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LAKE VERMILION- Christine Wyrobek, owner of the partially developed Rough-N-It campground for disabled veterans on Lake Vermilion’s Black Bay, and Lance and Kari Kuhn have reached a voluntary … more
ELY- Heidi Omerza, the Mayor of Ely, issued a proclamation at the beginning of the first city council meeting of the year, changing the name of the city to Arendelle as the council members looked on … more
TOWER— Should the city of Tower agree to purchase the county public works facility, now being vacated by St. Louis County? That’s the question that the council has talked about for more … more
VIRGINIA- ISD 2142 District 5/Cherry school board member Lynn Hilde was selected by his peers as the 2024 board chair at Tuesday night’s organizational meeting at the district office in … more
ELY- Ray Marsnik is known for running meetings that are tight, transparent, and fair. It was no surprise, therefore, when his colleagues on the Ely school board elected him board chair once again, a … more
ORR- Deferred to Monday from December’s Orr City Council meeting, council members settled on a compromise for the 2024 property tax levy, coming in with an eight percent increase. City clerk … more
REGIONAL— Minnesotans may be living through meteorological history this month as it appears many parts of the state are on track to beat the all-time record for the mildest December ever here … more
INTERNATIONAL FALLS – International Falls Mayor Harley M. Droba announced Wednesday that he will be challenging incumbent state Rep. Roger Skraba for the House District 3A seat in 2024. … more
TOWER- After years of sustained effort, it appears the Tower-Soudan Historical Society has finally raised the funding needed to complete its longstanding plans to remake the city’s historic Old … more
TOWER— The Wilderness at Fortune Bay Manager Joseph Wisocki IV has been placed on unpaid administrative leave after being charged with five counts of felony theft by swindle in Minnesota … more
STONY RIVER TWP- A 2011 discovery southeast of Babbitt may lead to production of one of the highest-demand natural commodities in the world: helium. While helium is the second-most abundant element … more
ELY- One the last day of November, the Superior National Forest (SNF) filed an official notice that it was initiating what it calls the Fernberg Corridor Landscape Management Project (FCLMP), named … more
REGIONAL— Six new St. Louis County deputies were recognized earlier this month during a ceremonial pinning of badges held at the county’s Public Safety Building in Duluth. Sheriff Gordon … more
ELY- For the last five years, Mollie Johnson has baked Christmas cookies and given them away free to all comers at the store where she works, just because it’s a nice thing to do. This year, … more
REGIONAL— U.S. Steel, which has played a pivotal role in the development of northeastern Minnesota’s iron resources for more than a century, is being sold to Japan-based Nippon Steel. … more
MT IRON— Members of the Legislature’s Emergency Medical Services Task Force heard a consistent message during a packed Dec. 13 field hearing here, called to take input from ambulance … more
REGIONAL— After a string of legal defeats, NewRange Copper, formerly PolyMet Mining, and the state’s Pollution Control Agency, chalked up a win in a challenge to its air emissions permit. … more
Signs of holiday spirits can be found in the most festive and solemn of places in the North Country. Timberjay photographers recently captured these images of the season. more
REGIONAL- The entire northeast Arrowhead region of Minnesota has been upgraded from low to medium COVID activity status by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control this week, based on increased numbers … more
ELY- The financial woes of the Ely Area Ambulance Service, or EAAS, prompted a special city council meeting here last Wednesday evening to approve another emergency funding allotment to allow the … more
GREENWOOD TWP— Planning and fundraising for a set of dedicated pickleball courts at Greenwood Town Hall will move forward as a result of town board action on Dec. 12. The board approved siting … more
COOK- In a move intended to strengthen the overall operation of the Cook Ambulance Service, current crew members Amy Luecken and Will Fischer will take on leadership of the service by sharing its … more
ELY- The long-discussed subject of the possible annexation of Fall Lake Township to the Ely School District was back on the ISD 696 board agenda on Monday. It’s long been a sore point as the … more
ELY- The final Ely City Council meeting of 2023 began with some special recognition for Ely’s high school girls volleyball team. Mayor Heidi Omerza read a proclamation from herself and the city … more
Robert C. Wilson Robert “Bob” Clinton Wilson, 89, of Lake Vermilion, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023. Funeral … more
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