Several MDI employees – Dawn, Jennifer, Stacy, and Michelle – put on their workboots and participated in the Habitat for Humanity Women Build Day on September 13, 2017. The activity was featured in the Hibbing Daily Tribune, excerpt below.

Extra Hands at Habitat House 
HIBBING — “Fonz” had a full day of supervising the humans at the Habitat for Humanity Home being built at 414 E. 25th St. in Hibbing.

Perched on the peak of the roof of the single-family dwelling in progress, the flamingo kept a close eye on all the comings and goings on the property Wednesday. It was North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity and the Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Women Build day.

“This is just so exciting,” said an animated Krystal Oksanen while standing in her front yard as volunteers buzzed around the property.

She along with husband, Jay, and son, Phinehas, are looking forward to calling it home. “It’ll be so nice to have our own place,” she added. “I just can’t wait.”

Women Build is a program that encourages women volunteers to further the homebuilding mission of Habitat for Humanity. Several women from various businesses spent the day painting siding, assisting with ceiling placement and grabbing materials and tools, among other duties.

By the end of the day, around a dozen volunteers had given their time and talent. Businesses and entities that were represented included Minnesota Diversified Industries (MDI), Delta Air Lines, PolyMet Mining and Open Door Church.

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