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Sheba the Therapy Dog visits Mesabi East Schools

She looks like a bear ambling down the halls of Mesabi East, but it is only Sheba. Sheba, the Therapy Dog. More...

Arrowhead Library presents: The Art and History of Henna Body Art

MT. IRON – The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present the Art and History of Henna Body Art with Kristy Johnson. More...

IRRR Board approves major investments in businesses, infrastructure, and education

EVELETH, Minn.—The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) today approved $8.45 million in loans and $6.2million in infrastructure grants. The projects have a total investment of $119.2million. More...

Christmas Color Dash

The 1st annual Christmas 5K Color Dash was held December 13 in Hibbing and sponsored by Range Mental Health Center. Photos by Paul Pluskwik. More...

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Northeast Minnesota industries making progress hiring next generation of employees

NORTHEASTERN MN – Minnesota’s state economist and state demographer have been warning of a major labor shortage as baby boomers move to retirement age, but Northeast Minnesota is doing better than the state as a whole in attracting younge More...

A foodie librarian shares some holiday-worthy recipes

Steve Harsin is the Grand Marias Public Library Director (formerly of Side Lake, MN) and a frequent contributor to Hometown Focus. More...

Think twice before going out on the ice

STATEWIDE – With the recent weather fluctuation and inconsistent ice conditions, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is urging everyone to think twice before going out on the ice. More...

Range History  Free Access 

This Week in Range History

The Gift of the Magi

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was originally published on December 10, 1905, in The New York Sunday World as "Gifts of the Magi." It was subsequently published as The Gift of the Magi in O. More...

Health  Free Access 

One more saturated-fat mistake; space heater safety

Q: I’m confused by the latest study that says it’s carbs, not saturated fat, that are bad for your heart. What exactly is the scoop? More...

Massage for Your Health  Free Access 

Holiday prep creates need for down time

Ah, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Christmas carols playing in the background, the smell of fresh baked cookies in the kitchen. More...

Focus On Veterans  Free Access 

General Dempsey brings USO veteran entertainers on his final holiday tour abroad

ARLINGTON, VA – USO veteran entertainers Kellie Pickler and Rob Riggle join General Martin Dempsey on his fourth and final annual USO holiday tour as the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. More...

Sallyworld  Free Access 


Flabby arm girdles and the quintessential Reuben sandwich

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Dora Johnson

Dora Johnson, 86, of Virginia, died Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at Essentia Health St. Mary’s in Duluth. A Memorial Service will be held Monday, December 15, 2014 at Messiah Lutheran Church at 1:30 p.m. with visitation one hour prior. More...

Florence M. Huseman

Florence M. Huseman, 90, of Virginia, died Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at St. Michael’s Health and Rehab Center in Virginia. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Babbitt at 11:00 a.m.. More...

David W. Lind

David W. Lind, 73, of Virginia, passed away on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center.  A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Range Funeral Home at 12:00 p.m.with visitation one hour prior. More...

Children's Christmas Wishbook

From the tiniest tots at child care centers, to fourth grade elementary students, Hometown Focus received reams of children’s Christmas wish lists. Teachers collected (or recorded) the wish lists of their wards and brought them to our office. More...

The place where hope lives

Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright…. More...

Snowy owls on the rise

A different kind of snow storm

If you have a passion for birds or even if you're so-so about them, you're going to love this. All the indicators are present telling us this year is going to be witness to another snowy owl eruption across the upper United States. More...

Local computer guru writes book for do-it-your-selfers

MT. IRON - Mark Wilcox is the owner of a local computer services company and he pens the Dr. I.T. column which appears in Hometown Focus. More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Anne E. Fayon - 2014-12-19
Dora Johnson - 2014-12-19
Florence M. Huseman - 2014-12-19
David W. Lind - 2014-12-19
Fred Paul Smith - 2014-12-19
Donald Joseph Mayer - 2014-12-12
John Dale Cvar - 2014-12-12
Betty E. Glavich - 2014-12-12
Ann V. Grigal - 2014-12-12
John Dale Cvar - 2014-12-05
Donald Alan Schiebe - 2014-12-05
Dennis R. Mathison - 2014-12-05
Rodger "Kent" Vogel - 2014-12-05
Lee J. Konu - 2014-12-05

Pets  Free Access 

Pet safety during the holidays

Dos and don’ts to keep your furry loved ones happy!

‘Tis the season for family, friends, and holiday cheer, but what about our furry, four-legged friends? More...

Home & Garden Tips  Free Access 

Season’s Greetings

Do you have all the Christmas decorations and bling up and ringing for the Holiday? The temps are mild, but one can take pleasure in outdoor walks (watch for icy patches), bird watching, and ice fishing. More...


Decorator Secret: Room Dividers Choices: I visited a client’s home that was wonderful, but too open for them. They felt that there was a lack of definition of the space and lack of a cozy feeling. More...

Gift ideas!

Master gardener breaks out in song

A while ago I was thumbing through some back issues of a gardening magazine and ran across an article with gift suggestions for gardeners. More...

Healthy for Life  Free Access 

Healthy for Life

Cherished Christmas Memories

Winter and Christmas time were my favorite times of the year when I was growing up and living in Midway with my family. The woods in the back of our home were often flocked and full of sparkle against a sunny, cold, blue sky. More...

Business  Free Access 

St. Raphael’s announces change in leadership

EVELETH – David Vandergon, administrator/ CEO of St. More...

Widespread flu brings temporary changes to visitor policies at Fairview hospitals

MINNEAPOLIS – Fairview Health Services is acting to stem the spread of the flu virus, implementing temporary visitor policies in its hospitals to reduce patient and employee exposure. More...

Law enforcement community fighting drugs

HERMANTOWN – Members of the Northeastern Law Enforcement Administrators Council (NLEAC) received a full day of training in Hermantown recently on a drug prevention program called The Truth About Drugs. More...

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Your Legal Rights

Internet safety: How to protect yourself against hackers

With the Internet continuing to grow, some criminals, known as hackers, illegally obtain usernames and passwords from websites, making those with an online account vulnerable. More...

Senior Legal Line Q. and A.:

I want to change my Power of Attorney. Can I?

Dear Senior Legal Line: I am 92 years old. My daughter Julie is my Power of Attorney and has been for many years. Julie and I are not getting along and I don’t want her to be my Power of Attorney anymore. I would like to name my son instead. More...

Hedy Lamarr’s picture-perfect image dazzled devoted admirers

It’s hard to find a bad photograph of silver screen beauty Hedy Lamarr, who was born 100 years ago in November. More...

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