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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

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

July quilt on display at Virginia library

VIRGINIA – The quilt selected for display at the Virginia Public Library in July is a cheerful creation made by local quilter Betty Soderberg of Going to Pieces Quilt Guild. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Ruffed grouse counts up, sharp-tailed similar to last year

(MN DNR) – Minnesota’s ruffed grouse spring drumming counts were up 57 percent statewide this year compared to last year, according to a survey conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

TO BE A KID AGAIN

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Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Virginia Fire Department Run Report: July 3-9 , 2017

During the week of July 3-9, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 55 times; ten fire calls and 45 EMS calls. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Itasca County Board passes new ATV ordinance

ITASCA COUNTY – At the Itasca County Board meeting on June 27, officials voted unanimously to adopt a new ATV ordinance, which will allow ATVs to ride on the rightof ways of all county roads beginning July 15.  More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Name — Walk — Celebrate THE BRIDGE

Sign up for the Bridge Daze Community Walk

The new Highway 53 relocation project bridge in Virginia is slated to open in about six weeks. Submitted photo. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:09 PM

Tower-Soudan: Fun on the 4th

Floats, bands, Shriners, an Olympian and so much more

Kids and their wheels decked out in red, white and blue. Photos by Cindy Kujala. Box Kar, the clown. Embarrass royalty are sitting pretty. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:09 PM

Obituaries

Health Features

Nicotine poses serious health threat to youth and pregnant women

E-cigarette and other nicotine product use rises rapidly in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health this week reissued its nicotine heath advisory to inform parents and health care providers about the health dangers of nicotine for children, teens, and pregnant women. More...

Posted 5/11/2017 11:04 PM

Minnesota awarded $5.4 million federal grant to combat opioid addiction

Minnesota has been awarded $5.4 million in federal grants to combat opioid addiction in the state. The Opioid State Targeted Response Grant, awarded by the U.S. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:47 PM

Fairview Range welcomes pediatrician to Hibbing clinic

HIBBING – Fairview Range welcomes board certified pediatrician Lisa Buenger, M.D. to its medical staff at Fairview Mesaba Clinics-Hibbing. She brings experience and compassion as a pediatrician for 16 years in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Dr. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:47 PM

News

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

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

Pets

“Doggie breath” could be a sign of serious disease

Does your sweet pet have sour breath? More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

Want healtier kids? Getting a pet can be of great benefit

Pets can contribute to cognitive, physical and emotional wellness in children.  If youngsters have been eyeing fuzzy kittens or boisterous puppies at nearby shelters or pet stores, parents may want to give in to those cries for a family pet. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

Quirky fun facts about companion animals

Think you know everything there is to know about your favorite furry, finned or feathered friend? Chances are there are some interesting facts that even the most ardent animal-lover may be surprised to learn.  More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Range History

What the “ZIP” in ZIP code stands for, what the numbers mean

Today I found out what the “ZIP” in ZIP Code stands for and what the numbers signify.  ZIP Code or “Zone Improvement Plan Code” was a system put in place by the U.S. Postal Service on July 1, 1963. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

Mailboxes, the postmaster general and rural free delivery (RFD)

James I. asks: I was at Lowes and noticed mailboxes say “Approved by the Postmaster General.” What specifications do a mailbox need to reach to be approved in this way? I mean, it’s a box with a little door and a flag. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

A brief history of beer: Once considered a gift from the gods

Beer brewing and drinking are activities that have been part of the human experience seemingly since the dawn of civilization. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

Savoring the summer through nature, basil and mangoes

Hello everyone! I am enjoying the savory summer here in the northland as I stroll down to the lake and pause to take in some scenery. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

Healthy for Life

Appreciating the month of July, independence and chillin’ out

Hello everyone! Can you believe it? Here we are entering the glorious month of July— it is a month we might dream about on the coldest of winter days. More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:07 AM

Healthy for Life

A tribute to June bugs, June brides and June graduates

Welcome everyone to the generous multifaceted month of June. Here’s to embarking on some wonderful days of summer ahead with gratitude and plenty of rays of praise. More...

Posted 6/8/2017 11:09 PM

Hometown Recipes

Tips and clips from my own kitchen

I’m sure the following tips I have to share are not original but they were new to me at one time or another so figured I would pass them on.  More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

Mexican Food: Good eating any time

I’m a Mexican food fan and could eat it just about every day. Here are a couple of recipes I found that sounded good. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Enjoying the taste of the tropics on the mainland

Aloha to all! I had the privilege of spending the past week on the island of Oahu with my family and am still in vacation mode, albeit a bit jet lagged and have household chores yet to take care of (laundry) since returning. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 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 www.dnr.state.mn.us More...

Posted 2/5/2010 03:21 PM

Business

UMD to begin offering new engineering physics degree

A new University of Minnesota Duluth undergraduate program will offer a bachelor of science degree in Engineering Physics, UMD said in a Friday announcement.  The program was approved in June by the UM Board of Regents. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:13 PM

Tracy Podpeskar appointed chair of ethics committee

VIRGINIA – The Minnesota Supreme Court recently appointed Tracy Podpeskar of Virginia as chair of the 20th District Bar Association’s ethics committee. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:13 PM

1,600 Minnesota consumers set to get $315,000 in auto insurance refunds

Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced that an investigation by his agency has resulted in an insurance company paying a $75,000 penalty and refunding $315,000 to more than 1,600 Minnesota drivers who were charged higher auto insuranc More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:13 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

1970 DODGE DART SWINGER GTS

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

WILL SMARTPHONE SCANNER APPS SOUND THE DEATH KNELL FOR SMALL BRICK AND MORTAR RETAILERS?

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

WWII vets honored in parade

Steve Prebarich, 94, and his wife Lovie were part of the Eveleth Fourth of July parade. Prebarich served aboard the U.S.S. Sullivan during World War II. Photo by Kristin Pikula. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

Service dog gives combat veteran a new “leash” on life

Dogs are everybody’s best friend. But for some combat veterans they are much, much more—service dogs are saving their lives.  More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

Minnesota seeks Cyber Protection Team applicants

The application window is now open for Soldiers who are interested in joining the Minnesota National Guard's new Cyber Protection Team (CPT).  National Guard Cyber Protection Teams consist of 39 highly-trained Soldiers who conduct defensive cybe More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 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

DEAR SENIOR LEGAL LINE:   More...

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

Where we never fabricate, rarely recriminate, occasionally objurgate, sometimes speculate, usually obfuscate and always ameliorate.

Did you hear how wicked smaht kids are getting nowadays? According to research cited in a USA Today story, almost 50-percent of high school seniors – 47-percent to be exact – graduate with at least an A-minus grade point average. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:13 PM

Out of the Blue

My little brother’s birthday is July 19. He is exactly 19 months to the day younger than me as I was born on Dec. 19. We shared a room our entire lives growing up. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Out of the Blue

“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.”

Spoiled rotten.  More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:11 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

Sallyworld

SALLYWORLD: WEEK 350

Enjoying the innocence of youth and a special birthday

Greetings and Sallytations!   More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

SALLYWORLD: WEEK 349

Being mindful of chickens, haircuts, infomercials and big bowls of ice cream

Greetings and Sallytations!   Well, I took a week off last week during the 4th of July festivities. I have to work on the fourth and handle all the events for Mt. Iron. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

SALLYWORLD: WEEK 347

Kids in the car (Are we there yet?) Talking life plans or muffin flavors, hmmm?

Greetings and Sallytations!   I took two of my grandchildren, ages 6 and 4, to the cabin last weekend. I totally blanked out how stressful a car ride is for two hours with small children. More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:07 AM

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

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

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

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

Concrete business diversifies with innovative laser artistry

EVELETH – To say that Clark Blackwood is exuberant about his business, Blackwood’s Concrete & Creations, would be an understatement. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

My Tattoo

This tattoo belongs to Ashley Allan of Zim. The butterfly and rose design are in memory of her grandmother. Ashley said, “She loved the colors purple and blue so I chose those as the main theme colors. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

U of M Gopher hockey facility to be renamed 3M Arena at Mariucci

ST. PAUL – The University of Minnesota and 3M announced a new sponsorship on Monday, the latest in a 90-year relationship between two of the state’s largest institutions. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

HOYT LAKES WATER CARNIVAL

A four-day festival of fun for all ages

HOYT LAKES – The first homes were built in Hoyt Lakes in 1954 as Erie Mining Company brought in employees for the new mining operation. In the fall of 1955 residents gathered together at Birch Cove on Colby Lake for a city picnic. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Driver and vehicle services limited during computer upgrades

STATEWIDE – Minnesotans who need to renew license plate tabs, transfer titles or complete other transactions will need to be aware of limited services July 17 – 24 when the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Super Saturday Market event in Hibbing July 15

HIBBING – The Hibbing Farmers Market is having their Super Saturday Market this Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. across from the Mc- Donald’s in Hibbing (1309 E. 49th St.). More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

# MESABI IS MAGIC

VIRGINIA – About six weeks from now, the new—and yet unnamed—Highway 53 relocation project bridge will be open for traffic. On Sunday, Aug. 20, at 4 p.m. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:09 PM

NAME THE BRIDGE

Submissi on deadline : July 15

What’s this bridge going to be called? YOU get to help decide! Send the Bridge Daze committee your best ideas for bridge names. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:09 PM

Mining Features

Great Lake iron ore trade up in April

CLEVELAND – Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 5.8 million tons in April, an increase of 8.8 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments topped the month’s 5-year average by nearly 21 percent.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

Road Machinery & Supplies celebrates 25 years with Iron Mining Association

VIRGINIA – The Iron Mining Association of MN (IMA) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The association represents Minnesota’s iron mines and more than 150 businesses that supply goods and services to the industry.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

Minnesotans are supportive of iron mining

DULUTH – Ninety-three percent of Minnesotans believe the state should continue to mine iron ore, according to results from the 2016 Minnesota State Survey.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

Real Estate

Our local “shifting” market

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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

Contests

INSTAGRAM PHOTO CONTEST!  Free Access 

#HTFBESTSUMMERSHOT

Follow @Hometownfocus for more contests. Win cash & prizes! INSTAGRAM PHOTO CONTEST! #HTFILoveMyPet / Oct. 9 – Nov. More...

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

Many rooms can serve double duty

Many homes do not have space for guest rooms, kids’ play areas and home theater lounges that are possible in homes with substantial square footage. But they may not be missing out at all.  More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:13 PM

How to protect your garden by keeping animals out

Many gardeners understand the frustration Add value that stems from seeing a garden destroyed by wildlife. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:13 PM

MPCA’s yard and garden tips: There are many benefits to a healthy lawn

For many of us Minnesotans, summer means getting out in the yard and garden. Here are a few tips to help give your lawn and garden an environmentally friendly boost this year.  More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Health

Coach Tom's Corner

For area athletes fall conditioning starts now

The 4th of July is behind us, the days are getting shorter and back-to-school displays are beginning to appear in stores. That can only mean one thing – fall sports are right around the corner. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

How to reduce your medication costs; it’s important to get kids moving

Q: The cost of my aunt's medications for blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, osteoporosis and depression sometimes is too much for her to pay, so (I just found this out) she makes choices about which prescriptions to fill, even with Medicare. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

Quick thaw for frozen shoulder; fresh-food pharmacies for healthy diets

Q: I was told that I have frozen shoulder. It's painful and restricting. What can I do for it, and what kind of specialist should I see for effective treatment? -- Roseanna G., Atlanta More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Massage for Your Health

Detoxifying your body through massage

You may be wondering why you would even need to detoxify your body since our bodies are made to detoxify on their own. Sometimes life gets hectic and our bodies are unable to keep up with everything we are throwing at them.  More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

Sore muscles? Maybe what you need is a massage

It’s summertime! Time for fun in the sun, picnics, family reunions, summer weddings and road trips to parts unknown. How much fun can all of these be?  More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Chair massage: A good introduction to the benefits of massage

What exactly is a chair massage? It is an excellent question that I was asked just last week. The person asking had read my article about giving chair massages during the graduation night event at Cherry High School. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

Sports

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

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

Calendar

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

DREAM MACHINES CAR CLUB MEMBERS REMINISCE

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

Exhibitors/Vendors

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Posted 4/15/2010 08:16 PM

Fishing

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

FISHING OPENER ROWDS? NOT WHERE I GO!

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

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

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

Storytellers

“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

SALOME'S STARS

LEO (July 23 to August 22) A new spurt of energy sends you roaring back into that challenging work situation. But be careful not to overdo it, or your sizzle could fizzle before your task is completed.   More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:13 PM

The Long Line

Reflections from a weekend of unplanned happenings

Tonight I am reflecting on the weekend and thinking about how sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is to step out of the everyday, go with the flow, and just enjoy life moment to moment. More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:13 PM

SALOME'S STARS

LEO (July 23 to August 22) A new spurt of energy sends you roaring back into that challenging work situation. But be careful not to overdo it, or your sizzle could fizzle before your task is completed.   More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 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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