DULUTH — A former CBS 3 anchor will lead the iron mining industry’s lobbying organization.
Kristen Vake, who left the anchor office last week, will serve as executive director of the Iron Mining Association of Minnesota, the organization announced in a press release earlier this week. His first day will be Tuesday.
“I am honored to take on this role with an organization that does so much for iron mining and the Iron Range,” Vake said in the statement. “This industry impacts more than our region – it impacts the state, the country and beyond.
“I am thrilled to be able to continue sharing the stories of the mining industry, its people and the region where it all began. A place where I am proud to call home.
Vake, a Chisholm native, hosted the “Eye on Mining” segment on CBS 3.
“Kristen’s deep roots in the mining industry combined with her passion for iron chain puts her in a unique position to lead IMA,” said Chrissy Bartovich, environmental manager at Minntac and Keetac facilities. US Steel and Chair of the IMA Board of Directors, in the statement. . “We look forward to Kristen building relationships and continuing to tell the story of the importance of Minnesota’s iron mining industry.”
Vake replaces former IMA President Kelsey Johnson, who is now running for State Senate District 3 as a Republican.