The City of Hibbing sits at the heart of Minnesota’s Iron Range, 72 miles northwest of Duluth, 90 miles south of the Canada border, and 200 miles north of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. The Mesabi Trail (open to biking and hiking as well as skiing and snowshoeing in the winter) winds through the thick forests and gorgeous lakes that surround this community, which is built on top of the world’s largest iron ore mine (pictured above).
A few other fun facts about Hibbing:
- The city was originally centered approximately two miles north of where it is today. Starting in 1919, the Oliver Mining Company paid to relocate around 200 structures in order to access iron ore deposits under the village. Only one structure didn’t survive the move (the Sellers Hotel, which slid off the rollers).
- Notable residents from Hibbing include Bob Dylan, Jeno Paulucci, and Carl Wickman, the founder of Greyhound Lines, along with a number of professional artists, politicians, and athletes including Kevin McHale.
- Hibbing mining currently contributes $1.8 billion to Minnesota’s economy. The city is also a hub for a diversity of other major industries: health care, education, manufacturing, construction, hospitality, recreation, tourism, finance, transportation, energy, utilities, retail, and more.
Hibbing’s Main Street and other community centers host annual events and gatherings including the Gallery Hop Art Show, Mines & Pines Jubilee, Hibbing on Howard, and the Winter Funspiel. Watch the calendars on the Hibbing City Website and the Hibbing Chamber of Commerce for these types of networking opportunities to meet and mingle with business leaders and area movers and shakers. You can also consult the Mesabi Tribune and find a guide to other local resources on BeNorth.org.