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COOK— The temporary closure of the Zup’s Grocery Store in Cook has been a mixed bag for vendors at the local farmers market here. Vendors weren’t certain if the lack of a local grocery store … more
The story of the friendship between Ralph Waldo Emerson, the prominent 19th century essayist, and Henry David Thoreau, author of “Walden,” played out in dramatic fashion here last weekend as … more
COOK— The city council here, last week, gave preliminary approval to an eight-percent levy increase for next year. The decision, which will be revisited before a final levy is set in December, came … more
REGIONAL— The state’s largest newspaper, this week, called on Gov. Tim Walz to direct state agencies to suspend work on the proposed Twin Metals mine near Ely until the Trump administration … more
BIG RICE LAKE— Twenty-five years ago, Minnesotans launched canoes here by the hundreds each fall in hopes of gathering their share of what was once one of northern Minnesota’s highest-quality and … more
REGIONAL—Intensifying drought over the past few months has sent water levels in lakes and streams plummeting in much of northern St. Louis County. And that’s causing problems for boaters, as … more
ELY – The Superior National Forest is taking a new look at the use of recreational commercial services on the Superior National Forest and some local outfitters fear that could mean significant … more
COOK— Across the country, nearly a quarter of rural, small town hospitals are at high risk of closing in the near future due to financial concerns, according to a study published earlier this year … more
THE BOUNDARY WATERS— For 63 hours and 16 minutes, Bob Vollhaber and Kendra Leibel paddled and portaged here as if a world record was on the line. It was. And the bragging rights that come with that … more
ELY – Officials with Twin Metals Minnesota and the Iron Range Building and Construction Trades Council gathered here this week to sign a formal project labor agreement for the construction phase of … more
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