August 18, 2017 RSS feed / Features

News from Finland: Celebrating Finland’s centenary

FINLAND – Finland’s centenary theme “Together” has sparked an unseen creativity and enthusiasm to do things together. More...

International Wolf Center receives a 4-star rating

ELY – The International Wolf Center learned recently that it had received another 4-star rating from the independent watchdog group Charity Navigator. The rating is Charity Navigator’s highest mark. More...

Eclipse—January 24, 1925—was visible on the Iron Range

On January 24, 1925, there was a solar eclipse which was visible on Minnesota’s Iron Range. The centerline of that solar eclipse went right through the city of Virginia.  More...

Action taken against improper student loan debt collections

Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced that his agency and regulators in four other states have reached a $500,000 joint settlement with two subsidiaries of iQor Holdings Inc. More...

Fountain restoration project donations exceed $459,000

VIRGINIA – The Olcott Park Fountain Restoration Project committee is thrilled to report that donations received in the month of July totaled $56,709, which includes the anonymous donor’s $50,000 matching donation. More...

Minnesota receives national award for green purchasing

For the second year in a row, the State of Minnesota has been honored for its leadership in the procurement of sustainable IT products.  More...

My Tattoo

This tattoo belongs to Dakota Raridon of Cook, MN. Dakota has been on the road working in both North Dakota and Montana so the tattoo of Minnesota reminds him of his home state. The tattoo was done at a shop in Fargo, ND.   More...

VFD Run Report: Aug. 7-13 , 2017

During the week of August 7-13, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 85 times; 10 fire calls, 18 transfers, and 57 EMS 9-1-1 calls. More...

Tips for navigating the waters of funeral trusts

Discussing end-of-life issues can be an emotional experience. Making decisions upon the death of a loved one can be challenging, especially if the wishes of the deceased are murky or unknown. More...

Obituaries

Home & Garden Tips

Time for a little more planting

While you may be busy harvesting those onions, tomatoes, peas and peppers, now is the perfect time to hit the greenhouses. They will have a variety of late bloomers (mums, asters) to add vibrant color to the landscape. More...

Contemplating antiques? Here’s how to buy

Antique furnishings, decor, coins, and toys remain popular among consumers. More...

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

Taking time for inspiration

Hello one and all!  It is still summer but the precious time seems fleeting through our fingertips.  More...

Massage for Your Health

Stretches that can help eliminate sciatic pain

In my last article I talked about sciatic pain and how to determine if the pain going down your leg originated from your lower back or your gluteus (butt) muscles. Following is a quick review of the difference.  More...

Hometown Recipes

Remembering Aiti

Ladies of Kaleva Soinnuttaren Tupa #32

Finnish Table Prayer Käy siunaamaan, Käy siunaamaan, Käy Jeesus Siunaamaan. Sun lapsesi, Sun lahjasi Käy Jeesus siunaamaan. Amen More...

Focus On Veterans

Wounded warriors empowered by camaraderie of ruck march

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and partner Team RWB (Red, White & Blue) joined forces recently for a ruck march in Jacksonville Beach.  More...

Minnesota National Guard may deploy to Southwest Asia

ROSEMOUNT, MN – More than 500 soldiers from the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division headquarters have been notified of a possible deployment to Southwest Asia beginning in the fall of 2018.  More...

VA staffing new White House hotline principally with veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the U.S. More...

Sallyworld

SALLYWORLD: WEEK 354

Anniversary trip a success with carts piled high at Costco

Greetings and Sallytations!   I mentioned a few weeks back it was our third wedding anniversary and my husband had planned a surprise anniversary gift – a trip to Costco. More...

My Trip to Finland: Excerpts from my daily travel diary

Day 1   I left the Range at 1 a.m., running on three hours of sleep, full of excitement and paranoia. On the shuttle to JFK, I met a girl from Cokato, MN who went to school with my cousins! She was going to Finland too. Small world, eh?  More...

Together—Finland 100 exhibit at VAHS’s Heritage Museum

VIRGINIA – A new temporary exhibit went up in June at the Virginia Area Historical Society’s Heritage Museum. The new exhibit pays homage to this year’s Finland 100 celebration. More...

Ely chamber announces shop local initiative

ELY – Think local first. This is the message behind the Ely Chamber of Commerce’s shop local initiative, ShopEly101.  More...

The 2017 eclipse: Who? What? Where? When? and How?

All of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights—a total solar eclipse. More...

Following these simple rules, you can safely enjoy the solar eclipse

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality.  More...

Visit VCS Aug. 31 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Vermilion Country School hosting carnival, open house event

TOWER – Vermilion Country School students and staff are inviting the entire community to come and celebrate the first day of school this year with a fun-filled day of carnival activities. More...

133rd Annual St. Louis County Fair

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Quilt by Karen Lamppa on display at Virginia Public Library

VIRGINIA – The quilt selected for exhibition at the Virginia Public Library during the month of August is a nod to the Impressionism movement of the 19th century popularized by such artists at Monet, Renoir and Cezanne. More...

Scouts from around the world attend 2017 National Jamboree

I recently returned from attending the Boy Scouts of America 2107 National Jamboree in West Virginia where I had the privilege of being a leader, a scoutmaster for a troop of 36 boys. More...

Aurora mayor honors youth hockey founders with flower bed

Mayor Mary Hess of Aurora—with the help of family and friends—planted a flower bed in Aurora’s Pine Grove Park near the hockey rinks to honor four of the founding fathers of the Aur More...

Pets

Tips for raising a healthy and happy kitten

New pets can make life at home more exciting. Cats are popular pets because of their curiosity, playfulness and size, which make them great pets in private homes and apartments big and small.  More...

Range History

Itasca County Fair celebrates

125 years of gathering

THIS WEEK IN RANGE HISTORY   More...

Health

Avoid fake solar eclipse sunglasses; shutting down opioid-related pill mills

Q: I keep hearing about the danger of looking at the eclipse. I want to protect my eyes from damage, but how do I know I've got the right eclipse sunglasses? -- George F., Portland, Oregon   More...

Coach Tom's Corner

Use it or lose it: Build muscle with resistance training

I am battling a condition called sarcopenia. The scientific literature I’ve read suggests I’ve had this for 18 years or so. Now don’t hold a spaghetti feed for me just yet! More...

Grand Itasca’s Close to Home campaign receives $300,000 IRRR grant

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital recently received a $300,000 grant for the Close to Home capital campaign for cancer and infusion care from Iron Range Resource & Rehabilitation.  More...

Business

MP warns customers not to fall prey to scammers demanding money

Minnesota Power says reports of scam callers targeting their customers for payments have increased significantly last week, and company officials are cautioning customers to protect themselves. More...

North Memorial Health Air Care opens Eveleth-Virginia Airport base

EVELETH/VIRGINIA – North Memorial Health announced on Monday the opening of its newest air care base located at the Eveleth- Virginia airport with service beginning Wednesday, Aug. 16. More...

Giants Ridge Chalet and Event Center among top projects of 2016

BIWABIK – The Giants Ridge Chalet and Event Center in Biwabik was honored as one of the top projects of 2016 by Finance & Commerce magazine at a July 26 ceremony at the Minneapolis Event Center. More...

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”

“I am convinced that love is the most durable power in the world. It is not an expression of impractical idealism, but of practical realism. More...

Guest Columnists

Your Legal Rights

Beware of Internet escrow scams

Buying and selling items online has become more common in recent years. Annually, people post millions of items for sale on online classified websites, and exchange billions of dollars via online payment services to purchase them.  More...

Whitewater rafting: See the river, feel the river, ride the river

ST. LOUIS RIVER – Guests are guaranteed to get wet when they participate in one of the newer outdoor attractions the Duluth area has to offer, rallying on to become the outdoor capital of the Midwest.  More...

SALOME'S STARS

LEO (July 23 to August 22) A colleague might try to goad you into saying or doing the wrong thing. It’s best to ignore the troublemaker, even if he or she riles your royal self. Your supporters stand with you.   More...

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