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October 23, 2014

Iron Range considers rebate to lure movie producers

The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board will consider a financial incentive for movie producers looking to film in Northeastern, Minn., the Duluth News Tribune reports.

The rebate of up to 20 percent for each film’s expense would be capped at 800,000 for 2013 and $500,000 per production thereafter. The Iron Range reimbursement would go on top of the state’s incentive of 15 to 20 percent of Minnesota production expenditures.

The board will vote to approve the measure on Thursday.

The feature-length film “Thanksgiving at Denny’s” is set on the Iron Range and is scheduled to begin shooting in early 2013. The film could bring up to $24 million in economic benefits to the state.

Minnesota Film and TV tells the Duluth News Tribune that a second production company is eyeing the Range for a film written by a Minnesotan, and also produced by a Minnesotan who’s made other films in the state. No other details were released.

The Range is no stranger to Hollywood. In 2005, the true-life drama “North Country” starring Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson, Jeremy Renner and Frances McDormand, was shot in and around Chisolm, Eveleth and Virginia.

In addition to “North Country,” here are four other films shot in the Northland.