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SOUDAN MINE— Local firefighters responded here on Tuesday to a fire in the engine house at the Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park that sent one park employee to the hospital with … more
REGIONAL- An Orr man charged in an assault in Ely last year, was arrested Friday in Duluth on a new felony charge of domestic assault by strangulation. Tate Jordan Cly, 20, whose address is listed in … more
SOUDAN- Breitung Township received some good news this past week on a couple different fronts. First, a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Breitung Police Officer Jim Battin that had been … more
ELY- Should Minnesota repeal its moratorium on building new nuclear power plants? That was the topic taken up by retired physicist and professor Barbara Jones, who offered a deeply-researched slide … more
VIRGINIA- The St. Louis County School Board ratified labor contracts for teachers and health assistants at Tuesday’s regular meeting, agreements that include wage increases as the district … more
ELY- Ely took the plunge on Tuesday and gave the greenlight to a $4.56 million grant proposal it is seeking from the Minnesota Housing and Finance Agency (MHFA) for its proposed workforce housing … more
ELY- Braving the balmy 30-degree Minnesota spring weather, seventeen mulch-eteers from five different organizations came together early Saturday morning to mulch the 300-plus trees that the … more
(Editor’s note: This story has been updated from the print edition to correct a reporting error. The information about Gov. Tim Walz and controversy over the bill’s development was … more
GREENWOOD TWP- The April 9 town board meeting had an unexpected visitor— a St. Louis County deputy sheriff who attended while in uniform. The deputy said it was part of an outreach effort by … more
ELY – The Ely Chamber of Commerce honored businesses and individuals for their contributions to the Ely community at the annual Celebrate Ely dinner last Thursday. The winners in the various … more
REGIONAL- Property tax relief and millions of dollars in new spending could be on the way to the Iron Range and the North Country if bills pushed by two area lawmakers find their way into overall tax … more
REGIONAL— U.S. Steel shareholders voted overwhelmingly this week to approve the sale of the historic domestic steel manufacturer to Nippon Steel, of Japan— but where it goes from there … more
ELY— Jason Gillson now has 30 days to address his blighted property at 45 E. Boundary St. following a Tuesday city council hearing during which Gillson said he’s willing to cooperate with … more
ELY— When Paul McDonald walked off the basketball court for the last time at the Section 7A semifinal last month, he capped a 35-year career of officiating high school sports in Minnesota. … more
VIRGINA- A “dream home” proposed to be built on Plotnik’s Point on Lake Vermilion won’t be as close to the lakeshore as originally planned after the St. Louis County Board of … more
ELY- Continuing Ely’s growing cascade of actions to build new workforce apartments, the city council approved a resolution to commit the old city garage site on W. Pattison, to the project. … more
TOWER- The Tower-Soudan Historical Society debuted a new website this year,, which highlights the history of the area, along with many resources for both visitors and … more
TOWER-SOUDAN- After more than a year of work, the next generation of chamber leaders are getting a new Lake Vermilion Chamber website up and running, as well as restarting a chamber presence on … more
Charles W. Bystrom Charles “Chuck” William Bystrom, 69, of Tower, respected businessman and adored husband, father, grandfather, and friend was called home to God and reunited with family … more
REGIONAL- St. Louis County has launched a new online mapping tool designed to expedite safe evacuations in the event of a wildfire, and the system was introduced in a press conference last week that … more
BABBITT- Those who missed the tours of the helium exploration southeast of Babbitt in February now have a chance to see the drill site on video. The Reuters news syndicate published a short … more
TOWER— The Tower Economic Development Authority gave its approval last week to a concept plan for the city’s harbor that calls for a 44-unit hotel along with other associated commercial … more
ELY- Talk is cheap. Ely’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) went from talk to commitment on Tuesday when it moved $350,000 from its levy account to the city’s housing trust fund. … more
REGIONAL- The harsh reality of declining enrollment on ISD 2142’s financial status was made clear Tuesday when Finance Director Kim Johnson revealed her projection that the district will fall … more
TOWER- Eclipse day in northern Minnesota featured a heavy overcast and showers, but the wet weather didn’t dampen the astronomy lessons at Tower-Soudan Elementary. Students did trek out to the … more
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