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REGIONAL— As lawmakers settled into the 2024 legislative session this week, it was clear that this year’s goals will be more modest than last year’s transformational session. … more
REGIONAL- A proposed amendment aims to resolve uncertainties surrounding a 2023 Minnesota law, criticized for its vague language that some argue jeopardizes student safety. The law currently … more
ORR- Orr Center volunteer Wendy Purdy attended Monday’s Orr City Council meeting to tell council members about the progress being made in reshaping the design and function of the former school … more
ELY- The start of the Ely Film Festival on Friday, Feb. 9, was 20 minutes late because of projection problems, and that nearly prevented the showing of a film short that a group of local student film … more
James K. Marttila James Konstantin Marttila, 75, of Rochester and Lake Vermilion-Tower, died on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, at Seasons Hospice House in Rochester from complications of lung cancer … more
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VERMILION RESERVATION- It was standing room only in the ballroom at Fortune Bay Resort Casino last Wednesday for the annual Bois Forte State of the Band event, and Chairperson Cathy Chavers saved the … more
REGIONAL- The face of Chuck Goggleye’s cellphone is riddled with cracks, a stark metaphor for the lives that were shattered the night of Nov. 15 when a car accident took the life of 17-year-old … more
REGIONAL—The Timberjay continued its award-winning tradition in the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, winning 14 awards, including five first place awards, … more
REGIONAL- David Kevin Medicine, 38, of Virginia, was sentenced Monday to 41 months in prison for criminal vehicular homicide that caused the death of Cathy Marjorie Johnson, 61, of Tower, in an … more
ELY- For the third time in its 16-year history, the WolfTrack Classic has been canceled for lack of sufficient snow. The Ely Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the race, announced the cancellation … more
REGIONAL— The astonishing warmth of the winter of 2023-24 continued this week as reporting stations across the region reported running anywhere from 20-25 degrees above average for the first … more
ELY- It was billed as the Winter Festival this week in Ely, but Mother Nature had other ideas. The snow sculptures in Whiteside Park, a centerpiece of the eleven-day event, took a beating from the … more
REGIONAL— A new study that compares the tax structures of the 50 U.S. states has found that Minnesota has the fairest tax structure of all. The report was released this month by the Institute … more
Jeanne A. Burgess Jeanne Anita Burgess, 95, formerly of Tower, passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 19, 2024, at Pine View Care Center in Black River Falls, Wis. A celebration of life memorial … more
REGIONAL— As ambulance services across rural Minnesota struggle financially, there’s one factor that has contributed more than any to the flow of red ink for most services: the … more
VIRGINIA- The inadequate wastewater treatment system at South Ridge School will get a million-dollar fix this summer after the ISD 2142 school board voted Tuesday to proceed with the work. The school … more
ELY- It’s one of Ely’s longest-running annual events, but it never gets old. The Ely Winter Festival is finally here, kicking off on Thursday, Feb. 1, when the snow sculptors start their … more
TOWER- For newspapers that mail thousands of copies each week, it’s not unusual that one or two occasionally gets lost along the way. But what was once an occasional errant newspaper has become … more
VIRGINA- On Saturday at the Iron Trail Motors Event Center, there were two very different events going on at the same time that had the parking lots filled to capacity. One was a ferocious hockey … more
REGIONAL- The COVID news is good for the North Country this week, as a declining number of hospitalizations has caused the Centers for Disease Control to lower the region’s COVID activity level … more
WINTON- Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital CEO Patti Banks quickly let attendees at Monday’s meeting of the Ely Area Ambulance Joint Powers Board that the $70,000 study they had hoped to see … more
REGIONAL- It’s been languishing in the Minnesota Legislature for a decade, but is this the year the Minnesota End-of-Life Options Act finally gets through the legislative logjam and becomes … more
REGIONAL— The culture wars apparently have a new hot button in Minnesota that the state’s GOP is hoping to press to organize their voters and raise badly-needed funds. The state’s … more
NETT LAKE- Bois Forte Chairperson Cathy Chavers will face competition for the Band’s top elected office when the Band holds its primary election on Tuesday, April 2. According to the … more
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