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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 21, 2024 Crystal Whitney, City of Cook FLOODING UPDATE IN COOK, MINNESOTA On Thursday, June 20, city officials, staff … more
COOK- Some good news from the Duluth National Weather Service office on Friday -- they reported the flood in Cook has peaked and will very slowly recede, with the possibility for flood waters to … more
REGIONAL- The St. Louis County Board of Commissioners held an emergency meeting in Virginia on Thursday morning to approve a local emergency declaration in the wake of Tuesday’s devastating … more
An update from the City of Cook regarding the flooding situation. The city will be posting updates to its website at . Of particular note, an evacuation site for affected residents … more
REGIONAL- St. Louis County released a list of county roads closed due to Tuesday's storm as of 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 19.  Roads may be added or deleted to this list as assessments continue and … more
REGIONAL- Torrential rains on Tuesday, the likes of which haven’t been seen in the North Country in decades, created widespread flash flooding, extensive property damage, and wreaked havoc on … more
ELY- The Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital once owned the local ambulance service here but gave it up over financial concerns. Yet a recently completed study suggests that the most cost-effective … more
BREITUNG TWP- A “catastrophic failure” of the pump shaft that operates Tower-Soudan’s primary drinking water well over the weekend has the system running off the backup well, … more
KABETOGAMA- From the very first question Voyageurs National Park Superintendent Bob DeGross was asked at last Thursday’s town hall meeting in Kabetogama to review the park’s revised … more
EMBARRASS - The first of three competitions in the St. Louis County Summer Series was held at the Timber Hall Event Center horse arena on Saturday, as a total of 31 riders, 17 years-old and younger … more
Officials with the Superior National Forest are still assessing the impacts from torrential rains that hit the area on Tuesday. Several inches of rain fell in a matter of hours, sending area rivers … more
ELY- Will a roundabout replace the traffic light at the intersection of Third Ave. and Sheridan St. in Ely sometime soon? Not if city officials have anything to say about it. Council members reacted … more
BABBITT- The YMCA Camp Northern Lights lost its kitchen and bunkhouse building Sunday to fire. The 2,000 square foot Orion building caught fire sometime before dawn. According to a Babbitt Police … more
REGIONAL— Five Minnesota plaintiffs are seeking a declaratory judgment in a Ramsey County Court that could clear the way for individuals who grow cannabis at home to sell their product to the … more
REGIONAL—An amendment approved in the U.S. House Rules Committee last week would require consultation with the Secretary of Defense as part of the environmental review of mining proposals, or … more
Greta Mae Lindquist Stefanich Greta Mae Lindquist Stefanich, age 91, passed away on June 11, 2024, in Silver Bay, Minn. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial on … more
ELY- In an uneventful meeting here on Monday, the Ely School Board approved holding a special meeting on June 24 to approve the school district’s 2024-25 budget, which state law requires be … more
REGIONAL— A proposal to adopt a new regulatory framework for fire departments across the country, could have a significant impact on smaller, volunteer services, like many of those here in … more
NETT LAKE- Bois Forte tribal chair Cathy Chavers won a third consecutive term in Tuesday’s tribal election, according to official results. Chavers edged Hannah Lehti-Chosa by just six votes, … more
Cook/Orr Editor David Colburn was out and about at Cook's Annual Timber Days festival this past weekend. Organizers and participants alike reported particularly high turnout for Saturday's events. … more
EAGLES NEST TWP— With a little creativity, St. Louis County public works officials were able to address the unusual issue that has plagued users of Trygg Road here for the past year— and … more
VERMILION RESERVATION- About two dozen youth and adults walked here recently to raise awareness of the issues of human trafficking and missing and murdered Indigenous relatives. A companion event was … more
TOWER— The city council here heard from very different perspectives as they continue to grapple with a new ordinance to regulate short-term rentals in the city. After a number of incidents at … more
BABBITT- Pulsar Helium reported the preliminary results of their May flow tests from their helium gas well this week, documenting remarkable concentrations of the gas. On June 6, Pulsar reported that … more
GREENWOOD TWP- Greenwood Town Board meetings have long drawn a crowd, but now that includes spectators who can watch the blow-by-blow from the comfort of their own home. Township officials have hired … more
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