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Let's Visit Virginia: a chat with Steven Johnson

“The only constant is the change… The state of Minnesota just built Minnesota’s tallest highway bridge.  This bridge is an amazing thing to walk on… You can walk across the Rouchleau pit and you can look across and see the old strata in the walls and it’s very cool... in the winter, during the snow storm you can walk out there and it’s just so calm and peaceful, in the spring you can hear the water trickling down the sides of the mine pit. In the summer it’s green and lush and you can hear the breeze rustling the leaves and in the fall with the colors – the oranges and browns and reds and yellows…it’s just an amazing opportunity that some people will never have and we have it right here in our city limits.  It’s just so cool to know that that’s there.” – Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson loves his hometown.  He grew up in the Virginia, Minnesota area and now lives and works in Virginia.  He’s a city council member who has a passion for continually improving his town and finds himself in a state of forward thinking, always considering how Virginia will look in the future because of what is happening today.  In this segment of Let’s Visit, Steven discusses the many attributes of Virginia, Minnesota, how it has changed over the course of his lifetime and considers the future of the area. 

“Virginia is a great place and I love living here, but we wouldn’t be where we are without Gilbert and without Eveleth and without Britt and without Mountain Iron and Buhl.  We’re really a community at large… and that’s one of the things I like about Virginia.” – Steven Johnson

Katie Carter started at Northern Community Radio in 2008 as Managing Editor of the station's grant-funded, online news experiment Northern Community Internet. She returned for a second stint in 2016-23. She produced Area Voices showcasing the arts, culture, and history stories of northern Minnesota.