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Virtual meeting to talk broadband grants

Virtual meeting to talk broadband grants

The St. Louis County Board of Commissioners earlier this month approved investing $250,000 in a Broadband Planning Grant program. The money will be distributed to qualifying communities to assist with planning and to secure funds for broadband infrastructure in unserved or underserved areas. Eligible applicants include cities, townships, tribal units, and non-profits located within St. Louis County.

The St. Louis County Planning and Community Development Department will hold a virtual meeting  on Thursday, July 29, from 11 a.m. to noon, to provide an overview of the grant program and application requirements. All interested stakeholders are encouraged to participate in this WebEx meeting. To register, visit stlouiscountymn.gov/broadband.

The application period is anticipated to begin July 30, and will have an initial deadline of September 17. Communities may apply for assistance up to $25,000 and requires an equal financial match. Eligible project costs are consulting costs and services, grant writing, personnel costs, surveys, and similar costs associated with planning.

Funds for the Broadband Planning Grant program come from the county's Economic Development Fund. It is anticipated these funds may be eligible for reimbursement from the American Rescue Plan Act.

7/29/2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM/Number of views (0)
BWCAW Water Emergency

BWCAW Water Emergency

On 07-19-2021, at approximately 1141 AM, the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, St. Louis County Rescue Squad, MN DNR, US Forest Service, Crane Lake Fire/First Responders, and Orr Ambulance Service responded to Handberg's Marine on Crane Lake for a reported water emergency in East Loon Bay Loon Lake in the BWCAW.  St. Louis County dispatch (911) received a call from Canoe Country Outfitters in Ely, MN advising that a canoe had capsized and two parties were in the water.  It was reported that one party made it to shore and one was missing. It was determined that Morrow and Guenther were canoeing in East Loon Bay when they encountered heavy rain and winds due to a severe storm passing through the area.  Their canoe capsized from a wave and they were thrown into the water.  Guenther was able to swim to shore with their gear, while Morrow remained with the canoe.  When Guenther returned to the canoe, Morrow was missing and presumed he had drowned.  Search efforts were conducted by the St. Louis County Rescue squad using their ROV (Remoted Operated Vehicle) equipment.  Morrow was found submerged in 61 feet of water.  Life jackets were accessible but were not in use by Morrow and Guenther.  The incident is under investigation by the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office and Midwest Medical Examiner's Office. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office would like to remind people to wear their life jackets at all times when partaking in boating related activities.  

Tuesday, July 20, 2021/Number of views (0)
Suspicious Fire

Suspicious Fire

On 7/16/2021 St. Louis County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a burglary report at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Mt. Iron, MN.  When deputies arrived onscene, they noticed that there had been a fire inside of the church that was currently out.  The fire appeared to be of a suspicious nature.  This incident is currently under investigation by the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office and the State Fire Marshall's Office.  

Tuesday, July 20, 2021/Number of views (0)
Rubin Appoints Norlander to Lead Range Prosecutors

Rubin Appoints Norlander to Lead Range Prosecutors

"Bonnie Norlander of Virginia, Minnesota, has been appointed to be the Range criminal Division Head in the St. Louis County Attorney's Office overseeing the work of the prosecutors in both the Virginia and Hibbing offices," said Mark Rubin, St. Louis County Attorney. "Bonnie brings 10 years of legal experience including not only her recent five years as a proven felony prosecutor for St. Louis County, but experience going back to private practice with the Colosimo Law Firm, a judicial clerkship under Judge James Florey, an internship with the U.S. Attorney's Office, and a stint as a law clerk with the Ramsey County Public Defenders' Office," added Rubin. ln her first public statement in her new role, Bonnie emphasizes, "l'm grateful for the opportunity to work with both our Virginia and Hibbing Offices. I this new role, l'm looking fonrvard to collaborating with our justice partners to serve the lron Range communities." Bonnie's appointment is effective today, July 12,2021.
Monday, July 12, 2021/Number of views (0)
Resort Fire

Resort Fire

On Sunday July 11th at approximately 1:17 AM the St. Louis Co Sheriff's Office responded to a structure fire at the Life Of Riley Resort on Lake Vermilion. The fire started in a resort gazebo and then spread to two adjacent buildings. No injuries were reported and the structures were complete losses. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Monday, July 12, 2021/Number of views (0)
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