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Kudos are certainly in order for the many folks who have led the push for the Prospectors Loop Trail, a planned off-highway vehicle trail that would link several communities in our area along with … more
Last month in this space, we argued that area legislators should not be allowed to serve on the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. While the strictly legal concerns focused on the … more
A decision issued this week by the Office of Administrative Hearings raises questions about whether Minnesota’s campaign laws could use some updating. As we report in this issue, an administrative … more
When it comes to economic development, it’s time we better define the boundaries of “the Iron Range.” For too long, we’ve talked of “The Range” as one thing— a region stretching from … more
Change is difficult, for people and for communities. It’s especially true in small towns, where, too often, nothing seems to change. That’s been the rap on Tower for a long time even as folks … more
A legislative audit critical of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board could be a turning point for the state agency if lawmakers use the report to address the agency’s … more
The leadership of both major political parties in the U.S. should be undertaking some soul-searching in this primary season. After Tuesday’s contests, it appears more likely than ever that the two … more
Residents in the Ely area should take this week’s developments regarding the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine as an opportunity to refocus their efforts on building a sustainable economy … more
Minnesota House Republicans have proposed a $4.8 billion tax plan, promoted as bringing relief to middle-class taxpayers. Yet as with most GOP tax plans, their latest proposal ladles the real … more
Give state Rep. Carly Melin an “A” for effort. The Hibbing legislator, the sole woman on the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board, stood alone this week in seeking to ensure that the Mt. … more
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