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Greenway area upgrades recreation arena

COLERAINE — The Hodgins-Berardo Arena in Coleraine upgraded its heaters and sound system and made ADA accessibility improvements to an interior walkway/viewing deck and ice viewing windows. Considered a historic venue by the Vintage Minnesota Hockey organization, the indoor arena was built in 1962 and seats about 2,000 spectators. It is utilized for community youth recreation including figure skating, hockey […]

LCP members to benefit from credit retirement

GRAND RAPIDS — Lake Country Power members will see a credit printed on their December billing statement after Lake Country Power’s board of directors authorized a retirement of $4.4 million in member equity. Capital credits are a core benefit of co-op membership. “Unlike for-profit companies, co-ops don’t operate to build shareholder wealth,” said Greg Randa, LCP general manager. “Our goal […]

Northland Foundation awards grants to child care projects

NORTHEAST MN —An $85,000 Child Care Economic Development Grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), along with $5,000 from the Northland Foundation’s grant funds, has been distributed as grant awards to five new child care entities and one expanding child care in northeastern Minnesota. They are: • City of Cohasset Childcare and Community Center, Cohasset, start-up […]

Albertsons use BER grant to renovate downtown Cook building

Business Energy Retrofit grant improves community’s image

COOK — Located just off of the main street, the 3,100-square-foot building was constructed in the early 1950’s as a grocery store. It eventually became home to the local newspaper, and in 1978 the Albertsons purchased the paper and building. They grew the business into a multi-paper publisher and the most complete print shop north of Duluth. In addition to […]

Alworth Fund presents three Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Marshall H. and Nellie Alworth Memorial Fund, which celebrated its 70th year in 2019, recently presented three former scholarship recipients with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Alve Erickson, Ph.D., is a 1947 graduate of Chisholm High School (and one of the first Alworth Scholarship recipients, who’s now 90) who taught physics and engineering at MIT. He, along with several colleagues, started […]

Grants help address community housing concerns

IRON RANGE — The communities of Aitkin, Cherry, Grand Rapids, McKinley, Tower and Virginia were awarded grants by Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation for removal of 10 blighted residential structures this fall and winter. Local governments are often presented with the financial challenge of removing abandoned, dilapidated or burned structures. For over 35 years, the agency’s Residential Redevelopment program has […]

Social Security benefits will increase in 2020 to accommodate COLA


Each year, we announce the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). By law, federal benefits increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). Usually, there is an increase in the benefit amount people will receive each month, starting the following January. Nearly 69 million Americans […]

Vitamin E acetate found in 2019 illicit vaping products; not in 2018 products

Testing by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Public Health Laboratory has found that samples of vaping products from 2019, including some from patients with serious lung injuries, contained vitamin E acetate, while product obtained by law enforcement from 2018 did not. These findings, reported in a special publication on Tuesday, Characteristics of E-cigarette, or Vaping, Products Used by Patients […]

Equipment fleet enhanced, new power supply added

Cast Corporation remains competitive through modernization

With recent upgrades, Cast workers can now perform 20 heats per day instead of 12, which is the process of melting metals into liquids that are then poured into mold cavities. Photo courtesy of IRRR.HIBBING — Hibbing-based Cast Corporation enhanced i… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me   […]

Local governments must set final tax levies by Dec. 30

Preliminary maximum property tax levies for 2020 released

The Minnesota Department of Revenue annually releases a list of the preliminary maximum property tax levies that have been reported by local governments and have been passed by local school referenda on Nov. 5, 2019. The preliminary amounts are used … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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