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ELY- The Northern Lakes Arts Association officially announced its 2024 season during its 2023 Gratitude Gathering event on Monday evening. While bits and pieces of the upcoming season have been … more
BABBITT- Last June’s Up North Craft and Vendor Extravaganza has won the Friends of the Babbitt Library the 2023 Evy Nordley Award for Best Project from the Minnesota Association of Library … more
Robert E. Miettunen It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Robert “Bob” Edward Miettunen, 82, on Friday, Nov. 3, 2023. He was a man of strength, dedication, and … more
TOWER- Donations have started to come in for this year’s Operation Santa toy drive, but we still have a long way to go to reach our goal. Operation Santa is a local fundraiser that purchases … more
ELY- A production like “Disney’s Frozen—The Broadway Musical” is not an undertaking for the faint of heart or anemic of purse. Preparing the multiple changes of costume of the … more
OWENS TWP – The Owens Township annual town meeting ended in fireworks Tuesday as the town clerk Shirley Woods and town board chair Wally Refsdahl resigned and Woods abruptly ended the meeting … more
BABBITT— The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has added Birch Lake to its draft list of the state’s impaired wild rice waters due to sulfate contamination from nearby mining operations. … more
EMBARRASS- Hundred-year-old Hinako Kuwamoto was busy picking out Christmas gifts at the Nelimark Homestead Museum on Saturday. Grandma, as many in Embarrass call her, was shopping with her … more
TOWER— Emergency services topped the discussion during the city council meeting here on Monday as councilors took up a request for new equipment from the fire department and a plan to stem … more
ELY- The city of Ely recently declared the completion of its $8.5 million project to update its waste water treatment facility, (WWTF) allowing the plant to meet stricter federal standards for … more
REGIONAL- District 3 state Sen. Grant Hauschild, DFL- Hermantown, knows more about the child care shortage in Minnesota than what he’s learned from three child care roundtables he’s … more
ELY- Some Ely high school athletes won well-deserved praise from Ely School Board Chair Ray Marsnik at the start of Monday’s board meeting. “The girls volleyball team should be … more
ORR- At a special meeting on Nov. 8, Orr City Council members interviewed two applicants for a vacant seat on the council last week and voted to appoint John Jirik to the position. Jirik is a … more
ST. PAUL— The Minnesota Supreme Court, in an order issued Nov. 8, denied a petition filed by former Secretary of State Joan Growe and others that sought to disqualify former President Donald … more
Robert G. Thomas Robert George Thomas, 84, of Cook, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023. The family is grateful for the compassionate care he received at Carefree Living and Cook … more
OWENS TWP— Dorothy Easterday’s official property address is 9175 Derusha Rd. in Owens Township. But whether it is Derusha Rd. or not is a question that has mired this small township … more
VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK- Winter users of frozen lake surfaces here won’t have to cope with a new set of rules this season, as implementation of a new Frozen Lake Surface Access and Use Plan … more
ELY- The battle continues next week over the proposed reopening and expansion of the former Miners Lake RV Park and Campground. The new owners of the property, Dean and Lee Ann Peterson of AOK … more
ST. PAUL— A case heard last Thursday before the state Supreme Court is expected to decide whether former President Donald Trump is qualified to appear on primary ballots in Minnesota this … more
ELY- The Ely City Council continued its war on blight at its Nov. 7 meeting by approving the demolition of two derelict residential structures and deciding to wait for a report on a third. The city … more
REGIONAL– When Sen. Grant Hauschild convened a roundtable in Soudan last month to discuss challenges faced by rural ambulance services, he said one of his top goals would be to work with the … more
ELY- There is nothing sexy or eye-catching about equipment designed to dewater sewage sludge, but the test last week of dewatering equipment here left the city’s clerk-treasurer, Harold … more
REGIONAL— Minnesota’s U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, along with Sen. Ted Budd, a North Carolina Republican recently introduced legislation to support volunteer drivers. This … more
REGIONAL- Community Thanksgiving dinners will be served in Soudan and Cook for the holiday. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Soudan will be hosting a free community Thanksgiving dinner on … more
Russell W. Berg Russell William Berg, 93, dedicated veteran, family man and Vikings fan, crossed over peacefully to the mystical Valhalla on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, in Rockford, Ill., holding the … more
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