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REGIONAL- Five North Country organizations netted almost $19,000 in Small Project Grants from a $100,000 program administered by the Iron Range Tourism Bureau (IRTB) and St. Louis County Trails Task … more
Gertrude Mosnik We are deeply saddened by the passing of our mother, Mrs. Gertrude M. Vertnik Mosnik, 90, of Ely, who passed away on Nov. 27, 2023, following a decline in her health. She was … more
REGIONAL- The Minnesota House took the first step toward returning school resources officers, or SROs, to schools on Monday by passing legislation to exempt them from a law prohibiting school workers … more
REGIONAL- It’s likely that no one in the North Country was caught off guard by last week’s spring flood forecast issued by the National Weather Service office in Duluth, which concluded … more
EMBARRASS- The ever-affable meteorologist and local historian Dave Anderson turned his talk on weather and his family’s area history into an impromptu news session during the Sisu Heritage … more
REGIONAL—A rematch between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump appeared all the more likely after both candidates swept most primary contests on Super Tuesday, including the … more
BABBITT- An exploratory borehole made history last week with potentially the richest helium discovery on earth. Pulsar Helium Inc. announced Feb. 28, that its Jetstream #1 borehole reached a total … more
TOWER- Randy Santel travels the country eating, and he makes good money doing it. It’s all thanks to YouTube and the following he’s attracted over the years as he eats portions at … more
LAKE COUNTY— The Department of Natural Resources has announced that it won’t require Northshore Mining to conduct an environmental impact statement, or EIS, for its proposal to extend two … more
VERMILION LAKE TWP- A rural home here was destroyed by fire last Thursday afternoon, Feb. 29, as the result of an apparent chimney fire that quickly spread to the building’s attic. Paul … more
REGIONAL- Two ATV incidents, including one with serious injuries, kept emergency responders on the run last week. On Friday evening, March 1, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office responded to … more
REGIONAL – Minnesota legislators have an even larger budget surplus than anticipated to work with this session. The Minnesota Department of Management and Budget (MMB) released its February … more
REGIONAL- The township election season has been quiet except for Greenwood Township, where all three incumbents filed for reelection, but all three will be facing challengers. Township elections are … more
ELY- The widely acclaimed musical, “Fiddler on the Roof,” which has captivated audiences for 60 years, is set to open in Ely beginning Thursday, March 14 at the Vermilion Fine Arts … more
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
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