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The Hidden Treasure of the Sax-Zim Bog

An adventure in the woods leads to Dana’s first book


This past August, I was babysitting my grandchildren Leo and Lucy one evening at their home in Makinen. Leo had a treasure map and asked if we could go for a walk in search of a treasure. This sounded like great fun to me! Besides, it was one of those perfect summer evenings where one should take advantage of the […]

Itasca and other counties to participate in annual PIT homeless count on Jan. 22

ITASCA COUNTY — Itasca County, along with the other five counties in the Northeast Minnesota Continuum of Care (NE MN CoC)— Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching and Lake counties—will be participating in the annual Point-in-Time Homeless Count (PIT Count) on the night of Wednesday Jan. 22, sunset to sunrise. The PIT Count is a nationwide initiative to identify the minimum […]

ALS offers free Recycle, Repurpose, and Restyle program with Mary Mulari

MT. IRON — The Arrowhead Library System presents Recycle, Repurpose, and Restyle, a free program being offered for teens and adults at the following locations: • Thursday, Jan. 23, at 10 a.m. at the Coleraine Public Library• Thursday, Jan. 23, at 5 p.m. at the CalumetPublic Library• Friday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. at the KeewatinPublic Library• Thursday, Jan. 30, […]

Battle at the Bay racers to compete at Fortune Bay Jan. 18

TOWER — Over 150 snowmobile racers will attempt to break Straight Line Speed Association (SLSA) records during Battle at the Bay at the Fortune Bay Marina on Saturday, Jan. 18. There will be 47 different classes of races going on throughout the day. Races begin at 10 a.m. at the marina, and there is no charge to watch the races. […]

Polaris snowmobiles first manufactured in 1956 in Roseau

Over 60 years since the birth of MN’s snowmobile industry


Polaris Industries of Roseau, MN, manufactured its first snowmobiles in 1956. In the years since then, it has remained an industry leader in production, sales, and innovation, even as it has diversified into other, more lucrative product lines. Minnesota’s snowmobile industry was born in January 1956, when a mechanic named David Johnson assembled a prototype of a snow-going vehicle in […]

The future of bats in Minnesota

NRRI researches bat houses, hibernation and bat numbers


A scan of recent news headlines portrays a foreboding future for bats. “Facing a bleak outlook, Minnesota bat researchers give up on annual count” – Star Tribune “There’s a bat apocalypse unfolding. Can science stop it?” – National Geographic “Northeastern bat populations haven’t recovered from white-nose syndrome” – Science Friday And while there’s hope in new antifungal treatments, millions of […]

Two local students recognized for academic achievement

IRON/ELY — Two Minnesota Connections Academy students from St. Louis County were among the 34 recently inducted into the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society and National Elementary Honor Society in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement and service to the community. During a ceremony at the online school’s offices in St. Paul, Mellisa Larson of Iron was among […]

Christy Samarkos: Forged in the Iron Range

Her passion for student success goes back to her MN roots


Christy Samarkos remembers her first impression of San Diego State University like it was yesterday. It was 1999 and the young student affairs professional from the Upper Midwest had come to interview for an opening as a residence hall coordinator at Chapultepec Hall. As she explored Montezuma Mesa for the first time, she was struck by how familiar it seemed. […]

The annual Sax-Zim Bog Winter Birding Festival opens Feb. 14

MEADOWLANDS — Bird watchers from all over the United States, as well as other countries, have come to know about the Sax- Zim Bog Winter Birding Festival, sponsored by the Toivola-Meadowlands Development Board. This year’s event, the 13th annual, will be held Friday – Sunday, Feb. 14, 15 and 16. Festival organizers still have plenty of room on their trips, […]

UWNEMN to pilot mentoring program

Lunch Buddies starts Mar. 2 in Hibbing

HIBBING — It’s a new year, and United Way of Northeastern Minnesota (UWNEMN) is hitting the ground running by piloting a new program to mentor elementary-age children in its service area. The Lunch Buddies mentoring program seeks to pair elementary students who could benefit from additional support and encouragement with a volunteer adult mentor, based on shared interests and other […]


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