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Midway fire totals vehicle, damages home

VIRGINIA — Virginia, Eveleth, Mountain Iron, and Hibbing firefighters were dispatched early Monday afternoon to a vehicle fire in the Midway area of Virginia, according to the Friends of the Northland FireWire Facebook page. The fire was reported around 1 p.m. on Merritt Drive and the vehicle was engulfed in flames when crews arrived with the blaze spreading to a nearby garage. Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire. The vehicle was a total loss while the garage and house had exterior damage. No injuries were reported.
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Van shortages, bus costs hit school districts

With a new school year on the horizon, Minnesota school districts are facing a bumpy ride. A shortage of new vans, shocking sticker prices for vans and school buses, and rising fuel costs, are putting a major dent in district transportation planning and budgets. “As far as the van shortage, I had seven on order and they canceled all but two,” Kay Cornelius, Independent School District No. 2142 St. Louis...
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How to Fish the Boundary Waters Canoe Area

There are still remote places to be explored. Places with no roads, no motorized vehicles, no grocery stores or restaurants. They're wild, bucket list places where the only sounds you hear are birds, waterfalls, windswept waves, insects, and the occasional moose grunt or wolf howl. Places where it is still possible to cast to trophy fish that have lived their entire life having never seen an artificial bait. There’s no point in even looking at a cell phone, because there won't be cell service anyway.

‘Hockeyland’ coming to Midwest theaters this fall

DULUTH, MN – MARCUS DULUTH 11. FARGO, ND – FARGO (SEPT. 20) IOWA CITY, IA – FILMSCENE (SEPT. 23) Greenwich Entertainment, who acquired North American distributing rights to the feature, also shared plans to expand the film further across the United States and into Canada. Around The...

In the North Country, battling European buckthorn

Mark Haarman with a buckthorn sprout he dug out, roots and all. All photos: K. Vandervort. Mark Haarman is a man with a mission. For years, Haarman, who lives near Ely, has been waging war against an invasive shrub that has the potential to fundamentally reshape the forests of the North Country.

Three vie for Ely mayor’s seat

ELY — Three mayoral candidates — council members Paul Kess and Heidi K. Omerza, along with Mark Haarman — will be on Tuesday’s primary ballot in Ely. The top two vote-getters will run in the Nov. 8 general election for the two-year seat. Current Ely Mayor Roger Skraba, whose term expires Dec. 31, is running for the Minnesota House District 3A. ...

40th Minnesota State Old Time Fiddle Championships set Aug. 13

MOUNTAIN IRON — The 40th annual Minnesota State Old Time Fiddle Championships, in their 10th year at Mountain Iron’s Merritt School Auditorium, will take place Saturday, Aug. 13 starting at noon. “We are thrilled to be able to continue this tradition, which began 40 years ago in Cotton, said Sheila Wilcox, contest chair. The contest is open to all U.S. and Canadian fiddlers as well as all other stringed instrumentalists. ...

Sand Lake Shuffle back with a good purpose

The Sand Lake Shuffle is back. In a new and improved version. And fellow Iron Rangers fighting cancer need your support. After a two-year absence, the annual fundraiser to help support Iron Range residents and their families dealing with cancer diagnosis and associated costs, is back on the map in a new location. ...