Photo contest award winners to be announced at reception

NWFA Spring Art Expo final reception to be held on June 29

COOK – The 8th annual Spring Art Expo will come to a close on Friday, June 29, when Northwoods Friends of the Arts hosts the final reception at NWFA Gallery in Cook from 5 – 7 p.m. The reception features refreshments, voting for favorite photos for the People’s Choice Award, the photo contest awards and the drawing for the 50/50 […]

Herbicide applications to help reforestation efforts in the Tower area

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin herbicide applications on select state lands to improve reforestation efforts. Applications were scheduled to begin around June 15 and continue through approximately September 15. Signs will be posted on all herbicide treatment sites. Adjacent landowners within a quarter mile of the treatment sites have already been notified. Herbicides will not be applied […]

Mesabi Range College: 2018 spring semester honor roll

High Honors 3.75 – 4.0 GPA Loralie Arvola, Virginia Brandon Baldonado, Gilbert Carson Becicka, Virginia Elizabeth Bloch, Mt. Iron Edmund Brandt, Buhl Annelise Brant, Gilbert Bryanna Bruun, Gilbert Blake Chandler, Grand Rapids Mary Christensen, International Falls Matthew Clafton, Grand Rapids Trace Clark, International Falls Viola Connor, Tower Mark Dabbas, Eveleth Troy Davidson, Babbitt Audrey Delich, Eveleth Holly Duchene, Aurora Lance […]

$4.2 million set to support mobility for seniors and persons with disabilities

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has $4.2 million in federal funding for cities, counties and transit service providers to help serve the transportation needs of the elderly and persons with disabilities. Deadline to apply is June 29. Entities eligible for the funding are tribal governments, state and local governments, private nonprofit organizations, and operators of public and private transportation services. […]

Business Energy Retrofit program grants available for TAA businesses

IRON RANGE – The Business Energy Retrofit (BER) grant program can help alleviate energy upgrade costs for businesses located within the Taconite Assistance Area. The next grant cycle will be open July 1-14, with $750,000 available in total funding. A small business with an aging building can benefit immensely from energy efficiency upgrades, benefits such as reduced utility bills, improved […]

Virginia Fire Department Run Report: June 11 – June 17

During the week of June 11 – June 17 the Virginia Fire Department responded to 87 calls; 10 fire calls and 77 medical calls. The fire calls varied from gas leaks, motor vehicle accidents, electrical issues, public assists, and false alarms. The medical calls consisted of 20 transfers to high level care facilities and 57 local 9-1-1 EMS calls. The […]

MRC announces scholarship awards

VIRGINIA/EVELETH – Mesabi Range College announced that 53 Mesabi Range College students will receive a St. Louis County Scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year. The scholarship program is intended to be a workforce development resource to help students earning their degrees in high-demand industries in St. Louis County. Scholarship dollars in the amount of $37,500 were dedicated to Mesabi Range […]

Tips for writing an obituary to tell a loved one’s story

Coping with the death of a loved one is never easy. Even those comforted by the acknowledgment that a recently deceased friend or family member lived a full life may still struggle with the sense of loss that comes with the passing of a loved one. Upon the passing of a loved one, an individual is often tasked with writing […]

Hawkins Mine Pit Overlook is being revitalized in Nashwauk

NASHWAUK – The City of Nashwauk is restoring and expanding a heavily-visited landmark, Hawkins Mine Pit Overlook, which offers a sweeping and breathtaking view of a once active iron ore mine. Like all communities on Minnesota’s Iron Range, Nashwauk has a rich mining history. Thousands of visitors each year stop at the overlook to view the open pit mine that […]

Farmers markets strengthen agricultural economy, increase fresh food access

The Virginia, Hibbing, Cook and Tower farmers markets opened this month. Area farmers and artisans sell locally grown fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, canned goods and wild rice, along with homemade roasted nuts, coffee, baked goods, bug repellent, crafts and soaps. According to Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability (IRPS), farmers markets enhance the quality of life in our communities by strengthening […]

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