Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Morse town hall overflows for county mining resolution debate

After several hours of testimony Tuesday in a jam-packed Morse Town Hall, the St. Louis County Board went on record in support of copper-nickel mining in northeastern Minnesota.

Comprehensive Article by the Ely Echo on the county mining resolution to support copper-nickel mining.


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Northeast Range Elementary Winter Concert, Dec. 22nd, 2011

A very nice concert to attend! Happy Holidays To All and hope you enjoy the photos! Click full screen in the lower right hand corner of the slideshow for a better view!

PolyMet Talk, Picket a Model of Democracy

Duluth News Tribune Editorial


Good vote by County Board - Mesabi Daily News: Editorials

Good vote by County Board - Mesabi Daily News: Editorials: What a great showing from the Iron Range on Tuesday in Ely to
help get a majority vote by the St. Louis County Board in support
of nonferrous …

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

County Board backs nonferrous

Article from the Mesabi Daily News:


Resolution passes by 4-3 vote; dozens speak

ELY – The St. Louis County Board is on record in support of nonferrous mining, after narrowly approving a resolution for it Tuesday on a 4-3 vote.

But it took a lot of talking to get there.

Quotable Quote: Babbitt Mayor Glenn Anderson spoke in favor, Anderson noting that mining pioneer Peter Mitchell, "when he came up here, wasn't on a tourism trip."

Friday, December 16, 2011

St. Louis County Board support for PolyMet copper mine stalls

St. Louis County Board support for PolyMet copper mine stalls

Article from the Duluth News Tribune: (Summary)


Opponents of the PolyMet copper mine proposed near Hoyt Lakes won what may be a short-lived victory Tuesday when the St. Louis County Board failed to act on a resolution supporting the project.

Commissioner Mike Forsman of Ely vowed to bring a similar resolution to the Committee of the Whole meeting in Ely Dec. 20. Other commissioners said they would work on recrafting the resolution to mitigate some of the concerns raised.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Northeast Range vs. South Ridge Basketball 12122011

Photos from the Northeast Range vs. South Ridge girls and boys basketball games on December 12, 2011.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Northeast Range High School Virtual Tour

A 13 minute Northeast Range High School virtual facility walk through and visit with students and staff in video. Northeast Range is a campus of the ISD 2142 School District in Northeast Minnesota.

For more information on Northeast Range High School, please visit the following websites:


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Northeast Range Sports This Week: (12/12 - 12/16)

Double Header Basketball:

It will be a big week for basketball at Northeast Range this week with all being home games. If you can only make one night this week try the Monday night games for sure. I haven't seen both girl's and boy's varsity teams play on the same night in my past experience so this should be some great ball to watch. Both teams are off to strong starts to the season. The girls tip off is at 5:45 and boys is at 7:30. See you there and GO NIGHTHAWKS!!!!!

Monday –12/12/11 , Girls and Boys Varsity Basketball vs. the South Ridge Panthers.

Tuesday – 12/13/11, Girls Basketball vs. Mesabi East

Friday – 12/16/11, Boys Basketball vs. Chisholm

For more information on Northeast Range visit the Nighthawks Facebook site:

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Northeast Range Lady Nighthawks Basketball vs. Ely Timberwolves

Our Lady Nighthawks will be taking on the Ely Timberwolves on our home court on Friday the 2nd. The Timberwolves are always good competition so let's be there to support our team! Game times are at 5:45 (JV) and 7:00 (Varsity)


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Babbitt Shopping Center Water Line Project Under Way.

The new and larger water line project for the shopping center area began on Nov. 28th, 2011. It is a start to another new beginning for this area and our small but valued shopping center.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Hwy 1 Reconstruction Near Babbitt & Ely

Beginning Monday, Nov. 28, Hwy 1 will close for 20 to 25 days and motorists will be detoured (see detour map) while crews remove muck from an area with poor soils. Hwy 1 will reopen shortly before December 25.

Motorists will be allowed access on a gravel surface to Forest Road 377 and Forest Road 553, but should expect delays
Periodic lane closures controlled by flaggers
Work on the project will resume in early-April 2012

For more information from the MNDot Website click here: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d1/projects/hwy1reconstruct/

Babbitt-area roadwork project OK’d - Mesabi Daily News: News

Babbitt-area roadwork project OK’d - Mesabi Daily News: News: HIBBING - Two roadwork projects received final approval by the
St. Louis County Board on Tuesday, including grading for County
Highway 70 near…

CEO Without Pretense - Mesabi Daily News: News

CEO Without Pretense - Mesabi Daily News: News: ELY - J. Andres Morel is a mining man from Chile with a quickly
acquired fondness for the Iron Range its people.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Northeast Range School - Family Time (Students & Families)

Every Sunday 2-4 pm starting November 6th (not on Sundays when Friday or Monday school is closed)

Bring the whole family down to the NEW Northeast Range School and have a fun afternoon. The Media Center, Gymnasium, Weight Room and Swimming Pool will be open for all to enjoy. Children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Stop by the Media Center and register. Date: Sundays starting November 2011 (program will not be on Sundays when school is closed for break) * Time: 2-4p * Cost: $3.00 per person/$15.00 max per immediate family

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Northeast Range Nighthawks Fall Sports (2011-12) Video

Music Video of fall sports (2011-12 year) at Northeast Range High School.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Northeast Range Homecoming Comes Again!

Northeast Range Homecoming Comes Again! - “Huddle Up On Tuesday the 11th”
Both of our ladies sports teams are playing at home this week after being out of town during homecoming last week.

The Lady Nighthawks will swim against the Virginia Blue Devils. The meet starts at 5 p.m. so we will see you there to cheer them on.

After that, another true homecoming to celebrate! The Lady Nighthawk Volleyball team will be playing against the Lady Timberwolves, JV game will be at 5:15 p.m. I believe, Varsity game at 7 p.m. in the newly remodeled Northeast Range Gymnasium. These will be the first ever Nighthawk volleyball matches played here!

Both the pool and gymnasium look very nice and you need to be there to get the full effect. Be there to cheer on our teams! GO NIGHTHAWKS!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Northeast Range H.S. Homecoming Week - 2011

Homecoming Fun this week at Northeast Range H.S.!
Homecoming royalty was crowned today, congratulations to  Bradley & Marissa!

Upcoming Friday will be the big Homecoming Week football game vs. the North Woods Grizzlie's on Friday the 7th.

Game time is at 3:30 and it should be a very good game so please be there to support our kids as we battle the Grizzlie's.

More activities are ongoing this week and they may be seen at the Northeast Range Nighthawks Facebook site. If you "Like" the page you will receive updates as they occur on your Facebook account. https://www.facebook.com/NortheastRangeNighthawks

Other Announcements:

Northeast Country Swim Boosters:

Northeast Range Upcoming P.T.O. Meeting

District 2142 Senior Citizen Sports Pass
ISD 2142 offers a free Lifetime Senior Citizen Sports Pass to those seniors 65 years of age and older. This pass will allow you into all fall and winter sports District Wide. You can pick up a pass at your local school site or at the District Office. Thank you!!

Have a great week all! GO NIGHTHAWKS!

Monday, October 03, 2011

Babbitt, Mn. Shopping Center Clean Up Begins

Fire debris removal commenced Monday, Oct. 3rd, 2011. It is the beginning to new shopping experience in Babbitt!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Babbitt Plans For The Future

News Report From Fox 21 News:


Babbitt, Minnesota Community Needs Announcements

Based on needs discussed at Monday’s meeting due to the fire at our shopping center the following services & information have been organized:

Needs covered: Medication, Food, Banking, Coffee, Tea And, Laundry, Transportation, City Garbage Bags:

Community Needs Announcement:

Groceries on Wheels Announcement:
PDF File Link: Groceries On Wheels

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fire causes major damage to Babbitt businesses.

News Report from WDIO.com

Another article:

More photos  from earlier this morning:

Emergency City Council Meeting: To the best of my knowledge this information is correct. If someone knows otherwise please update this by commenting so everything is coordinated with the city council.
From the Mesabi Daily News Update:
Mayor Anderson is calling a Emergency Council Meeting 9/26 at 10 am Monday morning.

We will be rolling the scheduled joint Babbitt Lions & Community Health Council meeting by directing everyone to the council meeting first and then will meet briefly after to further coordinate as needed.

Other information:

Note: A Meeting afterward is being held at the Senior Center located in the Babbitt Municipal Building. This is for all Groups and Individuals that would like to be part of an organization process for local food, medication and laundry services for families and elderly that do not have the means to travel to neighboring towns. (Meeting organized by the Babbitt Lions & the Community Health Council.)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Northeast Range Varsity Volleyball vs. Mesabi East 8/30/2011

Photos from the varsity match vs. Mesabi East on August 30, 2011. Great match to watch. The Nighthawks seemed to start clicking in the second match and kicked into high gear in the third. They ended up winning 3-0. Exciting with every game being pretty close. Great start to the season. GO NIGHTHAWKS!!!!!!!!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Northeast Range Nighthawks Sports Rally

Believe it or not, our first sports games of the year are already upon us this next week! Two historically strong football and volleyball programs have combined for this inaugural year of the Northeast Range Nighthawks School. It should make for some great sports event viewing and competition so we hope to see you there! Go Nighthawks!

Event Link>>>>>>>>>>>>    Nighthawks Sports Rally   <<<<<<<<<<<

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Northeast Range Nighthawks Sports Rally

A Sports Rally will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1st before the first Northeast Range Nighthawks Football game against Silver Bay in Babbitt. Game starts at 3:30 p.m. Free hotdogs will be provided. Other concessions, face-painting and T-shirt drawings will also be available. At 6:30 p.m., the Nighthawks Volleyball team will play against Silver Bay at Vermilion Community College in Ely, Mn. All are welcome.

Go Nighthawks!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Northeast Range Nighthawks Banner

Alex Herring and Dale Kasten show off the brand new Northeast Range Nighthawks Banner that will be in the school gymnasium.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Babbitt’s Blomberg finds his groove with Huskies

Tyler Blomberg’s baseball season in the Northwoods League this summer began much like his spring at Minnesota Duluth.

Article From The Duluth News Tribune About Tyler Blomberg

Friday, July 29, 2011

Little Ranger's Childcare Center Fundraiser!

Come and check out our Mums fundraiser!! The fundraiser we are doing is through Living Color. These flowers are beautiful and will be delivered in September!! Each plant is fully flowering and comes in an 8" by 5" pot. They are $15 dollars a piece with a variety of colors to choose from! We did a plant sale in the spring and that was a success. This fundraiser goes through August 26th and we are selling Mums (red, pink, yellow, white, and orange). The plants are approximately 15" wide by 15" tall.

You can view the plants at livingcolorfundraiser.com! We are doing this fundraiser to help cover the cost of everyday expenses that exist at Little Ranger's. You can contact us at 827-8100 to order or wherever you see a sign, you will be able to place an order. We do require payment at the time of ordering and checks can be made to Little Ranger's. We will have these plants delivered between September 19-30.

Please help support our non-profit!! Thank you! 827-8100

Little Ranger's Childcare Center is a non-profit childcare center open in the elementary wing of the Northeast Range School in Babbitt, Mn. Little Ranger's occupies 3 classrooms including: an infant/toddler room, a preschool room and school age room. Our current hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 6am - 6pm. If childcare needs extend beyond these times please contact the center directly and arrangements may be made.

ISD 2142: North Woods Groundbreaking Celebration, District School Construction & Remodeling Updates

New Updates from around the district are available here and at the other school facebook sites. Updates this week (7/29) include the North Woods School Groundbreaking Celebration, Northeast Range & Tower Soudan Elementary. Visit your local school site for updates, content may vary by site relevance.

Visit Regional News - ISD 2142 at the link below:


Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Read and Win Program for Kids

Article from WDIO.com

The St. Louis County Fair Board has something to crow about!
The Read & Win Program began on July 1st at several area libraries.

Click below for more information:
Read and Win Program for Kids

Friday, July 01, 2011

Interesting Advertisement: Republicans Chose To Shut Down Government In Minnesota

I saw this ad on this blog recently. This is my commentary.

Are they not all to blame (Democrats and Republicans) when their assigned job is not done on time? It is easy to point fingers, more difficult to actually solve a problem. Time to start doing that I would say, no the dog didn't eat your homework either.

PolyMet closes on IRRRB loan, buys forest land for exchange

Article from the Duluth News Tribune

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Field Township Temporary Injunction Request Denied, ISD 2142 News, June 30, 2011

ISD 2142 News: June 30, 2011

St. Louis County District Court Decision Released on June 28, 2011 in the matter of the Field Township temporary injunction request against building the North Woods School in Field Township vs. ISD 2142.

Summary: Plaintiff's Motion For A Temporary Injunction Is Hereby DENIED.

To View The Court's Denial Order Click Here>   Denial Order:

There are many more school updates at the following site:

Regional News - ISD 2142

Monday, June 20, 2011

North Woods School, ISD 2142 Construction Photos & News: June 20, 2011

Regional News - ISD 2142

North Woods School In Field Township, ISD 2142 Construction Photos and News: June 20, 2011

Student Advisory Committee

ISD 2142 board approves $1 million plus in change order reductions

Field Township temporary restraining order court date against ISD 2142 rescheduled, canceled.

Minnesota State High School Golf Tournament Results

Thursday, June 16, 2011

2011 Class A Boys' State Golf Tournament - Final Results

BEST was the area's top team in the tournament, finishing the tournament with a score of 681.
They placed 4th in the tournament overall. Way to go guys!

Photo Credit: Kathy Vraa

Pictured Left to Right:
Scott Solberg, Sam Eisenhuth, Jack Vraa, Nik Langevin, Kory Shelerud, Coach Lyn Ellingson

All Northland finishers in the Class A tournament are listed below.

3t. Sam Eisenhuth (BEST) - 151
17t. Kory Shelerud (BEST) - 161
50t. Miles Mankus (Cook-Orr) - 175
58t. Nick Milovich (Ely) - 179
58t. Nik Langevin (BEST) - 179
74. Tyler Lund (Mesabi East) - 191
75t. Jack Vraa (BEST) - 192
77. Scott Solberg (BEST) - 195
2011 Class A Boys' State Golf Tournament
June 15-16 @ Pebble Creek - Becker - Final Results


BEST's Eisenhuth Leading Charge in Class A Boys Golf Tournament

News Center 6 Sports Report

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Peter Mitchell Days Facebook Site

Head over to the Peter Mitchell Days Facebook Site for more information.
Link Below:

Peter Mitchell Days Information

Sisu Celebration in Embarrass

Report from Northland News Center.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

ISD 2142 News: June 9, 2011 State Auditor Not Reviewing Referendum Vote

Click the Regional News Link Below:

Field Township, ISD 2142 to meet in court over emergency injunction.
State Auditor decided to not take action on a request to look into the referendum vote.
School Construction And Remodeling Continues
(New photos from all construction sites)
Photo Of The 7A Region Golf Champions - BEST 

Monday, June 06, 2011

Finnish American Summer Festival

Date: Jun 11, 2011
Embarrass, MN 55732

Phone: 218-229-2198
Alternate Phone: 218-984-3012


Event Location: Timber Hall in Embarrass

25th annual summer festival includes: Finnish food, entertainment all day, games for children and adults, crafters, historic homestead tour plus other special events to help us celebrate our 25th anniversary.

Friday, May 20, 2011

ISD 2142 News, May 20th, 2011

Articles from the Cook News Herald:
May 19th, 2011

Over $33K Awarded to Orr's Few

Cook Class of 2011 goes out in 'Class' with $285,972 in scholarships

Northeast Range Nighthawks Sports Photos:

Boys/Girls Mesabi East Golf Invitational At The Legend, Giants Ridge

Softball vs. LittleFork Big Falls, Tuesday, May 17th,2011


Friday, May 27, 2011 at 7:00pm
High School Auditorium, Babbitt, MN.
Cook High School Graduation is May 28 at 2 PM.
Friday, May 27, 2011 at 7:00pm
Cherry                                5/27: Graduation at 7pm in the gymnasium
Albrook                              7 PM, May 27th in the AlBrook Gym.
Cotton School                     Friday, May 27, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. at the School
Tower-Soudan School        Thursday, May 26, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. at the School.

Articles from Bois Forte News: May 2011: Pages 10 & 11


CBAI program prepares students for future success
College Tuition Waivers For Native American Students
UMD to offer Graduate Degree In Tribal Administration and Governance

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Northeast Range Nighthawk Polo Shirts are for sale!

The Hoop Club is selling “Northeast Range Nighthawk” polo shirts now and the order form is in the high school office or available online here:

Northeast Range Nighthawks Polo Shirt Order Form

Go Nighthawks!

Friday, May 06, 2011

ISD 2142 News: May 5th, 2011

Field Township meeting on moratorium canceled, residents not notified

Article from the Cook News Herald: May 5th, 2011

Updated News relevant to the Babbitt Campus is posted at the following link.

1) Recent School Board Minute Summaries
2) Band Concert Photos/Video are posted
3) Scroll down the site for quite a few other new postings.
4) Comments/Suggestions Appreciated

Friday, April 29, 2011

ISD 2142 News: April 28, 2011

ISD 2142 board supports Q-Comp for 2011-2012, teachers must approve it now.

New Facebook sites by school area have been established.

Each site will attempt to be a gathering place to celebrate and inform this region about our new school communities. We hope that these sites will assist in making a connection between the school district and the region community by providing another means of gathering feedback and input from individuals within our 2142 school district and increasingly busy society.

This is still somewhat of a work in progress with sites newly adding membership.If you are interested in being a member of your local school site, please visit your relevant site in the list below. On each page to the right of the page name is a spot where you can like your school page and receive automatic updates when something new to the page is added. If you are interested in becoming more involved (as an administrator), contact the local school page by posting your interest on that page. You should be somewhat active at your area school or just willing to help improve it. We can use the help! Online comments on these sites are always welcome for helping to improve our schools!

Here is the listing of the sites:

Northeast Range Nighthawks:

Northwoods Grizzlies:

South Ridge Panthers:

Tower Soudan Golden Eagles:

Cherry Tigers:

Interested in the New Interactive White Board systems? Visit the Nighthawks page above for more information.

New Photos on the Northwoods contruction project are available at the Grizzlies site above.

The 43 million dollar Northeast Service Cooperative Dark Fiber groundbreaking took place recently. Here comes the fastest fiber optic network in the world to all of our schools in Dist 2142 ! Visit the South Ridge Panthers site above for more information!

Remodel Photos for the Northeast Range School are available here:

Remodel Plans for the Tower Elementary are available here:

(*** Please become a member (Like the Page) of your relevant school site for automatic updates ****)

Sign Up For Strategic Facilities Plan Updates From ISD 2142

Student safety in our schools. These postings are available on the ISD 2142 Facebook Site and in some cases your local site:

 Let's do everything we can to prevent unneeded accidents by being proactive in our discussions with our family members.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Babbitt City Council And Committee Meeting Minutes

Just a for your information post on the updated City Of Babbitt Website:
Council and committee meeting minutes are now being posted online at the city website located here:
Link: http://www.babbitt-mn.com/
They also have an online business directory located here:
 (My comment - Might be a good idea to contact the city to have your business added if it isn't on there currently) 

I maintain an online directory here if you would like to post your local area business (no cost to you when you send me the information/links) 
Babbitt, Minnesota Community/Information Service
E-mail: babbittcs@frontiernet.net  with the information/website link if you would like to do that.

Fire Destroys Timberbay Main Lodge

News Report from Northland News Center

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Learn Computer Basics!

Learn Computer Basics! Free Computer Basics Classes will be held - on Thursdays in April (7, 14, 21, 28) in the Babbitt Public Library. Open to beginners and all skill levels! Class size is limited. Stop at the library or call 827-3345 to register.

Ely Echo Editorial: Mining Still Matters

See the link below:

Friday, April 08, 2011

ISD 2142 News: April 7, 2011

Applied Learning Institute: (School Partnership)
Applied Learning Institute prepares students of all ages to be highly trained, knowledgeable workers who are equipped with the technical and problem-solving skills necessary in our ever-changing world.
Articles from the Cook News Herald: Apr. 7, 2011

Cook/Orr communities to celebrate new school

ISD 2142 board approves saving Tower-Soudan second floor

South Ridge Construction Photo 1- Early April, 2011:

South Ridge Construction Photo 2- Early April, 2011:

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Press Release, March 22, 2011 - ISD 2142 SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER TALKS TO PARENT


To view in .pdf click here: ISD 2142 SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER TALKS TO PARENT

Contact: Ami Keene
Phone: H. 218-827-2473
           C. 612-516-9048
Email: ami.keene@gmail.com


rose, SCHOOL by any other name…

Communities not just on the Iron Range but also around our country distinctively rally in support of our schools and thus our children. The notion is so purely American that even the Beach Boys tossed it out there with “Be True To Your School”. Changes to such a core part of our community affect everyone in every part of the community; in this case, several communities spanning about 231 square miles. [estimating sq miles at;108 Babbitt, 45 Embarrass, 36 Wassa, 42 square miles Tower‐Soudan‐Breitung]

As the communities surrounding the Babbitt‐Embarrass and Tower‐Soudan schools struggle with the educational changes already upon them, I’m reminded of the question, ‘Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet?’ Of course, we are not talking horticulture but about tradition, community, spirit, identity, ownership and schools. That’s right schools… our basic k‐12 everyone attends.

Due to the drop in enrollment and thus loss of funding, ISD 2142 has sought several times to pass operating referendums that would fund the existing schools and failed. The latest, a ‘bonding referendum’, passed including the approval of restructuring and investing in modern facilities. Of the purposed changes were the closing of several school buildings and the creating of regional school sites. Even with the passing of the referendum it has still been a tremendous challenge.

Change is difficult and the loss of a school in a community is profoundly unquantifiable. Art Dale, a Soudan resident, recently commented on the pain of loosing the Tower‐Soudan High School on the ISD 2142 facebook page. His words of sorrow and hope linger, “The waves of sorrow do not last… we adjust and can begin a new life.” The community of Tower has had longer to address the closing of their school than the Babbitt residents. Perhaps because the residents of the Babbitt‐Embarrass school at first believed they would only be going through a remodel only to realize that five month ago, it too in a sense would close. The building would then be newly renovated into a ‘new’ combined four‐community school and would thus receive a new name, mascot and colors.

While the community WAS asked to help in the initial renaming process many chose to boycott the ballot since the existing names and colors were not an option. As a result in the ‘seven week window’, to submit suggestions only about 250 responses had were collected. The ballets were distributed several ways; handed to parents at school conferences, sent home in backpacks, printed in local newspapers, and as a web survey that was linked to the B–E School home page. Questions did arise as to why the previous schools colors, mascots, and city names where not included as options. Principal of the B‐E School, Gary Friedlieb explained to those who first asked, those were his instructions. Later after the School Boards policy change allowed Cherry to keep its name, he then began telling concerned community members who were adamant in keeping the same names or colors to ‘write them in’.

During a scheduled day of Leadership and Team Building the students of both B‐E and T‐S Schools then whittled the received suggestions down. The day also included the building remodel plans, a scavenger hunt, community building activity and financial aid all at the school in Babbitt. Whether the Babbitt residences were waiting for publicized survey results or an invite to the Leadership and Team Building event is still unanswered. Some believe by boycotting the survey process community members didn’t take the voting seriously. Now at the eleventh hour after two denied requests for a one‐year moratorium at the district school board, perhaps the opposition waited too long to get involved with the process. Strong ‘Unified’ public opposition did not surface until February, after the students had already come together and their decision was approved by a unanimous vote of the school board last January. It was noted on the ISD 2142 facebook page that at the time the board voted there, “was concern that more of the community didn't get involved. There was discussion on how Cherry came up with their name and the new South School came up with their name.” Why did the Babbitt‐Embarrass‐Tower‐Soudan residents not participate when asked? We may never know. A student at the Babbitt City Council meeting asked a similar question of why residents care what the mascot is, he hasn’t seen them at their games. A student also pointed out how the school has lost so much, including sports like hockey. The student then explained he was ready to come together with others as the Northeast Range Nighthawks and work to get it back.

When I met with the B‐E School Board Representative, Gary Rantala, I asked for his perspective and reasoning behind his vote on this issue. He explained “The reason the windshield is so much bigger than the rearview mirror is because we need to concentrate on where we are going verses where we have been.” Rantala was at the day of Leadership and Team Building and from the beginning has worked with all who have participated in the process. As promised at the March 14, School Board meeting, Mr. Rantala handed me a letter of position that could be submitted to the press with this article.

Monday night, March 21, during the Babbitt City Council meeting again residents discussed the existing name change. This time students, parents and residents ALSO spoke ‘for’ the new school name, the Northeast Range – Nighthawks. But more importantly they spoke on a need to stop the inaccurate and negative letters being sent to the papers about their principal.

I myself spoke before the council as a Babbitt resident and parent. I love this city, our region and, yes, the Knights. I however understand that the Babbitt school will no longer just represent the Babbitt community alone and I made my stand with a call for an END to the negativity by stating as a Babbitt parent of two children, I will NOT continue to send my children to school in such a negative community, noting the peaceful neighboring district so close. If I feel that way imagine how a Tower‐Soudan parent might feel?

Regardless of our final school name, mascot and colors. Our four communities need to come together to educate our children. New families look at curriculum offerings, course level work and test scores along with community image.

Our communities need to come together with positive “renewed” vision to support ALL children in this region ‐ at the new school.

Reasons to attend the ‘New’ Northeast Range High School

 New state of the art technology center that will include computer lab, audio & visual broadcasting/ recording equipment, green screens and much more

 Newly remodeled chemistry, physics and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) labs

 Interactive white board technology in every classroom

 Certified Nursing Assistant lab

 Performance auditorium with state of the art lighting and sound systems

 Remodeled locker rooms, weight room and swimming pool

 Two art rooms

 Remodeled Home Economics kitchen labs

 Updated biology lab

 Seven industrial arts education labs (Mechanics, Masonry, Woods, Metals, Construction Welding, Lecture Facility)

 College level graphics arts computer lab

 Band instrumental lessons offered

 Spanish I. II & III available

 College classes offered through ALIGraphic Arts, Industrial Maintenance,Drafting/Blueprints, Mechanics, Masonry/Carpentry, Intro to Computers, Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Certified Nursing Assistant

 College classes offered through CEP College Writing I & II. History, Algebra, Trigonometry, Public
Speaking, Novels, Biology. Environmental Science, Psychology, Sociology,Government, Economics

 Be part of a new school that merges the BEST “Babbitt, Embarrass, Soudan and Tower” ‐ Home of
the Nighthawks


Ami Keene

Parent ‐ Dist 2142, St Louis County Schools
Member, Babbitt‐Embarrass PTO
Parent Mentor, PACER Center
Co‐Chair, SEAC (Special Education Advisory Council), Northland Special Education Co‐op
Member, Autism and Disability Support Group for Families
Co‐Chair, NSEA (Northern Special Education Awareness)
Director, Timber Hall Kids Club
Secretary, Embarrass Region Fair Association

The following words were submitted by ISD 2142 School Board Member Gary Rantala, to be run
simultaneously with the article above.

My duties as a school board member require the evaluation of numerous issues as they arise during the course of a school year. As a board member I do not want to "micro‐manage" day‐to‐day issues that are more properly taken care of by hired district personnel. Board members should be concerned with the overall well being of the school district.

When I vote on an issue that comes before the board, I believe that I need to be concerned with the impact that issue is going to have on our students first of all as well as the overall financial impact. Many other factors come into play depending on the issue at hand, such as legal matters, employee union contracts, community perception, as well as social issues just to name a few. However, it is still the student that needs to be our target concern, after all that is why we are in existence as a school and school district. I strive to be informed on all issues and to learn the whys and wherefores of that issue by reading all board material and attending relevant training sessions.

There are issues that are not cut and dry, such as that of the school name for the new Babbitt‐Embarrass,Tower‐Soudan attendance area. I am aware that there is substantial disagreement on what we are doing.

We need to make the transition between Babbitt‐ Embarrass and Tower‐Soudan as welcome as possible.
The melding together of students of both areas to form a new student body at the high school level has brought about many exciting opportunities for our youth. They have made a collective choice for a new school name, mascot and colors within parameters established by our administration. I support their choices. In hindsight, perhaps some things such as input from the communities involved could have been done differently. We need to remember we are there for the students. Without the cooperation between our two attendance areas, I question the long‐term viability of the Babbitt‐Embarrass, Tower‐Soudan facility without making a strong programmatic high school for them. Bluntly, we need Tower ‐Soudan, they need Babbitt‐Embarrass. With a current enrollment of 308 students the potential to maintain viable numbers of programs for our students will decrease without the influx of students from Tower‐Soudan.

We need to find a mechanism that will enhance the possibilities of increasing our student numbers that will enable us to offer the courses we have and to add to those course offerings.

For too long a time, I believe, we as school board members have often bowed to political expediency rather than doing what is good for the students. It is time to change.

Gary Rantala
School Board Member
ISD 2142 ‐ St Louis County Schools

Friday, March 18, 2011

ISD 2142 News: March 17th, 2011

Article summaries from the Cook News Herald:

North School Moving Forward -
ISD 2142 board approves $18,982,879.54 in bids for North School
Rick named Administrator of Excellence
Construction manager John Henry - South Ridge School Right On Schedule
Fair number of Babbitt residents against name & mascot change - Board votes second time to retain Northeast Range Nighthawks at school board meeting.
Orr Council says 'No' to school survey, wants project to proceed

The future of the 2142 School District.

March 17, 2011

Sunday, March 06, 2011

ISD 2142 News: March 3, 2011

Articles from the Cook News Herald: March 3, 2011

ISD 2142 News: March 3, 2011

Four finalists named for ISD 2142 superintendent job... one said, 'No'
Students want dean of students, principal for Cook/Orr School
Editorial by Gary Albertson, Editor-Cook News Herald

Friday, February 18, 2011

ISD #2142 News: Feb. 17th, 2011

Articles from the Cook News Herald:
Full Article(s) Links Below:

ISD 2142 board sets Orr School closing in motion
The ISD 2142 school board at their regular meeting Monday at 5 p.m. in the District Office officially started the closing of the Orr School. The board, at their Jan. 31 meeting, had voted to combine the students of Orr and Cook in the Cook School for the 2011-2012 school year. This motion sets the process in motion. This includes publishing a notice of the hearing to be held in the Orr School for two weeks in the Cook News-Herald, the district's official newspaper. A judge will be on hand at that meeting where residents may speak on the closing. A court stenographer will take the minutes.

Some Orr Area residents upset with this.
Curriculum Report By Kevin Abrahamson on potential course offerings next year
Update by John Henry on construction - everything on schedule
Board Meeting scheduled in Babbitt in the B-E auditorium to discuss the school name and mascot which has been previously changed by the school board on a unanimous vote following a positive vote by the B-E & T-S student bodies for the change. This meeting will be held Thursday, March 3, at 7 p.m.
Field Township board amends P & Z moratorium for feedlots, wood processing... No school  
The board had passed, at a special meeting Feb. 7, plans for a Planning and Zoning ordinance with a moratorium which allowed outhouses, hunting shacks, homes, but no school. This action seemed to those present to be a direct attack on the new school that is going up there. The moratorium passed by two Field Township Board members, Tom Chapman and Chairman Keith Aho, was passed at a special township board meeting that, apparently, few township residents knew about.

Ryan Hartway was first and spoke for a group, so he had eight minutes. He questioned how much the attorney cost, which was $200 an hour, and how it was paid for. Aho replied that taxes did. Hartway spoke of the township having to go to court at the township's expense. Hartway brought up Minnesota Statute 15-6 titled Interim Ordinance (Moratorium that made it clear that interim ordinances may not be arbitrarily adopted to discriminate against specific projects. Hartway noted that Gilchrist had apparently authored Statute 15-6. A 10-day notice is required for an interim ordinance to be adopted. Hartway said that Aho and Chapman didn't notify their local newspaper, but a Tower paper that agreed with them was at the meeting. He asked Aho if the township was prepared to battle legal costs and Aho replied they were. Hartway then submitted a Freedom Of Information Act request for all e-mails from 2006 to the present, all financial records from 2006 to the present and all telephone calls for the same period.

Other comments:

Mike Enzmann, who represents Field on the Hospital Board, asked Gilchrist if he would represent the board if they were sued over this. He added he wanted to bring a lawsuit against the Town Board over this moratorium.

Gilchrist said they should consider if the township were sued with challenges for arbitrary and capricious items.

Jenny Panichi spoke of the jobs the new school would bring. She said they would "lose out big time." She added she refuses to buy the Tower publication and wondered why it wasn't in the local paper. She said she thought the entire Field Township should vote on this.

Most in the audience against this moratorium. Aho had asked for a show of hands of those against the moratorium and most of the close to 100 in attendance raised their hands. The board then amended the ordinance to include small wood processing businesses and feedlots, but not a school.

Calls for the resignation of the entire board and the repeal of the moratorium went unheeded.

2011 School Board Meeting Calendar
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2011 School Board Meeting Calendar

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Reasons to Attend Northeast Range High School

• New state of the art technology center that will include computer lab, audio & visual broadcasting/recording equipment, green screens and much more
• Newly remodeled chemistry, physics and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) labs
• Interactive white board technology in every classroom
• Certified Nursing Assistant lab
• Performance auditorium with state of the art lighting and sound systems
• Remodeled locker rooms, weight room and swimming pool
• Two art rooms
• Remodeled Home Economics kitchen labs
• Updated biology lab
• Seven industrial arts education labs Mechanics. Masonry, Woods, Metals,
  Construction Welding, Lecture Facility
• College level graphics arts computer lab
• Band instrumental lessons offered
• Spanish I. II & III available
• College classes offered through ALI, Graphic Arts, Industrial Maintenance,Drafting/Blueprints, Mechanics, Masonry/Carpentry,   Intro to Computers, Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Certified Nursing Assistant
 • College classes offered through CEP College Writing I & II. History, Algebra, Trigonometry, Public Speaking, Novels, Biology. Environmental Science, Psychology, Sociology,Government, Economics

 • Be part of a new school that merges the BEST

 Home of the Nighthawks

Friday, February 04, 2011

ISD 2142 News: February 3, 2011 - Combining Provides Opportunity

Article(s) from the Cook News Herald: Feb. 3rd, 2011

Orr School to close next year

Combining Cook and Orr for 2011-2012 saves money, provides new programs

“The Art Teachers Who Taught You” - http://www.mesabirange.edu/assets/files/depts/library/art.pdf
Exhibit of Works by the Art Teachers of ISD 2142

Friday, January 28, 2011

ISD 2142 News: Jan. 27, 2011 - North School Bids Going Out, Babbitt Campus Renamed Northeast Range "Nighthawks"

Articles from the Cook News Herald:

Construction bids for new North School due Feb. 8
Babbitt-Embarrass/Tower-Soudan school gets new name, mascot, colors

Excellent Editorial By Gary Albertson

Letter To The Editor By Jewell "Bud" Herring

Friday, January 21, 2011

ISD 2142 News, Jan. 21, 2011 - It's a GO! Planning & Zoning approves new ISD 2142 North School variance 3-1

Article from the Cook News Herald: Jan. 20, 2011 Article Links Below:


Article Summary:

St. Louis County Board Of Adjustment grants variance for the ISD 2142 North School on a 3-1 vote.
Presentations by Johnson Controls: Storm water runoff would be better with the new construction than before.Many supporters and a few opponents spoke during the comment session.
The board finally came to a vote and the variance passed on a 3-1 vote.
The new school is a reality.

Related Article on the Cook News Herald:
State Auditor charges into St. Louis County reorganization fight
Article Summary:

Acting on a complaint, the State Auditor has asked for information on seven items. The district and Johnson Controls are busy answering this request, but this will take time and money. The money will come from taxpayers of ISD 2142 or from the students due to reduced educational opportunities. The Auditor apparently has no power in this matter, but is answering the complaint that was filed that apparently thinks there could be fraud.

Editor's Comment: More of the same from the same people, full article is on the Cook News Herald. Not worth more of a comment.

District News Release Concerning Variance and MPCA Permit: For a copy of the district news release click on the following link:
St. Louis County Board of Adjustment grants variance and MPCA issues wastewater permit,both for ISD 2142’s New North School

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

North School Variance Passes - ISD 2142 Construction Will Expand

Video below from News Center 6 in Duluth. Construction to begin next spring.

For those of you who would like to learn more about the county schools reorganization, change, process and history, good link(s) to visit are the following:


"The district has been working through the process and one of the last steps in the county planning process was to consider a variance request for the site," said superintendent Dr. Charles Rick.
The district requested to build on 14 percent of the land, instead of the two percent previously allowed.

For a copy of the district news release click on the following link:
St. Louis County Board of Adjustment grants variance and MPCA issues wastewater permit,both for ISD 2142’s New North School

Friday, January 14, 2011

Cliffs in C$4.9 Billion Consolidated Thompson deal

Article Link:

Babbitt Ice Arena Announcements: Jan. 14, 2011

Come Skate with us!
Open Skating

Monday, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Open Hockey
(14 years old & up)

Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Babbitt Figure Skating will be taking orders for Butter Braids!! 

Watch for the hockey and figure skaters. To place an order between 1/11/11 through 1/25/11 email us at bfscbabbitt@yahoo.com or call Tammy @ 827-2411 after 6 p.m. or Terra @ 827-2274

If you would like to sign up your kids for:

Figure Skating - Terra Bird @ 827-2274
Hockey - Chad Rasmussen @ 827-9951

Please call!
Updated Schedule Listing:

3:30-4:30-Snowplow 1 & 2
               Basic 4
               Basic 7
               Basic 8

4:30-5:30 Basic 1
                Basic 3
                Basic 5

5:30-6:30 Hockey Fundamentals

6:30-8:30 Freestyle

We will be skating on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Freestyle will also
skate Sunday nights.

*Remember to have your kids where stretchy pants (no jeans for practice) and
no electronics are allowed on the ice.