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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
Dane Clark Francis Dane Clark Francis, age 62, passed away, peacefully and unexpectedly, at his Lake Vermilion home on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023. A private interment will be held at a later date. He … more
REGIONAL— While most North Country residents are likely relieved by the warmer weather that settled in this week after ten days of arctic chill, the change isn’t so welcome to area … more
TOWER- The city clerk-treasurer here told members of the Tower Ambulance Commission, Monday, that they can no longer count on the city to backfill the the Tower Ambulance Service’s financial … more
LAKE VERMILION- When Greg “Arch” Archibald bought the Vermilion Club from Joanne and Ron Thibault 25 years ago, he brought his generous spirit and lifelong experience running pizza shops … more
CRANE LAKE-It’s taken literally decades for a Voyageurs National Park visitor center at Crane Lake to move from the dream world onto the path to reality, but with the basics of the building now … more
REGIONAL- A relatively late entry into the 2022 election, former DFL state Rep. Jen Schultz is going full throttle in 2024 in her attempt to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber in the Eighth … more
ELY- There was a nearly full house last Thursday, Jan. 18, as the newly-formed Ely chapter of Braver Angels held its first workshop at the Ely Senior Center. Braver Angels is a national organization … more
ELY- Matt Stupnik and his $3.5 million boutique hotel project is facing a squeeze from the lack of available parking space. When he bought the former Ely community center from the city for two … more
TOWER- The Tower Area Ambulance Service (TAAS)had a total of 524 runs in 2023, which included 486 911-calls and 38 non-emergency transfers. This was comparable to the call numbers in 2021 with 489 … more
COOK- The Cook Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type … more
REGIONAL- Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital trustees John Saw and Barb Soderberg were among the 16 hospital trustees across the state recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) for their … more
Ramon E. Berg Ramon E. “Ray” Berg, 91, longtime resident of Soudan, passed away on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, at Essentia Health-Virginia. A private family interment will be held. A … more
ELY- After more than a year of buildup, the weekend of “Frozen in Ely” is finally here. Ely Memorial High School was the only high school in Minnesota to win the rights to perform … more
TOWER— A plan to build an approximately five-megawatt solar array near the Tower-Breitung water tower remains in the works even as agreement on the details have taken longer to finalize than … more
REGIONAL— A new state campground designed specifically for off-road vehicle users should be under construction later this year just east of Soudan. The campground was part of the original … more
ELY- The Laundry Room at 428 E. Sheridan St. has been stricken by a punbelievable outbreak of colorful quips—take-offs on celebrities and movie characters. No longer are patrons utilizing … more
REGIONAL- Gov. Tim Walz unveiled a proposed $982 million capital budget for the 2024 legislative session on Tuesday, and local governments, including Tower, were left hanging on whether or not their … more
REGIONAL- It’s a week of mixed signals for COVID activity in Minnesota, not an unusual circumstance considering the limited measures of surveillance available now compared to earlier in the … more
ELY- Ruby Milton plays the big role of Queen Elsa. The Northeast Range senior has the substantial voice needed to carry this musically challenging role. Her dedication to the musical is considerable, … more
ELY- After 43 years of service, Public Works Foreman Mike Popesh, a long-time city of Ely employee, retired last week. He began work with the city at the end of 1980, according to Mayor Heidi Omerza. … more
REGIONAL- St. Louis County is falling behind in the deployment of high-speed broadband, tumbling down the rankings of Minnesota counties based on recent data from the Minnesota Office of Broadband … more
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