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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Minn. Iron Range to begin film incentive program

  • An initial fund of $800,000 will be used to reimburse up to 20 percent of costs if filmmakers use the Range as a location.
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  • An agency that promotes economic development in northeastern Minnesota is trying to bring a bit of Hollywood to the Iron Range.
    The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board on Thursday approved an incentive program to lure filmmakers to the Range.
    An initial fund of $800,000 will be used to reimburse up to 20 percent of costs if filmmakers use the Range as a location.
    Riki McManus of Duluth, who promotes upstate film production, tells the Star Tribune the fund will help make Minnesota competitive again.
    She cites the $5 million that the Charlize Theron film "North Country," shot in and around Eveleth in 2004, brought to the area.
    Two film projects already are looking at the Range as a primary location.

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