Laskiainen Finnish Sliding Festival in Palo this weekend

This is an older post about Laskiainen. Click here for the 2016 information. This weekend, Feb. 7-8, the 78th Annual Laskiainen Finnish Sliding Festival will be held near the Loon Lake Community Center in downtown Palo, Minnesota. This annual Iron Range winter tradition originated with Finnish immigrants who settled places like Palo after they were… Read More →

‘A hundred years went by’

Last week the leaves popped and it became summer on the Iron Range. Once again we fly the colors of our flag — birch green, sky blue and iron ore red. Our haunted northern Minnesota spring, which revealed all that the snow had covered, dissolves into a comfortable summer — the woods obscured by woods,… Read More →

Iron Range native wins Pulitzer for cartoons

An Iron Range native just won a Pulitzer Prize. Though I never knew that Kevin Siers, a political cartoonist for the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, was from Biwabik, the Duluth News Tribune‘s Mike Creger apparently did. He filed a fascinating feature on Siers and the Pulitzer Prize for cartooning he won Monday. In his 20s, while doing… Read More →

Golf Channel profiles Iron Range golf courses

The Golf Channel’s Brandon Tucker recently profiled the Mesabi Iron Range and took a closer look at the two big golf courses at Giants Ridge near Biwabik. It’s a mostly-positive review of the Legend and the Quarry golf courses. The signature hole of the entire property — and arguably the entire state — comes courtesy… Read More →

Bikes, deer and rock ‘n’ roll; let’s do this week right

We begin the week with some Iron Range stories that you might have missed if, like me, you’ve spent the last couple weeks trying to find a historical precedent for what’s going on in America (hint: noooooooo!) The annual Great River Energy Mesabi Trail Tour is next weekend. The ride spans from Chisholm to Grand… Read More →

Fire at Poor Gary’s in Biwabik

There was a structure fire at Poor Gary’s Pizza in Biwabik overnight. The new site Range News Now has the story. Related posts: No related posts.