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REGIONAL— Five Minnesota plaintiffs are seeking a declaratory judgment in a Ramsey County Court that could clear the way for individuals who grow cannabis at home to sell their product to the … more
REGIONAL—An amendment approved in the U.S. House Rules Committee last week would require consultation with the Secretary of Defense as part of the environmental review of mining proposals, or … more
Greta Mae Lindquist Stefanich Greta Mae Lindquist Stefanich, age 91, passed away on June 11, 2024, in Silver Bay, Minn. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial on … more
ELY- In an uneventful meeting here on Monday, the Ely School Board approved holding a special meeting on June 24 to approve the school district’s 2024-25 budget, which state law requires be … more
REGIONAL— A proposal to adopt a new regulatory framework for fire departments across the country, could have a significant impact on smaller, volunteer services, like many of those here in … more
NETT LAKE- Bois Forte tribal chair Cathy Chavers won a third consecutive term in Tuesday’s tribal election, according to official results. Chavers edged Hannah Lehti-Chosa by just six votes, … more
Cook/Orr Editor David Colburn was out and about at Cook's Annual Timber Days festival this past weekend. Organizers and participants alike reported particularly high turnout for Saturday's events. … more
EAGLES NEST TWP— With a little creativity, St. Louis County public works officials were able to address the unusual issue that has plagued users of Trygg Road here for the past year— and … more
VERMILION RESERVATION- About two dozen youth and adults walked here recently to raise awareness of the issues of human trafficking and missing and murdered Indigenous relatives. A companion event was … more
TOWER— The city council here heard from very different perspectives as they continue to grapple with a new ordinance to regulate short-term rentals in the city. After a number of incidents at … more
BABBITT- Pulsar Helium reported the preliminary results of their May flow tests from their helium gas well this week, documenting remarkable concentrations of the gas. On June 6, Pulsar reported that … more
GREENWOOD TWP- Greenwood Town Board meetings have long drawn a crowd, but now that includes spectators who can watch the blow-by-blow from the comfort of their own home. Township officials have hired … more
COOK- The Cook City Council heard a progress report on the pickleball court project being pursued by Friends of the Parks at its May 30 meeting, but a subsequent error in another newspaper report of … more
REGIONAL- As the northbound No. 4 St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway train crossed the bridge over the Big River on Aug. 14, 1902, someone threw a newborn baby in a suitcase into the … more
Theresa M. Berg Theresa Marie Berg, 94, of Rockford, Ill., passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at home surrounded by family. The family would like to give a special thank you to OSF Hospice … more
LAKE VERMILION— Interest is growing in the drama surrounding a pair of nesting loons here, who have faced rising water and a mink attack as they’ve attempted to bring the next generation … more
ELY- The results of the long-anticipated study on ambulance service in the region are finally available. SafeTech Solutions, of Isanti, the consultants hired by Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital, … more
Last Friday was an eventful one for graduates around the area, who said goodbye to their high school careers and began their new lives as adults ready to take on the world. Timberjay photographers … more
REGIONAL- A 16-day search for the bodies of two canoeists who went over Curtain Falls last month came to an end this week with the recovery of the second body on Monday. The St. Louis Sheriff’s … more
TOWER— The city council here approved the funding package that will enable the city to acquire the St. Louis County public works facility on Marina Drive, for $260,000. Dan Tienter, of Ehlers … more
COOK- If there’s one thing the organizing committee for Cook’s Annual Timber Days celebration prides itself on more than anything else, it would likely be the care and consideration they … more
TOWER- The McDonough family recently reached another milestone in their ongoing adventure to bring the former small “hotel,” that once operated on the second floor of the Tower … more
TOWER- It was a full house at Vermilion Country School as 13 graduates received their diplomas in front of family and friends. There was a bit of last minute scrambling as school staff rounded up … more
COOK- Last week’s closure of Little Beginnings Preschool in Cook leaves a big hole in the community when it comes to child care options for families with children, at a time when the childcare … more
ELY- The Pioneer Mine at the Ely Arts and Heritage Center is getting an ore car. Canadian Pacific is donating an ore jennie to the city-owned museum, which museum volunteer Seraphine Rolando promises … more
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