April 11, 2014 RSS feed / Features

We're SIX and kindergarten is behind us

Happy Anniversary, HTF!

Every spring I write a story about Hometown Focus’s anniversary and give thanks to our supportive contributors, readers, and advertisers, and acknowledge the hard work of my amazing co-workers. More...

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Obituaries  Free Access 

Sigrid E. Gabrielson - 2014-04-18
Janet Marie Lundmark - 2014-04-18
Daniel Lee Greiner - 2014-04-18
Norman F. Carlson - 2014-04-11
Melba Prelesnik - 2014-04-11
Florence Ranta - 2014-04-11
Thomas V. Saranpaa - 2014-04-11
Linda Viita - 2014-04-11
Bruce L. Krensing - 2014-04-11
Sophie Dorothy Krize - 2014-04-04
Hazel Jean Anacker - 2014-04-04
Joan Brula - 2014-04-04
Gilbert W. Odella - 2014-04-04
Aune Esther Hofsommer - 2014-04-04
Glenn V. Hujanen - 2014-04-04

Pets  Free Access 

IRDTC congratulates Kyle Skinner and Ashton Contented Critters

VIRGINIA – A huge congratulation goes out from the Iron Range Dog Training Center (IRDTC) to Kyle Skinner and his dog, Ashton. More...

Home & Garden Tips  Free Access 


Decorator Secret: Balance of Power! More...

Salad seeding starts

Seeds should be started indoors 4-6 weeks before the last average frost. Fluorescent lights need to be on 12-16 hours per day and raised 2-3” from tops of seedlings. More...

Healthy for Life  Free Access 

Healthy FOR Life

The Importance of Friends

Hello and Happy Anniversary to Hometown Focus! More...

Hometown Recipes  Free Access 

Snow bird shares recipes from Florida

Florida! What a happy state I’m in – literally! My friends in Minnesota hang up on me when I call, but they will get over it. Three friends rented a cottage in John’s Pass and we call it our “Mama Mia Cottage.” More...

Focus On Veterans  Free Access 

Focus Veterans

Wear purple on April 15! Recognizing military-connected youth

There are several programs in place to give our nation’s “Hidden Heroes” the recognition they deserve. More...

Sallyworld  Free Access 


The Minnesota Good-Bye takes the cake…or, the sandwich loaf

Greetings & Sallytations! Observations: Minnesotans have sometimes been noted for their “Minnesota Nice” attitude, a positive reputation. But, I think more than the Minnesota Nice reference, the “Minnesota Good-bye” tops alls. More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Florence Ranta

Florence Ranta, 95, of, Lake Esquagama passed away on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at WillowWood Memory Care in Eveleth. More...

Thomas V. Saranpaa

Thomas V. Saranpaa, 95, of Eveleth, formerly of Virginia and Embarrass, died Monday, March 31, 2014 at St. Raphael’s Health and Rehab in Eveleth. More...

Linda Viita

Linda Viita, 94, of Virginia, died Saturday, March 29, 2014 at St. Michael’s Health and Rehab in Virginia. More...

Exchanging hospitality with the Salvadorans

We are Lawrence and Lauren Aho from Virginia, and we joined the delegation from Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church of Alango on a mission trip to El Salvador this January. More...

The jig is on

Through the noose to Easter

The next day we decided to call her Lois. It was the Thursday before Saint Patrick’s Day. My family attended a performance of the traditional Irish music group Dervish at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. More...


News Briefs  Free Access 

Entrepreneur Fund hosts annual Women’s Business Weekend

DULUTH – The Entrepreneur Fund welcomes the return of Women’s Business Weekend (WBW) to be held April 25-27 at Grand Superior Lodge just north of Two Harbors. More...

Events at Gilbert Public Library

GILBERT - Blogging with Blogspot. Ever wonder what the big fuss is about blogging, or have you been curious about starting one, but aren't sure how? This is the class for you! More...

Buhl church announces Easter week activities

BUHL – The First Lutheran Church of Buhl is presenting A Walk Through Holy Week on Palm Sunday (April 13) during their 9:30 a.m. service. This is an all-ages experience of Palm Sunday. More...

Range History  Free Access 

Winton’s timber industry of old


Two men stretching their arms from hand to hand could not reach around the girth of some of them, those ancient white pines. More...

Health  Free Access 

Why belly size, more than weight, is your red-flag warning; clowning docs

Q: I’m not THAT overweight, but I have a big gut. My doctor says I have to lose my belly, but I shouldn’t lose much weight overall. How does that work, and why does it matter? -- Joseph L., Asbury Park, N.J. More...

Massage for Your Health  Free Access 

When you think you just can’t do something

Have you ever been in a situation where you think, “I could never do that?!” - for whatever reason. And you know you are justified in your beliefs. Well, I encountered that very scenario with two people at the same event. More...

Sports  Free Access 

The Wild are in the playoffs and the Twins at home!

Spring has finally sprung in the northland. As we enjoy seeing streams of water run across the road and snowbanks shrinking day by day, we also know that spring high school sports are here as well. More...

Out of the Blue  Free Access 

Out of the Blue

I have a soft spot for mad Russians. You know the kind that speak an endearing sort of broken English with a thick accent and call you “Meeler”? You don’t know? More...

Guest Columnists  Free Access 


ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You’re doing better on the flexibility issue, but you still need to loosen up a bit to show you can be less judgmental and more understanding about certain sensitive matters. More...

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