Virginia is building a downtown pass-through park to Chestnut Street

VIRGINIA — Construction began earlier this month on a pass-through park located on the vacant lot of 418 Chestnut St. in Virginia. Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation supported the project with a Downtown & Business Corridor grant. The park will assist traffic flow on Chestnut Street by offering a wide, clean, safe pathway from the city-owned First Street South parking […]

Virginia Area Historical Society

Three buildings contain exhibits with something for everyone

EDITOR’S NOTE: For our last May issue, we’re wrapping up our museum features for Minnesota Museums Month. This week, we’re starting with my other employer, the Virginia Area Historical Society. Thank you to the other museums who filled out our questionnaire! Be sure to visit each of the museums we’ve highlighted (and any of the additional 600- plus museums in […]

Itasca County Historical Society

Exhibits include “Grace,” CCC camps, and Itasca veterans

What story does your museum tell (what is your mission)? Our mission is to connect people to the history of Itasca County. How did the museum get started, and what have been some significant changes since then? Itasca County Historical society started in 1948 in the basement of the Itasca County Courthouse. It remained there until 1972 where it was […]

$4,000 scholarships will help graduating seniors

Lake Country Power scholarships help 28 high school students

COHASSET — Lake Country Power announced that 28 local high school seniors from 28 different schools have been awarded the Lake Country Power 2020 Les Beach Memorial Scholarship. The Les Beach Memorial Scholarship honors a former co-op employee and recognizes student commitment and contribution to local communities. The $4,000 scholarships, issued at $500 per semester for four years, will help […]

Foundation sunsets Olcott Park Fountain Restoration Fund

Remaining fountain funds presented to the city of Virginia

VIRGINIA — At year-end in 2019, the Virginia Community Foundation board of directors voted to sunset the Olcott Park Fountain Restoration Fund and turn over remaining funds to the city of Virginia. The fund was created in 2015 for the purpose of supporting the City of Virginia and the Olcott Park Fountain Restoration Committee in renovating and maintaining the Olcott […]

Babbitt adds a new entry sign to welcome tourists, others to the city

BABBITT — The city of Babbitt added a new entry sign to welcome tourists to its community. Babbitt is anticipating an increase in tourism traffic with the development of a 22-acre campground complex with 49 new campsites at the Birch Lake Recreation Area. The campground is scheduled to be completed next year. The recreation area currently has a popular developed […]

Mt. Iron Public Library’s Youth Summer Reading Program begins online June 8; congrats to graduates

From the City Council: ACTION TAKEN AT THE MAY 4, MEETING: Approved Change Order 1, Downtown Sanitary Sewer Improvement Project, allowing Insituform Technologies USA, Inc. to complete additional CIPP lining in Phase 2 for the amount of $7,500. Approved Resolution 09-20, accepting bids and awarding bids to KGM Contractors, Angora, MN, for improvement of Mountain Iron Drive between 12th Street […]

St. Louis County offers more than 70 properties for sale

Auction to be held online; bidding open now through June 11

ST. LOUIS COUNTY — More than 70 properties are set to be auctioned off at the next St. Louis County Tax Forfeited Land and former Lakeshore Lease Lot Auction, but this time—due to public health precautions related to COVID-19—the auction will be held completely online. Properties are available for bid at publicsurplus.com through June 11. The list features seven formerly […]

MnDNR to phase reopening of its campgrounds starting June 1 with plan

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will reopen its campgrounds at state parks, state forests and recreation areas in a phased approach beginning June 1. Gov. Tim Walz announced that public and private campgrounds may reopen beginning June 1, if they create a Preparedness Plan and follow State of Minnesota campground guidelines (visit files. dnr.state.mn.us/aboutdnr/covid%2019/ campgrounds-guidance.pdf). “We look forward to […]

Foster parents deserve appreciation more than ever; it’s Foster Care Month

Even though many the special events normally held to recognize Minnesota’s foster parents are impossible this year, May is Foster Care Month and a time to pause and applaud the commitments foster parents make to support families in difficult situations. “COVID-19 has created many challenges for foster parents as they adjust to supporting children with home learning, making alternative visitation […]

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