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12th joint working session, open to the public

E-G and Virginia school boards to meet on Feb. 25

MT. IRON – The Eveleth- Gilbert and Virginia school boards will hold their 12th joint working session on Monday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. at the Northeast Service Cooperative, 5525 Emerald Ave. in Mt. Iron. Both Eveleth-Gilbert schools and Virginia schools are members of the Northeast Service Cooperative. This is a public meeting. All members of the public are welcome […]

Town hall meeting held to discuss rural health care initiatives

Proposals from Governor Tim Walz to create broader access to health care coverage and increase funding for additional mental health resources for rural Minnesota were the focus of a meeting in Cloquet on Wednesday. Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Tony Lourey and Department of Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen were joined by representatives from the Minnesota Farmers Union and residents […]

Project Warmth receives $1,592 donation

VIRGINIA – During the month of January, Natural Harvest Food Co-op customers donated over $1,500 to Range Mental Health Center’s Project Warmth. The donations will help them assist families in need of blankets and warm winter clothing. Funds will also be used to help families pay their utilities in the event of an emergency. Since the start of NHFC’s Change […]

AEOA’s Groceries-To-Go program: Being a volunteer makes a big impact

My name is Elizabeth Kelly and I have been volunteering for AEOA’s Groceries- To-Go program for a little over a year. As a staff member of United Way of Northeastern Minnesota, I became aware of the program because it is a funded agency of our organization. We raise funds in the community to help support organizations providing impactful work in […]

Historic places are economic assets

The Nelimark Homestead Museum, a Finnish historical site and gift shop in Embarrass, received a new heating system last fall enabling it to remain open and continue preserving the region’s Finnish immigrant culture. The museum houses artifacts, photos, exhibits and written histories, as well as handmade ethnic crafts, gifts and specialty foods. The building is part of a former farmstead […]

Jason Metsa of Virginia named Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation deputy commissioner

EVELETH – Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Commissioner Mark Phillips announced last week that Jason Metsa has been selected as deputy commissioner for the agency. In his new position, Metsa will help carry out Gov. Tim Walz’s “One Minnesota” vision, as well as the agency’s mission of promoting and investing in business, community and workforce development for the betterment of […]

New utility incentive can help low-income Xcel Energy customers go solar

Upfront expenses have made it hard for low-income homeowners to afford solar power systems that generate both clean energy and long-term electricity cost savings. But that barrier is now being lowered for low-income customers of Xcel Energy. Xcel’s new Solar*Rewards Income-Qualified Customers Program is offering about $1 million in incentives for low-income Minnesotans who install solar energy systems. Single families […]

MDA and partners to tackle gypsy month infestation

Gypsy moth treatment proposed for part of Chisholm in 2019

CHISHOLM – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and partner organizations are planning to tackle a gypsy moth infestation in the east side of the city of Chisholm this spring. Gypsy moths are ranked among America’s most destructive tree pests. The insect has caused millions of dollars in damage to forests as it has spread from New England to Wisconsin […]

MN provides vision for electric vehicle development

Minnesota has a plan to support and foster the use of electric vehicles. The Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Pollution Control Agency and the Great Plains Institute have released “Accelerating Electric Vehicle Adoption: A Vision for Minnesota,” which provides a vision and strategies for encouraging greater adoption of electric vehicles and the necessary charging equipment across the state. It also […]

A fun-filled tubing and fellowship day was spent at Giants Ridge

BIWABIK – A fun-filled afternoon was shared with Catholic families from St. Mary’s Church of Cook, Holy Cross Church of Orr and St. Martin’s Church of Tower on Sunday, Feb. 10, with Father Nick Nelson at the helm! It was a great day of tubing and fellowship at Giants Ridge in Biwabik. The weather was great and lines were short. […]


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