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Honoring the pride of the Northland!  We serve to highlight our communities with honest reporting as progress is dependent on facts.  The Northland 

is rich with outdoor activities and beautiful landscapes found in few places around the world.  We respect the need to preserve our environment while 

also allowing for the sustainable incomes and livelihoods of our residents.  Both are needed and possible. . .



(Pictures by John Peyton, late Duluth artist)


Northland Watch:  When you want or need your news fast!  The only place you're going to find the good and bad in your community.

Regional Realty Team - RE/MAX Results

Marvin Pirila - REMAX - Regional Realty

As a former homeowner and current commercial residential owner, property manager, maintenance, and general contractor of my project, I have learned a lot about many real estate issues.

My greatest endeavor in real estate really came by chance. As a boy, I visited a friend who lived in the Old Prairie Lake School in Floodwood and since longed for my kids to have the same experience.  When the Old Washington School became available, I jumped at it. My dreams were soon tempered by the reality of zoning boards, building inspectors, banks, and the many other aspects that can turn dreams into distant hopes.  Building codes meant architects, structural and soil engineers, and separate plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and building code inspections.

I bought during an economic downturn and endured financing challenges due to the conversion of school rooms to commercial residential units.  Banks were looking for building-income at a time when large outlays of expenses were necessary.  Low rental income meant low appraisals.

Navigating the realities of property ownership takes vision while considering costs. To make money, you must know every business deduction, so I become a tax specialist. Real estate has many dynamics and many that I have been fortunate to have experienced first-hand. If you are moving and need a storage unit, I have some available in Esko.

During three decades of managing several post offices in the area, I did everything possible to provide reliable, timely, and excellent overall service.  Over the last 15 years, I have promoted northland communities via www.northlandwatch.com.    These are the same standards you can expect from me in finding you the right buyer or seller for your property.

Our dreams are real if you are pursuing them.  It would be my honor and privilege to help you in pursuing yours.

Marvin Pirila
(218) 391-2876

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Northland Watch boosting local revenues

Since Northland Watch's inception, the minimum number of times the smallest community listings was reviewed was more than 2,000.  Communities as little as Cromwell garnished 8,000 - 9,000 views per listing. The intent of this site is to bring maximum exposure to those areas that get the least, while covering those larger cities with undiscovered/under-highlighted smaller entities.

Northland Watchdog at Work

Holding Authorities Responsible

So far, our stories have led to:

  • -City Councilor resigning for conflict of interest
  • -County Commissioner caught using township owned equipment, with the town officials permission
  • -Contact by investigative reporter and leading investigator regarding Methamphetamine story

Questionable city actions/decisions investigated

Questionable claims by schools challenged


Expose conflicts, questionable actions, and claims by emailing marvindp@msn.com.  All contact is strictly confidential.


Special interest stories also wanted.  Who has done something amazing in your community that deserves recognition?  Report it.


The Sass Boutique

The Sass Boutique

Storefront now open at 903 Cloquet Ave, Cloquet, MN

New Arrivals

Spring/Summer Clothing in Stock

The Sass Boutique was established in 2018 to bring sweet and sassy pieces to your lifestyle! The Sass Boutique prides itself on providing clothing and products of quality.


We are continually growing our selection to meet your ever-changing wardrobe wants! Any input from our customers is always welcome! Please check us out at www.thesassboutique.com.