Minnesota - Northeast

Mark Barclay
Tel: 18007872512
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Northeast Minnesota is affectionately called the Northland. Here, the locals still embody the true meaning of Minnesota Nice. Many 'city folk' make an effort to escape to the Northland at least once a year. In the Northland, natural resources are shared in the delicate balance of nature, history and technology. This region is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts year round and hosts both major summer and winter events, including Grandma's Marathon, In-Line Skating Marathon, Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, and the bi-annual Tall Ships Fesitval, drawing visitors from around the world. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Voyageurs National Park offer camping, canoeing and fishing in a pristine and peaceful setting. Ely is also host to the International Wolf Center. There is great respect for wildlife in this area, and it is not uncommon to experience the occasional black bear or deer making its way across town. Seasonally, berry picking is a popular past-time, although the best wild blueberry patches are closely guarded secrets!

The Iron Range is among the country's most important industrial areas. The region has provided almost all of the nation's domestic iron ore or manufacturing since the 1800's. There is a deep sense of history embodied in its people and places. In winter, the Range becomes a snowmobiler's paradise with over 2,000 miles of well-marked groomed trails. Minnesota's North Shore of Lake Superior is a rugged area of deep woods, cool glens, quiet coves, and rocky outcrops. From the Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior to Grand Portage at the Canadian border, the shore of Lake Superior is dotted with picturesque towns and resorts.

Northeast Minnesota consists of 7 major counties with over 28 cities and towns and a regional population of approximately 326,000 people. This region borders Lake Superior and Wisconsin to the East and Canada to the North.


Minnesota is committed to helping all Minnesotans obtain access to quality, affordable health care. Due to the difficulties some areas experience recruiting and retaining physicians, many communities turn to international medical graduates and J-1 Visa Waivers to fill their physician vacancies. The Minnesota Department of Health's Office of Rural Health and Primary Care developed this guide to the J-1Visa Waiver Review and Recommendation Process.

J1 Contact Information

Darwin Flores Trujillo
Office of Rural Health & Primary Care, MN Dept. of Health
PO Box 64882
St. Paul, MN 55164-0882
Phone: 651-201-3850 or 800-366-5424
darwin.flores.trujillo@state.mn.us
J-1 Visa Waiver Information for State of Minnesota

Mark Barclay
3RNet
228 Little Creek Lane
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Phone: 18007872512
barclay@3RNet.org

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