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How can we give our children the best education possible?



At this time, our Eveleth, Gilbert, and Virginia School Districts are exploring the Career Academy High School model of education and a new school facility for grades 7 – 12. Last spring many community members and I had the opportunity to tour Alexandria High School in Alexandria, MN, where we learned about their system of education, the Career Academy Model. […]

Fundraising event to be held on Jan. 24

Ely Winter Festival plans wine tasting, silent auction


ELY – Come join us in Ely on Thursday, Jan. 24, form 5 – 8 p.m. for the Ely Winter Festival’s delightful Wine Tasting and Silent Auction Fundraiser. As a nonprofit organization, the EWF depends on this annual event to help provide resources for our International Snow Sculpting Symposium and other activities, which will be held Feb. 7 – 17. […]

Get carried away this Christmas!

Mesabi Symphony Orchestra to present holiday concerts


ELY – Your very own orchestra, the Mesabi Symphony, invites you to board the musical conveyance of your choice. One-horse open sleigh, Mannheim Steamroller, or Polar Express, they’re all available to you for fantastical trips to see grandma, grandkid, Santa, Krampus, or whoever you like. We won’t be playing “Winter Wonderland,” though, because we’ll be playing in one! Razzle-dazzle lights, […]

NWFA to hold artists’ reception at the gallery on Dec. 12

COOK – Artists of the Month for December at the Northwoods Friends of the Arts gallery in Cook are painters Jody Feist and Wanda Parks. Their art will be on display for all month, beginning Dec. 6. A reception will be held at the gallery on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. where viewers can meet and greet […]

Performances at VCC in Ely on Friday and Saturday

NLAA presents “A Tiny Miracle with a Fiberoptic Unicorn”


ELY – Northern Lakes Arts Association (NLAA) is presenting “A Tiny Miracle with a Fiberoptic Unicorn” by Don Zolidis, as an early Christmas treat for Iron Range residents. Set in Brookfield, WI, in December 1986, the two-act play tells the story of 13-yearold Louis (Shane Geiger), who has vowed to kiss quirky theater queen Carolyn (Hanna Littler)—”…the hottest girl in […]

Nelimark Homestead Museum open Friday and Saturday for holiday shopping



EMBARRASS – With Christmas just weeks away it is time to find items for that special gift stocking stuffing situation! There are numerous items available at the Embarrass Nelimark Homestead Museum for you at reasonable prices, created and crafted by community artisans. Old time memories can be experienced and captured with a browsing of the old homestead which has been […]

Going to the show was a treat filled with feelings of excitement



When I was growing up—maybe I should rephrase that and say when I was growing taller as I still haven’t grown up—going to the “the show” (movies) was a real treat and something I looked forward to sometimes for a whole week in advance and sometimes a whole year in advance of a highly anticipated new movie I knew was […]

Enjoy the Christmas open house on Dec. 14, 15 and 16

The Olcott Park Greenhouse/Botanical Garden is an oasis


A lovely poinsettia is just one of many plants adding color to the Olcott Park Greenhouse/Botanical Garden in Virginia. Submitted photo.VIRGINIA – Of the many treasures we have here on the Iron Range, the Olcott Park Greenhouse/Botanical Garden stand… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot […]

The other side of grief: Be kind to yourself while grieving



  Good grief! Ever wonder how that expression got started when it seems there’s hardly anything good about grief? My dictionary defines grief as: “Deep mental anguish, as from bereavement. Annoyance or frustration. Trouble or difficulty.” I thi… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Grief at the holidays… and some tips for coping with loss



people we are. Grief is a universal reaction to loss. Grief is the normal, natural, and adaptive reaction to a loss, to the loss of a loved one who has died. The responses and reactions that we have as we grieve are unique and individual. They … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this […]


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