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August 21, 2015 RSS feed / Features

Vermilion Country School: A project-based learning environment

TOWER – As the Vermilion Country School (VCS) enters its third school year, teachers and staff have been busy refining and improving the school’s educational programming. More...

The closet up above

Technical writing assignment has long-lasting community effect

AURORA – It certainly isn’t the nicest room in the building, nor is the warmest. The importance of it and the far-reaching effects of it are not known to most. More...

Bringing delicious Colorado peaches to you

August is National Peach month in the U.S., so there is no better time to take advantage of the fresh juicy Colorado peaches that will be coming in. More...

MDH State Fair booth invites visitors to see health from new angle

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) doesn’t offer visitors health food on a stick at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair. It does, however, attempt to skewer some preexisting notions about what determines health. More...

Why children get summers off from school

The commonly touted explanation for students having summers off from school dates back to a time when the United States’ economy relied heavily on agriculture in order to survive. More...

From the Iron Range to L.A. and back

Don’t let a little thing like a stutter hamper your dreams

When I was seven years old my parents took me to the University Of Minnesota to determine why I stuttered. The doctors gave me countless mental and physical tests. They had no clue. More...

DRCC: Supporting abilities for almost 50 years

Many people have seen the DRCC acronym, but what exactly does it mean? Duluth Regional Care Center (DRCC) originally began in Duluth, but now encompasses a much greater area throughout northeastern Minnesota. More...

The fair: A family tradition

Let's keep the St. Louis County Fair as an Iron Range institution

I have been attending the northern St. Louis County Fair since we moved to the Iron Range in 1981. As a farmer and exhibitor, I appreciate the historical significance of county agricultural fairs as institutions to promote agriculture. More...

Lahti Farms celebrates 100 years at Meadowlands Fair

TOIVOLA – Lahti Farms of Toivola recently celebrated their designation as a 2015 Century Farm. Employees past and present gathered for a parade float and refreshments at the Meadowlands Fair on Sunday, Aug. 16. More...

MNsure announces COBRA coverage enrollment period

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Entrepreneurship conference offered by Labovitz School of Business at UMD Oct. 1

DULUTH – The Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE), at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), will hold its first LSBE Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference on Thursday, Oct. 1, from 8 a.m. More...

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Home & Garden Tips

Scrumptious summer squash

One of the most prolific garden producers is the large variety of summer squashes. Zucchini, yellow crookneck and patty pan are just a few of the most scrumptious varieties to pick from your garden or local farmers’ market. More...

SpaceLIFT

Decorator secret: Lighting room by room How to: This week bedrooms… bedrooms need light to dress by, soft lighting to provide a relaxing mood, and lights to read by in bed. More...

Massage for Your Health

Massage and miscarriage

It’s interesting how our bodies function, especially with the mind – body connection. When one part is affected it, in turn, can affect the other part. And vice versa. I recently worked on a client who had had a miscarriage. More...

Business

Fairview Range welcomes Ari Yazdan, M.D.

HIBBING – Fairview Range is pleased to welcome board certified Emergency Room physician Ari Yazdan, M.D. to its medical staff. More...

Essentia Health welcomes child and adolescent psychiatrist in Duluth

DULUTH – Dr. Elizabeth Homan, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, has joined the Behavioral Health Department at Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic. Dr. More...

There’s a new (master) barber in town; West Side Barber Shop reopened

VIRGINIA – He came to buy a barber’s chair. But he bought the business instead. Jeremy Locken is the new owner of West Side Barber Shop located at 5497 Hwy. More...

Guest Columnists

SALOME'S STARS

LEO (July 23 to August 22) Learning how to live with a decision is a challenge, but one you Leos and Leonas could really enjoy. You’ll also be pleased to see your social life take that upsurge you’ve been hoping for. More...

Upward Bound students gain direction from job shadowing

VIRGINIA – True North Upward Bound, located at Mesabi Range College, provides support to high school participants in their preparation for post-secondary pursuits. More...

Back to school Elementary schools begin new year with big changes

MT. IRON and VIRGINIA - Merritt Elementary students in Mt. Iron will find big changes in their building when they return to school next month after a summer of remodeling. More...

Century-old Blackberry Country School rededicated at farm and antique show

BLACKBERRY – “Community” is a word Doug Lane emphasized as he oversaw the rededication of the Blackberry Country School at this year’s North Central Minnesota Farm and Antique Show at Blackberry held the weekend of August 8 &n More...

Columbarium locally made

New burial option at Calvary Cemetery

VIRGINIA – There is a new burial option at Calvary Cemetery. Spaces are now available in a beautiful columbarium, built by Laurentian Monument of Virginia. More...

Why school buses are yellow

Dear Readers, Back-to-School time is nigh, and my editor’s mind is in that mode. Therefore, today I am sharing some historical information pertaining to education – trivial stuff most people don’t spend a minute worrying about. More...

Why there is no E in the A-F grading scale

Some schools do hand out E letter grades instead of an F, but they are in the minority. A majority of schools in the United States, particularly beyond primary age, give grades of A, B, C, D, or F. More...

What’s your local climate story?

VIRGINIA – Will Steger, famous polar explorer and educator, is coming to the Range to talk about climate change and he’d like you to share your local climate stories. More...

High speed racing at Crane Lake; classic cars cruising Chestnut Street

CRANE LAKE / VIRGINIA – Twin Cities Power Boat Association (TCPBA) held a Power Boat Racing event at Crane Lake on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8 and 9. Twenty-five boats competed in a variety of classes. More...

Mt. Iron SWOP revives Toumela Memorial Garden

As part of the Mt. Iron Summer Work Outreach Project (SWOP) this year, the group revived the Toumela Memorial Garden in downtown Mt. Iron. The SWOP workers completely weeded the garden. More...

Fermilab experiment sees neutrinos change over 500 miles

BATAVIA, Illinois – Scientists on the NOvA experiment saw their first evidence of oscillating neutrinos, confirming that the extraordinary detector built for the project not only functions as planned, but is also making great progress toward it More...

Discussion on Iran planned at VCC on August 25

ELY – Dr. William O. Beeman, an internationally known expert on the Middle East and the Islamic World, will talk about the people and culture of Iran at a discussion to be held on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. More...

Beautiful white admiral butterflies

These are white admiral butterflies. Those who look closely will see that these are one of our most brightly colored butterflies. Currently, the summer’s second brood of white admirals is out. More...

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Pets

The importance of planning for your pet’s future

CHISHOLM – This summer Precious Paws Humane Society of Chisholm accepted the surrenders of three cats who, except for the unexpected, never would have found themselves in a shelter. More...

Health

NSAIDs warning; beach attack

Q: I’m 100 pounds overweight and desperate to get into shape, but I read that there’s really no chance that someone like me can take it off and keep it off. I feel like giving up! Can you help me? -- Janie W., Lincoln, Nebraska More...

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

Summertime herbs and meditation

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Hometown Recipes

A torte, a cake, a bread and a dip spread

I’m still searching for new ways to use our ripening garden produce. This week I am sharing some great new recipes for plums and zucchini. More...

Focus On Veterans

VA launches new no-cost training programs

Programs to help transitioning servicemembers, veterans develop new skills

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched two new no-cost training programs, Accelerated Learning Programs (ALPs) and VA Learning Hubs, to help transitioning servicemembers and veterans from all eras learn skills, earn crede More...

Rules revised about service animals in VA facilities

WASHINGTON – Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has revised its regulation regarding the presence of animals on VA property. More...

Military Appreciation Day at the State Fair, Sept. 1

ST. PAUL – The schedule of events for Military Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 1, includes: More...

Sallyworld

SALLYWORLD: WEEK 253

UTV or golf cart? 19 mph good enough for this gal

Greetings & Sallytations! Vacation is over. Easy come, easy go. I had such an awesome week at the lake. When the temps hit the 90s More...

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