December 9, 2016 RSS feed / Features

12 Days of Sustainable Actions challenge

VIRGINIA – It’s time for the second annual 12 Days of Sustainable Actions holiday challenge, hosted by the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability (IRPS). The challenge will run from December 12 – December 23. More...

LED retrofit brightening up Biwabik City Hall

BIWABIK - The City of Biwabik has been focusing efforts on reducing their electricity usage. They began with Biwabik City Hall, which had been illuminated with 62 inefficient lights for the past 20 years. More...

Minnesotans attending UW-Madison need second meningococcal B vaccine during winter break

MADISON, WI - Following recent cases of meningococcal disease at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, state health officials are urging undergraduate students who attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison to get a second dose of meningococcal B vacc More...

Christmas tales: Three horses and an ass

Christmas is made for wishing. Wishes are dreams waiting to come true. Sometimes dreams do come true. Children believe those chances are best around Christmas. More...

Range Schools Photo Page

Dear Readers, This page is for sharing photos of our Range schools’ activities. It’s easy! Just send your photo to us via email with names, event info, and date. More...

My Tattoo

This tattoo belongs to Deb Meyer from Mountain Iron, MN. Deb says, “This is my autograph from singer Rick Springfield which he autographed for me with my favorite album of his named Tao and that is his signature heart drawn below it. More...

Last minute NACEC Haiti Mission update

Editor’s note: This an update of the NACEC mission to Haiti by Edward Addy of Aurora and Rich Ogilvie of Forbes. More...

Wagon Wheel Country Store opens to serve region’s hobby farmers

REMER - Most people who live in remote places in Northern Minnesota choose to do so for the same reasons – no close neighbors, plenty of nature and most of all space to relax, to explore, plant a garden, even raise a few animals, if one is so i More...

Reindeer and caribou are similar, but not the same

Reindeer are symbols of the holiday season. Legend states these antlered animals have a busy evening come December 24 - helping Santa Claus pull a sleigh weighed down by toys for the world's children. More...

DNR invites input on Taconite State Trail Master Plan

Anyone with an interest in the future of the Taconite State Trail in northeastern Minnesota is invited to review an updated master plan for the trail and submit ideas by Friday, Jan. 6.  More...

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Home & Garden Tips

Winter injury

Now that winter has finally arrived, extra protection for trees and shrubs in the landscape is needed. The most common affliction for the thinbarked trees (maple, cherry, crabapple, honey locust, linden, plum, mountain ash) is sun scald. More...

SpaceLIFT

Decorator Secret:  Lighting – key style features  How To:   I would like to spend a little more time on lighting this week because I feel it is so important.  So often I go into homes that have old, missmatched lamps, and wh More...

Massage for Your Health

Massage: Luxury or necessity?

Luxury or necessity? That really is the question, isn’t it? Just this last week I met two people who were struggling with thinking of massage as a necessity rather than a luxury. More...

Hometown Recipes

THERE'S ALWAYS ROOM FOR JELL-O

This week’s recipes are from our ever efficient HTF office manager, Vicky. These are some family recipes that are made over the holiday season for her family and guests to enjoy. More...

Focus On Veterans

Pre-PTSD: how some vets became “forgotten”

My career working with vets started when I got home from Vietnam in 1971. I was hired to find out why vets were not using the VA Hospital in West Los Angeles. Finding the answer meant I had to find vets where they were living and talk to them. More...

‘It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year’

This popular holiday song is everywhere in this season. You hear it in malls, in elevators, on the radio and TV. The lyrics hit all the bases: gatherings of friends and family, music, memories. It’s a busy season, too. Is the pace stressful? More...

Sallyworld

SALLYWORLD: WEEK 319

How to evacuate, and a 6-year-old understands Christmas

Greetings and Sallytations!   More...

Christmas memories from Meadlowlands

MEADOWLANDS – Living in the same town where we were born, attended school, married, worked and retired, gives my husband David and me many years of beautiful memories of many special occasions. More...

The Christmas angel: For all the wee ones we adore

Editor’s note: This piece of fiction was penned by Pat Baumann in 1994, and recently updated. More...

Enhanced bank scrutiny has unintended consequences

The landscape for banks has been changing for decades, with consolidation always being the trend. In 1987, there were 17,325 banks nationwide. By 2013, that number had decreased to 6,813, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC). More...

Good tires important for winter driving

It’s important to have proper tires and to check for tread wear on tires during the winter. In the past, I was always told that a good pair of all-weather tires are also good in the winter. More...

Bill to help Lyme Disease patients passes 94-5

WASHINGTON D.C. - The U.S. Senate passed the 21st Century Cures bill which included Lyme language. More...

Weihnachtsfest in Biwabik!

The annual Weihnachtsfest (Winter Lighting Festival) in Biwabik’s City Park on Saturday, Dec. 3, was a resounding success this year. More...

LED holiday lights save energy and money

You can save money this year and for many holiday seasons to come by replacing outdated, energy-hogging lights with high-efficiency, long-lasting light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs.  More...

Itasca State Park offers winter lodging at reduced rates

Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing and snowmobiling opportunities will be right outside the door when people reserve a winter getaway -- at a reduced rate -- at Itasca State Park in Park Rapids. More...

An Angel Tree for Precious animals

CHISHOLM - For several years now, Jubilee has allowed Precious Paws Humane Society to put a Christmas tree in their store during the month of December. It is an “angel” tree for the animals at the shelter. More...

Do people really fish with dynamite?

The question: Do people really fish with dynamite like they show in movies?  More...

The surprisingly interesting story behind the filet-o-fish sandwich

The Filet-O-Fish is one of the more curious items on the McDonald’s menu in that it receives virtually no advertising whatsoever, yet still continues to be sold by the chain despite the fact that it seems like nobody ever orders one and it&rsqu More...

Virginia Fire Department

Run Report: Nov. 28 – Dec. 4

VIRGINIA - During the week of November 28th – December 4th the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 72 times: eight fire calls, 20 transfers, and 44 EMS 9-1-1 calls. More...

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Pets

A stuffed Kong is a simple way to keep your dog busy

I’ve said it many times before and I’ll keep on saying it – owning a Kong is just plain awesome for any dog owner. More...

Range History

NOEL WIEN: Aviation Hall of Famer

Cook native was the “Father of Alaska Bush Flying”

This week I’m sharing the compelling story of Noel Wien, a native of Cook, MN, who had an incredible career as an Alaskan bush pilot – and so much more. More...

Health

SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, typically starting in the late fall and early winter and going away during the spring and summer. More...

At-home births; new statin guidelines

Q: My daughter is considering having her first child at home with a midwife. I'm pretty skeptical, and she wants me to be there with her. What should I tell her? -- Rita M., Naples, Florida   More...

Business

Regional air travel faces continued challenge

Air passengers in both Hibbing and Duluth have new amenities thanks to recently constructed terminals, but the airports themselves will face an ongoing battle to remain viable in a constantly evolving industry . More...

Frandsen Bank & Trust supports Liz Prebich Foundation

The Virginia office of Frandsen Bank & Trust presented Linda Scipioni (front row, center) of the Liz Prebich Foundation a check for $757.93 on November 28. More...

Robots put to the task in Lake Superior College team competition

DULUTH - Robots designed and built by four Lake Superior College Integrated Manufacturing student teams will be put to the competitive task at 1 p.m. on Wednesday in the robot cage at LSC’s Downtown Center, 120 N. Second Avenue West, Duluth. More...

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The Long Line

Not your mother’s Coffee Club

It was the evening of Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. As I turned onto the street in Babbitt where I was headed, I was immediately struck by all the commotion going on around me. It was like a scene from the movie Snow Day. More...

SALOME'S STARS

LEO (July 23 to August 22) You’ll get news that will make you glow brighter than the lights of the holiday season. Be sure to use what you learn both carefully and kindly, to avoid giving the wrong impression.   More...

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