SAINT PAUL, Minn. – On Saturday morning, Joe Begich, former DFL state representative and mayor of Eveleth, passed away at the age of 89. DFL members of the Minnesota House Iron Range Delegation, Rep. Rob Ecklund (DFL – International Falls), Rep. Julie Sandstede (DFL – Hibbing), and Rep. Dave Lislegard (DFL – Aurora) jointly issued the following statement.
“Rep. Begich leaves behind a legacy as a champion for the Iron Range and fiercely fighting for all Minnesotans to have the opportunity to succeed. He was dedicated to ensuring people can attain good jobs and get paid fairly for the work they perform, and have access to the health care they need. In good times and in bad, he was deeply passionate about strengthening our way of life on the Range, especially while recognizing our rich mining heritage. Joe was a fountain of wisdom and always had plenty of honest advice for elected leaders who followed him. He will be missed greatly.”