Area Information

Babbitt Office: (218) 827-2288 - 33 Central Blvd, Suite 500, Babbitt, MN 55706
Ely Office: (218) 365-8822 - 424 E Sheridan St, Ely, MN 55731
Aurora Office: (218)-229-8888 - 219 N Main St, Aurora, MN 55705

Babbitt is the home of Peter Mitchell Days (The founder of Taconite) and Northshore Mine (A Cleveland Cliffs Company). The earliest traces of man in the Babbitt area have been uncovered on the north end of Birch Lake. This ancient Indian life dating back to 500 BC has been identified as the Laurel Indian culture.

Babbitt is a small community of 1600 residents located at the eastern end of the legendary Mesabi Iron Mining Range near Birch Lake in Northeast Minnesota. Only two portages from the BWCA, its location offers a unique combination of access to outdoor activities and cultural and business opportunities. Outdoor activities include excellent fishing on Birch Lake with a range of resort or camping facilities available. The area also offers excellent opportunities for viewing or photographing wildlife such as wolves, moose, deer, bear. and smaller game.

History reveals little activity in this area until the late 1800's. In 1885 an experienced woodsman, Christian Wieland, guided Henry Eames, a Minnesota state geologist, to Lake Vermilion near Tower, Minnesota. As they crossed the eastern edge of the Mesabi Range near Babbitt, Wieland pointed out the iron ore in the rocks. Wieland brought out samples of high-grade-ore and these samples of ore created interest and led to the formation of the Ontonagon Syndicate in 1869. It's purpose was to explore mineral areas of Minnesota and acquire land. Peter Mitchell of the Syndicate prospected the land and in 1871 sank a six foot test pit. Fellow Syndicate members were not nearly as interested as Mitchell so interest dropped rapidly. For the next 25 years the natural ores of the western Mesabi were being discovered and exploited, hence the eastern Mesabi taconite was quickly forgotten. Check out the city website below for more information on our great town!

City of Babbitt: Resident/Homeowner Information - view and/or print document: City of Babbitt Resident Info.pdf

In the 1940's the National Geographic Society declared Lake Vermilion one of the top ten most scenic lakes in the United States. And it still is today. With its 40,000 acres of water, 365 islands and 1200 miles of shoreline, it stretches 40 miles across the heart of Minnesota's Arrowhead Region.

Incorporated in 1889, Tower is the oldest city north of Duluth and the eastern gateway to beautiful Lake Vermilion.  Tower is located 24 miles north of Virginia.  Visitors and residents can experience some of the most captivating scenery in Northeastern Minnesota:  the vivid color extravaganza accompanying each season, the natural beauty of Lake Vermilion, the breathtaking sunset and the area's scenery. Tower also offers a great variety of recreational activities, making each season enjoyable. From excellent fishing, exhilarating water-skiing, boating, hiking, biking, touring the Soudan State park to snowmobiling, ice-fishing and cross-country skiing, Tower and Lake Vermilion have it all.

City of Tower: Resident/Homeowner Information - view and/or print document: City of Tower Resident Info.pdf

Discover the Ely Difference! Here, you'll experience the best of both worlds - the relaxed atmosphere of smaller-town living yet many of the advantages of big-city living. Ely offers not only the ultimate in wilderness experiences, but also some of the finest restaurants and shopping opportunities as well as many fine resorts and varied year-round recreation experiences. Whether you're canoeing into the unspoiled, world-famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness or relaxing at one of Ely's full-service resorts, you're sure to discover the Ely Difference! If you are looking for a relaxing retreat, you've come to the right place. Relaxing here is easy. The air is clear, the water pure, the woods are inspiring, the sights breathtaking, and the night sky is bright with millions of stars. Once you Experience Ely, you'll understand how life takes on new meaning. Ron Schara, the star of ESPN2 television's Backroads with Ron & Raven has this to say about the Ely area: "I love Ely and its famed wilderness area. It's also ironic because my longtime hero, journalist and author Charles Kuralt chose Ely as his #1 vacation destination."

City of Ely: Resident/Homeowner Information - view and/or print document: Ely Resident Info.pdf

Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturdays: 9:00am to 2:00pm
Anytime by appointment!

Office Locations

Babbitt Office:
33 Central Blvd, Suite 500, Babbitt, MN 55706

Ely Office:
424 E Sheridan Street, Ely, MN 55731

Aurora Office:
219 N Main St, Aurora, MN 55705

Contact Info

Babbitt Office: (218) 827-2288
Ely Office: (218) 365-8822
Aurora Office: (218) 229-8888
Fax: (218) 827-3773
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