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2017-03-03 / Features
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Quick reaction rescues snowmobiler from Lake Vermilion

COOK – My husband Fred is a hero in the true sense of the word. More...

2017-02-24 / Mining Features
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IRON RANGE – I’m so proud of being an Iron Ranger and I’m even prouder when I think about the role that Minnesota’s Iron Range has played in the development of the U.S. More...

2017-02-24 / Mining Features

EDITOR’S NOTE: The recent proposal by the U.S.D.A. and the U.S. Forest Service to withdraw over 200,000 acres of Superior National Forest from future mining exploration has mining supporters in Minnesota on high alert. More...

2017-03-10 / Features
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Teacher loves to celebrate “holiday” that originated in Virginia

VIRGINIA – I believe all Finns and even non-Finns – everyone has a connection to a fabulous Finn – should love St. More...

2017-02-24 / Mining Features
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Book excerpt revisits PreTac, early taconite breakthroughs

EDITOR’S NOTE: In early 2014, a team of former Erie Mining Company/LTV Mining employees, including Ron Hein, Dan DeVaney, Jim Scott, Doug Buell, Jim Westbrook, Elroy Rafferty, Tom Michels, Tom and Lynn Niemi, and Mike Sterk, began meeting month More...

2017-02-24 / Mining Features
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I wrote my MBA thesis in 1982 entitled "The Social Responsibility of Mining Companies" at a time when mines were greatly maligned in spite of making huge advances in environmental stewardship, corporate caring, and changes in the way they did busines More...

2017-03-17 / Guest Columnists
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Local girl chooses loss to gain a greater life

Angela Larson began to play hockey when she was four years old. Her parents had given her the option of figure skating or hockey. She chose hockey. She wanted to be just like her big brother. More...

2017-02-24 / Pets
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The German shepherd dog “Rumor” of Edgerton, WI, won Best in Show and the Herding Group at the 141st Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City on February 13-14, 2017. More...

2017-02-24 / Features
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Half-million dollar investment expands, improves “best-kept secret”

EVELETH – Willing to go through two years of intensive schooling for the near-guarantee of a good job? More...

2017-02-24 / Range History
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BIWAIBK – This week we’re sharing the third and final history segment on the building of Giants Ridge (p. 38-39) written by one of the pioneers of the Ridge, Duane Ramfjord.  More...

2017-03-17 / Features
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COOK – If flowers could speak, their voice would be that of Sara Niska. More...

2017-03-17 / Features
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The Blarney: “Best weekend in Buhl”

BUHL – When I think of St. Patrick’s Day I think of my dad, Dennis Kealy. He loved being Irish and, of course, St. Patrick’s Day was his favorite holiday. More...

2017-02-24 / Mining Features
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EDITOR’S NOTE: We thought it would be fun to profile Duluth broadcast journalist Renee Passal, an Iron Range native, for this week’s Mining Edition. Renee has been reporting for ABC affiliate WDIO in Duluth since April of 2005.  More...

2017-02-24 / Mining Features

With $2.6 million from the Minnesota legislature in 2016, NRRI is moving forward with its Mining Innovation Initiative. More...

2017-02-24 / Mining Features
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Advocating for multiple use of public lands and waters, with environmental care

EDITOR’S NOTE: As a grassroots organization focused on multi-use recreation of public lands and waters, Conservationists with Common Sense has closely followed issues related to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and other public and pri More...

2017-02-24 / Mining Features

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (CLF) on reported fourth-quarter 2016 consolidated revenues of $754 million, an increase of 58 percent from the prior year's fourth-quarter revenues of $476 million. More...

2017-03-03 / Features
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Growing Together program provides plots for residents to rent

VIRGINIA – Imagine a local garden yielding 25 bushels of potatoes, 50 heads of cabbage, 40 of cauliflower, 270 ears of sweet corn, 17 pumpkins, 27 quarts of currants, three bushels each of beets, green beans and carrots, in addition to celeriac More...

2017-03-03 / Features
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Yes, I was a carhop. No, I didn’t wear roller skates. In fact I’ve never actually seen a carhop on roller skates other than in the movies.  More...

2014-05-16 / Features
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Ties to the Iron Range uncovered

The Finns are always happy when a Hollywood star comments on Finland in interviews. It has been reported many times that Oscar-winning actor Matt Damon has Finnish ancestry and that he would like to visit the country some day. More...

2017-03-10 / Features
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ST. LOUIS COUNTY – Need a building permit to add on to your home? How about to subdivide a parcel of land? Any land use permit offered by St. Louis County now can be applied and paid for online. More...

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