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ELY— The local nonprofit Well Being Development is hoping to turn class action lawsuit settlement funds into transitional housing for local residents recovering from the effects of substance … more
TOWER— The city council here, on Monday, approved a surplus 2024 budget that calls for spending of $2.055 million with anticipated revenue of $2.102 million. The revenue forecast includes a … more
COOK- After a tumultuous November meeting at which the town board chair and town clerk resigned and attendees were abruptly ejected from the meeting with the assistance of a sheriff’s deputy, … more
ELY- How to sustain rural emergency medical services topped the agenda on Monday during the annual meeting of the Community Economic Development Joint Powers Board here. The influential board is … more
REGIONAL— The state’s Public Utilities Commission, or MPUC, has approved an interim rate increase for Minnesota Power customers that is expected to increase the average residential … more
REGIONAL- Tower and Breitung Township received good news last week when the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Advisory Board awarded projects in those communities totaling $365,000. The city of … more
COOK- When mother and daughter crafters get together, anything can happen and the sky’s the limit for creativity, but Deanna Washek and Kaycee Danielson may have set a new bar with their latest … more
TOWER- Did you know there are more living things in a spoonful of soil that there are people on this planet? Soil biologist Max Helmberger, of Tower, has been fascinated by the tiny creatures that … more
TOWER- Donations are still needed for this year’s Operation Santa toy drive. We already have over 180 children on our list, so it is looking like the need will be higher than in the past few … more
Rodney E. Loe Rodney “Rod” Eugene Loe, 88, iconic Elyite and beloved and respected son, brother, soldier, businessman, husband, uncle, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, … more
EMBARRASS- Over 400 people attended the Embarrass Region Fair Association’s Dec. 2 pancake breakfast event. “This was a record number,” said volunteer Sue Beaton. “We ran out … more
ELY- The Ely City Council careened across a wide variety of topics on Tuesday evening, including the retention of police officers with free canoes, cutting back on short-term rentals, and dealing … more
COOK- When looking at a gigantic 20-year plan, you have to start somewhere, and the Superior National Forest’s LaCroix District will soon be unveiling its first five-year segment of the plan … more
TOWER— A kindergarten student here has inspired the creation of a new after-school club and it’s, surprisingly, focused on math. Most kids complain about math in school, but Stephanie … more
REGIONAL- Three individuals seeking a permit for a new Lake Vermilion campground on Black Bay have filed suit alleging their proposal didn’t get a proper procedural review from the St. Louis … more
ELY- City officials and representatives of the Zup’s grocery store here have resolved noise complaints stemming from a minor violation of the state’s sound ordinance. In July, an Ely … more
ELY— The proposed RV park expansion near Miner’s Lake will require the completion of an environmental assessment worksheet, or EAW, after all and that determination led the board of … more
FIELD TWP- When Kaysee Miller asked a classroom of North Woods kindergarteners how many of them had been bitten by a dog on Tuesday, nearly every eager young hand shot up, as is often the case with … more
SOUDAN- The cost of camping at McKinley Park Campground will be going up in 2024. The Breitung Town Board voted Nov. 30 to raise rates at the township-owned campground in response to the cost of … more
REGIONAL- An early morning fire on Saturday in Morcom Township and another on Tuesday morning in Willow Valley township caused extensive damage to multiple structures this week. The Bearville and … more
Debra L. Kippola Debra L. Kippola, 71, of Tower, died on Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, at her home. Arrangements are pending with Cron-Sheehy Funeral Home in Eveleth. John Eickhoff John “Jack” … more
ST. PAUL— In yet another major blow for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes, an administrative law judge is recommending that the Department of Natural Resources deny the … more
ELY- Tate Jordan Cly, is seeking to plead guilty in the Sept. 23 knife attack against Richard Joshua Petrizilka in Ely. Cly, age 20, petitioned the district court on Nov. 21 to accept a guilty plea … more
TOWER- It has become an annual tradition at Vermilion Country School, and the all-school Thanksgiving meal once again did not disappoint. Students in Chef Chris Glazer’s culinary class prepared … more
REGIONAL- Area fire departments were called out to battle structure fires in Morcom Township and Britt this past week, both with devastating outcomes. On Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m., firefighters from … more
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