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REGIONAL— Tower native Garrett Lamppa is the recipient of a 2023 Distinction Award from the Entrepreneur Fund, one of ten business owners across northern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin to … more
REGIONAL- After wrangling with what to do over last year’s $17.5 billion surplus, Minnesota legislators will have another round of haggling next session as the state will have about $860 … more
Lucille Y. Bush Lucille Yvonne “Lucy” Nevala Bush, 74, of Cook, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023. The family would like to thank all who showed compassion and care to Lucy through … more
SOUDAN- There was much ado about gravel at the Sept. 28 Breitung Township Board meeting. During the normally routine road and bridge report, Maintenance Supervisor Tom Gorsma reported that he had … more
ELY- Athletics were the theme here on Monday, with four sports-related topics taking up a third of the 45-minute meeting of the Ely School Board. The board accepted a quote of $53,650 from Phil … more
ORR- The Orr City Council on Tuesday walked back the idea of filling the council seat vacated in May by Lloyd Scott by election, choosing instead to accept applications for the position. At the … more
TOWER— Tower Vision 2025 principal Orlyn Kringstad and his Norwegian business partners appear close to finalizing an agreement that would establish a high-quality cabin and small home … more
REGIONAL— With its federal mineral leases canceled and a 20-year moratorium on new mineral leasing now in place over a large portion of the Superior National Forest, Twin Metals is looking to … more
ELY- The Sunday, Oct. 1, church service at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Ely was not your typical call to worship, and the pews were filled with a far more diverse crowd than on a regular … more
TOWER-SOUDAN— It’s likely back to the drawing board for the Tower-Breitung Wastewater Board after a lone bid for their planned drinking water treatment plant came in nearly $4 million … more
BEATTY TWP- The St. Louis County Board of Commissioners came to Beatty Town Hall on Tuesday to conduct its regular business meeting, with a number of items on the agenda focused on North Country … more
TOWER- The costs of maintaining 24/7 on-call coverage for the Tower Area Ambulance Service (TAAS) continues to outpace the revenue the service receives for providing its life-saving work. At the Oct. … more
GREENWOOD TWP- While the Greenwood Town Board appeared to throw cold water on the idea of building new pickleball courts at the town hall at their meeting in August, the large group of pickleball … more
TOWER— Short-term rental horror stories are hardly unusual, but they had been relatively uncommon in Tower—that is until now. At Monday’s council meeting, residents from North Star … more
ELY- Ely dentist Spencer Wihlm became the ninth and latest recipient of a Martha Mordini Rukavina Loan Forgiveness grant on Friday, Oct. 6. On hand to award the $30,000 grant was retired Hibbing … more
REGIONAL- Four North Country businesses have been fined and will have their liquor licenses suspended for a day for serving alcohol to minors. The St. Louis County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday … more
Yvonne C. Swanson Yvonne Claire Duncanson Swanson, 81, of Cook, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023, at the Virginia Care Center. Visitation will be held at noon on Saturday, Oct. 14 … more
ELY- When Ian Lah took the helm as executive artistic director of the Northern Lakes Arts Association in May of last year, he said he saw opportunity for growth. The 2012 graduate of Ely Memorial … more
TOWER—An innovation in public health is coming this Friday, Oct. 6, to the Bois Forte Reservation. That’s when the Bois Forte will become the first tribe in Minnesota, and possibly the … more
COOK- Over the past five decades, there are few things in Cook that haven’t been touched by the caring hearts and hands of the Cook Lions Club, and members and invited guests gathered on … more
REGIONAL— It’s been a tough few years for northeastern Minnesota deer hunters and that has put the state’s most prominent predator in the cross hairs of a prominent billboard that … more
ELY- Three things are needed to hold a sled dog race: snow, sled dog teams, and money. Yes, money. The entry fees for Ely’s WolfTrack Classic Sled Dog Race don’t cover the full cost of … more
REGIONAL—St. Louis County Sheriff Gordon Ramsay indicated he remains concerned about a change in state law that limits the types of physical force that school officials, including student … more
ELY- Cat owners in Ely are off the hook. The Ely City Council voted to drop the licensing requirements for pets other than dogs. Mayor Heidi Omerza noted that the rewrite of the city’s pet … more
REGIONAL- In a win-win Tuesday for monarch butterflies and St. Louis County, the board of commissioners approved an agreement that will provide more butterfly habitat along the county’s … more
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