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A stash of cash and a cuckoo clock

Editor’s note: A local small business saves the day in this story by Betty Pond. – Jean Cole More...

Honesty at a small market’s checkout

We were coming home from Duluth last week, slowly whittling down the shopping list the closer we got to Soudan. When we reached the outskirts of Virginia, we had it down to the essentials five pounds of coffee. More...

Small business trivia and statistics

Is youth entrepreneurship increasing? More...

A shout out to favorite local small businesses!

In honor of Small Business Saturday, which is Nov. 29, I asked my Facebook friends to comment on their favorite small businesses. Responses were enthusiastic and share them with you this week. More...

Fact: Small business is the heart of the U.S. economy

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently announced the top 10 reasons to love small business, what the SBA’s Office of Advocacy calls “the heart of the American economy.” 10. More...

Happy Trails Tours – 30 years strong

Taking you places you’ve always dreamed of and beyond

Tiny Forbes, Minnesota (pop. 30) is located 10 miles southwest of Eveleth. If you associate Forbes with any business, you probably think of United Taconite’s Fairlane Plant. More...

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Bois Forte Band celebrates new $7.6 million clinic in Vermilion

TOWER – The Bois Forte Band is celebrating the completion of its new 11,000-square-foot health and dental clinic in Vermilion, which replaces a smaller clinic in the community. More...

Winter workers sought for skating rinks; Henry Boucha will be at library

From the City Council:

Approved at the November 3, 2014, meeting: Pay request number three for the city’s 2014 Street Improvement Project in the amount of $51,681 to Mesabi Bituminous Incorporated of Gilbert. More...

Minnesota DEED wins national finance award

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) has named the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) the winner of the 2014 CDFA Excellence in Access to Capital Finance Award. More...

Health  Free Access 

Treating depression in cancer patients; teach children manners and kindness

Q: My husband was diagnosed with early-stage melanoma, and while the prospects for his recovery look good, he seems to be getting more and more depressed. Is it just a passing phase that all cancer patients go through? More...

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The power of touch

Have you ever witnessed someone trying something new, something that they never thought they could do and see the wonder on their face after they have tried it? More...

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Wilderness Health formed to improve patient quality and outcomes in rural areas

cu. ft. Capacity & Pictured (l. to r.) are CassandraTV Elements Beardsley, executive director of Wilderness Health; cleaningDr. David Spoelhof, medical director of Wilderness Health; John Strange, president/ St. More...

Two local health care professionals receive Nurse of the Year awards

HIBBING – Two Fairview Range employees were recently honored by the March of Dimes for their dedication to their patients and the profession. At its annual Nurse of the Year awards gala Oct. More...

W.A. Fisher welcomes Ashley Holm

VIRGINIA – W.A. Fisher welcomes Ashley Holm to their award-winning team. A native of Cotton, Minnesota, Holm joined the crew at W.A. Fisher Advertising & Printing in early November 2014. More...

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SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Your reluctance to act in a current situation could be traced to your inner self advising you to take more time to study its complexities before you attempt to deal with it. Good luck. More...

Small Business Saturday is Nov. 29

Local small businesses: They keep our communities clicking

When my daughters were little, I spent a lot of time in Target and Festival Foods and Herberger’s. More...

Top 10 reasons to think local - buy local

There are many well-documented benefits to our communities and to each of us to choosing local, independently owned businesses. We realize it is not always possible to buy what you need locally and so we merely ask you to Think Local FIRST! More...

Mary’s Flower Shop

Mary assembles the last corsage of the day. Her expert hands ply the familiar items on the table. A pin, some baby’s breath, a sprig or two of ferns And a fresh pink carnation. She takes in the aroma And remembers fondly More...

Mark’s Country Market

Teamwork, long hours, relationships, and faith

Jean asked us: “What does being a small business owner mean to you?” We were happy to answer this loaded question in honor of Small Business Saturday! More...

Small business ownership: It’s busy, but I love my job

By the time this article is in print, I will have celebrated six years of owning my own business, {moxie}. More...

November is Senior Pet Month: Consider adopting an older pet

Attention animal lovers: November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and we’d love for you to consider giving a home to an older cat or dog in need. More...

The story behind my long-awaited great shot

It’s nine days into this year’s deer season in Minnesota, and I’m reflecting on what that truly means. More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

John A. Trenti - 2014-11-21
Glenda Kaye Hokkanen - 2014-11-21
Mary E. Krall - 2014-11-21
Donald E. Murray - 2014-11-21
Louis Begich - 2014-11-14
Doris Anna Lehman - 2014-11-14
Ronald Lang - 2014-11-14
Jeralyn Lempia - 2014-11-07
Carole L. Cicmil - 2014-11-07
Miriam Ruth Overfors - 2014-11-07
Nancy Margaret Norberg - 2014-11-07
Dennis D. Hendrickson - 2014-11-07

Home & Garden Tips  Free Access 

Early Winter!

There is still time to attend to last minute gardening chores that did not get completed before winter weather hit. Trees are one of the best investments a homeowner can make. There are a few tips to keep in mind. More...


Decorator Secret: Bathroom Mirrors Choices: Behind every great bathroom sink and vanity…or somewhere close, at least… you should find a stylish mirror. Mirrors are especially important in small baths. More...

Range History  Free Access 

Visiting the Agawa Canyon

Our adventure takes us into the Canadian wilderness where no roads exist

The first part of this story was published in the history section of last week’s Hometown Focus and shared information about St. More...

Healthy for Life  Free Access 

Healthy For Life

A day of praise and love

Every day should be celebrated. Be thankful for what keeps us trying to be the best we can be for one another, even those days or events that may bring out our worst. More...

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Faggots, mash and mushy peas, OH MY!

It was a trip of a lifetime. Nineteen days in Europe. I flew into London and my cousin Frank from Stoke Gifford (near Bristol) picked me up for the two hour drive to his house. Arriving at 10:00a.m. More...

Focus On Veterans  Free Access 

USW Local 1938 provides sponsorship to tell the story of the Iron Range Veterans Memorial

VIRGINIA – The Iron Range Veterans Memorial at Veterans Memorial Park in Virginia received financial assistance from United Steelworkers Local 1938 in Virginia this month. More...

"Support Our Troops" license plate

Drive home your support for Minnesota Military members, Veterans and their families by purchasing a Support our Troops (SOT) license plate for your car or motorcycle. More...

Sallyworld  Free Access 


Dejunking drawers, hoarding pens, wrinkles, and shopping local

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Richard.”Wooly” A. Rutka

Richard.”Wooly” A. Rutka, 59, Orr, passed away unexpectedly at home of  natural causes on Saturday, November 8, 2014.  More...

Glenda Kaye Hokkanen

Glenda Kaye Hokkanen, 64, formerly of Alango, passed away on Friday, November 14, 2014 at the Carefree Living in Orr. More...

Mary E. Krall

Mary E. Krall, 94, Virginia, formerly of Greaney, died on Sunday,  November 16, 2014, at St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia. More...

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