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Laurentian Transportation and Location

Situated in northeastern Minnesota, the Laurentian Chamber of Commerce is conveniently located near major cities and airports.

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The Chamber and its communities lie approximately three hours north of Minneapolis/St. Paul, one hour north of Duluth, and 100 miles south of the Canadian border. Geographically ideal, the quad cities are surrounded by nature yet have easy access to many modes of transportation. Eveleth is four miles south of Virginia and is served by U.S. Highway 53, which runs north and south. Gilbert is situated near State Highways 135 and 37, and is only three miles from U.S. Highway 53. The eastern edge of Mountain Iron and the western edge of Virginia share the U.S. Highway 53 corridor, and both are served by U.S. Highway 169 as well. Additionally, the quad cities are located just sixty miles from U.S. Interstate 35.

Airport Facilities
Whether a pilot or a passenger, there are a multitude of options when it comes to airports. The Eveleth/Virginia Airport has an impressive facility featuring a large conference room, rental cars, charter aircraft, and much more. The airport offers tie-downs, jet fuel and refueling services. Scenic rides are also available. Chisholm-Hibbing Airport is a short 30-minute trip southwest from the Laurentian Chamber area. It has 28 flights departing per week for short-haul destinations, and connects with three cities nonstop. Duluth International Airport is a simple hour’s drive south down Highway 53. Daily and weekly roundtrip flights are offered via Northwest Airlines, Midwest Airlines, and Allegiant.

Truck Lines
Four interstate regular-route, heavy specialized carriers and freight companies have terminals in the Virginia area and deliver to the major metropolitan centers around the United States. Flexible rates and a speedy delivery time contribute to the growth of Minnesota’s trucking industry.

Rail Service
Rail service is provided by the Duluth, Winnipeg and Pacific Railway (DWP); the Duluth, Mesabi and Iron Range Railway (DMIR); and the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway (BNSF). Major connections are with the Canadian National; Chicago and Northwestern; Milwaukee Road; Soo Line; and the Minnesota, Dakota and Western Railway.

Bus and Taxi Services
Public transportation in the quad cities is efficient and readily available. Arrowhead Transit buses serve the residents of St. Louis County. Their mission statement is “… to provide affordable, safe, accessible public transportation in support of independent living and an increased quality of life for the people of Northeastern Minnesota.” In Virginia, taxi services are available as well as the local Dial-A-Ride service. Lorenz Lines offers regular motor coach, passenger and package express service daily to Minneapolis through Hibbing and Grand Rapids.

For additional transportation information please visit www.virginia-mn.com/transportation.html.

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