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November 24, 2017






 Chaos and Grit

Come, Celebrate Christmas

The Tower-Soudan Singers again are preparing a concert you will not want to miss!
This family oriented production, which features traditional tunes, such as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," "Mary Rocked the Little Baby" and "Everywhere Christmas Tonight," will be interspersed with the well-loved Christmas songs of "The First Noel" and "Joy to the World."
Many new and awe-inspiring songs, such as "Ding Dong Merrily on High," "Bethlehem Wind" and "Africa Noel," will help prepare attendees for the holiday season. All this is offered with special instrumental music by area musicians and surprise visits by the Grinch, Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Led by Director Rolf Anderson and pianist Lynn Watts, the thirty-member choir will be performing at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 17, at the TowerSoudan Elementary School gymnasium. A freewill offering will be taken and coffee an' will be served at the conclusion of the concert.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony set for December 3

Everyone in the Tower-Soudan area is urged to join in celebrating the holiday season at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, set for Sunday, December 3, at 4:00 p.m. in front of the Lake Vermilion Cultural Center in Tower. Following the ceremony, celebrants will gather at the Tower Civic Center, where members of the Tower-Soudan Area Singers, directed by Rolf Anderson, will lead everyone in singing Christmas carols.
A new addition to the holiday celebration this year will be the Bell Choir, called "The Joy Ringers," under the direction of Jane Johns. Refreshments and Christmas cookies will be served and there will be a special stocking on the tree for each child.
The Christmas tree lighting is a traditional event held for the Virgie Hegg Hospice Partners, Inc. "Lights of Love" of Cook, Minnesota. This non-profit organization offers support for patients in need of hospice care and their families.
The event promises to be an evening of Christmas Cheer for the entire Tower-Soudan area.

Fish houses and wheelhouses require license for ice fishing
New law applies to portable shelters

Beginning this ice fishing season, anglers using a wheelhouse type of ice or darkhouse shelter are required to purchase a license to place the shelter on the ice, even when occupying it.
A new definition for portable shelters has been provided by law, which states that a portable shelter is one that collapses, folds or is disassembled for transportation.
"Wheeled fish houses, which formerly were considered portable - and thus excluded from licensing requirements for shelters - will now have to be licensed," advised Al Stevens, fisheries survey and systems consultant with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "In the past, anglers using wheelhouses could use them without shelter licenses as long as they were occupied, including overnight." A shelter meeting the new definition of portable only needs a license when a person leaves it unattended, meaning they are farther than 200 feet from the shelter.
The change pursued by the DNR and enabled by 2017 legislation accompanied hunting and angling fee increases. An annual resident shelter license is $16.00. A three-year license is $43.00. Owners of houses to be rented pay $31.00 annually or $88.00 for a three-year license.
A valid license tag must be attached to the outside of the fish house in a readily visible location. On border waters, a shelter license is not required on the Minnesota side if the neighboring state does not require a shelter license for its waters.
Shelter or fishing licenses can be purchased at DNR license agents across Minnesota, by phone at 888-665-4236 or online at


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The History of Thanksgiving

Winter weather tips

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