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VIRGINIA — Laura Collins, proprietor of Pep's Bake Shop, calls it a bittersweet decision her parents Joe and Bette Prebonich made to close the Iron Range mainstay, the Italian Bakery, that they have owned and operated more than 30 years.

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MOUNTAIN IRON — Mountain Iron Mayor Gary Skalko is proud of how far the city has come during his 17 years as mayor, and he’s looking forward to how much it will continue to grow during this new year and beyond.

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ELY — The Ely Winter Festival is 10 days jam-packed with wintery and art-related activities, along with favorites, like the annual spaghetti feed and snow carvers jam.

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EVELETH — The Rock Ridge Wolverines are now a part of Iron Range sports history.

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VIRGINIA — Late Tuesday night the Virginia Police Department was called to a burglary in progress. As a result, five individuals are being held on first degree burglary, flee on foot and disorderly conduct charges.

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VIRGINIA — Noelle Merhar is an average sixth grader at Roosevelt Elementary. She is involved in band, figure skating, dance and cheer. However, unlike most of her peers, Merhar is pursuing modeling and is also involved in beauty competitions. She is currently the 2019 National Extraordinary …

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GILBERT — The Eveleth-Gilbert School District held its annually required public meeting for the World’s Best Workforce performance and goal presentation Tuesday afternoon.

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IRON RANGE — Mesabi Metallics has not made a $12 million payment to the state of Minnesota, putting the much-maligned iron ore project in Nashwauk further behind on deadlines.

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HIBBING — Eruptions of bravado, emotion and profanity punctuated the highly-anticipated Minnesota Senate Judiciary Committee public hearing on soon-to-be proposed gun laws Tuesday, as hundreds of individuals from across the state packed themselves inside the Crown Ballroom in Hibbing.

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EVELETH — Pete Stauber, the first-term congressman from Minnesota’s Eighth District, will seek re-election in November as he tries to become the first Republican to do so since William Pittenger in 1944.

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HIBBING — After more than 15 hours of intense negotiations, the Teamsters and St. Louis County said Monday afternoon that they reached a tentative agreement to end the six-day strike by 186 workers that hamstrung the county’s ability to plow 3,300 miles of road in the largest county by total…

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VIRGINIA — Beginning and experienced painters are invited to take part in this weekend's watercolor landscape art workshop at the Lyric Center for the Arts in Virginia — a respite from the snow-covered landscape of northern Minnesota.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Legal challenges to the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine enter a new phase this week when a judge opens a fact-finding hearing into allegations that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency improperly tried to suppress serious concerns by the federal Environmental Protect…

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ELY — It’s been 20 years since the widely popular, award-winning children’s book, “A Quiltmaker’s Gift,” was published, featuring page after page of fanciful watercolor illustrations by Ely resident Gail de Marcken.

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HIBBING — Earlier this week, Minnesota DFL lawmakers held a conversation on cannabis on the Iron Range, where several dozen residents of Hibbing and neighboring cities listened to a pitch for new legislation requesting the legalization of recreational marijuana.

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VIRGINIA — Bundled up for the 5-degree weather, a few hundred people showed up last year for the inaugural MLK Peace and Unity March and Rally in Virginia.

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BIWABIK — The Biwabik City Council and Town of White Board of Supervisors met separately Monday to discuss a petition from Giants Ridge residents to detach from Biwabik and join the Town of White (TOW). Both the council and the board denied the petition.

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DULUTH — Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum introduced legislation Wednesday to permanently ban copper, nickel and precious metals mining across more than 200,000 acres of the Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota.

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ST. PAUL — DFL Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday rolled out the final part of his plan to borrow more than $2 billion for public construction projects. A bonding measure is expected to get a lot of attention from state lawmakers when the 2020 legislative session begins on February 11, but Republica…

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IRON RANGE — As the dust settles from the Minnesota Court Appeals ruling Monday on three major PolyMet permits for a planned copper-nickel mine, the potential implications of the decision are becoming clear.

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY — Tuesday marks the first day 168 public works employees from the Teamsters Local 320 can strike against St. Louis County as no new contract was reached by Jan. 1.

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GILBERT — Fire damaged a house on the 700 block of South Broadway Sunday afternoon, but two people inside were not injured, Assistant Fire Chief Marc Kwiatkowski said Monday.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eliminating the state's partial tax on Social Security benefits, reducing violent crime and reforming the state Department of Human Services are some of the top priorities for the 2020 legislative session that the Minnesota Senate GOP majority announced Monday.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Presidential candidates have swarmed Iowa's rolling landscape for more than a year, making their pitch to potential supporters on campuses, county fairgrounds and in high school gymnasiums. But three weeks before the caucuses usher in the Democratic contest, the battl…

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INTERNATIONAL FALLS — Like in other places, the emergency department at the Rainy Lake Medical Center is where people come if they think they’re having a heart attack or have broken their arm or find themselves in a mental health crisis.

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IRON RANGE — In a major blow to PolyMet on Monday, the Minnesota Court of Appeals rejected two critical permits for the state’s first-ever copper-nickel mine, ordering a contested case hearing that will determine the project’s future.

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IRON RANGE — Attorneys for environmental groups, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and PolyMet sparred Wednesday in front of the Minnesota Court of Appeals over an air permit approved for the state’s first-ever copper-nickel mine.

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ST. PAUL – Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan Wednesday appointed Eveleth’s Phill Drobnick to the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission.