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Donation center opens in Cook COOK- The Cook Lions Flood Recovery Donation Center in the former Franks Pharmacy building is open for business with limited hours daily. Staffed by volunteers and … more
ORR- The Orr City Council put in some extra hours this past week, holding a special meeting to review the city’s latest audit report in addition to Monday’s regular meeting. Monday The … more
TOWER— One of the potentially most impactful residential developments in decades in Tower has finally broken ground, marking the first significant private investment associated with the … more
ELY- At its July 2 meeting, the Ely City Council once again dug into the weeds of Minnesota’s evolving rules on legal cannabinoid products, passing a moratorium on any new “adult-use … more
COOK- U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar was in Cook on Wednesday, July 3, to view damage from the recent flood and to lend her encouragement and support for recovery efforts. Joined by Cook City Council … more
NETT LAKE- In a celebration blending tried and true and bold and new, re-elected Bois Forte Band Chairwoman Cathy Chavers and newly elected District 1 Council Representative Perry Drift were sworn in … more
BABBITT— A proposal to form a regional ambulance service based out of the Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital is getting a cool reception from city officials here, and that could leave the … more
TOWER— The city council here, on Monday, took steps to move forward with a plan that could potentially double the wastewater treatment capacity of the joint wastewater treatment system they … more
GREENWOOD TWP- The Greenwood Town Board got down to business at their meeting Tuesday, but first listened to over a half hour of public input. The professionalism that the board was trying project … more
REGIONAL— Those who experienced damage to their homes or businesses due to flooding from the June 18 storm can now report that on the St. Louis County website or can call the county … more
COOK- A St. Louis County jury has found Gary Duane Egolf Jensen, 56, of Cook, guilty on two counts of attempted murder in the second degree for his actions in a December 2022 domestic violence … more
REGIONAL- The runoff from a series of storms across the Rainy River Basin continues to swell lakes and streams, causing minor flooding to docks, boathouses, and shoreline buildings and roads. An … more
Trudi Johnson Shaw Trudi Johnson Shaw, 80, of Soudan, passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. A small gathering of family and friends will be held to … more
TOWER—Family members of Eugene Trucano, of Tower, recently gathered with a host of family, friends, military Veterans and community members at a ceremony in Virginia to recognize Trucano for … more
COOK- It’s been one hit after another for Montana Café owner Megan Strong since the café was first flooded by the torrential rains of June 18 that spawned the subsequent flash … more
ELY—Members of the Ely Area Ambulance Joint Powers Board expressed some skepticism when it came to the recent proposal for a regionalized ambulance service, presented publicly by SafeTech … more
A full day of activities in Ely The Fourth of July festivities will get underway bright and early with a 7 a.m. flag raising ceremony at the Ely Veterans Memorial, which is next to the Trezona … more
COOK- Some would say that relief efforts in Cook didn’t begin after the June 19 flash flood, but actually began four years ago when a group of concerned Cook citizens took action in a … more
COOK- Cook fire engines have been parked on city streets the past two weeks as the Cook Fire Hall became the center for flood relief operations, but the trucks will be back in their bays after the … more
COOK- Much needed financial help will be on its way to Cook and other parts of St. Louis County soon as President Joe Biden approved a disaster declaration for the extensive Minnesota flooding on … more
TOWER-SOUDAN- The seven-plus inches of rain that fell in Tower and Soudan June 18 created headaches for many area residents, as the storm water system could not keep up with the hours of intense … more
VERMILION LAKE TWP— A two-vehicle accident on Hwy. 169 last Friday, just east of the Y Store, sent four people to the hospital, one with life-threatening injuries. Ninety-one-year-old former … more
CRANE LAKE- A 50-year-old male scuba diver from Embarrass drowned on Sunday while attempting to salvage a piece of heavy equipment in Crane Lake. In an item posted to social media on Saturday,  … more
Gretchen T. Green Gretchen Teal Green, 89, of Omaha, Neb., and Lake Vermilion-Tower, passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2024. A celebration of life was held on Sunday, June 9 at the Montessori … more
SOUDAN- The Breitung Town Board, during their June 20 meeting, expressed support for a hiking trail connecting McKinley Park Campground to the Pine Ridges trail system, but they weren’t willing … more
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