Tom Robertson Feature Archive

Heavy rain is expected to keep the massive Pagami Creek wildfire contained, and some businesses and outfitters in Ely and the surrounding area want their customers to know that the Boundary Waters remains open for business. (09/20/2011)
There's a silver lining to the smoky cloud billowing off the 147-square-mile Pagami Creek wildfire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (09/19/2011)
Fire officials in Ely say the massive Boundary Waters Canoe Area wildfire is now 11 percent contained. That's up from 8 percent at the start of the day Saturday. (09/18/2011)
As collapsed segments of Minnesota's timber industry struggle to recover from the national slump in new home construction, the state could see an increase use of timber resources by biotechnology firms. (09/13/2011)
The Bemidji street called Stoner Avenue will keep its name -- for now. The City Council has put on hold plans to change the name of the street. (09/09/2011)
A few years ago, the Norbord Minnesota plant west of Bemidji was one of four plants in northern Minnesota making a plywood-like product called oriented strand board. Now Norbord is the only plant still running. (09/01/2011)
The Red Lake Band of Ojibwe is gearing up to reforest 50,000 acres of tribal land. (08/25/2011)
The Minnkota Power Cooperative recently raised rates to pay for $425 million in environmental upgrades and it says an new EPA plan to curb emissions will lead to more expenses and rate hikes. (08/16/2011)
Minnesota state park officials say camping and lodging reservations are nearly back to normal since the state government shutdown closed parks last month. (08/10/2011)
There's still no progress in the labor dispute between Sanford Bemidji Hospital and about 230 of its registered nurses. Last month the nurses voted to reject Sanford's contract offer and instead authorize a strike. Now, officials with the Minnesota Nurses Association union say they're planning an informational picket for August 17. (08/10/2011)
Veterinarians in northern Minnesota say the number of dogs contracting Lyme and other tick-borne diseases has skyrocketed, an increase also seen in humans. (08/03/2011)
Management officials with Sanford Bemidji Hospital are disappointed that nurses voted overwhelmingly to reject their contract offer Thursday. The vote authorizes union negotiators representing about 230 nurses to call a strike, if necessary. (07/29/2011)
An overwhelming majority of the 230 RNs rejected a contract offer from Sanford Bemidji Hospital. A strike date has not been set. (07/28/2011)
About 230 nurses employed at Sanford Bemidji Hospital will vote Thursday on whether to accept or reject a contract offer from hospital management. (07/27/2011)
Suspected black market fishing operations on two Indian reservations in northern Minnesota are under federal investigation. (07/26/2011)