Northeast Minnesota is affectionately called the Northland. Here, the locals still embody the true meaning of Minnesota Nice. Many 'city folk' make an effort to escape to the Northland at least once a year. In the Northland, natural resources are shared in the delicate balance of nature, history and technology. This region is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts year round and hosts both major summer and winter events, including Grandma's Marathon, In-Line Skating Marathon, Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, and the bi-annual Tall Ships Fesitval, drawing visitors from around the world. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Voyageurs National Park offer camping, canoeing and fishing in a pristine and peaceful setting. Ely is also host to the International Wolf Center. There is great respect for wildlife in this area, and it is not uncommon to experience the occasional black bear or deer making its way across town. Seasonally, berry picking is a popular past-time, although the best wild blueberry patches are closely guarded secrets!
The Iron Range is among the country's most important industrial areas. The region has provided almost all of the nation's domestic iron ore or manufacturing since the 1800's. There is a deep sense of history embodied in its people and places. In winter, the Range becomes a snowmobiler's paradise with over 2,000 miles of well-marked groomed trails. Minnesota's North Shore of Lake Superior is a rugged area of deep woods, cool glens, quiet coves, and rocky outcrops. From the Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior to Grand Portage at the Canadian border, the shore of Lake Superior is dotted with picturesque towns and resorts.
Northeast Minnesota consists of 7 major counties with over 28 cities and towns and a regional population of approximately 326,000 people. This region borders Lake Superior and Wisconsin to the East and Canada to the North.