Lawrence “Larry” Raymond Phillips

Lawrence “Larry” Raymond Phillips, 69, of Cook, passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Duluth.  Larry was born on July 21, 1947 in Chicago, ILL the son of Raymond and Eleanor (Alt) Phillips. At the age of 2, he moved with his family to Sturgeon Township, where he grew up. Larry attended grade school in Alango, transferred to […]

Lee Charles Schumacher

Lee Charles Schumacher, 59, of Hibbing, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 29, 2016 in his home with his family by his side. He was born May 19, 1957 in Minneapolis, MN the son of Maynard and Lila (Price) Schumacher and was a 1975 graduate of Aurora-Hoyt Lakes High School. Lee married Jacqueline Park on September […]

Bruce Mervin Lenka

Bruce Mervin Lenka, 80, of Britt, died Saturday, July 30, 2016 at his home.  He was born on September 28, 1935 in Cook to Froley and Mona (Balke) Lenka.  Bruce grew up in the Cook area and the Hibbing area and was a 1953 graduate of Cook High School. He married Vera Person on June 12, 1958 at the First […]

Joseph “Joe” J. Frazee

Joseph “Joe” J. Frazee, 29, of Lakeville, MN, formerly of Tower, passed away unexpectedly, as the result of a tragic accident, on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at his home. He was born on February 5, 1987, in Ely, the son of Curt and Karen (James) Frazee.  He grew up in Tower and graduated from Tower-Soudan high school in 2005. He […]

Lucille Adelaide Morgan

Lucille Adelaide Morgan, 96, long time resident of Virginia, Lake Eshquaguma, and Sun City Center, FL, died Tuesday, August 2, 2016, with family at her side.  She was born October 2, 1919, in Superior, WI, the daughter of Fred and Carrie (Moen) Wick.  She graduated from Superior High School, and went on to receive her Nursing Degree from St. Luke’s.  […]

Hwy. 53 relocation/bridge construction update Overnight closures of Second Avenue began Aug. 2

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Embankment work for the Highway 53 relocation project has Second Avenue and the ramp leading to it from Highway 53 closed during overnight hours for several weeks. The closures began Tuesday, Aug. 2, and will run from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. nightly for about three weeks. The closure will begin south of the southern-most access on […]

August: A month of fairs, festivals and family fun

August is here and that means IT’S FAIR MONTH! From now through Labor Day, there are county fairs, community festivals and the Minnesota State Fair. We have festivals celebrating farms and farmers, loggers and logging, miners, voyageurs, Doc “Moonlight” Graham, and more. But mostly what these events celebrate is the coming together of communities, of friends and neighbors, of those […]

Minnesota State Fair announces new attractions for 2016

The Minnesota State Fair announced dozens of new attractions for the 2016 Great Minnesota Get-Together. The following is a list of some of the State Fair experiences debuting this year. Hen House: Two flocks of hens take up residence in this brand-new exhibit showing modern housing designed for egg-laying feathered friends. State Fair visitors can discover more about how farmers […]

County fairs: Itasca, Koochiching and St. Louis counties

AUGUST 10-14 132nd Annual St. Louis County Fair Chisholm, MN The Five Best Days of Summer GATE HOURS: Wednesday: 3–11 p.m. Thursday: 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Friday: 11 a.m.–midnight Saturday: 11 a.m.–midnight Sunday: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. GATE PRICES: Age 13 and over, $8 Ages 6-12, $3 Ages 5 and younger, free Get $1 off age 13 and older gate admission with […]

Community festivals are plentiful in August

TALL TIMBER DAYS Grand Rapids, Aug. 5–7 Tall Timber Days was started by Dr. Lee Jess and a few other community members 35 years ago to celebrate the area’s rich logging history. The festival includes approximately 100 crafters, 18 food vendors, live entertainment and children’s activities. The parade on Sunday often has over 10,000 in attendance. An average of 25,000 […]