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ELY – The state of Minnesota finally scrapped its 159-year-old ban on Sunday liquor sales early in this year’s legislative session. But when the ban is officially lifted in the midst of the … more
he recent late-season snows may have left most of us grumbling, but there’s a silver lining in every cloud, and for anyone who feeds birds, a late April or early May snowstorm is guaranteed to up … more
Listening. It’s really not complicated but most of us are really bad at it most of the time. Sometimes it’s because we’re talking too much, but often it’s because we’re thinking too much … more
Last week, we wrote about the dangers of the ongoing assault on science in Washington. This week, we have examples much closer to home. As we’ve previously reported, Minnesota’s Republican-led … more
TOWER— The Vermilion Country Charter School has received a $117,000, two-year state grant that will provide the school with additional resources to boost student achievement through at least 2019. … more
The month of May kicked off with a snowy, slushy start on Monday as several inches of heavy, wet snow quickly blanketed the area. Pictured are Ely elementary students walking through heavy, wet snow … more
COOK— The city council here again declined to wade into the ongoing controversy over the possible forced expansion of the Cook-Orr Healthcare District. The council took no action on requests by … more
COOK—“If I can get my students to understand citizenship,” said Vermilion Community College instructor, historian and political scientist Pam Brunfelt, “I’ve got them for the rest of their … more
ELY – An avid canoeing enthusiast in Ely has taken his passion to a much smaller scale. Ben Weller made use of his spare time this past winter to create his own canoe livery - in miniature – … more
REGIONAL— With less than three weeks to go until adjournment, Republican lawmakers in charge at the Legislature and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton remain far apart as they work to finalize spending plans for … more
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