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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
REGIONAL— The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has approved a new mineral prospecting lease for Franconia Minerals, a wholly owned subsidiary of Twin Metals, near Babbitt. The lease … more
ASH LAKE- Approximately 66 households in the area around Ash Lake in northwestern St. Louis County will soon jump onto the digital superhighway when Paul Bunyan Communications (PBC) completes an … more
BABBITT— A 54-year-old man remains in the St. Louis County Jail without bail after he allegedly killed an elderly couple in their own home here. Roger Allen Beldo told law enforcement that he … more
ORR- A 26-year-old Orr man has been charged with multiple counts of felony domestic assault and is currently being held in the St. Louis County Jail while awaiting a bail hearing. Jordan Gene Cly, … more
Timberjay photographers were out and about on Tuesday capturing images of area Halloween festivities. more
GREENWOOD TWP- After getting the green light for expanding pickleball opportunities in the township on Oct. 10, planning for the new courts is already underway. At their first meeting on Oct. 24, the … more
BABBITT— Creative brains were in high gear here this past Saturday as Northeast Range High School hosted its first-ever Northern Minnesota Robotics Conference (NMRC) tournament— and the … more
REGIONAL- In a move to increase the pool of potential applicants for state-funded job opportunities, Gov. Tim Walz on Monday issued an executive order that eliminates college degree requirements for … more
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