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ERDAC provides valuable jobs, services

EVELETH – East Range Developmental Achievement Center or ERDAC is a private, non-profit agency that has been serving adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1966. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 10:59 PM

DAV and ERDAC donate used clothing to Cash for Causes

VIRGINIA/EVELETH – Disabled American Veterans Kolstad Chapter 23 of Virginia and the East Range Developmental Achievement Center (ERDAC) of Eveleth both earned money through Cash for Causes. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 10:59 PM

Happenings at the Ely Folk School

ELY – There are many things going on at the Ely Folk School this summer. The Birch Bark Canoe Project is progressing and will be a focal point as you walk by the Ely Folk School during the next month. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 11:00 PM

KGM participates in Project Green Fleet to improve air quality

COOK – KGM Contractors is now operating a more efficient generator set as part of Project Green Fleet, a voluntary program led by Environmental Initiative that helps Minnesota businesses upgrade older diesel vehicles and equipment with cleaner More...

Posted 7/27/2017 11:00 PM

Merritt Days August 5 – 12; Vertical Horizon is music headliner

From the City Council:   ACTION TAKEN AT THE JULY 5, 2017, MEETING:  Accepted the petition, “To get awareness to the City of Mountain Iron and the St. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 11:00 PM

YMCA annual campaign continues with kids’ car wash, yoga by the lake, meat raffle

MOUNTAIN IRON – The Mesabi Family YMCA contin ues its 2017 Annual Campaign with some upcoming events. The Y has raised $6,000 of its goal of $25,000 so far this year.  A car wash will be held at the YMCA parking lot on Friday, Aug. 10. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 11:00 PM

Kids get a day of fishing fun in the sun on Lake Vermilion

The 8th annual Let’s Take A Kid Fishing on Lake Vermilion took place on Wednesday, July 19. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 11:00 PM

Chisholm: Where it’s all happening in August

SLIDE THE CITY | DOC GRAHAM DAYS | CHS ALL CLASS REUNION | ST. LOUIS COUNTY FAIR

CHISHOLM – I was in Chisholm this week for the Garden Tour hosted by the Fairview Range Volunteer Service Organization and the Chisholm-Hibbing Garden Club. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

Author visit, fashion exchange and boutique event in Tower, Aug. 2

TOWER – An event to benefit the Tower/Soudan/Lake Vermilion 4th of July 2018 Event Committee, the Tower Women’s Club and the Lake Vermilion Cultural Center Ladies will be held at the Tower Civic Center at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

Name that bridge: The bridge name ideas are in!

QUAD CITIES – As you may know, the Bridge Daze committee has been soliciting name ideas for the past six weeks or so. We closed name submissions on July 15, with just over 1,330 entries from people around the region and state. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

New flying business in Tower is soaring to success

TOWER – Brian and Lori Shanche are the new kids on the block at the Tower Municipal Airplane Base, but certainly not new to the flying business.  More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

Temporary funding solution keeps suicide crisis line open

Recognizing the importance of providing mental health services and support to those in crisis, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has put forth a temporary funding solution to keep open a Minnesota based branch of the National Suicide Preventio More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

New site showcases nutrition program impacts

A new website highlights information about federal nutrition programs that help ensure hundreds of thousands of Minnesota’s children, seniors and people with disabilities have dinner every night. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

Fountain project reaches $400,000 fundraising goal!

VIRGINIA – Contributions to the Olcott Park Fountain Restoration Project during the month of June have exceeded our expectations, said the fountain committee. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

Root Beer Lady, the musical, to be presented in Ely

ELY – Root Beer Lady, the musical, based on a book by Bob Cary, will be presented from Thursday to Sunday, August 3 – 6, at the Washington Auditorium in Ely. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances will be held at 7 p.m. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

The Ant and The Grasshopper coming to area libraries

IRON RANGE – The Arrowhead Library System will present CLIMB Theatre’s The Ant and The Grasshopper, a free program being offered for ages children through adults. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:13 PM

My Tattoo

This tattoo belongs to Christa Fry of Phoenix, Arizona, who is a relative of HTF Staff Writer Kirsten Reichel. It is in honor of the birth of her son Parker. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:13 PM

Gov. Dayton sign compact to improve cybersecurity in Minnesota

Meeting with the National Governors Association (NGA) in Rhode Island last week, Governor Mark Dayton signed onto “A Compact to Improve State Cybersecurity,” an effort by 38 governors to improve state cybersecurity. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:13 PM

Rally and march to oppose proposed Forest Service withdrawal set for Tuesday

VIRGINIA – The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management have proposed the withdrawal of 235,000 acres of federally-owned land and minerals in northeast Minnesota from future leasing, exploration and potential development. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:13 PM

North Arm timber harvest open house and field tour slated for July 22

ELY – Anyone interested in learning more about the North Arm timber harvest in the Burntside State Forest is invited to attend an open house and field tour on Saturday, July 22, from 1 – 3 p.m. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:13 PM

The Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary

The opportunities and challenges of feeding the bears

ORR – A common slogan widely promoted by wildlife educators and managers is “A fed bear is a dead bear.” The idea is based on the belief that providing bears with human foods leads to nuisance encounters and the ultimate deaths of t More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Mesabi Musical Theatre: It’s what’s for dinner

MMT switches gears with production of “Xanadu” at the Androy

Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 1797 poem "Kubla Khan" describes Xanadu, the Edenlike palace of Mongol ruler Kublai Khan. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Artist reception to be held at Borealis Art Guild

HIBBING – The Borealis Art Guild is hosting an artists’ reception to feature the July Artists of the Month. The community is invited to meet the artists currently displaying their talents at the Borealis gallery. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

I discovered a very good way to test your home’s well water

GILBERT – If your home has a deep well or a shallow well from which you get your drinking water, for your own safety and the safety of your visitors, that water should be tested on a regular basis. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Local service provides job training opportunities to disabled adults

BUHL – Tanya Solveson and Merlin Cummins are two employees of the Occupational Development Center, Inc. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 10:59 PM

Special Olympics begins one-year countdown to its 50th anniversary

Chicago will host the Special Olympics movement’s 50th anniversary global celebration events July 17 – 22, 2018. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 10:59 PM

MNsure awards navigator network and enrollment grants for 2017-2018

MNsure has announced recipients for the 2017-2018 navigator grants. This year’s 23 grants totaled $4.2 million and will fund 53 organizations across the state to help enroll Minnesotans in health care coverage. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 10:59 PM

Xanadu: Musical dinner theatre is in Hibbing now

HIBBING – In my July 14 Hometown Focus article about Mesabi Musical Theatre’s presentation of Xanadu in Hibbing, I neglected to mention certain Xanadu cast members. I did not intend to downplay their roles in the show. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 11:00 PM

My Tattoo

This tattoo belongs to Tracy Eilola from Virginia, MN. Tracy said, “I chose this tattoo because my daughter and I share a birthday in November and are both Scorpios. The Phoenix is the third phase of a Scorpio. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 11:00 PM

Virginia Fire Department Run Report: July 17-23, 2017

During the week of July 17-23, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 86 times; seven fire calls, 20 transfers, and 59 EMS 9-1-1 calls. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 11:00 PM

Hundreds attend pro-mining rally

VIRGINIA – Hundreds of mining supporters attended a Tuesday rally in Virginia to condemn federal intervention that might prevent copper nickel exploration near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA).  More...

Posted 7/27/2017 11:00 PM

BBBe a good neighbor: Participate in National Night Out

National Night Out was created as a yearly event for neighborhoods to bolster their defenses against crime by meeting local police officers, strengthening community bonds, and educating people on how to keep safe from crime. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 11:00 PM

Enjoy old time fiddlin’ at the state championships event

MT. IRON – The Minnesota State Old Time Fiddle Championships are in their 6th year at Mountain Iron’s Merritt Elementary School. We are so happy to be able to continue this tradition started 36 years ago in Cotton. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

Want to support the arts? Become an ARAC grant reviewer

ARROWHEAD REGION – The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (ARAC) is seeking volunteer grant reviewers! With just eight hours of meeting time and additional prep time, you can help support the arts in our region.  More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

The Bridge: HTF plans commemorative edition

QUAD CITIES – The completion of the tallest bridge in Minnesota is something to celebrate! The bridge is called an “engineering marvel” and it is definitely something to commemorate.  More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

Former Magnetation officers form new firm, buy Canadian mine

GRAND RAPIDS – Tacora Resources Inc., a new Grand Rapids firm, has acquired the assets of the Scully Mine located in Wabush, Newfoundland, and Labrador, Canada.  More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

A feral cat becomes a friendly visitor

MEADOWLANDS – It showed up on a sunny winter day. It was running from the woods near our neighbor’s home and then trotting along the edge of the woods that surround our property. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

MDH confirms additional measles case linked to outbreak

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has confirmed an additional case of measles associated with an outbreak that has been occurring primarily in Hennepin County since late March. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

Early Learning Scholarships assist families

The Northland Foundation is the new Early Learning Scholarship administrator for Region 3, administering the State of Minnesota funds starting July 2017 for families of young children living in Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake and St. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

Ely Winter Festival 2018 planning already in full swing

ELY – The 2018 Annual Ely Winter Festival has been in the planning stages since April of 2017 and is just getting warmed up. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

Taste of Slovenia II features ethnic foods and musical entertainment

ELY – The Taste of Slovenia II will be held on Saturday, August 5 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Hall in Ely. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:13 PM

First-of-its-kind stamp reveals second image

Postal Service issues Total Eclipse of the Sun Forever stamp

The Total Eclipse of the Sun Forever stamp issued by the United States Postal Service in June commemorates the upcoming Aug. 21 eclipse. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:13 PM

Iron Range foundry casts light on its expansion

HIBBING – Tim Bungarden spend his childhood in a family-run foundry owned by his parents.  He remembers the facility to be dusty and dirty. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:13 PM

Virginia Fire Department Run Report: July 10-16, 2017

During the week of July 10-16, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 59 times; four fire calls, 19 transfers, and 36 EMS 9-1-1 calls. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:13 PM

Bear sanctuary…

and a hidden Minnesota gem

ORR – It’s called a wildlife sanctuary. It’s called the largest open air classroom in North American. It’s called one of Minnesota’s hidden gems.  More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Local churches host Hog Roast and Concert Vespers benefit on July 19

MT. IRON – Local churches are coming together to raise money to offer scholarships and debt relief for new pastors. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Northland Foundation approves 35 grants, $342,700

NORTHEASTERN MN – The Northland Foundation announced that 35 grants were approved between April 1 and June 30, 2017. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Blandin Foundation awards 49 grants totaling $4.4 million

GRAND RAPIDS – During their recent summer meeting, Blandin Foundation trustees awarded grants that strengthen rural Minnesota communities, including 23 grants totaling $3.1 million to continue efforts of Grand Rapids and Itasca County area lead More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Finnish music performances July 16, 17 and 18

HIBBING/COOK/GRAND RAPIDS – The Newlands Coop (Sara Pajunen and Vidar Skrede) will be performing in Hibbing, Cook and Grand Rapids on July 16 – 18. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Basic information about private water wells

Over 15 million U.S. households (approximately 15 percent of Americans) rely on private water wells for drinking water. Private water wells should be protected from contamination.  More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

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