Saturday, April 28, 2012

Babbitt Ice Arena and Event Center

Here is a hidden gem on the Northeast Iron Range that some people may not be aware of. Better yet, it is available to rent during the year when ice time and locations may be difficult to obtain for tournaments and other events.

Babbitt's Ice Arena is city owned and operated from mid-October through mid-March. This facility is used by the public for open skating, girls and boys hockey, and the figure skating club as well as the local school system. The arena was recently updated with energy efficient lighting and new locker rooms. In the past year the arena has gone through a maintenance program that repaired the roof and replaced two older compressors with newer models so that our great ice standards are maintained. Ice time is available for rent at a very reasonable $65 per hour.

During the off season, the arena may be rented for other events.

Call Recreation Coordinator Joe Scherer at (218) 827-3568 to book your event while openings are still available.

PolyMet Update

Phase 1 of PolyMet is $350 million dollars. CEO Joe Scipioni said that's like an investment of almost $1 million dollars a day, for a year.
"That's what our region is missing out on, while we wait for permits," he told the group of chamber members in Virginia. He was speaking at the Laurentian Chamber luncheon on Tuesday. - PolyMet Update

Governor signs BWCAW land swap bill over objections

Governor signs BWCAW land swap bill over objections | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

Legislation that would trade away state-owned land that’s now locked inside the federal Boundary Waters was signed into law Friday by Gov. Mark Dayton after clearing the House and Senate earlier this week.
The bill opens the door for the state to trade more than 86,000 acres of state school trust fund land in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for an equal value of federal land outside the 1.1 million acre wilderness.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

You Are Invited! Bring Friends & Family!

Lots of events are happening at our Babbitt Public Library!

For a full events listing click here:>> You Are Invited! Bring Friends & Family!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Northeast Range 2012 Events And Activities

*Event Dates for 2012 --

May 12th - Fishing Opener
May 28th - Memorial Day
June 9th - Finnish-American Summer Festival
June 9th - Babbitt Walleye Whamma Fishing Contest on Birch Lake
June 22nd - 24th - Peter Mitchell Days, Babbitt
July 4th - Fourth of July
July 27th - 29th - Blueberry Arts Festival, Ely
August 24- 26 - Embarrass Regional Fair
Sept. 3rd - Labor Day
Sept.7th - 9th - Harvest Moon Festival, Ely
Dec. 15th - Ice Candles and Holiday Gathering, Embarrass

Babbitt Events

Peter Mitchell Fun Days Events Page: 

When: Saturday June 9, 2012
Where: Birch Lake off County Road 70, 1 mile South of Babbitt
What: Catch the Big One or Small One- Prize of $1,000!

When: June 22-24, 2012
Where: The large field next to the Babbitt Credit Union in Babbitt
What: Includes a carnival, live bands, food booths, and more!

Embarrass Events

Finnish-American Summer Festival-

Experience the Finnish culture, music, crafts, and food in a one day
celebration.This annual event occurs on the second Saturday of June
at Timber Hall in Embarrass.

Embarrass Region Fair-

The Embarrass Region Fair Association sponsors an annual fair held at the
end of August, as well as, other events throughout the year.

This three day event is loaded with family fun including:
Exhibits, Softball, Horse Show, Mud Run, Demolition Derby, Flying Finn 10K Run,
Horse Shoe Tournament, Team Penning Competition and much more.

This event occurs the last full weekend in August. This year's event will be held on August 24-26, 2012 at the Embarrass Timber Hall.

Ice Candles and Holiday Gathering-

This Finnish tradition of remembering loved ones during the holiday season
has once again become a priority in our community. Ice candles are placed
at the Embarrass Cemetery on grave sites and along the driveway for a magical
display of light, warmth, and beauty on a cold winter night.
This is scheduled for Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 4pm-6pm at the Embarrass Town Hall. For more information: please call 218-984-2084.

Ely Events

When: July 27-29, 2012
Where: Whiteside Park in Ely, between 7th and 8th Ave. on E. Sheridan St.
What: 300 exhibitors – Original art, handcrafts, ethnic foods, Children’s events


When: September 7th – 9th, 2012
Where: Whiteside Park in Ely, between 7th and 8th Ave. on E. Sheridan St.
What: 125+ Arts & crafts exhibitors, demonstrations.

Tower Events
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Other Area Activities

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
Fortune Bay Resort Casino
Bois Forte Heritage Center
International Wolf Center
North American Bear Center
Dorothy Molter Museum
Soudan Underground Mine
Bear Head Lake State Park
Blueberry Arts Festival
Harvest Moon Festival
Winter Festival
Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
Dog Sledding
Northern Lights
Berry Picking
Wildlife Sightings (moose, bear, wolves, loons and more)
Swimming, water skiing, canoeing, and kayaking

Golf at nearby Babbitt Golf Club. This reasonably priced and challenging
nine hole course features well maintained greens and complete rental
facilities. Advance reservations are not required.

The Ely Municipal Course is also a convenient, challenging course.
Giants Ridge Golf Course one of the premier golf courses of the upper Midwest
is located less than 30 minutes from Timber Bay Lodge.

The Wilderness at Fortune Bay made the best new course link
in GolfWeek Magazine.

Sertich Shares Strategies for Stronger Regional Connections

A leader from the Iron Range shared his strategy for building stronger connections with Duluth on Tuesday.
Iron Range Resources Rehabilitation Board Commissioner Tony Sertich spoke at a Duluth Chamber function at the Clyde Iron Works. He said there are ways to strengthen the two regions, the Twin Ports and the Iron Range because he said, at heart, our interests are the same interests in a global market. - Sertich Shares Strategies for Stronger Regional Connections

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Embarrass Region Volunteer Fire Department

There is a new regional website up and it is from the  

Please visit the new facebook site and like the page for further updates!