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HOYT LAKES- Regional emergency medical services personnel came to Hoyt Lakes last Thursday, May 23, to join Gov. Tim Walz, Sen. Grant Hauschild and other legislators as Walz signed the bill that will … more
REGIONAL—Rep. Dave Lislegard, DFL-Aurora, announced this week that he won’t seek re-election to the Legislature this fall to devote more attention to his family. Lislegard had represented … more
TOWER- The Herbert R. Lamppa Civic Center was standing-room only for this year’s Memorial Day tribute, sponsored by the Tower-Soudan Civic Club. The Tower-Soudan Area Singers, under the able … more
REGIONAL- The search for two canoeists who have been missing since their canoe plunged over Curtain Falls on May 18 is now getting additional resources from the Minnesota National Guard. At the … more
COOK- When the last parent picked up the last child at Little Beginnings Preschool in Cook on Friday, it was the last time Nancy Reing would say goodbye as a caregiver and educator of other … more
REGIONAL— The war of words between U.S. Steel and Cleveland-Cliffs escalated recently over the future of the proposed sale of U.S. Steel to Japan-based Nippon Steel Corporation. Nippon’s … more
REGIONAL-Abnormally high levels of precipitation have had eyes in Crane Lake and Kabetogama focused on rising lake levels this past week as dams in the Rainy River Basin opened their gates to try to … more
While the Iron Range’s legislators brought home funding for several area projects, including help for the Ely Area Ambulance Service and a baseball field make-over for ISD 696, the Legislature … more
REGIONAL- On the heels of a legislatively directed award of $50,000 in Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Department funds for their food shelf, the Bois Forte Band got more good news on Tuesday … more
ELY- The nonprofit Ely Community Resource was overjoyed last week to receive $6,944 from the 100+ Ely Women Who Care. The group, represented by Cindy Gardner, presented the donation check to ECR on … more
June L. Swieringa June Lee Hannula Swieringa, 70, of Vermilion Lake Township, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on Monday, May 27, 2024, surrounded by family at … more
REGIONAL— Ambulance services in greater Minnesota will see significant financial assistance beginning later this year as a result of final passage of an amendment authored by Sen. Grant … more
REGIONAL- While the Minnesota Legislature failed to pass a capital improvements bonding bill this session, many important Iron Range projects will still move forward thanks to the efforts of two area … more
REGIONAL— A search was continuing as of this week’s Timberjay press time for two men who went missing when their canoe went over Curtain Falls on the U.S.-Canadian border last Saturday … more
BABBITT- Pulsar Helium broke the ceramic plug in its helium exploration well southeast of Babbitt on Tuesday. Breaking the seal—known as a packer—let the gas flow freely through the … more
ELY- The Ely Police Department received a large share of attention from the Ely City Council at its most recent meeting on Tuesday. The council and Police Chief Chad Houde discussed the vandalism … more
ORR- The candidates for Bois Forte tribal chair and District One tribal council representative came together on Saturday at the Orr Community Center to discuss with band members what they hope to … more
ELY- A new eatery opened on Ely’s main drag on Saturday when the Sheridan Street Delicatessen unlocked its doors at a sleep-challenged 5 a.m. The deli serves breakfast and lunch selections, … more
COOK- If you love traditions, you won’t want to miss this year’s Timber Days festival in Cook beginning Friday, June 7 and running through Sunday, June 9. All the favorites that folks … more
REGIONAL- A recent congressional subcommittee field hearing in Hayward, Wis. provided a venue for an International Falls houseboat rental operator to air local concerns about actions taken by … more
Dr. John V. Urick Dr. John Victor Urick, 91, of Lake Vermilion, passed away quietly at his lake home on Tuesday evening, May 14, 2024. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 1 at Bauman … more
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
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