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U.S. jobless claims decline from five-month high
CIA: Russia intervened to help Trump win
Wall Street again marks new highs in post-election run
Litchfield police officer facing DWI charges
Holiday Express rolls through Kandiyohi County
Blaze makes first appearance at CMCS pep rally
Bluejays take down LQPV on road
WarHawks hit hard early, fall to 'Jacks
Vikings look to climb back into playoff race
Willmar artist to paint community mural
'Mostly Minnesota Christmas' now playing
Lauded singer, poet Leonard Cohen dead at 82
'The Wall' on stage Friday at The Barn
Singer with regional ties talks about time on 'The Voice'
Who's the most overpaid actor in Hollywood?
Benson, Minn., native pens: 'Mama's Knight: A Cancer Story of Love'"
Heavy teenage drinking linked to abnormal brain development
PieLogNog: A great holiday mashup
Willmar area cattle sorters leaving their mark on growing sport
Curtis Burr Accola
Gregory W. Johnson
Ruth V. Thayer
Frances A. King
Vernon "Bud" Blindt
Letter: Let's show more appreciation
Letter: Why downtowns are failing
Letter: More alike than different
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Letter: Our values have hit rock bottom
Bruce & Deb Johnson
Russel & Dorraine Miller
November 30, 2016
Poll finds NE Minnesota support for copper mining
DULUTH, Minn. — A new public opinion poll appears to show strong support among northeastern Minnesota residents for proposed copper mining...
November 30, 2016 - 8:27am
November 24, 2016
Three killed in two NE Minn. crashes on icy roads
ELY, Minn. — Two crashes on icy highways in northeast Minnesota — one on Tuesday afternoon near Littlefork, the other on Wednesday...
November 24, 2016 - 9:15am
October 27, 2016
Minnesotan killed by live wire after crashing into power pole
ELY, Minn. – A 21-year-old Ely man was killed early Thursday after he left his vehicle following a crash and came into contact with a live...
October 27, 2016 - 2:52pm
October 4, 2016
Ruckus caused over moving 2-billion-year-old rock from Minn. city
ELY - A 2.7-billion-year-old greenstone rock is causing a stir in Ely. Pillow Rock is a glacial erratic — a rock that was moved by a glacier...
October 4, 2016 - 3:04pm
September 28, 2016
Ely named one of 'World's Best Towns for Outdoor Thrills'
ELY, Minn. — Ely has been named one of National Geographic's "World's Best Towns for Outdoor Thrills," along with other outdoor destinations...
September 28, 2016 - 7:12pm
May 20, 2016
Intentional fire set by Forest Service now burning out of control in northern Minnesota
An intentional fire started by the U.S. Forest Service jumped out of control and outside the intended area on Thursday north of Minnesota Highway...
May 20, 2016 - 8:15am
February 3, 2016
Minnesota student slashes roommate's throat during altercation over smoking in dorm room
ELY - A college student here suffered non-life-threatening injuries when his roommate slashed his throat with a knife after an argument in their...
February 3, 2016 - 12:15pm
July 13, 2015
Ely man charged with raising shotgun at neighbor
ELY — A 57-year-old Ely man has been charged in state district court after admitting to police that he pointed a shotgun at another man after he was awoken by a man mowing a lawn across the street at a time he thought was too early in the morning. James Brobin was arrested after...
July 13, 2015 - 10:23pm
July 9, 2015
Teens survive tumbling into rapids while canoing BWCAW
ELY — Three teenage members of a Rochester church group are safe — although one remained in a hospital Wednesday — after a harrowing day in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness when they lost control of their canoe in rapids above a waterfall on the Basswood River. Lake...
July 9, 2015 - 2:00am
August 13, 2013
Chimpanzee expert Goodall backs Lynn Rogers' bear work
By John Myers Forum News Service ST. PAUL -- Independent bear researcher Lynn Rogers got a vote of confidence this week from Jane Goodall, the famed African chimpanzee researcher. Goodall sent a letter to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton saying she backed Rogers’...
August 13, 2013 - 7:59am
July 23, 2013
Minn. bear researcher stripped of permit allowed to appeal
By Sam Cook Forum News Service ST. PAUL -- Famed Minnesota bear researcher Lynn Rogers remains under orders to remove radio collars from bears he’s studying by the end of the month, but he will be allowed to appeal the state order. Rogers met Monday with Gov. Mark...
July 23, 2013 - 7:12am
January 21, 2013
Ely, Minn., receives personal letter from Obama for time capsule
The small north woods community of Ely, population 3,460, received some national exposure Monday as NBC’s Today show aired a segment focusing on unique aspects of the city on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Ely finds itself in the news cycle of today’s presidential...
January 21, 2013 - 2:25pm
May 17, 2012
Air, ground crews draw fire line today to protect Ely, Minn.
Crews this afternoon are battling a fast-moving forest fire just outside Ely that apparently started when a vehicle drove over a downed power line. Eyewitnesses in Ely said flames could be seen from the city just before 3 p.m. and smoke was enveloping the town. St. Louis County...
May 17, 2012 - 3:38pm
September 19, 2011
Forest fire fighters temporarily boost Ely, Minn., economy
ELY, Minn. (AP) -- The forest fire that has burned more than 147 square miles in northeastern Minnesota has given a not entirely welcome boost to the economy in the Ely area. The roughly 600 firefighters fighting the Pagami Creek wildfire in and near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area...
September 19, 2011 - 11:17am
June 4, 2010
Ely bear cub spotted alive, apparently well
ELY -- Hope the Internet-famous black bear cub has been spotted alive and apparently well by Ely bear researcher Sue Mansfield. Mansfield captured a photo of Hope today not far from where the cub was last seen earlier this week. It was feared that Hope, abandoned twice by its mother,...
June 4, 2010 - 3:32pm