground on 6th Avenue East and 33rd St. In International Falls the money raised will benefit Kerry Park on 11th Street.

The money will be raised until the Vikings visit or until the end of the school year, whichever comes first.

Coin receptacles will be placed throughout the communities. Citizens are encouraged to contribute. To follow the progress of the project, visit

Anyone looking for more information or wishing to volunteer to assist with the fundraising should contact: Lory Fedo, President, Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce

Hibbing’s Greenhaven Community Playground:
The Greenhaven Community Playground is located on the corner of 33rd Street and 6th Avenue East in Hibbing. It is currently surrounded by a chain link fence and has older playground equipment on the east side of the lot. The west side of the lot is currently a mowed grassy area.

We would like to develop a park that would serve the youngest children in the area. The playground is located across the street from the Greenhaven Apartments. These apartments are subsidized housing serving low income residents. Average household income is less than $12, 000 per year. There are currently 60 children ages 5 and under living in these apartments. The neighboring houses are close to the Greenhaven Elementary School and likely have many additional young children in residence.
Creating a community park that serves those under 5 would promote parental involvement and help to foster a sense of pride in the park. We envision updating the equipment, planting shade trees, adding picnic tables or sitting areas and perhaps a mini soccer field.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Looking for All 3-5 Year Olds

Looking for ALL 3-5 year olds who have not been screened for school.
This screening is offered FREE throughout the school year. Screening is preferred at three, but it can be done at four or five years old. The State of Minnesota requires that any child who is entering kindergarten must be screened, if they havent already. If the child will go to kindergarten in the Fall of 2011 and hasn't been screened, they need to be screened now!

Registration/Sign up will be held January 25-28, 2011 from 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Greenhaven School Office located in the Greenhaven Elementary School, 323 East 37th Street, Hibbing. Your child does not need to accompany you to this registration. After the paperwork is completed, you will be assigned a date and time for your child's screening appointment. You will need to bring a legal birth certificate and a record of the child's immunization.
For more information - call 263-8322.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Hibbing Kiwanis Little Ones Indoor Park is now open!

Thanks to the generosity of the Hibbing Public Library and the City of Hibbing, this park is located in the auditorium of the Hibbing Public Library. The park provides a warm, dry location for children ages 6 months--5 years to play while watched by their caretakers.

The park is open:
  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM
  • Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Cost: $1/child per day OR $60 for an annual family membership (unlimited usage)

To use the park children must be accompanied by their caretakers.

Thank you to all our community sponsors who made this park possible. A special thank you to our benefactors:
  • Kiwanis Club of Hibbing
  • Fairview Range
  • University of Minnesota Academic Health Center
  • Minnesota Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
  • Northeast Minnesota AHEC
  • Wells Fargo
  • Walmart
  • Ellfson Off Highway
  • Minnesota’s SHIP (Statewide Health Improvement Plan)
  • City of Hibbing Parks and Recreation
  • Hibbing Public Library
  • Hibbing > We’re Ore and More

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