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Results announced for COVID-19 testing event in Chisholm

ST. LOUIS COUNTY —Results have been tallied from the two-day COVID-19 testing event in Chisholm in late July. A total of 1,679 people were tested, with four of those people testing positive. Those who tested positive were contacted by phone within 72 hours and provided guidance on quarantining themselves and seeking medical care if needed. “This provides us a point-in-time […]

St. Louis County Board to distribute CARES ACT funding

ST. LOUIS COUNTY — The St. Louis County Board unanimously approved a plan on Aug. 12 for the distribution of the approximately $24.5 million in federal CARES Act funds that the county received. The plan calls for $6 million to be allocated for small business assistance, $6 million for community assistance, $1.25 million for the logging industry, $10 million to […]

Ruby’s Pantry to distribute curbside

IRON — Ruby’s Pantry food distribution will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 3 – 6 p.m. at Clinton Town Hall on Hwy. 37 in Iron. The distribution will be done curbside. A food distribution volunteer will collect the $20 contribution per food bundle during registration. People participating in the food distribution are to remain in their vehicle and […]

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Gaining insight from borrowed books


I like summer reading because, unlike biking uphill, swimming in cold water, or taking a treble hook out of a toothy walleye, reading is not painful. What is painful though is trying to choose one book out of thousands. It’s a silly problem since rarely has a book been a waste of my time. One exception was, The Sun Also […]

MPCA seeks northern Minnesota schools for new electric bus project

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) launched an innovative pilot grant project for electric school buses that will support cleaner vehicle technology and reduce harmful air pollution, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The program is another step toward achieving Minnesota’s goal of reducing GHG emissions 80 percent by 2050. MPCA plans to invest up to $3 million from the Volkswagen […]

Order protects COVID-19 response

Gov. Walz extends peacetime emergency

STATEWIDE — Following the advice of public health experts, senior advocates, labor leaders, doctors, hospitals, and long-term care providers, Governor Tim Walz on Aug. 12 signed Executive Order 20-83, extending the COVID-19 peacetime emergency through Sept. 11, giving the state flexibility in responding to rapidlyevolving issues stemming from COVID-19. The president’s COVID 19 national emergency remains in effect, and states […]

Rock Ridge High School groundbreaking held Aug. 5

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Rock Ridge Public Schools breaks ground on new high school


EVELETH/VIRGINIA — As excavators hummed in the background, community members gathered on Aug. 5 for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Rock Ridge High School between Eveleth and Virginia. On hand at the event were students, teachers, administrators, school board members, elected officials, members of the design and construction teams, and others who came to witness history. Speakers reflected on […]

Ely Winter Festival announces new pin

ELY — The Ely Winter Festival board and volunteers have released the 2021 festival pin, which was designed by Nancy Ensley. Ensley and her family live with their dogs in Ely, where they enjoy dogsledding and other outdoor activities. She is represented by Art and Soul Gallery and her work can also be seen at the annual Beargrease Art Show […]

MnDOT District 1 traffic control changes

NORTHERN MINNESOTA — Starting Aug. 10, the following MnDOT construction projects will have traffic control changes that motorists should be aware of: • Hwy. 37 in Gilbert: Between Hwy. 53 and Gilbert,traffic will encounter flaggers as work occurs on newturn and bypass lanes. In thecity of Gilbert, traffic willbecome single lane in bothdirections and moved to theeastbound lanes betweenMichigan Avenue […]


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