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ELY – The Ely School Board, on Monday night, approved a nearly nine-percent property tax levy hike for the next year for residents in ISD 696. The Payable 2019 Levy of $1,811,459 is $149,092, or … more
ELY – The Timberwolves’ offense continued to struggle on Tuesday, managing a disappointing 17 shots on goal in a 7-1 loss to a combined Eveleth-Gilbert Area team. Ely, still winless, put the … more
TOWER— In a long and contentious meeting on Monday, the city council here may well have ended its involvement in the long-planned town home project at the city’s harbor by approving yet another … more
ELY – Parking issues around the Community Center dominated a public hearing here last week before the city’s planning commission voted unanimously to grant a conditional use permit sought by the … more
ORR— Residents here and on the eastern shores of Pelican Lake will soon be able to access the Internet after the Orr City Council approved plans late last month to allow Back40 Wireless, a Jackson, … more
VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK— When it comes to the big trees of the North Country, the jack pine rarely gets any respect. Forget the towering grace of a white pine or the massive girth of a 300-year-old … more
In my last column I told you I’d had the privilege of traveling to Ireland in early September for nine days filled with amazing experiences. This trip was indeed the icing on my cake, largely due … more
Over the past decade, the state of Minnesota has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to improve telecommunications, particularly broadband capacity, in rural parts of the state. Here in … more
Patricia Olson Patricia “Patsy” Olson, 93, a longtime resident of Tower, died on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, at St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia. She went home to be … more
ST PAUL - Incoming DFL Gov. Tim Walz will have $1.5 billion extra dollars to work with as he prepares his first budget in the coming months. The good news could be short-lived, however, with the … more
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