While I can remember the service, I do not specifically recall the year(s) NW
Airlink (Mesaba) offered MSP
-Ely service. Since I recall that the service was operated with Metro III
equipment, it must have been sometime in the mid-late 1990s. The service was seasonal during the Summer months and was offered primarily for vacationers traveling to the the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) in Northeast Minnesota. There may have been some partnership between Northwest/Mesaba and the Minnesota Dept. of Tourism in initiating the service. So far as I reacall, the flights lasted only one season.