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GILBERT — The old, better-quality Gilbert orange garbage bags are back, as the City Council voted at its Tuesday meeting to fix the problem with the less-than-quality bags the previous council had ordered.

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HIBBING — A jury trial for a suspect in the death of Joshua Robert Lavalley, a 33-year-old Aurora man who was gunned down on the Mesabi Trail in Hibbing, is being postponed for more than a month as attorneys continue to review evidence.

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ELY — Audiences will soon have the chance to walk through nature with two historic essayists of the natural world, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.

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GILBERT — The city of Gilbert has several pieces of surplus equipment — from a garbage truck to tires to welders — that operations director Sam Lautigar recommended at last Tuesday’s council meeting be put up for sale.

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HIBBING — PROject Heartbeat, a new pro-life group recently formed by Hibbing and area residents, held an adoption seminar Wednesday as part of its broader mission to protect life in Minnesota.

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When Gov. Tim Walz met last week with business leaders trying to build Minnesota’s first copper-nickel mine, he was reminded of his initial visit to the Iron Range during the 2018 primary campaign, when the PolyMet project was still a simmering issue among members of the DFL party.

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ST. PAUL — The state shouldn’t look to the Legislature to help it pay a $25 million bill to the federal government, the chair of a key committee said Tuesday, Aug. 13.

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EVELETH — Joseph R. “Joe” Begich, who combined a deep love of the Iron Range with a long public career in politics as a city mayor and state representative, died Saturday morning in Eveleth. He was 89.

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MOUNTAIN IRON — The old Mountain Iron-Buhl high school, appraised at $200,000, is on the block for sale, but no takers have stepped forward yet.

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Retired DFL state Rep. Joe Begich, who died on Saturday at 89, is being remembered by a newspaperman, by a fellow legislator and by his wife of more than six decades as a loyal champion of the people and a man of his word.

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ST. PAUL (FNS) — The trade organization representing farmers, processors, distributors and others in the hemp industry on Monday, Aug. 12, announced that Joe Radinovich would become the group's executive director.

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It was an incredible experience,” said Kate Barnes who sat down to tell about her recent volunteering experience in Tanzania. “I don’t have words to describe it.”

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ELY LAKE — Joanne Barrows' mother told her to remember three words to cover all that may happen in life — faith, family and friends. Tragedy has twice visited Barrows, still she holds fast to those values and has told her story in a book published this year, "Catcher of Dreams."

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HOYT LAKES — The Erie Mining Company History Project team is making a last call for those interested in recognizing someone associated with the historic Erie/LTV Steel Mining Co., plant.

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CHISHOLM — John Shuster, an Olympic Gold Medal Curler, was present on Thursday for a photo near a newly displayed sign that recognizes Chisholm as his hometown.

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HIBBING — Range Regional Airport saw its highest single-month passenger count in July, surpassing the July 1998 rate.

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will not reconsider two permits issued last year to PolyMet’s planned copper-nickel mine, despite formal requests from environmental groups and tribal leaders.

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GILBERT — Mel Annala’s skill with the acoustic six- and 12-string guitar and as a singer of American folk music have even earned praise from a British singer-songwriter across the pond.

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CANOSIA TOWNSHIP — The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Priscilla Joy Sohm, a 25-year-old Native American woman who left the At Home Living group home facility in Canosia Township on Juluy 21.

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MOUNTAIN IRON — The Plaza 53 West strip mall along Highway 53 in Mountain Iron has been sold to a Texas developer, who will hire a St. Paul firm to manage it.

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The Minnesota Court of Appeal unanimously upheld the state’s rules governing nonferrous mining in Minnesota, delivering another blow to environmental groups seeking to overturn critical permits issued to PolyMet.

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CHISHOLM — Ellen Pierce picks up a young sheep named Buttercup at the St. Louis County Fairgrounds, and soon children gather around the pen to pet the woolly creature.

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CHISHOLM — If you’ve attended Iron Range festivals, events or parades this summer — or, well, really any summer for the past many decades — you’re sure to have come across Barb’s Fried Bread stand.

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EVELETH — John Baxter, long associated with labor relations at the former Erie Mining Company and now with Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. at United Taconite in Eveleth, has received the Minnesota 2019 Business Partner award for his dedicated work in promoting the Range's mining industry and acquainti…

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PALO — Steve Solkela looks a bit like a surfer dude, cruising the pavement on a longboard with his blonde, shoulder-length hair, athletic build and wide smile.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota residents and lawmakers are praising and questioning the Trump administration's plan to allow the importation of cheaper prescription drugs from Canada, signaling a continuing divide over high prices for life-sustaining medications.