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Tour-boat company has defibrillator onboard

By Sylvia Wier Voyageurs Outfitters said it has equipped its flagship boat, the Yellow Jacket, with an AED-brand defibrillator which can be hailed by marine radio or cell phone. The company received a $5,000 grant from the Koochiching Community Development Association, and along with matching funds, bought the defibrillator and upgraded some safety gear. Eric...

Ranier almost quadrupled its population since 2010, mostly thanks to annexation

By Sylvia Wier The U.S. Census, an every-decade accounting of who’s where and what’s what in America, published its list of population winners and losers this month. The losers? Philadelphia, Pine Bluff, Ark., Danville, Ill. The reasons are varied. The winners? A myriad of reasons too but gold stars went to Phoenix, New Braunfels, Texas,...

RLMC CEO, board agree to new five-year contract

As a sign of continued growth and success at Rainy Lake Medical Center, CEO Robb Pastor last week agreed to a contract extending his time at the facility for another five years. “The Rainy Lake Medical Center Board is very happy to have Robb Pastor extend his leadership of our medical center,” said Dick Peterson,...

James (Jim) Hilbert Rolando

James (Jim) Hilbert Rolando, 92, passed away on Thursday, July 22nd, 2021, at the Littlefork Care Center in Littlefork, MN. Jim was born August 27, 1928, in Ely, MN, to James and Ellen (Toutloff ) Rolando. He was united in marriage on July 16, 1955, to Mary Maureen Gauer. Jim was a 1946 graduate of...

Cantilever Distillery + Hotel wins award

By Sylvia Wier The Cantilever Distillery + Hotel in Ranier was chosen as one of the state’s outstanding construction projects by the newspaper Finance & Commerce in its annual Top Projects competition. Entries are judged on their design, construction techniques, degree of difficulty and sustainability efforts. The hotel and distillery, which opened in January 2020,...

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