February 21, 2019

Udovich Garbage has the task of demolishing the former Zup's Store, having beat two to three other bidders


The cold, subzero weather has many staying indoors, but Carol and David Udovich of Udovich Garbage & Rolloff Service have been busy outside. They won the job of demolishing the former Zup's Food Market in Cook and have been at the task since the end of January. Carol said putting the bid together was quite a job since there isn't much history for a demo job like this. Taking out all of the food that was tainted by the fire was a huge job and walking through the store was dangerous. David fell down on ice and it took a few minutes for him to get up. A big part of the demo job will be removing the concrete foundations.
According to Matt Zupancich, co-owner and manager of Zup's, the new store could be open by September. It will be like the new Zup's Grocery in Babbitt, totaling 23,000 sq. ft., against the former store's approximately 16,000 sq. ft.
When the construction is started, it will probably be the most watched construction project in Cook. Mean-while, Cook area residents are finding ways to make do for their groceries, including free trips to Virginia, shopping at the Tower Zup's Store or the Orr Pelican Bay Store. Residents have volunteered to give rides to those who don't have transportation. Tom Musech at the Cook Country Store has upped the amount of groceries in his store and kept the prices down.
Small town people know how to get by, no matter what the problem.

'Active shooter, what to do' presentation in Tower March 3

Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tower will be hosting an "Active Shooter" presentation on Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m.
Presenter Lieutenant Shene, a 22-year veteran of the Duluth Police Department, will speak on how to prevent being a victim and how to survive a violent situation. His presentation is based on the belief that all of us are much more capable than we may think we are. In order to tap into that potential, it is important that we first understand what "violence" is, and how it affects us physiologically. With this understanding, we can discuss what we are capable of doing, and what tactics may work for each of us. In short, we do not have to be victims.
This presentation is open to the public and free of charge. Come to Immanuel Lutheran Church, located at 304 Spruce St., Tower, and learn what you could do. There will be coffee and snacks after the presentation in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall

Metsa named deputy commissioner of Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation

Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Commissioner Mark Phillips announced on Feb. 14 that Jason Metsa has been selected as deputy commissioner for the agency. In his new position, Metsa will help carry out Gov. Tim Walz's "One Minnesota" vision, as well as the agency's mission of promoting and investing in business, community and workforce development for the betterment of northeastern Minnesota.
A fifth-generation Iron Ranger, Metsa previously served District 6B in the Minnesota House of Representatives for six years. During his time in the Legislature, he successfully pushed for funding to create jobs and build infrastructure on the Iron Range.
"Jason's strong legislative experience will serve him well in his new position," said Phillips. "His in-depth knowledge of both the opportunities and challenges facing our communities will allow him to hit the ground running."
In addition to serving as the strategic lead for the agency's business and community development initiatives, Metsa also will focus on civic engagement, diversity and inclusion and relationship-building with community partners.
"I am honored to take on this new role and give back to the region that means so much to me," said Metsa. "I plan to take a hands-on approach and get out into the communities to listen and learn more about what programs and projects our citizens need."
Metsa lives in Virginia with his wife, Amanda, and son, Josiah. A self-described "DIYer," he keeps busy with projects at home and at the cabin. He enjoys downhill skiing, fishing and visiting family at the lake. He also loves music and is a big Bob Dylan fan.
Metsa's official start date is Friday, Feb. 22.


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