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ELY- Emily Roose and Erik Nelson took the top prize during Northern Lakes Arts Association’s “Dancing with the Ely Stars” event held last Friday at Ely’s Historic State … more
COOK- Representatives of a citizens’ committee exploring solutions for transportation problems sought and got the Cook City Council’s endorsement of their efforts following a presentation … more
REGIONAL – House members in St. Paul were set to vote Wednesday on a $980 million bonding bill that aligns with the priorities established by Gov. Tim Walz in January, but work on a final bill … more
ELY- Ever since Scott Stowell moved to Ely, he’s been collecting and telling stories. As someone with experience as a writer and news professional, telling those stories comes second nature and … more
ELY- The board of the Donald G. Gardner Humanities Trust, at its April 10 meeting, voted to award $6,210 in spring grant awards to local arts organizations. The twice-yearly grant program helps the … more
REGIONAL- The distinction between an employee and an independent contractor can be confusing to some employers, while for others it’s one that can be manipulated to the employer’s benefit … more
James W. Thierer James “Jimmy” Warren Thierer, 67, of Embarrass, passed away on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at his home. No memorial service is planned at this time. Arrangements are with … more
REGIONAL- The sale of legalized cannabis in Minnesota is lurching toward next year’s opening of dispensaries with a number of changes being considered by legislators to improve and speed the … more
TOWER – At a time when individuals and households throughout Minnesota are experiencing hardships in numbers never seen before, the Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless Foundation is … more
TOWER— A initial market assessment prepared by Maxfield Research and Consulting, finds considerable potential demand for new housing in Tower, with an emphasis on new housing opportunities for … more
ELY- Axel, an ambassador wolf at the International Wolf Center, was euthanized on Sunday due to advanced kidney failure. Axel was a nearly eight-year-old arctic wolf with a bright white coat and an … more
ELY- The Ely School Board pruned $225,089 from its proposed 2024-25 budget and added $37,200 in new revenue sources at a special meeting on Monday. The financial belt tightening is part of a two-year … more
SOUDAN MINE— Local firefighters responded here on Tuesday to a fire in the engine house at the Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park that sent one park employee to the hospital with … more
REGIONAL- An Orr man charged in an assault in Ely last year, was arrested Friday in Duluth on a new felony charge of domestic assault by strangulation. Tate Jordan Cly, 20, whose address is listed in … more
SOUDAN- Breitung Township received some good news this past week on a couple different fronts. First, a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Breitung Police Officer Jim Battin that had been … more
ELY- Should Minnesota repeal its moratorium on building new nuclear power plants? That was the topic taken up by retired physicist and professor Barbara Jones, who offered a deeply-researched slide … more
VIRGINIA- The St. Louis County School Board ratified labor contracts for teachers and health assistants at Tuesday’s regular meeting, agreements that include wage increases as the district … more
ELY- Ely took the plunge on Tuesday and gave the greenlight to a $4.56 million grant proposal it is seeking from the Minnesota Housing and Finance Agency (MHFA) for its proposed workforce housing … more
ELY- Braving the balmy 30-degree Minnesota spring weather, seventeen mulch-eteers from five different organizations came together early Saturday morning to mulch the 300-plus trees that the … more
(Editor’s note: This story has been updated from the print edition to correct a reporting error. The information about Gov. Tim Walz and controversy over the bill’s development was … more
GREENWOOD TWP- The April 9 town board meeting had an unexpected visitor— a St. Louis County deputy sheriff who attended while in uniform. The deputy said it was part of an outreach effort by … more
ELY – The Ely Chamber of Commerce honored businesses and individuals for their contributions to the Ely community at the annual Celebrate Ely dinner last Thursday. The winners in the various … more
REGIONAL- Property tax relief and millions of dollars in new spending could be on the way to the Iron Range and the North Country if bills pushed by two area lawmakers find their way into overall tax … more
REGIONAL— U.S. Steel shareholders voted overwhelmingly this week to approve the sale of the historic domestic steel manufacturer to Nippon Steel, of Japan— but where it goes from there … more
ELY— Jason Gillson now has 30 days to address his blighted property at 45 E. Boundary St. following a Tuesday city council hearing during which Gillson said he’s willing to cooperate with … more
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