The Iron Mining Association of Minnesota (IMA) joins others across the state in mourning the passing of former Minnesota State Representative and St. Louis County Commissioner Tom Rukavina.
Rukavina was a devoted champion of the people and area he served for more than 30 years. He was a strong supporter of the iron mining industry and worked hard to protect and expand jobs for the Iron Range.
“Tom was a great legislator, historian, and friend, but above all else, he was a fierce advocate for our region,” said IMA President Kelsey Johnson. “We have lost a steadfast leader and passionate voice for Minnesota and the Iron Range. Tom will be greatly missed.”