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EMBARRASS- Five hundred pieces. Four sets of hands. Ten teams ready to go, each with their own copy of the same puzzle. The Timber Hall Event Center’s first Jigs and Jaws puzzle competition got … more
REGIONAL- Voyageurs National Park officials on Monday released a revised version of their proposed Frozen Lake Surface Use Plan, a measure that generated intense blowback from the public when the … more
ELY- The nonprofit Ely Community Resource shared unhappy news with the Ely School Board on Monday evening. The group, which runs several tutoring, mentoring, afterschool, and summer programs for … more
REGIONAL- Another successful fishing opener weekend is in the books, with hoards of eager anglers flocking to Lake Vermilion and other area lakes in search of the often elusive walleye. Reports … more
TOWER— A recommendation to prohibit short-term rentals in districts zoned residential here drew some pushback at Monday’s meeting of the Tower City Council. The city’s planning and … more
BABBITT- Roger Beldo pled guilty to second degree murder “with intent” in a Virginia courtroom May 8 in the deaths of an elderly Babbitt couple last October. Beldo acknowledged the double … more
GREENWOOD TWP- “We are going to zip right through here tonight,” said Greenwood Chair Lois Roskoski optimistically at the beginning of the May 14 town board meeting. And while the meeting … more
REGIONAL- A 62-year-old Duluth man was found dead on Friday on Lake Agnes, the victim of an apparent drowning. Mark Ham was described by family members as a clinical psychologist and an avid … more
ORR- Approval of bids for the pavement crack sealing project at the Orr Airport was on the Orr Council’s agenda on Monday, but they ended up getting a full update on airport improvements from … more
TOWER—Despite only being on the job for a few weeks, Bois Forte Business Development Corporation’s new CEO Andrew Ebert is already making a significant impact. Not … more
TOWER— When The Wilderness at Fortune Bay opened last Friday, there was a new manager at the helm – Bill Manahan. Manahan, who most recently served as general manager at the Cloquet … more
Jennie Woodenfrog  Jennie Woodenfrog “Ge be-gah shig”, 94, longtime Nett Lake resident, made her journey to the spirit world on Tuesday, May 7, 2024. Traditional services were held … more
ELY— The city of Ely’s unique police hiring incentive appears to be making a difference. That was the report from Police Chief Chad Houde, who told the city council here on Tuesday that … more
REGIONAL— Officials with Duluth-based ALLETE Inc., the parent company of Minnesota Power, announced this week that they have agreed to be acquired by a partnership led by the Canada Pension … more
TOWER- A rainy Saturday morning was not an auspicious start for what the new owners of the Tower Café are hoping to become a regular feature in downtown Tower. But plans for future car show … more
REGIONAL- Spring heralds the onset of road construction season, that time when drivers have to satisfy themselves that a little short-term pain will bring some welcome long-term gain. St. Lous County … more
ORR- When a small-town school closes, a community loses a piece of identity, But volunteers at the Orr Center are trying to restore that historical sense of community pride by creating the Orr High … more
EAGLES NEST TWP— After months of criticism over the impact of tire-piercing aggregate on Trygg Road, St. Louis County Public Works has opted for a major overhaul of the winding gravel road. … more
ELY- The city of Ely is looking for information from all its residents on their water intake lines. The payoff will be a free replacement if an intake line is found to be made of lead. The Minnesota … more
REGIONAL—An audit report released this week has shed light on some of the problems facing the U.S. Postal Service as a result of the expansion in its package delivery service. The audit of the … more
REGIONAL- Starting July 1, Minnesota-born adoptees, 18 years and older, will have new access to their original birth records, a move that promises to unlock deeply held questions about their … more
REGIONAL- What began the legislative session wrapped in an aura of optimism is now the target of widespread pessimistic speculation as the clock ticks down on the dwindling chance to pass a bill … more
REGIONAL- From her successful pageantry exploits, North Woods art teacher Rachel Betterley is certainly accustomed to large crowds, but on Sunday the setting was a bit different. Hundreds of … more
Rebecca L. Swan Rebecca Lynn “Becky” Swan, “Waawiyaasinokwe” Whirlwind Woman, 45, of Virginia, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, in her home. A funeral service was … more
TOWER- A self-titled “rant” on the “What’s Up Tower” Facebook page this week asked a question that volunteers in the Wagoner Trails Club have expected was coming for … more
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