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Michael D. Swor With gratefulness for a life well-lived, we announce the peaceful passing of Michael David Swor, 74, of St. Paul, Minn., and Naples, Fla., on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024. In the spirit of … more
MORSE TWP- An as-yet unidentified individual died in a house fire here on Sunday afternoon. While the name of the deceased had not yet been released as of press time, the home, located at 1406 Grant … more
TOWER- Greenwood Town Board Chair John Bassing faced some of the toughest pushback to date at a meeting of the Tower Ambulance Commission here on Monday as members of the commission repeatedly urged … more
TOWER- Curt Moon, a veteran and elder, led the dancers into the makeshift arena in the commons area at Vermilion Country School. The Lake Vermilion Singers drum group was seate d at the center. A … more
BABBITT— At a time when many of the region’s small town ambulance services are struggling financially, Babbitt’s city-run service is managing to keep its head above water, while … more
TOWER- After saying for months that staff reductions were on the table due to budgetary concerns, ISD 2142 Superintendent Reggie Engebritson delivered the bad news to school board members at … more
REGIONAL- Calling the lack of funding and personnel for rural Minnesota ambulance services a crisis, Sen. Grant Hauschild joined other legislators and emergency responders last week in a press … more
ELY- After a wait of a year and a half, WELY, Ely’s radio station, may soon be coming back to life. “We’ll be getting back on the air in early to mid-April,” said local radio … more
REGIONAL- The Centers for Disease Control is reportedly considering changing its COVID isolation guidelines so that infected people would no longer need to stay home if they’ve been fever free … more
BABBITT- Pulsar Helium Inc. announced an update on their Topaz helium exploration project southeast of Babbitt. The firm is in the process of changing the drilling method on the Jetstream #1 … more
ELY- The final curtain may have dropped over a month ago on Ely high school’s production of “Disney’s Frozen, The Broadway Musical;” but the final business of the musical … more
Christina Premo Christina Premo, 56, lost her strong fight on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024. She took her last breaths in her sleep while surrounded by the ones she loved most. She was blessed to be able … more
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
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