Forecasters: Northland faces threat of ‘significant’ spring wildfires
DULUTH, MN. (Northern News Now) - Wildfire season usually starts around springtime, but due to the lack of snow and increasingly dry vegetation, experts say we could see “significant” wildfires as early as next month. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, most of Minnesota and all of...
Program Details Big Role Duluth Had In The Cold War
DULUTH, MN (KDAL) – Thursday night at the St. Louis County Depot Theater, “History in a Pint” will feature retired Brigadier General Raymond Klosowski detailing the significant role the Duluth area played during the cold war with the Soviet Union. Klosowski served in the U-S Air Force...
Fourth pedestrian struck, killed in St. Louis County this month
ST. LOUIS (First Alert 4) -- A woman was struck by a vehicle and killed in north St. Louis County Tuesday night. Officers found the woman in the 9800 block of Halls Ferry Road around 11:30 p.m. She was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries and later died. Wednesday,...
“Coming here to a small town has changed me. I think it has made me a better person”
As the VCC men’s basketball season comes to a close, four freshmen reflected on their time in Ely and how their experience has been one-of-a-kind. Darius Mulbah, Rashad Jalloh, Tyler Slade and Quyavant Douglas said while Ely is a unique experience for them, they have made the most of the opportunity to live and play basketball in the northwoods.
Iron, February 20 High School 🏀 Game Notice
The Ely Memorial High School basketball team will have a game with Cherry School on February 20, 2024, 17:45:00 CST.
Local students recognized for achievements in and out of virtual classrooms
ST. PAUL—Three students from St. Louis County were recently selected to be among Minnesota Connections Academy’s (MNCA) Students of the Month for January in recognition of their achievements and leadership in the virtual classroom. Ciara Marlette, a first grader from Chisholm, Alaric Lemke, a third grader from Hibbing, and Sunny Schwemmer, a seventh grader from Embarrass, were each nominated for the honor by their teachers in recognition of their hard work, determination to succeed and the positive attitude they bring to class. As a Student...
Hook and Bullet Club - Ely Film Festival
We took in two films at the Ely Film Festival last week. The first was “One With the Whale” which is about a Alaska Native family that is forced to deal with online bullying after a family member kills a whale to provide food for the people of St. Lawrence, a tiny Alaskan island in the Bering Sea,
As landfill closure looms, North Shore leaders and communities evaluate waste management
As the planned closure of the Superior Landfill in 2026 nears, communities on the North Shore are invited to help shape the future of waste management. The Northeast Renewable Sustainable Development Partnership (RSDP) is working with Lake and Cook Counties, and Grand Portage, to evaluate residents’ needs with an eye toward waste reduction and sustainable management through a project called the Northeast Communities Recycling & Composting Collaborative.
City may ease CC parking snag
Ely city officials are working on a concept that would add badly-needed parking for the hotel being developed at the old Community Center building. On Monday, the city’s project committee discussed the concept, which would involve utilizing the old Ford garage property on East Conan Street for additional parking.
St. Louis County Board to fund seven projects aimed at combatting aquatic invasive species
The St. Louis County Board has given preliminary approval to distribute $709,393 of state funds for seven projects that focus on preventing the introduction of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) or limiting their spread in lakes and rivers in St. Louis County. Commissioners unanimously approved the list of projects during their Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday in Duluth.
Ely Squirts had a great season
The 2023-2024 Ely Squirts have had a phenomenal season with only a couple games left to wrap up the season. The Squirts played Rock Ridge on Thursday in Babbitt and will face Mesabi East on Feb. 20 in Ely. The season will total 29 games played, and one scrimmage. This season’s record so far is 20 wins and seven losses.
Vibrant theater, annual film festival give Ely a badly-needed boost
Sheridan Street, at least the area around Ely’s Historic State Theater, provided both an unfamiliar and welcome sight for four straight days last week. It really didn’t matter if it was Thursday night, Friday afternoon or the bulk of the day on Saturday, not to mention Sunday afternoon.
Babbitt woman in critical condition after rollover in Pike Township
PIKE TOWNSHIP, MN. (Northern News Now) - St. Louis County authorities are investigating a rollover crash that sent a 22-year-old woman to the hospital in critical condition. The crash happened at the 6400 block of Highway 21 in Pike Township around 2:45 p.m Tuesday. According to officials, Emily Schnacky from...
Oberg's 27 leads Bluestreaks past Timberwolves
CHISHOLM—When the Chisholm High School boys basketball team started 0-for-7 from the 3-point arc, Bluestreaks coach Nick Milani called a timeout to settle down his team. It turned out to be a perfectly placed timeout as the Bluestraeaks raced out to a 12-7 lead en route to a 79-38 victory over Ely Friday on Bob McDonald Court in Roels Gymnasium. What did Milani tell his team? ...
DEPOT Theatre hosts ‘History in a Pint’ program
The St. Louis County Historical Society is offering a unique experience to hear declassified information about the military operations in the Duluth area during the Cold War as part of their “History in a Pint” program series. This series is presented by Veterans Memorial Hall. This week’s presentation...
Task force says funding for EMS insufficient, particularly in St. Louis, Otter Tail counties
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Insufficient funding across Minnesota for emergency medical services such as ambulances and paramedics is an issue that came up repeatedly as a special task force reported on its findings Friday at the State Capitol, after earlier listening sessions in Mountain Iron, Elbow Lake, Mankato and Winona.
Relay helps Ely boys jump to eighth in state
Ely’s potent sprint relay duo of Aksel Skustad and Silas Solum survived a penalty score and finished fourth Thursday at the state meet at Giants Ridge - and that performance had huge implications for the Nordic Wolves overall. The relay score lifted the Ely boys by five spots in...
Video of wolf killing deer in northern Minnesota becomes political fodder
A lone gray wolf bolted past a logger last week, on the edge of a clear cut forest in northern St. Louis County. The wolf ran past a giant industrial saw and leaped over felled trees in pursuit of what was either a young doe or an antlerless buck. Seconds later, the wolf killed the deer on the other side of a neatly stacked pile of freshly cut logs, oblivious to the logger, who captured the chase on video.
Clearbrook Man Dies in Head-On Crash with Semi in St. Louis County
A 30-year-old Clearbrook man has died after the car he was driving collided with a semi-truck near Orr, Minnesota, located in Saint Louis County. The Minnesota State Patrol says Joshua Roudebush was southbound on Highway 53 when his vehicle crossed into the opposite lane and struck the semi head-on. Roudebush was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the semi was not injured.
Scientific team drills into ground in Babbitt, hoping to strike helium reserve
BABBITT, Minn. — Minnesota's Iron Range may be known for its metals, but it's a gas that's now getting a lot of attention as a group of scientists are drilling more than 1,800 feet in search of helium."It is quite nice to think beneath the feet here there is this accumulation of gas, and it is very rare," Thomas Abraham-James, CEO of Pulsar Helium, Inc., explained to WCCO. "The word would be significant. This significance is definitely on a global scale."Pulsar is investing millions of dollars into searching for helium in a remote area near Babbitt in St. Louis County....