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A sister’s love, a brother’s poems


CHISHOLM – James Toscano had longed to have his poems published in a book someday. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:53 AM

Envisioning the future of education

Virginia Public Schools superintendent sees a changing world

VIRGINIA – As a relative newcomer to the Iron Range and specifically, to the Virginia Public Schools, where I currently am the superintendent of schools, I am struck by how quickly the face of education is changing around the world and curious More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:17 AM

It’s Thanksgiving, I am thankful…

It’s Thanksgiving and I am thankful for my family, friends, and health. I suppose many will be writing about a family member or friend who has been an angel on Earth, but I want to express my blessing of health insurance. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:35 AM

It’s Thanksgiving, I am thankful…

Once there was a little two year old girl who was living alone with her single mother. They lived in a large but bare apartment in the city. Her mother met a guy who loved them both more than you can imagine. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:35 AM

Quad City Food Shelf seeks help to continue mission

GILBERT – The Quad City Food Shelf invites residents, businesses and organizations to help sustain its mission of providing food to neighbors in need by considering a donation to help defray the cost of relocation. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:17 AM

Wildland Fabrics brings options and fabric selection to local market

GRAND RAPIDS – When her eldest child was a toddler, Megan Brekke began sewing in earnest. Later she began selling the things she made for toddlers and babies in an Etsy store. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:17 AM

An old-fashioned kick-off to Christmas planned

VIRGINIA – This coming Saturday—Nov. 25—is Small Business Saturday. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:35 AM

Mail-A-Book: The library comes to your mailbox

MT. IRON – As the cold winter approaches and driving can be difficult, paperback books, DVDs, and audio books on CD can arrive in your mailbox.  More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:53 AM

Virginia schools plan choir concerts; host annual spaghetti feed Dec. 10

VIRGINIA – The Virginia Junior High (grades 7 and 8) choirs will be presenting their winter program on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. in Goodman Auditorium.  More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:17 AM

St. Michael’s seeks Give to the Max donations

VIRGINIA – St. Michael’s Foundation in Virginia reminds the public that donations are accepted as part of Give to the Max Day through Thursday, Nov. 16. To help St. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:53 AM

There’s more to pumpkin than just pie

The humble pumpkin appears each fall as jack-olanterns on our Halloween doorsteps and in beloved pie at our Thanksgiving feasts. But there’s much more to this highly nutritious fruit.  More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:35 AM


Service in Vietnam, veterans and Chisholm’s POW/MIA John Ryder “ALL GAVE SOME; SOME GAVE ALL”

Rick Holland, Chisholm (left arm): This tattoo is in memory of John Ryder (POW/ MIA), Chisholm Class of 1964 and all veterans. Rick was also a member of CHS Class of 1964. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:53 AM

The Three Servicemen statue tribute to Vietnam veterans

The Three Servicemen statue was born out of a controversy surrounding Maya Lin’s design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:53 AM

MN’s new approach to antibiotic resistance shows progress

In an effort to combat antibiotic resistance and protect the health of people, animals and the environment, three state agencies are working together with statewide partners to increase public and professional awareness of responsible antibiotic use. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:36 AM

Program aims to provide veterans benefit claims disagreements options

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced last week that it will launch the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program, or “RAMP,” with the goal of providing veterans with the earliest possible resolution of their disa More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:53 AM

VFW urges President to take care of Blue Water Navy veterans’ claims

WASHINGTON — The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is thanking the leadership of the House Veterans Affairs Committee for attempting to pass the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, and is now calling on President Trump to fix the More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:53 AM

Student thespians to perform a Christmas classic reinvented

GRAND RAPIDS – ‘Tis that season, once again, when visions of miserly Scrooge meet Tiny Tim. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:54 AM

E-G students sew for a good cause

EVELETH/GILBERT – For the last several years, Eveleth-Gilbert students in grades 5 – 8 have been doing a project called Operation Holiday Stocking. Mrs. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:17 AM

Dictionary project supports education VA Rotary Club delivers dictionaries to third graders

VIRGINIA – The Virginia Rotary Club is celebrating its 10th year of presenting Dictionaries to Third Graders—a total of 2,856 dictionaries to five local schools. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:17 AM

Homestead Mills remains a thriving small-town business

COOK – Homestead Mills has been a physical presence in Cook since it was first established in 1929 as the Arrowhead Seed Growers Co-op. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:36 AM

$12,500 private donation made to UWNEMN

Al and Erika Hodnik invest in the future of the Iron Range

CHISHOLM – United Way of Northeastern Minnesota (UWNEMN) announced a $12,500 private donation was made to the UWNEMN Building Renovation Campaign by Al and Erika Hodnik.  More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:36 AM

Virginia High School 2017-18 Quarter 1 Honor Roll

“A” Honor Roll  GRADE 12 Gust Alto, Carolyn Curtis, Christine Hafdahl, Madison Hokkanen, Cole Howard, William Keute, Mariah Koski, Michaela Ledoux, Cole Nelson, Grace Paulsen, Kayla Reimer, Tanner Rowe, Alli Seppala, Skyler Webb, Jad More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:36 AM

Ely Chamber of Commerce to hold Mrs. Claus party; other events upcoming

ELY - The Ely Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the annual Mrs. Claus Party on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Amici's Event Center. Mrs. Claus and Santa will be present to greet Ely area youth. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:17 AM

2017 Holiday Events

Festival of Trees  Welcome to Northwoods Partners 15th Annual Festival of Trees, where beautifully decorated trees and wreaths transform the lobby of the Grand Ely Lodge into a winter wonderland for a silent auction from Nov. 23 - Dec. 3. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:17 AM

Health Features

Medicare vs. Medicaid—differences are age/disability or income

I recently attended a barbecue in southwest Minnesota and the cook asked me if I wanted a brat or polish. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:59 PM

A free burial option for veterans in the Northland

New Veterans Cemetery to open near Pike Lake in 2018

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – There is something unique and powerful about the bond and trust between soldiers. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:59 PM

Understanding your physical and mental health: It’s a tango

More than half of all people have at least one physical or mental illness at any given time. Mental and physical health disorders often co-occur which makes the prognosis of each more difficult. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:59 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 8/24/2017 11:48 PM

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 8/24/2017 11:48 PM

Rally message is love eclipses hate

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

Posted 8/24/2017 11:48 PM

Real Estate

Our local “shifting” market


Posted 12/15/2015 08:20 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 09:35 PM

JPJ Engineering has new office location

HIBBING – JPJ Engineering, Inc. More...

Posted 12/24/2014 08:31 PM




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Posted 8/21/2015 07:10 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 07:25 AM

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

Click here to see. More...

Posted 1/26/2015 12:08 PM

Home & Garden Tips

Houseplants can clean indoor air

Gardening is a rewarding hobby that can pay a host of dividends, both for the planet and the people doing the gardening. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:54 AM

Smooth transition when moving plants

Transplant shock occurs when plants adversely respond to being moved from one place to another. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:54 AM

Deck the halls with items found in nature

Thanksgiving is always a wonderful break in the school year. Students get a four-day weekend as part of the Thanksgiving tradition. Traveling to relative’s homes for traditional gettogethers is sometimes impossible. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:37 AM


Have a cancer survivorship care plan; pacifying a panic attack

Q: I was diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago, and we've recently moved. Even though I have a new primary care doc, I don't feel she understands all of my medical history. What should I do? -- Lauren E., Hyde Park, New York   More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:54 AM

Healthy options, gardening lessons for Greenway students

COLERAINE – Students in Greenway School District now have a healthier lunch option with a full-meal salad bar added for the 2017 – 2018 school year. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:54 AM

Essentia Health helps tobacco users to kick the habit for good

While on the decline, about 36.5 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. In fact, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:54 AM

Massage for Your Health

Infant massage: Benefits for both the baby and the caregiver

I recently attended a baby shower where the baby was just over a month old. This infant didn’t really have too many demands that I could see. I know some of you will laugh; my reference for this comes from that moment, at that event.  More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:54 AM

Parallels between gratitude and massage

Here it is already Thanksgiving week. By the time you read this, you will most likely already have had more than your share of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, yams, cranberry sauce and possibly some pumpkin pie. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:36 AM

Even chair massages are popular at crafting events

As I have done in the past, I offered chair massages at the Cozy Cottage craft event as well as a craft fair that was held at the Miners Memorial Building in Virginia over the M.E.A. weekend. More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:51 AM


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 6/29/2017 11:08 PM

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 10:10 PM

Unique, local artwork coming to the new Vikings stadium

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. More...

Posted 1/15/2015 08:52 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 09:13 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 10:50 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 12:04 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 01:38 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 08:15 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 01:56 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 04:03 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 09:14 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 10:40 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 11:32 AM

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 07:16 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 07:16 PM


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Posted 4/15/2010 07:16 PM


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 08:18 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 08:29 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 04:47 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 06:49 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 06:11 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 08:23 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 08:18 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 09:05 PM

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

A legal question and answer line for Seniors


Posted 2/10/2012 01:04 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 07:55 PM

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

“It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the hearts of men. Men respond to leadership in the most remarkable way, and once you have won his heart, he will follow you anywhere.” – Vince Lombardi   More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:54 AM

Out of the Blue

“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” . H.A. Ironside

Deadline approaches swiftly on Thanksgiving week. With that in mind, the following is a completely random list of things I’m thankful for, in no particular order of relevance. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:37 AM

Out of the Blue

“The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching.” – John Wooden

Who am I when no one is looking?  More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:17 AM

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 08:27 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 08:27 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 09:24 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 05:58 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 08:40 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 09:05 PM

Guest Columnists


LEO (July 23 to August 22) A flood of holiday party bids from business contacts allows you to mix work and pleasure. Your knowledge plus your Leonine charm wins you a new slew of admirers.   More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:54 AM

The Long Line

Saying goodbye to our dog Frosty

Life has an odd way of teaching us lessons and drawing us to those places we never imagined we would go, be it physically or emotionally. It’s all part of life’s adventure.  More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:54 AM


LEO (July 23 to August 22) Ignore a co-worker’s questionable behavior. Instead, put your energy into making your own project special. Then sit back and purr over your well-deserved applause.   More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:37 AM



ATV  ATV Cover, $10. 218-966-5446  2000 Arctic Cat 400: low miles, good cond., windshield, spare seat, $1,795. 218-865-7095   More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:54 AM


Autos Chevy  1966 Chevrolet Caprice: 396 ci motor, California Car, $5,200. 218-929- 1998***   More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:54 AM


Baby Boomers meeting will be held on the second Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m. at the Virginia Elks Club, 220 North 5th Avenue. All are welcome! For more info: call 218-749-1269 or Wanda at 612-483- 1824.   More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:54 AM

Kids take time to say thanks Students in Ms. Musich's third-grade class share pictures, words of gratitude

EDITOR’S NOTE: The students in Ms. Mary Musich’s third-grade class at Roosevelt Elementary in Virginia each contributed what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving. The following is some of their artwork and all of their comments. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:35 AM

“See you at the Hipp”

Iconic Eveleth hockey arena to host 2017 SIJHL All-Star Game

EVELETH – The Eveleth Hippodrome has seen more than its fair share of big games as it nears its 96th birthday. On Wednesday, Nov. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:16 AM

It’s Thanksgiving, I am thankful…

I have a lot to be thankful for. I will have my husband around at Thanksgiving, Lord willing.  It all started Sept. 28. He had a bad fall off the steps and his back was really hurting. He went to the emergency room in Aurora at 1 a.m. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:35 AM

James Toscano’s

“Surviving Vietnam”

Poetry collection  Shrapnel in my Heart   More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:53 AM

The Axelsen family’s Flag of Remembrance Ceremony

Memorable event at Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center

Each Friday, American Legion Post 435 in Superior, WI, honors the life and memory of a deceased veteran by flying the veteran’s flag for one week over the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center.  More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:53 AM

What’s your favorite small business, past or present?

From Greasy Steve’s to The Boom Boom Room, readers respond to question in droves

It is Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25, so I posed the following question on Facebook a couple of weeks ago: “Hi everybody. It's Small Business Saturday coming up in a couple of weekends. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:35 AM

The IRHS is thankful for its new McKinley location

GILBERT – Isabel Allende wrote, “We only have what we give.” The Iron Range Historical Society (IRHS) can attest to the giving nature of its members, casual history lovers, and area businesses.  More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:53 AM

Wall-hanging by Cindy Lind now on display at Virginia Public Library

VIRGINIA – The November quilt selection on display at the Virginia Public Library was created by Cindy Lind of the Going to Pieces Quilt Guild. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:17 AM

First Sunday: A grandmother’s grateful, monthly tradition

AURORA – I am a thankful grandmother as I have all eight of my grandchildren living within a 60 mile radius of me. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:35 AM

Reminiscing about growing up: It was the best of times

MEADOWLANDS – It was the funeral of an old friend. A member of a family with whom I grew up on a gravel road in the country. The church was full of family and many friends of the deceased. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:17 AM

Eveleth Elks Club dinners honor area Students of the Month

Cherry, East Range Academy, Eveleth-Gilbert, Mesabi East

EVELETH – The Eveleth Elks Club believes in creating and participating in events that support the community, with a specific focus on kids and veterans. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:36 AM

Northland Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The Northland Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Duluth sits on the shore of Lake Superior. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:53 AM

New benefit helps vets combat stress with nature therapy

STATEWIDE – Active military personnel in any branch or unit of the United States armed forces and veterans with a service related disability are now eligible to receive a free year-round vehicle permit, providing unlimited access to all 75 Minn More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:53 AM

Hibbing set to connect heart of downtown to the Mesabi Trail in spring

HIBBING – When bicycle season begins next spring, cyclists will enjoy new architecturally clever bike racks, signage and pavement stencils to safely guide them from the Mesabi Trail into the center of downtown Hibbing.  More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:36 AM

Chisholm offers 55-and-over maintenance-free townhomes

CHISHOLM – The new Nelson Addition in Chisholm is a 4-duplex, 8-unit market rate townhome development for citizens age 55 and over. Market rate housing means that the rent is not subsidized and is instead a conventional rental agreement.  More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:36 AM

Bradsgiving music event in Virginia to kick off the Thanksgiving holiday

VIRGINIA – The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation (FOBMF) is holding a festive pre- Thanksgiving celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 22, from 6 – 10 p.m. at the Shop Coffeehouse and 218 Taphouse in Virginia.  More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:17 AM

Mesabi UU Church program notice

VIRGINIA – Kathleen McQuillan will speak at Mesabi Unitarian Universalist Church in Virginia on Sunday, Nov. 26, at 10:30 a.m. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:17 AM

Parents should know the ABCs of safe sleep for infants

New data show unsafe sleep environments account for nearly all unexpected infant deaths in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Human Services are marked Infant Safe Sleep Week (Nov. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:17 AM

Eveleth - Gilbert Junior High School HONOR ROLL QUARTER 1

7TH GRADE EXEMPLARY 4.0  Amanda Johnson, Maggie Koskela, Avah Kraushaar, Kylie Kunnari, Brennan Muhich, Blair Noyes, Katelyn Torrel  7TH GRADE “A” HONOR ROLL 3.6 – 3.999   More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:17 AM

First Friday Foreign Films begins Dec. 1

HCC to host free film showings at the Planetarium

HIBBING – Hibbing Community College (HCC) invites the public to the first of the First Friday Foreign Films, “Amnesia,” to be shown at Hibbing Community College Planetarium on Friday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:17 AM

The Eveleth Newspaper Project: Preserving area history

EVELETH – You can now access vintage Eveleth newspapers on the Internet. The Eveleth Heritage Committee and the Minnesota Historical Society have partnered to improve access to the historic newspapers. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:54 AM

Minnesota's minimum-wage rates change for inflation on Jan. 1, 2018

Minnesota's minimum-wage rates will be adjusted for inflation beginning Jan. 1, 2018, to $9.65 an hour for large employers and $7.87 an hour for other state minimum wages.  More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:36 AM

Legends of the Wilderness free program at area libraries

MT. IRON – The Arrowhead Library System will present Homeward Bound Theatre’s “Legends of the Wilderness” with Jacques La Christian, a free program being offered for ages 8 to adult at the following dates and locations:   More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:36 AM

IRRC has served all 50 states and more

CHISHOLM – The Iron Range Research Center (IRRC) has now—as of Sept. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:36 AM

Maria Isley hired by MN Public Radio

DULUTH – Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) has hired Maria Isley as regional manager. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:17 AM

Bridge Features

MnDOT: Historic bridges

In 1966 Congress enacted the National Historic Preservation Act to help preserve historical and archaeological sites. More...

Posted 10/5/2017 11:16 PM

Time capsule placed in bridge

VIRGINIA – As part of celebrating the opening of the Highway 53 bridge, the City of Virginia placed a time capsule in the Highway 53 East End Pedestrian Plaza column pillar on Friday, Sept. 29. More...

Posted 10/5/2017 11:15 PM

First to bike across the bridge!

An avid rider of the Mesabi Trail, Cherie Seppi—with her granddaughter Mattelyn Seppi, age 10—on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at approximately 4:30 p.m. More...

Posted 10/5/2017 11:15 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 09:21 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 09:21 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 08:37 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 09:43 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 09:43 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 09:43 PM


Keeping your companion birds happy and healthy

Households across the country include companion birds. Their sweet music and vividly colored plumage make birds beloved pets.  Well-socialized birds who are accustomed to human interaction can make for wonderful pets. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:53 AM

How to keep pets safe in winter weather

A warm coat, a cozy spot to sleep and limited time spent outdoors can keep pets safe during winter.  The arrival of cooler temperatures sparks various changes. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:35 AM

Pet obesity becoming a significant problem

Many pet owners would never intentionally harm their companion animals. In fact, pet owners often go above and beyond to ensure their animals are well cared for and content. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:17 AM

Range History


The Big Band Era arrives in Virginia


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From office space to deconstruction planning



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Arrow Company: Four factories on the Range



Posted 11/28/2017 11:17 AM

Healthy for Life


Holiday decorating is for the birds – and squirrels

Greetings and Sallytations!   More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:36 AM

Healthy for Life

Giving special thanks and brightening the spirit of the season

Welcome everyone! The holiday spirit is among us and filling our souls with light and love of the season. At this special time I want to give a gracious thank you to my friend Juanita Kleffman who adopted my pet bird cockatiel named Choo.  More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:36 AM

Healthy for Life

Moving on a wing with prayers and paper clips from heaven

Hi everyone! It’s good to be back writing after a month-long hiatus while dealing with some health issues and moving out of our family home of almost 40 years. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:17 AM

Hometown Recipes


The recipes this week are from the web site, Also available on their website is their book, Hunting for Food: A guide to harvesting, field dressing, and cooking wild game. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:54 AM

Leftover turkey is the best,

no matter how you cook it

The following recipes come from the website and all sound delicious. I had a chuckle as I was researching leftover turkey recipes in recalling a past Thanksgiving incident. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:36 AM

Bean dips can be a great, healthy

It is fall and football season. Gathering to attend a game or watch one on television is part of life in the Northland.  Food and football usually bring out pizza, potlucks and snacks. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:17 AM

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 04:10 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 01:54 PM

2/13 - Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing

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

Posted 2/5/2010 02:21 PM


Idea Drilling’s Julian Collins to present at mining convention in Reno

VIRGINIA – Julian Collins, IDEA Drilling’s president/CEO, will be presenting at the American Exploration & Mining Association Convention in Reno, NV, the week of Dec. 4 – 8. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:54 AM

Essentia Health welcomes geriatrics nurse practitioner at Deer River clinic

DEER RIVER – Nurse practitioner Karissa Schultz has joined the Geriatrics Department at the Essentia Health-Deer River Clinic in Deer River.  More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:54 AM

Assistant St. Louis County Attorney Nate Strumme is honored by PAVSA

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – Assistant St. Louis County Attorney Nate Stumme was honored last Friday for his dedicated work on behalf of survivors of sexual assault in the Northland.  More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:54 AM

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 09:20 PM

Auto Focus Tips

What’s a Rat Rod?

That is the first thing people ask when they see my son’s car. Then I try to explain so this is how it started.   More...

Posted 9/9/2010 09:04 PM

Iron Range Dream Machines 18th annual Fuzzy Dice Cruise and Car Show

Cruise Night, 6 - 10 p.m., Friday, August 20 Car Show, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, August 21 Customs, classics, street rods, motorcycles and more. No entry fee or admission. How it Started -   More...

Posted 8/19/2010 07:38 PM

Corey’s Corner (of Lundgren’s)

Once again we’re heading into the peak heat of the year, making it the most important time to have your vehicles A/C system checked. More...

Posted 8/5/2010 09:24 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 10:02 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 07:19 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 09:42 PM

Focus On Veterans

Congressmen Nolan and Walz talk with veterans in International Falls

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan and Rep. Tim Walz, ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, met Oct. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:53 AM

WWII veteran Leo Hiveley of Cook gets long-lost service medals

COOK – Congressman Rick Nolan recently recovered long-awaited medals for 96-year-old WWII veteran, Leo Raymond Hiveley of Cook. Hiveley was separated from his medals after his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1945.  More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:53 AM

Veteran credits mental health workshop for saving his life

An accident during an Army deployment to Egypt caused Thomas Holcomb’s traumatic brain injury – and the invisible wound led to multiple strokes and seizures that impact his life even today. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:36 AM

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 4/19/2012 11:28 PM

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 09:58 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 01:04 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 08:54 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 06:48 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 08:40 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 09:04 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 08:57 PM

Out of the Blue

The Wild limped into the playoffs. More...

Posted 5/9/2013 06:52 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 07:56 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 08:16 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 4/5/2012 11:51 PM

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 01:47 AM



Cleaning the fridge proves to be a monumental chore

Greetings and Sallytations!   More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:54 AM


Is lefse really worth all the hard work?

Greetings and Sallytations!   ‘Tis the holiday season. It's all about foods, and especially on the Iron Range, it's about ethnic foods. The food that I just don't understand, value, or appreciate is... lefse.  More...

Posted 11/28/2017 11:17 AM


Mark puts rumors to rest; finds relaxing is hard work

The first thing I want to do is put to rest the ugly rumors that have been circulating about me for the last six months. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:58 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 09:27 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 10:08 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 07:57 AM


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Weather widget  Free Access 


Posted 1/10/2014 10:54 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 08:49 PM

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