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RMHC’s 6th annual Project Warmth is Oct. 6

Annual event helps those in need during the winter months

EVELETH – Project Warmth, sponsored by Range Mental Health Center (RMHC), will be holding their 6th annual fundraising event on Friday, Oct. 6, from 5 – 9 p.m. at the Range Recreation Civic Center in Eveleth.  More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Iron Range STEM Showcase will be a GIANT event

HIBBING – What’s fun, educational, and coming to your local community in two weeks? The Iron Range STEM Showcase! More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

MN Department of Health says R.I.P. to paper death record submissions

The Minnesota Department of Health has had so much success facilitating clinicians’ use of online filing of death records that, starting October 1, it will reduce wait times for families by eliminating paper submissions for the state’s 42 More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Greenhouse project aims to produce fresh crops all year

The Food Farm at Bemidji’s Community Food Shelf (BCFS) is being dug up this summer, but in this case, sand and rock are being seeded into the ground where a Deep Winter Greenhouse will take form.  More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Junk Quest North Market debuts in Virginia on Sept. 29 – 30

VIRGINIA – Junk markets have been huge everywhere—everywhere but here on the Iron Range. We have a lot of craft fairs and holiday boutiques. Even occasional sales have been popping up around the area. But no junk markets. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Pat and Donna Surface to perform at Elks fundraiser

VIRGINIA – A special FUN-raising evening will be held at the Virginia Elks Lodge on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 7 – 9 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Virginia Elks Lodge and their efforts in the community. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

New riverfront-area hotel planned in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids Economic Development Authority commissioners have approved a preliminary agreement with a developer interested in constructing a hotel near the city’s riverfront. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Katie Greiner—volunteer in Romania—to give presentation

EVELETH – Katie Greiner of Eveleth served in Brasov, Romania as a long-term volunteer with Firm Foundations Romania from March 2011 to March 2017, and will be returning there on Oct. 3. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Virginia Fire Department Run Report: September 11-17, 2017

During the week of Sept. 11-17, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 89 times; 12 fire calls, 19 transfers and 58 EMS 9-1-1 calls. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

MPCA reminder: Tampering with pollution control systems is illegal

When Volkswagen designed their diesel cars to cheat on air pollution protections, one of the reasons they did it was so they could claim their cars got better mileage than competitors’ models. And they did. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:55 PM

MnDOT training program prepares state snowplow operators for winter

More than 100 snowplow operators from the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the city of Minneapolis are training during the next two weeks at Camp Ripley near Little Falls, MN, to learn how to safely and effectively plow snow.  More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:55 PM

Preliminary levy of 2 percent adopted; new Teen Zone at the library

From the City Council: ACTION TAKEN AT THE SEPT. 5, MEETING: Accepted the resignation of James Kohler as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission effective Sept. 5, 2017. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:55 PM

Mesabi Range: A rich history and a progressive future

VIRGINIA/EVELETH – As the academic year begins, the college comes alive with energy and excitement as faculty and staff welcome new and returning students on the Virginia and Eveleth campuses. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:49 PM

It’s time for the bridge dedication!

New Highway 53 bridge to open to traffic (maybe) on Friday

VIRGINIA – The day that residents of Virginia and the surrounding communities have been waiting for is finally here. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:49 PM

Community Walk across tallest bridge in Minnesota is set for Sept. 30

VIRGINIA – A Community Walk across the new bridge will be held Saturday, Sept. 30, from 2 – 5 p.m. The walk is sponsored by the Bridge Daze committee. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:49 PM

MRC receives TRIO Upward Bound Math and Science grant

VIRGINIA – Mesabi Range College has received another Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:49 PM

Mesabi Range College to host Minnesota Education Fair

VIRGINIA – A Minnesota Education Fair for all high school students and their parents will be held at Mesabi Range College, Virginia campus gym on Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 1 – 2:30 p.m.  More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:49 PM

Northland Foundation announces a new, major grant opportunity to improve life of older adults

NE MINNESOTA – The Northland Foundation will be requesting proposals for grant awards up to $50,000 each to support creative projects that will help northeastern Minnesota’s older adults sustain their independence and age in place in thei More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:49 PM

Diabetes Prevention Program being offered at Mesabi YMCA; Sept. 19 open house planned

MT. IRON – The Mesabi Family YMCA is sending out a call for enrollment in its Diabetes Prevention Program. A program open house is being held at the YMCA from 6 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:49 PM

The Journey of Slovenian Children presentation set in Duluth on Sept. 30

DULUTH – Families in Flight: The Journey of Slovenian Children to Minnesota after World War II, is a presentation on Minnesota’s forgotten history hosted by the St. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:49 PM

Virginia’s historic Lyric Center for the Arts gets a facelift

VIRGINIA – The Lyric Center for the Arts in Virginia is getting a facelift as reconstruction of the historical storefront is underway. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:49 PM

Virginia receives $40,000 grant for two parks

VIRGINIA – The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund on Tuesday awarded the city of Virginia a $40,000 grant to help modernize playground equipment at two parks in the Midway area of the city.  More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:50 PM

Waasa residents celebrate new bridge

These happy Waasa Township residents are celebrating the newly re-built bridge at Kaunonen Lake Road. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:50 PM

Fifty years and counting . 50 more will not be long enough

GILBERT – My wife Shirley and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary on August 25, 2017. This relationship began and lasted totally because of Shirley’s determination and her understanding of the meaning and purpose of life. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:50 PM


Health Features

Being a blood donor could be your ticket to saving lives

IRON RANGE – Memorial Blood Centers (MBC) is currently facing an urgent need for blood – particularly types O negative (O-), B negative (B-), and A negative (A-). More...

Posted 7/27/2017 11:00 PM

MBC: The gift of life-saving blood, generously given

DULUTH – Volunteer blood donors helped save the life of Sully, born with a congenital heart defect.  When Courtney and Rob Kile learned they were having a baby—after trying for two years—they were over the moon. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 11:00 PM

DEED publishes a free guide on starting a family child care business

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is offering a free manual on how to start a family child care business.  More...

Posted 7/27/2017 11:00 PM


Governor Dayton approves $2.6M for UMD's Natural Resources Research Institute

The Supplemental Budget approved by Governor Mark Dayton Wednesday included $2.6 million for the Natural Resources Research Institute at the University of Minnesota Duluth. More...

Posted 6/2/2016 10:21 PM

Open house to be held on June 15 for Hwy. 38 project north of Grand Rapids

MARCELL – Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend an open house on Wednesday, June 15, to learn more about the 2017 resurfacing project on Highway 38 between Itasca County Road 19 near Pughole Lake to Marcell. More...

Posted 6/2/2016 10:21 PM

Youth Energy Summit (YES!) awards energy action projects

BRITT – Four teams participating in the Youth Energy Summit (YES!) presented their work on energy action projects to a panel of judges on May 11. More...

Posted 5/28/2015 09:37 PM




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Posted 8/21/2015 08:10 AM

What IS This?  Free Access 

Mystery Item Contest

If you are the first person to correctly identify the Hometown Focus's weekly Mystery Item, you win a FREE Friday Night Fish Fry Dinner at The Shack Bar and Restaurant on Hwy. 169 north of Virginia. More...

Posted 7/14/2015 08:25 AM

This week's winners & next week's prize!  Free Access 

Click here to see. More...

Posted 1/26/2015 01:08 PM

Home & Garden Tips

Tips to help reduce home fire risk associated with cold weather

Plenty of things heat up when the temperature drops, including the risk for fire hazards. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Keep harvesting the garden

Now that the maples are starting to turn red, that is the signal to gardeners to keep harvesting the garden produce. The best production comes as a result of continual harvesting. The unusual wet and cool span of the last weeks has slowed ripening. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Regular chimney maintenance is part of home safety; best to act now

As temperatures drop and thoughts once again turn to lighting fires and sitting down with a good book, it’s important to revisit chimney maintenance. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:50 PM


Grand Itasca Home Care achieves “Superior Performer” status for 2016

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital Home Care was recently recognized as a Home Health Patient Satisfaction Award Winner achieving Superior Performer status for 2016. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Range Respite’s next Brown Bag Lunchtime Learning Series on Oct. 4

VIRGINIA – The next session of Brown Bag Lunchtime Learning Series is titled “Minnesota Health Care Directives.” Lori Hendrickson, M.Ed., AFC, CFCS, extension educator and professor from the University of Minnesota Extension Regiona More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Fasting before a blood test; the benefits of an annual flu shot

Q: I hate not eating for hours and hours before a blood test. Is it really necessary? -- Craig M., Schenectady, New York   More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Massage for Your Health

Massage can be beneficial for both horse and their riders

I recently returned from a fun, five days of horse camping. There are four of us that get together annually, and have for the last three years, to ride new trails and enjoy each other’s company. This year proved no exception. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:50 PM

Rainy weather couldn’t dampen a good time at the fair

The fair announcement was, “Come one, come all,” and they did! They came in big sizes, small sizes, and all sizes in between; most wearing some sort of rain gear. This year the Embarrass Region Fair was a rained out success.  More...

Posted 8/31/2017 11:27 PM

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...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM


MI-B seventh-grade girls second at Pacesetter state tourney

MOUNTAIN IRON – The Mountain Iron-Buhl seventh-grade girls were runners-up in their division of the the Pacesetter Minnesota Youth Basketball State Championships on Sunday.  The top two teams at the state tournament qualify for the Paceset More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:08 AM

Area schools participated in Arrowhead Grand Prix archery event February 4

The Arrowhead Grand Prix archery event was held on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Hill City, MN. The event was hosted by Cromwell-Wright, Ely, and Northern Light Community schools. More...

Posted 2/16/2017 11:10 PM

Unique, local artwork coming to the new Vikings stadium

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. More...

Posted 1/15/2015 09:52 PM

Sports Events

3/5 - Boys Basketball

All games start at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted: Cherry at Cook Ely at Mesabi Academy - 7 p.m. Eveleth/Gilbert at Duluth Marshall Mesabi East at Two Harbors Orr at Chisholm Tower/Soudan at Nashwauk/Keewatin More...

Posted 2/25/2010 05:10 PM

3/13 - Virginia Area USBC Annual Mixed Association & Hall of Fame Banquet

The Virginia Area USBC Annual Mixed Association and Hall of Fame Banquet will be held Saturday, March 13 at the Virginia Elk's Club. Happy Hour is at 5:30 with dinner to be served at 6:30. The cost is $15. More...

Posted 2/22/2010 02:54 PM

2/13 - Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing

Saturday, February 13 through Monday, February 15th. 1-800-MINN-DNR More...

Posted 2/5/2010 03:21 PM


Lt. Governor Smith and community dedicate new U.S. Highway 53 bridge

VIRGINIA – Minnesota Lt. Governor Tina Smith and Congressman Rick Nolan were among the many who traveled to Virginia on Friday, Sept. 15, to mark the completion of the Highway 53 Relocation Project.  More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Investors are urged to beware of online “binary options” easy money schemes

Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman is cautioning investors about “binary options” investment websites that promise a chance at quick, easy money, but which have been subject to a growing number of investor complaints. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Comment period open on PolyMet draft dam safety, public waters permits

HOYT LAKES – The Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments, from Sept. 15, through Oct. 16, on two draft dam safety permits and a draft public waters work permit for the Poly Met Mining, Inc. (PolyMet) NorthMet mining project. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Fresh Stuff

Minerals are vital to modern veterinary medicine  Free Access 

You may be aware of how critical minerals are to modern medical technologies that keep you and your family healthy. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

Auto Focus Tips

1962 Chevrolet CORVETTE

The most noticeable style changes for 1962 were the removal of the side cover chrome trim, a blacked-out grille and ribbed chrome rocker panel molding leaving this model almost completely devoid of chrome. More...

Posted 1/6/2012 01:13 AM


The 1970 Dodge Dart lineup returned with Swinger 340 and Dart GTS trim lines. All Darts had new front and rear styling. The Swinger 340 was available for $2,808 but now included a three-speed manual as standard. More...

Posted 11/23/2011 02:49 PM

1967 Chevrolet El Camino

Ten of the 15 colors offered for the 1967 Chevrolet El Camino were new. A black vinyl roof covering available with all exterior colors was added to the options list.  More...

Posted 10/13/2011 06:55 PM

Conducting Commerce

Defining Friendly Customer Service -

what it is and what it isn’t

A few days ago I attended a community planning meeting for my adopted hometown of Orr, Minnesota. The meeting was the first in a series to develop a long term plan for the future of our town and surrounding area.   More...

Posted 2/17/2011 11:02 PM

How to sell money at a discount

Although I didn’t realize it until 30 years later, my first real job in the sales profession was all about selling money at a discount. More...

Posted 2/10/2011 08:19 PM


For several years I had a framed copy of Mark Twain’s quotation: “I am an old man and have known a great many problems, but most of them never happened” hanging on the wall in my office. More...

Posted 2/3/2011 10:42 PM

Focus On Veterans

Ken Burns’ documentary “The Vietnam War” – A review

Ten years in the making. A reported budget of $30 million. A crew of dozens. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

VA awards $188 million in grant funding to help out homeless veterans


Posted 9/14/2017 11:49 PM

Nation’s largest gathering of post-9/11 vets set for January in San Antonio

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Student Veterans of America (SVA) launched registration for their 10th Annual National Conference. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:49 PM

High Heels and Handbags

Spring Closet Cleaning 2012:

Phase Two—Shoes

Well readers, I did it. I am writing Part 2 of this spring saga after the Great Pants Massacre of 2012. There were many casualties, but the survivors were real winners, destined to become fashion rock stars of the season. More...

Posted 4/20/2012 12:28 AM

Spring closet cleaning 2012: Phase one - pants

I went to work today in an ill-fitting pair of pants. I know now where the term came from: the fit literally makes you ill. Every step that I took, every accidental glance in the mirror made me sick to my stomach. More...

Posted 3/22/2012 10:58 PM

Flowers and a candy heart world

My friends and readers of this column know all about my CRAZY LOVE for Valentine’s Day. More...

Posted 2/10/2012 02:04 AM

In Our Words

Point of pride for Minnesota

St. Paul College and two-year campuses in Greater MN dominate ‘Best Community Colleges in U.S.’ rankings

Some refreshingly good news about the quality of our public education system almost got out last week, but was mostly overlooked or underplayed by mainstream media.   More...

Posted 9/16/2010 09:54 PM

In Your Words

A Letter of Thanks

Over the past six months, I have been on quite the journey and touched by such wonderful care and generosity of so many people that I want to write this letter to express my thanks and to let everyone know how much it is all appreciated.   More...

Posted 8/4/2011 07:48 PM

Are trees on the Iron Range in peril?

Scientists like Janine Bloomfield, Ph.D.*, believe that global warming will have an effect on tree species. Dr. More...

Posted 9/23/2010 09:40 PM

Letter to my neighbor

Editor’s note: The author of the following letter requested to remain anonymous, and we have granted the request. - Jean Dear Neighbor,   More...

Posted 9/9/2010 10:04 PM

Ojibwe Reflections

Out of the Blue

Today was one of just two days out of the year that is major sporting event-free. The other was Monday. More...

Posted 7/18/2013 09:57 PM

Out of the Blue

The Wild limped into the playoffs. More...

Posted 5/9/2013 07:52 PM

Cheeseburgers for breakfast

Our mother, Pat, has always been a true believer in the value of a good breakfast and, in the winter, the nutrition, economy and staying power of a warm bowl of Quaker Oats. More...

Posted 3/18/2010 08:56 PM

Nature's Why and How

Why are there so many types of insects?

Have you ever stepped outside on a beautiful summer morning only to be bombarded with dozens of types of insects? More...

Posted 7/26/2012 09:16 PM

The scoop on poop:

Why it’s important to pick up after your dog

Anyone with young children knows the hazards of a pile of dog feces left in the park. Unpleasantness aside, pet waste can have a tremendous effect on plants and other organisms in both parks and natural ecosystems. More...

Posted 4/6/2012 12:51 AM

Nature’s WHY AND HOW

Salty road blues

For anyone travelling during the recent snowstorms, you may have salt to thank for the passable roads. Many tumbles down icy stairs are avoided every year because of salt. More...

Posted 3/9/2012 02:47 AM



New pillow not the life-changing experience expected

Greetings and Sallytations!   Well, I did it – I finally did it. I've written about wanting this My Pillow forever. I’ve seen them at the fair, at Menards and online, and have resisted. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM


Fall, floods and football: Reflecting on seasonal changes

Greetings and Sallytations!   More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:50 PM


An old table brings back some good memories

Greetings and Sallytations!   Happy September! The back-to-school pictures are flooding Facebook. It's so fun to see the creativity of parents and teachers with the kids holding plaques stating their teacher's name, grade, year, etc. More...

Posted 9/7/2017 11:55 PM

Website Wisdom

Canoe drummers

I’d be lying if I told you we always catch fish whenever we go fishing. More often than I care to admit, I simply write off the fishless days as pleasant outings and a chance to go exploring. More...

Posted 6/6/2013 10:27 PM

Optimize your site to bring more phone calls

Editor’s note: This is the last Website Wisdom column we will be running, as Sean’s growing business is taking more of his time. We thank him for his contributions this past year! More...

Posted 6/24/2010 11:08 PM

Give Your Website Some Personality

Giving your web presence a “fun factor” is no doubt beneficial to your business, no matter what industry you’re in. More...

Posted 6/18/2010 08:57 AM

A new look: RRCC’s rebra nding initiative looks to the future

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – Rainy River Community College (RRCC) geared up for fall semester with a fresh and modern college and athletic logo, as well as a new tagline: We are Voyageurs. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:53 PM

Mesabi Range College hosts Minnesota Education Fair

VIRGINIA – A Minnesota Education Fair for high school students and their parents was held Mesabi Range College, Virginia campus Tuesday, Sept. 19. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:53 PM

Olcott fountain project August donations announced

VIRGINIA – August donations to the Olcott Park Fountain Restoration Project totaled $2,207, which brings the project’s total contributions to $461,947.90.  More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

National Falls Prevention Awareness Day is Sept. 22

Don’t let a fear of falls hold you back, take a fall risk test

MT. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Assumption Catholic School plans Glow Run; church Fall Festival Oct. 7

HIBBING – Assumption Catholic School and Blessed Sacrament Parish will hold its annual Fall Festival and the third annual Glow Run, appropriately named “Lumen Christi” (The Light of Christ) on Saturday, Oct. 7. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Returning home from Down Under

Virginia’s Baranzelli wraps up successful hockey career in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia – Paul Baranzelli ended his final game in a hockey uniform carrying the Cup around the ice.  No, not that Cup.  More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Fairview Range recognized for promoting organ, eye and tissue donation

HIBBING – Fairview Range Medical Center (FRMC) was among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized for promoting enrollment in state organ donor registries in a national campaign sponsored by the U.S. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

City of Eveleth partners with North Memorial Ambulance Service

EVELETH – The Eveleth City Council approved a management agreement with North Memorial Ambulance Service. North Memorial Ambulance Service will provide on-site management for the Eveleth Ambulance Service based out of the Eveleth Fire Hall. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

New Centennial Rotary Board Room opens at Reif Center

GRAND RAPIDS – The Grand Rapids Centennial Rotary Club recently met just like they always do every Thursday at noon, except this time they were meeting in the new Centennial Rotary Board Room at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

My Tattoo

This tattoo belongs to Nathan Schrecengost of Cook. Nathan said, “I got this dragon tattoo in 2006. At the time I lived in Killeen, TX. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Welding Talent Forum Sept. 27 for businesses in need of welders

EVELETH – A Welding Talent Forum targeted at businesses in need of welders is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 12 – 2 p.m. at Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation in Eveleth. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Officials lobby for additional lock at Sault Ste. Marie

GREAT LAKES – The Great Lakes Commission and regional officials on Monday endorsed an expensive but necessary plan to upgrade the Soo Locks, the system by which cargo vessels travel between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes.  More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

A flashback in time to 1966

Sandy and The Pebbles, a Grand Rapids band, 1966. Pictured (l. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:55 PM

Breaking News - 9/18/2017 4:27 PM

The bridge and the 2nd avenue exit are now open!

The Highway 53 Relocation Project was dedicated on Friday, Sept. 15. The dedication was held on the causeway beneath the new tallest bridge in Minnesota. Photo by Cindy Kujala. More...

Posted 9/15/2017 02:12 PM

MRC: Accreditation since 1923; soon to celebrate 100 years

EVELETH/VIRGINIA – MRC has had an accreditation history since 1923,and has successfully maintained accreditation to this day. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:49 PM

Name game: People’s Choice for bridge name is Taconite Sky Bridge

VIRGINIA – More than 1,000 people submitted their ideas of names for the new bridge at in a just-for-fun contest sponsored by the Bride Daze committee. In August, voting for the five names began.  More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:49 PM

Mesabi Range program offers cutting edge opportunities

EVELETH – The roots of the Electrical Controls and Maintenance (ECM) program on the Eveleth campus of Mesabi Range College date back to the electrical programs developed at the Manual Training School, which was part of the Eveleth School Distri More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:49 PM

MRC graduate finds secure employment in his field

Jesse Scofield from Cook is a 2014 graduate of the Electrical Controls and Maintenance (ECM) program offered by Mesabi Range College. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:49 PM

Virginia Soroptimists seek applicants for Live Your Dream Award for education expenses

VIRGINIA – Women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families and seek financial assistance to go back to school can now obtain applications for the Live Your Dream Award, Soroptimist International of Virginia’s major service More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:49 PM

September quilt on display at VPL features perfect autumn leaves colors

VIRGINIA – The September selection for exhibit at the Virginia Public Library was created by Kathy Bogren, a local quilt artist and member of the Going to Pieces Quilt Guild. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:49 PM

Program featuring Latin American folk music is offered at area libraries

MT. IRON – The Arrowhead Library System is offering programs by Kathy and Leo Lara presenting Latin American folk music. These are free programs for ages 10 to adult. The program includes diverse sounds and stories from Latin American culture. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:49 PM

Final Museum Summer Concert Series at MN Discovery Center is Sept. 21

CHISHOLM – There is something new happening on the Iron Range! Minnesota Discovery Center announced the final musician in its Museum Summer Concert Series. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:49 PM

2017 Spirit of Hospitality Award nominees announced

IRON RANGE – Nominations for the sixth annual Spirit of Hospitality Awards have closed, with 80 area residents nominated in eight categories for their superior customer service. Nominees for this year are set forth below.  More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:50 PM

Class is in session at Natural Harvest Food Co-op in Virginia

VIRGINIA – Knowledge is power! Check out the class line-up at Natural Harvest Food Co-op in Virginia for fall. You can sign up and pay for all classes at Natural Harvest, either in-store or by phone (call 218-741-4663). More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:50 PM

Natural Harvest makes Change Within Reach donation

Natural Harvest Food Co-op in Virginia raised $1,285.22 for the St. Michael’s Foundation through its Change Within Reach program during the month of July. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:50 PM

Mining Features

ERP, Republic Steel form joint venture

GRAND RAPIDS – ERP Iron Ore, which acquired Magnetation’s former assets near Grand Rapids, has formed a joint venture with Republic Steel.  More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:48 AM

Lots to see at MN Museum of Mining

CHISHOLM – The Minnesota Museum of Mining is located near the water tower in Chisholm in an expansive park complex surrounded by a massive rock wall built as part of a WPA project.  More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:48 AM

Rally message is love eclipses hate

Nineteen people, including many young adults, participated in a rally in Virginia on Sunday, Aug. 20. More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:48 AM

Real Estate

Our local “shifting” market


Posted 12/15/2015 09:20 AM

Ad hoc committee sought to facilitate Olcott Park fountain restoration

As a young child growing up in Virginia, one of my fondest memories was when my parents would take my siblings and me to Olcott Park in Virginia. To me, it was a huge parcel of land that contained many wonders.  More...

Posted 3/5/2015 10:35 PM

JPJ Engineering has new office location

HIBBING – JPJ Engineering, Inc. More...

Posted 12/24/2014 09:31 PM

Bridal Features

Casual weddings are gaining popularity; throw one to remember

Elegant, lavish weddings provide moments couples will remember for years to come. But while such storybook ceremonies and receptions remain popular, casual affairs are gaining popularity.  More...

Posted 5/4/2017 10:43 PM

Incorporate flowers into your wedding; they add beauty and ambiance

Weddings are special moments for couples and the guests they invite to share their happiness on their big days. More...

Posted 5/4/2017 10:43 PM

Consider the pros and cons of Friday weddings

Couples give a great deal of thought to the day they choose to get married. Many engaged couples are more attached to a particular season than a specific day, but some couples will consider any time of year to say "I do."  More...

Posted 5/4/2017 10:43 PM


Relief fund established to aid victims of recent hurricanes

AKC Reunite and Assisi Animal Health are pleased to announce a challenge grant to help victims of Hurricane Harvey and their pets. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Dangers lurking in backpacks: How to keep your pet safe

Each fall, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) sees an increase in pets getting into specific foods and medications. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

There’s nothing like the special companionship of a pet

Why do we have pets? Love, comfort, companionship? As far as I’m concerned, it’s all of the above – plus more.  More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:49 PM

Range History

National Prohibition Act (Volstead Act)

Regulations for Eighteenth Amendment enforcement


Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM


Jewish religious life on the Iron Range

EDITOR’S NOTE: Rosh Hashanah, the first of the Jewish High Holy Days, is a two-day celebration which, this year, begins at sunset on Wednesday, Sept. 20. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:50 PM


Origins of the University of Minnesota Extension Service

The Agricultural Extension Service of the United States (AES) began as an educational component of land-grant universities. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:50 PM

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

Recapping summer and addressing autumn

Salutations to everyone as we say so long to our summer season as we officially usher in the autumn aura. This past summer was definitely filled with multitudes of activities and festivities to choose from.  More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Healthy for Life

Some September provisions as we ease into a new season

Hello everyone! It’s time for many to get back on track – whether it be behind the desk, the wheel or a ball – and try to be more flexible for whatever conditions may come your way. More...

Posted 9/7/2017 11:55 PM

Healthy for Life

Ready or not…change is here

Hello September! Welcome everyone to a new month that will hopefully be driven with excitement and paced with ease. It seems the seasonal colors have arrived earlier than usual, but we have had some nippy nights. More...

Posted 8/31/2017 11:27 PM

Hometown Recipes

Pheasant recipes for all tastes

It’s the time of year again for hunters to start scouting out their favorite hunting spots and prepare for the wild game season. If the hunt is successful, here are a few recipes to use on the bounty. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Try a new twist on zucchini with “Zoodles”

It is the A to Z time of summer: August brings an overabundance of zucchini. Zucchini is exploding in our gardens and filling up stands at farmers’ markets. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:49 PM

First Covenant Church of Virginia welcomes a new pastor and shares favorite recipes

The First Covenant Church of Virginia will install its 24th pastor, Reverend Dennis M. Anders, on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 9:30 a.m., with a celebration dinner to follow. More...

Posted 9/7/2017 11:55 PM

i On Sports

Blue Devils beat Alexandria 4-3 at state

Exhale, Blue Devils fans. Your team finally won a hockey game at state.   More...

Posted 3/11/2010 10:13 PM

i on Local Sports

The moment I will remember most from Wednesday’s Section 7A Boys Hockey Championship Game, won 3-0 by Virginia/ MI-B over Hibbing/Chisholm, is not the jubilant celebration after back-to-back title wins - though the Blue Devils’ smiles wer More...

Posted 3/4/2010 11:50 PM

Charlotte Overbye

i On Local Sports Spotlight

bio: Charlotte Overbye, a junior at Mountain Iron-Buhl, became the all-time leading scorer in school history, surpassing former boys basketball standouts Steven Golobich and DJ Winfield earlier this season. More...

Posted 2/19/2010 01:04 AM


Mt. Iron Merritt Days Lions Pancake Breakfast  Free Access 

Mt. Iron Merritt Days Lions Pancake Breakfast Mt. Iron Senior Center 7:30 a.m. More...

Posted 8/10/2010 02:38 PM

Local Events

Hometown Calendar

Friday, April 23 YMCA Black & White Event Mesabi YMCA, Mt. Iron Silent & Live Auction, Entertainment, Plated Dinner, 6:00 p.m. More...

Posted 4/22/2010 09:15 PM

3/11 - Book Lover's Tea at Library

The Friends of the Virginia Public Library will sponsor a Book Lover's Tea on Thursday, March 11th at 12:00 in the library auditorium. More...

Posted 3/4/2010 02:56 PM

3/6 City of Mt. Iron 2010 Winter Carnival

City of Mt. Iron 2010 Winter Carnival will be held at the South Grove Recreation Complex, 8766 Mud Lake Road on Saturday, March 6th. Come and enjoy some fresh air and old fashioned family fun for all. Hot dogs, chips and hot cocoa will be available. More...

Posted 3/3/2010 05:03 PM

Classic Car Talk


Members of the Virginia Dream Machines Car Club answered some questions about their memories revolving around their first car. More...

Posted 8/9/2012 10:14 PM

Custom Paint

Only rarely was the grill of one make of car replaced by another one. One exception was the 1937 Buick Grille, often used on a Ford in the 50’s & 60’s. The grille swap of choice was the ’53 DeSoto. More...

Posted 12/9/2010 11:40 PM

Iron Range Classic Car Talk

Lloyd Bachman’s 1967 Chrysler Newport Custom

It has only 53,000 original miles. It is in super condition, no body work or rust. This car is his pride and joy! More...

Posted 2/12/2010 12:32 PM

Earth Fest 2010

Conservation Tips From Minnesota Power

Deciding to make your home more energy efficient is easy. Knowing where to begin is the hard part. Do you start with new windows and doors? Replace your furnace? Install solar panels on your roof? More...

Posted 4/15/2010 08:16 PM

Iron Range Earth Fest 2010 SPEAKERS SCHEDULE

Mt Iron Community Center - Mt Iron Room 10:00 - 10:45 Creating a Healthy Home with Feng Shui - More...

Posted 4/15/2010 08:16 PM


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5th Annual Let’s Take a Kid Fishing on Lake Vermilion event slated for July 16

COOK—Keep the momentum going. Those four words are a good way to summarize the volunteers who work tirelessly in doing their part to introduce youth to the sport of fishing.  More...

Posted 6/19/2014 09:18 PM


For a number of years it’s been my tradition, the night before Minnesota’s fishing opener, to get a Dave’s pizza and a cold can of pop, drive to the mall parking lot where I can watch the steady parade of cars and trucks heading nor More...

Posted 5/31/2012 09:29 PM

Lake Vermilion Resort Association Fish Report

All fish were released. The Lake Vermilion Resort Association supports the Catch and Release Program. Week of August 21-27, 2011   More...

Posted 9/1/2011 05:47 PM

Insurance Matters

Insurance matters

The health insurance maze

Addressing health insurance in a short article is similar to transporting iron ore with a pickup truck versus a yuke. It simply isn’t possible. More...

Posted 9/27/2012 07:49 PM

Blue Guitar Highway

Bring It On Home To Me

I have been very fortunate, some may say blessed, to have had the pleasure to play with some of the finest musicians in Minnesota. More...

Posted 8/8/2013 07:11 PM

2013: What would Woody Guthrie do?

First of all, I would like to thank Scott and Jeff Asbach, Jean Cole, and the staff at Hometown Focus for letting me share my column Blue Guitar Highway with you over the last year. More...

Posted 1/3/2013 09:23 PM

Father knows best

I am always amazed at how close my friends from Virginia and I have stayed over the years. Most of these friendships started in grade school, junior high, or high school and remain strong to this day. More...

Posted 12/27/2012 09:18 PM

Legally Speaking

Your Legal Rights: Magazine subscription solicitation

From the Office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson

People should be on guard against deceptive magazine subscription solicitations using false representations and phony claims. More...

Posted 2/23/2012 10:05 PM

Senior Legal Line: Can I get out of this contract?

A legal question and answer line for Seniors


Posted 2/10/2012 02:04 AM

Spousal Maintenance

(formerly known as Alimony)

In divorces, the request for payment of marital maintenance by one side will trigger apoplexy for the other side and big legal bills for everyone. Maintenance is payment of future income or earnings by one spouse to the other spouse. More...

Posted 3/24/2011 08:55 PM

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

“It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment.” – Cicero

“People of the world don’t look at themselves, and so they blame one another.”  “O, happy the soul that saw its own faults.”  – Rumi   More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Out of the Blue

I’ve been fortunate in my life to have two (and many more) outstanding examples of love and marriage and what it ought to be.  My grandparents celebrated their 70th anniversary earlier this year, and I wrote an extensive feature story abou More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:50 PM

Out of the Blue

“Thank you... fantasy football draft, for letting me know that even in my fantasies, I am bad at sports.” – Jimmy Fallon

I recently finished a stretch of orchestrating four fantasy football drafts in four days. Not just drafting my own team, but setting up the leagues, inviting participants, establishing the rules, collecting dues and whatnot. It was exhausting.  More...

Posted 9/7/2017 11:56 PM

Outdoors by Jerry McCormick

A nature nerd’s Florida vacation

There are many reasons people go to Florida for vacations: warmth, sunshine, beaches, golf, and sporting events, to name a few. But Florida also is a favorite of nature nerds, like me. Sometimes, in regard to travel, we are called eco-tourists. More...

Posted 11/3/2016 09:27 PM

Ladybug look-alikes

Not all orange and black beetles are ladybugs, and not all ladybugs are orange and black! There are several kinds of beetles that strongly resemble ladybugs. Also, insects that are orange and black are a very interesting bunch.  More...

Posted 9/29/2016 09:27 PM

Outdoor sounds: Chirps, trills, hisses and whisperings

Summer nearly is over. Have you been listening? One clue about the passage of the season is that most birds have gone silent. During late summer, with the lack of birds singing, it sometimes seems deathly silent in the fields and woods. More...

Posted 9/1/2016 10:24 PM


“Be real careful who you tell!!”

As I sat looking out the window at the falling rain on a late September morning, the phone rang. It was a friend of mine who happens to be a well known outdoor sports writer. More...

Posted 10/14/2010 06:58 PM

Pssst! Wanna know a little secret?

Those of us who grew up on Minnesota’s Iron Range, and in the City of Virginia in particular, are very likely familiar with Canelake’s Candies. More...

Posted 9/23/2010 09:40 PM

“Look! There He Is Again!”

Summers are short in the Northland. That’s why most of us try to spend as much time enjoying the out of doors as possible even if it means just sitting in the shade.   More...

Posted 9/9/2010 10:05 PM

Guest Columnists


LEO (July 23 to August 22) An apparently solid-gold opportunity beckons the Lion. But check to see if all that dazzle isn’t just a sprinkling of surface glitter. Check it out before making a commitment.   More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:55 PM

Fresh air and simple fare: It just doesn’t get any better

It was the week before opening day of the 2017 partridge season and time to stock the wanigan box for upcoming fall picnics. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Just one of those days: Mastering the art of imperfection

There are some days where you feel simply incompetent. The days where it seems we just can’t do anything right and our hair is almost as messy as our lives around us. Sound familiar? The other day was just like that. More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM



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Posted 9/21/2017 11:55 PM


Autos BUICK  2009 Buick Lucerne: 56K mi., loaded, like new, $12,000. 218-262- 3056***   More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:55 PM


Grand Rapids MS Group Meetings will be held on the 2nd Thurs day of each month at the St. Joseph Church, Grand Rapids, 11:00 - 12:30.   More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:55 PM


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Posted 1/10/2014 11:54 AM

Top DVD Rentals and Sales

Top 10 Video Rentals 1. Cowboys and Aliens (PG-13) Daniel Craig 2. The Hangover Part II (R) Bradley Cooper 3. The Help (PG-13) Viola Davis 4. Mr. Popper’s Penguins (PG) Jim Carrey 5. Super 8 (PG-13) Kyle Chandler 6. More...

Posted 12/29/2011 09:49 PM

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