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Hibbing / Chisholm Blue Jackets

Hibbing / Chisholm is a co-op hockey program playing in Minnesota’s Iron Range Conference, along with Eveleth-Gilbert, Greenway, International Falls, and Virginia / Mountain Iron-Buhl. They play in Section 7A, which has been dominated by Hermantown in recent years.

Justin Tomberlin is in his 2nd year as coach of the Blue Jackets, compiling a record of 20-13-0 (.606). He has the team off to a 2-4 start in 2017-18, which includes victories over Chanhassen (4-1) and International Falls (5-2).







6-1-0 (1st)

Lost in Section semifinals to Greenway, 2-1



7-0-0 (1st)

Lost in Section final to Hermantown, 8-0



6-0-1 (1st)

Lost in Section semifinals to Hermantown, 6-1



3-5-0 (4th)

Lost in Section quarterfinals to Duluth Denfeld, 5-4



6-2-0 (2nd)

Lost in Section semifinals to Duluth Marshall, 3-2



5-2-0 (2nd)

Lost in Section final to Duluth Marshall, 2-1



4-3-0 (2nd)

Lost in State 3rd place game to Thief River Falls, 3-0



4-3-0 (3rd)

Lost in Section final to Virginia / Mountain Iron-Buhl, 3-0


On the ice, the Blue Jackets are led by Junior Forward Tristan Birdsall (3-4—7), Senior Forward Jake Riihinen (4-3—7) and Junior Goaltender Carter Smith (1-1-0, 5.00 GAA, .821 SV%).

Hibbing Memorial Building

The Hibbing Memorial Arena Entertainment Center, designated for recreational and civic use, was initially built in 1925 and called the Hibbing Recreation Building, and was dedicated to World War I veterans.  On December 28, 1933 a fire completely destroyed the building, and was rebuilt and completed in 1935, in the exact location of the original arena and was re-dedicated to World War I veterans becoming the first "iron range" ice arena to open with artificial ice, vs. others with natural ice.  The centrally located rink - to the city of Hibbing and its surrounding communities - was used by the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks for their training camps on six occasions in the late 1930's and 1940's. The arrival of the professional Hawks brought nationwide attention from many to this range "Dylan" community.  Ironically, many years later the Chicago Cougars of the newly formed WHA league also utilized the Memorial Arena for their training camp in the late 1970's. The classic Memorial arena has 3,460 permanent seats with standing room for 1,000 more bringing the total arena occupancy level to 4,460 local "Jackets" faithful.

The Hibbing Memorial Building houses 1 ice sheet capable of meeting Hibbing’s youth hockey programs and the Blue Jackets high school teams needs during the hockey season.  Measuring at 200 feet x 90 feet, and perfected by a lower level modern ice plant the Hibbing arena is capable of handling the rinks needs. New flooring, sideboards, and plexi-glass were recently added to transform the arena into a world-class hockey rink/curling club.

Like a Rolling Stone

Bob Dylan's Boyhood Home

Hibbing is a city in St. Louis CountyMinnesota, United States. The population was 16,361 at the 2010 census. The city was built on the rich iron ore of the Mesabi Iron Range. At the edge of town is the largest open-pit iron mine in the world, the Hull–Rust–Mahoning Open Pit Iron Mine.[7] U.S. Highway 169State Highway 37State Highway 73, Howard Street, and 1st Avenue are five of the main routes in Hibbing. The Range Regional Airport offers daily commercial flights between Hibbing and Minneapolis, as well as hosting many private pilots and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fire fighting aircraft.


The town was founded in 1893 by Frank Hibbing,[8] born in Hannover, Germany and christened Franz Dietrich von Ahlen. His mother died when he was still in infancy and it was her name, Hibbing, which he assumed when he set out to seek his fortune in the New World. He first settled in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, where he worked on a farm and in a shingle mill. Injured in a mill accident, he considered becoming a lawyer, but after deciding he was not familiar enough with the English language to make a legal career possible, he turned to timber cruising.

In 1887, Mr. Hibbing settled in Duluth where he established a real estate business and began explorations on the Vermilion Range. In 1892, he headed a party of thirty men at Mountain Iron and cut a road through the wilderness. An expert iron ore prospector, he soon discovered the surface indication which led him to believe in the existence of extensive ore deposits.

In July 1893, the townsite of Hibbing was laid out and named in honor of him. Feeling personally responsible, he took the deepest pride in its development, and by his generous aid, made its progress possible. He used his personal means to provide a water plant, electric light plant, the first roads, hotel, sawmill, and bank building. For the last ten years of his life, Mr. Hibbing made his home in Duluth, where many of his business interests were centered. He retained close contact with the community which bore his name, until he died of appendicitis at age forty.

In 1914, two men, Carl Wickman and Andrew "Bus Andy" Anderson, started a bus line between Hibbing and Alice, Minnesota, which would eventually become Greyhound Lines, the world's largest bus company.

Hibbing Heights was platted in 1908 and annexed by Alice in 1910, when Alice incorporated as a city. Between 1919 and 1921, the Village of Hibbing was moved immediately south of Alice and then annexed Alice in 1920. Hibbing remained a village until 1979 when the Town of Stuntz was annexed. An Article of Incorporation was filed in July 1979 with the state and Hibbing became a city from that action in January 1980.

Hibbing is home to the world's largest iron ore mine, which was discovered by Leonidas Merritt. Hibbing grew rapidly in its early years as the huge iron ore mines such as the Mahoning, Hull, Rust, Sellers, and Burt provided the raw material for America's industrial revolution. In fact, the mines encroached on the village from the east, north, and west and it was determined that some of the ore body actually went under the town whose population had hit 20,000 by 1915.

Negotiations between the Oliver Mining Company and the village finally brought about a plan whereby the entire village would relocate to a site two miles south near Alice. The company, for its part, agreed to develop the downtown buildings with low interest loans that could be paid off over the years by the retailers. New civic structures such as Hibbing High School, the Androy Hotel, the Village Hall, and the Rood Hospital were also constructed with mining company money. In all, about 200 structures were moved down the First Avenue Highway, as it was called, to the new city. These included a store and even a couple of large hotels. Only one structure didn't make it: the Sellers Hotel tumbled off some rollers and crashed to the ground leaving, as one witness said, "an enormous pile of kindling". The move started in 1919 and the first phase was completed in 1921. Known today as "North Hibbing", this area remained as a business and residential center through the 1940s when the mining companies bought the remaining structures. The last house was moved in 1968.

On July 25, 1979, Hibbing annexed the Town of Stuntz which comprised five townships. With this annexation, twenty-four unincorporated communities were also annexed


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 186.43 square miles (482.85 km2); 181.83 square miles (470.94 km2) is land and 4.60 square miles (11.91 km2) is water. McCarthy Beach State Park is nearby.

The Northern Divide intersects the St. Lawrence Divide near Hibbing, with waters draining to the Arctic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes.

2010 census

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 16,361 people, 7,414 households, and 4,325 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 95.9% White, 0.6% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.

Of the 7,414 households, 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.7% were non-families. 36.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.80.

The median age in the city was 42.5 years. 21.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.7% were from 25 to 44; 29.4% were from 45 to 64; and 17.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,346, and the median income for a family was $43,558. Males had a median income of $38,064 versus $22,183 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,561. About 8.1% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.3% of those under age 18 and 8.2% of those age 65 or over.

Notable People

In popular culture

The song "Hibbing," from the 2004 album True Stories by Canadian singer-songwriter Nathan Rogers, was written about the town and its neighboring mine.

Radio stations

Hibbing is home to five stations owned by Midwest Communications — WMFGWMFG-FMWNMTWTBX, and WUSZ — as well as formerly Midwest-owned KRFG. The Midwest stations share the same studio location at 807 W. 37th Street in Hibbing.

Sister City

Hibbing has one sister city: Walsrode, Lower Saxony (Germany)