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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
We’ve been reporting for the past few years about the ongoing challenges faced by area ambulance services, challenges due in part to regulatory changes that have increased the costs of … 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
As we edge increasingly into what is likely to be a hard-fought campaign for the future of America, we want to explain how we handle letters to the editor. We accept letters and will typically … more
Michael Shellenberger, a leading investigative journalist, founder and president of Environmental Progress, Time Magazine “Hero of the Environment,” and Green Book … more
In last week’s Timberjay, letter writer Robert Tisovich encouraged readers to take a close look at professional athlete Royce White, the candidate for Senate who won the party endorsement at … more
Many are choosing to follow a leader, who still believes he won the last election and continues embarrassing, unimpressive behavior. Those who are influenced must find such appealing. Say what you … more
Timberjay photographer David Colburn was on hand to capture these images at the annual Sah Gii Bah Gah powwow at Nett Lake on Saturday. NOTE: A caption accompanying these pictures in the print … more
In a previous column I suggested that if people everywhere would improve their listening skills, salted with a bit of compassion, that one change could enhance peace and understanding around the … more
REGIONAL- North Woods golfer Tori Olson finished her high school golf career on Wednesday by finishing 15th in the two-day Class A state golf tournament at the Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker. The … more
REGIONAL- It was a short trip for the Ely and North Woods athletes who qualified for the Class A state championship meet at St. Michael-Albertville High School last week, with all completing their … more
REGIONAL- As the number of COVID infections and our ability to measure them has declined, COVID-19 has largely disappeared from the public eye in recent months. But the disease has recently made a … more
REGIONAL- To borrow an old saying, the feds may giveth, and the feds may taketh away with regards to the nascent cannabis and hemp industry in Minnesota. A change in the classification of marijuana … 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
My husband and I are planning a trip to Europe this fall to visit Normandy, site of the landing of Allied troops fighting against the fascist powers, led by Germany, to maintain democracy in the free … more
One might anticipate that sitting through weeks of a criminal trial, in which 20 witnesses and reams of documents pointed to your guilt on 34 felony counts, might encourage at least a few moments of … more
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