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Tony Sertich to step down from the IRRRB to lead foundation

Sertich has been head of the IRRRB, which uses $40 million a year in taconite fees for development in northeastern Minnesota, since 2011.

Tony Sertich, a former state House Majority Leader who was appointed state commissioner of the IRRRB in 2011, is stepping down to take a foundation job in Duluth.

The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board uses taconite fees to fund improvements in northeastern Minnesota. Sertich was considered a rising star in DFL politics when he resigned from the Legislature to take the job four years ago. He was one of Dayton’s first cabinet appointees.

Sertich had been the state’s youngest House Majority Leader at age 30 when he got that position in 2007.

Sertich is leaving the state job to become  president of the Northland Foundation, which serves the northeast region of the state by providing grants to nonprofits that help children, youth, and families; and provide opportunities for self-reliance and aging with independence.

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No word yet on whom Dayton will appoint to head the IRRRB, which has an annual budget of $40 million and a staff of 55 employees.