The Laurentian Ranger District in Aurora, Minnesota

Aurora is locates 60 miles north of Duluth, Minnesota.  Five other small cities are within 20 miles of Aurora.  Surrounding rural communities also provide opportunities for housing outside Aurora.  The local economy is based primarily on taconite mining.  Tourism is also important, including income from all-season visitors.  Outdoor recreational opportunities include deer and small-game hunting, snowmobiling, downhill and cross-country skiing, biking and hiking.  Lakes and rivers for fishing, boating, canoeing and swimming are located within close proximity to all communities.  There are numerous golf courses in the area, in addition to Giants Ridge Golf and Ski resort which is located within five miles of Aurora.  Several licensed day cares are available in Aurora and the surrounding communities.  Health care facilities in Aurora and Virginia include a hospital and a clinic.  The K-12 public school system in Aurora and Virginia provide a very good curriculum including college level courses.  A community college is located in Eveleth/Virginia, and the University of Minnesota-Duluth and the College of St. Scholastica are located in Duluth.  Many area churches serve various faiths.

Links for more information about Aurora

Area maps

Aurora Chamber of Commerce

Explore Minnesota

City of Aurora

Aurora on

Area newspapers:

Mesabi Tribune


National Weather Service

Weather Underground