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TOWER— The Tower Economic Development Authority has approved a development agreement that calls for the creation of the largest single residential development in the city’s history. The … more
ELY- Ely’s fabled outdoors has spawned yet another entrepreneur and his cold weather apparel has already found a home at McMurdo Station in Antarctica and will be worn in the upcoming Iditarod … more
EMBARRASS- Most North Country residents are used to doing things themselves, and that attitude and experience proved essential for the Embarrass Fire Department, which recently built its own fire … more
REGIONAL- With little fanfare, absentee early voting for Minnesota’s March 5 Super Tuesday presidential primary opened on Friday, Jan. 19, with a total of 19 candidates vying for delegates for … more
REGIONAL— The group behind a 2022 film viewed by hundreds of North Country residents and used as a campaign kick-off by GOP Rep. Roger Skraba, has admitted to a Georgia judge that it has no … more
GREENWOOD TWP- Voters in the upcoming Greenwood Township election have some choices to make with two supervisor seats and one clerk seat on the ballot for the March 12 township election. Craig … more
REGIONAL- When someone donates their body to science after their death, they likely never dream that their ultimate resting place would be on the mantle of someone’s fireplace, but sales of … more
ELY- The Ely School Board heard a report by Devin Ceglar of the accounting firm of Walker, Giroux and Hahne on the audit of the district’s 2022-23 finances, receiving the welcome news at its … more
PIKE TWP- Emily M. Schnacky, a 22-year-old from Babbitt, was critically injured on Feb. 13 when her Chevy Cobalt left the roadway and rolled into the ditch along County Rd. 21 in Pike. Schnacky was … more
ELY- “People forget that we have an area airport here in Ely, which has been an economic driver for the city,” Mayor Heidi Omerza remarked when announcing the airport of the month … more
Christina Premo Christina Premo, 56, of Mt. Iron, passed away on Feb. 10, 2024, after a long battle with cancer. A celebration of life will be held from 1-7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 29 at the Iron … more
TOWER— It appears the city of Tower will be the next owner of the public works facility currently owned by St. Louis County. The city council here voted 3-0 here on Monday to authorize the … more
ELY- The Ely Winter Festival had a new event on the schedule this year as the community offered the first-in-the-nation wintertime ride and drive event highlighting electric vehicles, or EVs, held … more
TOWER-SOUDAN— Officials here were hopeful this week that a Tuesday bid opening for a long-planned drinking water treatment facility shared by both communities here would help bridge a funding … more
VERMILION RESERVATION- Cecilia Connor was probably the oldest attendee at the Bois Forte Caregiver and Elder Expo on Feb. 6 at Fortune Bay. The 95-year-old elder had taken the Big Woods bus from Nett … more
GREENWOOD TWP- The town board’s 2022 decision to remove fire department officers Dave Fazio and Mike Indihar, was again questioned during Tuesday’s meeting of the Greenwood Town Board. … more
ELY- The International Wolf Center and the Ely Tourism Bureau both reported successful outreach endeavors that have drawn people to Ely during separate presentations at the Feb. 6 meeting of the city … more
REGIONAL— As lawmakers settled into the 2024 legislative session this week, it was clear that this year’s goals will be more modest than last year’s transformational session. … more
REGIONAL- A proposed amendment aims to resolve uncertainties surrounding a 2023 Minnesota law, criticized for its vague language that some argue jeopardizes student safety. The law currently … more
ORR- Orr Center volunteer Wendy Purdy attended Monday’s Orr City Council meeting to tell council members about the progress being made in reshaping the design and function of the former school … more
ELY- The start of the Ely Film Festival on Friday, Feb. 9, was 20 minutes late because of projection problems, and that nearly prevented the showing of a film short that a group of local student film … more
James K. Marttila James Konstantin Marttila, 75, of Rochester and Lake Vermilion-Tower, died on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, at Seasons Hospice House in Rochester from complications of lung cancer … more
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VERMILION RESERVATION- It was standing room only in the ballroom at Fortune Bay Resort Casino last Wednesday for the annual Bois Forte State of the Band event, and Chairperson Cathy Chavers saved the … more
REGIONAL- The face of Chuck Goggleye’s cellphone is riddled with cracks, a stark metaphor for the lives that were shattered the night of Nov. 15 when a car accident took the life of 17-year-old … more
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