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Take a drive through the new Highway 53

Contributor Floyd Luomanen (Above the Range LLC) shot a video from his dash cam of a drive through the (nearly-completed) Highway 53 relocation project. He includes descriptions of various landmarks along the route. Check back for a drone video of the competed project in the near future.

October 20, 2017 RSS feed / Features

Beware the bog: Stuck in the muck in Togo

TOGO – Togo and Stony Brook Horse Camps are very special places for horse enthusiasts. Campsites are made specifically for horses and include highlines and room for those big horse trailer/camper rigs. More...

Lily and Rosie: Getting their barrel racing groove on

KT Rose Olena is a six-year-old registered quarter horse. More...

North St. Louis County 4-H’ers participate in State Horse Show

ST. PAUL – Six 4-H youth from North St. Louis County participated in the Minnesota 4-H State Horse show Sept. 14 – 17, 2017, at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. More...

Madi and Dakota together: He teaches her and she teaches him

We bought Dakota, a paint pony, for my daughter Madi in 2013 after moving to Palo in 2012 from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Dakota was mostly a trail pony who taught kids how to ride. He was Madi's very first horse; he is still her horse. More...

Preserving the era of the working horse

North Star Draft Horse Association stays active with fun community events

COOK – The North Star Draft Horse Association (NSDHA) is a small regional group of draft horse enthusiasts. Our members are scattered from International Falls to the north, Little Falls to the south, Aurora to the east and Bemidji on the west. More...

Embarrass Region Fair holds 5th annual ranch sorting event

EMBARRASS – The Embarrass Region Fair held its 5th annual ranch sorting event on Saturday, Sept. 16. Ranch sorting is a competition derived directly from ranch work. More...

Fairview Range Medical Center earns ACR accreditation

HIBBING – Fairview Range Medical Center (FRMC) has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in nuclear medicine as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). More...

My Friend Flicka, 1941

My Friend Flicka is a 1941 novel by Mary O'Hara, about Ken McLaughlin, the son of a Wyoming rancher, and his horse Flicka. It was the first in a trilogy, followed by Thunderhead (1943) and Green Grass of Wyoming (1946).  More...

Beloved rescue Wesley gives Britt family three great years

BRITT – I met Wesley (at the time he was called Wus) on Facebook. He was a tall handsome fellow with a kind eye; I knew I had to have him. More...

Cotton’s Becky Lorentzson: I got my first horse at age 60

COTTON – When I was a young girl my wish was to have a horse. We lived in Duluth and I knew it wouldn’t happen in spite of my begging and pleading. As I got older the desire to have a horse remained strong. More...

Hill Annex Paleontology Project led by MN Discovery Center

CALUMET – Recent announcements by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources that they intend to end their management role at Hill Annex by the end of 2018 has left groups like the cities of Marble and Calumet trying to find a solution to ke More...

IRTB announces winners of 2017 Spirit of Hospitality Awards

TOWER – The 6th annual Iron Range Spirit of Hospitality Awards event was held Sunday, Oct. 8, at Fortune Bay Resort Casino. More...

Highway 88 and the new Burntside River bridge are now open west of Ely

ELY – Construction is done for the season and the new bridge on County State Aid Highway 88 (Grant McMahon Boulevard) west of Ely is now open. More...

New Chisholm Hwy. 73/Hwy. 5 roundabout opened Oct. 18

CHISHOLM – The roundabout at the intersection of Highway 73 and Highway 5 in Chisholm opened on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 18. More...

NSLC Habitat for Humanity announces partnership

Gustavus Adolphus students to help built Mt. Iron home

MT. IRON – North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity (NSLCHFH) announces its second year of partnership with the Gustavus Adolphus College Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Twenty students from the college will be coming to Mt. More...

Students and schools celebrate College Knowledge Month in October

Minnesota students are participating in College Knowledge Month during October, a time when high schools and postsecondary institutions help students navigate the college application process. More...

Wild mustangs from the Black Hills

These are some of the wild mustangs living out their lives at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary outside of Hot Springs, SD. More...

Obituaries

Home & Garden Tips

Get the kids to help

MEA weekend is a super time to get the kids involved in cleaning up the gardens. It is late enough in the season to harvest the remains before frost/freeze warnings hit. More...

Endless laundry? Try going commercial

Does the idea of doing laundry make you want to throw in the towel? Unfortunately that would only contribute to more laundry!  More...

Hometown Recipes

Soups with a hearty blend of vegetables

The following are from a book I have used before for soup recipes called, The Book of Soups by Lorna Rhodes. More...

Business

Northland Foundation awards 69 grants totaling $544,099 for July – September

NORTHEASTERN MINNESOTA – In the third quarter of 2017, the Northland Foundation approved $544,099 in grant awards to nonprofit organizations, schools, and community groups serving northeastern Minnesota. More...

Its Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a great time for both citizens and businesses to take stock of their online security measures. More...

Focus On Veterans

Minnesota National Guard retires historic, decorated unit

The Minnesota National Guard lost one of its most historically significant units when the 151st Artillery’s E (Target Acquisition) Battery, cased its colors in a ceremony at the Anoka High School on August 19.  The Target Acquisition Batte More...

Department of Veterans Affairs announces recommendations for CARE Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S.  More...

Sallyworld

SALLYWORLD: WEEK 361

Life is fleeting: How would you want to be remembered?

Greetings and Sallytations!   I took a week off last week as I had nothing to say. I'm serious – I had writer's block. I had so many meetings and commitments and the sun was in my eyes. More...

Dixie Girl: The story of my mustang mare

My teacher, my friend, my truth, the light and love of my life

Free. Wild. Natural. Kind. Understanding. Connected. Purposeful. These are words I can think of to describe my relationship with my mustang. These are all words that I would use to describe the way I approach learning with my mustang. More...

Mister Ed: He was a talking horse, of course

Mister Ed is an American television sitcom produced by Filmways which originally aired in syndication from January 5 to July 2, 1961, and then on CBS from October 1, 1961, to February 6, 1966. More...

Dressage: Both an art form and Olympic equestrian sport

IRON – Jessica Foschi is a dressage competitor who trains at the Dragon Heart's Lair Sporthorse Facility in Iron. She is trained by the facility’s owner, Kellie Hunter. Foschi is a U.S. More...

Helping you reach your horsemanship goals

Heart & Hooves Horsemanship: A journey of love and learning

Our journey began way before we ever knew the words Heart & Hooves. My name is Michelle Jerry and my husband’s name is Francis. We own Heart & Hooves Horsemanship Arena & Obstacle Course in Deer River. More...

The story of Sozo, my Facebook horse I wanted to rescue you from danger

I bought a horse on Facebook. She was in a Louisiana kill-pen auction—a mare who was just what I wanted. The excitement, anticipation, preparation. Where will she stay? It’s winter.  More...

Don’t put yourself out to pasture too soon

Tower’s Childs, 63, horse Jordan, 37, join Century Club

TOWER – On October 28, 1999, my dad passed away.  As I sat in the waiting room at St. Mary's, I picked up the Duluth News Tribune and saw an ad: For Sale Amish Plow Horse. Dad grew up with plow horses, so after the funeral, I bought him. More...

Due North Haflingers

Hands up: Local farm doing its best to raise height of versatile, sturdy breed

COOK – How many of you in the north east Minnesota horse world are familiar with the Haflinger horse breed? How many of you familiar with the breed think of the Haflingers as short, stocky, and commonly refer to them as a pony? More...

Equine photography is my path, horses are my main passion

I am an equine photographer who lives in Hugo MN, but my story starts in Hibbing where I was born and raised. My first experience with a horse came at age four, being placed on my mom’s friend’s horse. More...

This is OUR friend Flicka

DeLaney Saver of Kelsey, MN, bought Flicka when she was 15 years old. Now her sons, Walker, age 3 (front), and Leland, age 5, get to enjoy her. Submitted photo. More...

Triumph and heartache: A love and compassion for horses

I’ve loved horses since I was a little girl. More...

Just my horse and me: The special feeling of riding bridleless

I thought I would share my horses starting with Master Steve, an AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association) stallion. Steve is a gentle, easy going stud. I trained him to ride bridleless (Nothing but me on him giving directions). More...

My Tattoo

This tattoo belongs to Anthony Jayasuriya from Nashwauk. It is the Bible verse John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. More...

State assists in relocating ASV parts distribution center to Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS – ASV Holdings, Inc., a provider of rubber-tracked compact track loaders and wheeled skid steer loaders in the compact construction equipment market, confirmed last week that it will establish a new parts distribution center adjace More...

Blandin Community Leadership Program seeks East Range participants

GRAND RAPIDS – As part of its commitment to strengthening rural communities, Blandin Foundation is making its Blandin Community Leadership Program (BCLP) available to residents from the East Range area (Aurora, Biwabik, Hoyt Lakes, and Town of More...

A night view of the new Highway 53 bridge: Spectacular!

The new bridge looks glorious at night with the fall leaves, mirror-like water and the light fixtures reflecting light giant stars. Photo by Paul Pluswik. More...

New Chisholm Hwy. 73/Hwy. 5 roundabout opened Oct. 18

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has produced six new, state-of-the-art maps that will make it easier and safer for people to explore, hunt, and recreate in state forests. More...

Virginia Fire Department Run Report: Oct. 9 – Oct. 15, 2017

VIRGINIA – During the week of Oct. More...

A doubly beautiful image

Also see article by Gerri Podrug—equine photographer—on p. 33. Photo by Gerri Podrug. More...

Pets

Paws to read at the Virginia Public Library

A crowd of middle school kids are talking and laughing in the Children’s Room of the Virginia Public Library. More...

Range History

This week in Range History – Part 3 of 3

Down the Vermilion River in 1908 with Bert Everett

EDITOR’S NOTE – The following is the third and last in a series of a history segment. The first of the series was published in the HTF Sept. 29 edition, the second was published in the HTF Oct. 13 edition. More...

Health

Equine assisted psychotherapy: Horse-assisted healing option

Offered locally by Lotus Transitional Services

Equine (from the Latin word Equus, meaning “horse”) assisted psychotherapy is a relatively new phenomenon and fundamentally an experiential form of psychotherapy that is facilitated by a mental health professional and involves being aroun More...

When the going gets tough

So often we look at ourselves in the mirror and see the imperfections: I look old, I look tired, and I need to lose some weight. We meticulously study each cosmetic flaw, neglecting all that is right with us. Are you alive? Are you breathing? More...

A little help for chronic pain; managing depression during cancer treatment

Q: I took a new job, and now my health insurance plan won't cover my old pain medication. (I deal with chronic pain after losing a vertebra in a car accident.) But long-acting morphine is covered. More...

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

Where we never fabricate, rarely recriminate, occasionally objurgate, sometimes speculate, usually obfuscate and always ameliorate.

Teddy Bridgewater returned to the practice field for the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday. Just 14 months ago, the 24-year-old quarterback suffered maybe the most gruesome non-contact injuries I’ve ever heard of. More...

Guest Columnists

The full circle? My 50 years of partridge hunting experiences

I’ve been hunting partridge longer than I can remember literally. I was born into a family of partridge hunters in April of 1957. More...

WALKING UNDAUNTED

Conquering fear in a world that seems full of it

In this day and age, there seems to be so much to fear. Every time you turn on the news, there is tragedy. Nowhere seems safe anymore, not even our own backyard. It is the kind of fear that stops you dead in your tracks. More...

SALOME'S STARS

LEO (July 23 to August 22) Time for the Lion to be more physically active. It will help shake off any lingering Leonine lethargy and restore your energy levels, so you’ll be prepared for what lies ahead.   More...

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