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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

Providing tender loving care for senior dogs

Senior dogs require some modifications in care so they can continue to enjoy a high quality of life.  More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Dogs sniff out their surroundings with a keen sense of smell

A profound sense of smell is one of the many interesting characteristics about dogs. Dogs’ noses secrete a thin layer of mucus to help keep them moist and enable them to absorb scents. More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:07 AM

Some reasons why dogs chase their tails

According to the pet adoption service Petfinder, dogs chase their tails for various reasons. Some dogs may be curious about the appendage or have a predatory instinct, while others may chase their tails just to get some exercise.  More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:07 AM

Police K-9 trials in Hermantown June 25 – 27

HERMANTOWN – The Hermantown Police Department and St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office are co-hosting the 2017 USPCA—Region 18 K-9 Trials. Trials are held annually throughout the state. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:45 PM

Be aware of pet vaccination side effects

Certain vaccinations for companion animals are recommended or required depending on where the pet will be living. Just like immunizations administered to humans, pet vaccinations are designed to help pets develop immunities to certain diseases.  More...

Posted 6/15/2017 11:50 PM

Make water safety a priority for your dog

Dogs have solidified their places in many families. Nowadays, more and more dogs accompany their pet parents on trips to the store, vacations and various recreational pursuits - including trips to the beach or the backyard pool.  More...

Posted 6/8/2017 11:09 PM

Plan ahead to make traveling with a pet easier

Traveling with pets has become much more commonplace than it used to be. Rather than leaving cats and dogs home or in the care of others, many pet owners now take their favorite companions on the road.  More...

Posted 6/1/2017 11:07 PM

Get ‘Tick’ed-off in May: Lyme Disease Awareness Month

The most common sign of Lyme disease in dogs include any of the following: lethargy, limping, swollen joints, fever, and not eating. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:28 PM

Paws & Claws holding rummage sale fundraiser June 10

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – Paws & Claws Koochiching County will be holding a rummage sale fundraiser on Saturday, June 10, from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. The rummage sale will be held at 2310 2nd Ave. E. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:28 PM

Labrador retriever is most popular breed for 26th year

The Labrador retriever does it again! More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:52 PM

Kallie shares photos of furry felines

EDITOR’S NOTE: The cats in these photos spent time at Borderland Humane Society in International Falls, but have since found their forever homes. “Please   More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:52 PM

Bonner Eye Clinic employees donate to Grand Itasca

DULUTH – The College of St. Scholastics on Friday celebrated accreditation of its new physician assistant (PA) program.  The designation was awarded by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:52 PM

Essentia Health welcomes nurse practitioner in I’Falls

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – Nurse practitioner Jennifer Hansen has joined the family medicine department at the Essentia Health-International Falls Clinic in International Falls.  More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:52 PM

St. Luke’s is first in area to offer clot-busting tool for stroke patients

DULUTH – St. Luke’s is doing something no other health system in the region is doing. It is offering a new clot-busting tool to stroke patients called an endovascular thrombectomy.  More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:52 PM

St. Luke’s electrophysiologist begins Hibbing outreach services

HIBBING – Dr. Jeffrey Munro, an electrophysiologist with St. Luke’s Cardiology Associates, is now seeing patients at St. Luke’s Hibbing Family Medical Clinic. Dr. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:52 PM

Kallie shares some fuzzy happiness with HTF readers

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photographer, Hometown Focus contributor and animal lover Kallie Kantos of International Falls wanted to share some fuzzy happiness with HTF   More...

Posted 5/11/2017 11:04 PM

Pet care costs, quirky pet facts and names

I find that I have become a regular at the Northland Animal Hospital in Virginia. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:44 PM

Why do dogs love to stick their heads out of car windows?

When was the last time you saw a dog with her head sticking out of the car window looking sad? Probably never because dogs just seem to love it so much.  More...

Posted 4/13/2017 11:08 PM

Busted: Internet myths and rumors, part II

In August 2016, the ASPCA asked the Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) to shed some light on petrelated myths and rumors commonly found on the Internet. More...

Posted 4/6/2017 11:20 PM

National Dog Bite Prevention Week moved to April 9-15

The National Dog Bite Prevention Week Coalition announced a permanent change of dates for the American Veterinary Medical Association’s long running National Dog Bite Prevention Week. More...

Posted 3/30/2017 10:36 PM

Natural Harvest program supports non-profits

VIRGINIA – Each month Natural Harvest Food Co-op of Virginia selects a local non-profit organization to be the recipient of its Change Within Reach donation program. More...

Posted 3/30/2017 10:36 PM

Fascinating facts about our feline friends

Many cat owners are fascinated by their feline friends. Cats can be quirky, and their behavior often amuses their owners.  But there is more to cats than their quirky personalities. More...

Posted 3/23/2017 10:56 PM

ASPCA announces the Top Pet Toxins of 2016

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) is your best resource for animal poison-related emergencies— 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. More...

Posted 3/16/2017 10:01 PM

4 Paws Sake: Gala fundraiser helps shelter animals

VIRGINIA – Mesabi Humane Society of Virginia held their “4 Paws Sake” annual gala fundraising event on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Gilbert Community Center. More...

Posted 3/3/2017 12:09 AM

AVMA launches programs to boost veterinary wellness

In an effort to protect the health and welfare of its members, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has launched two new mental wellness initiatives.   More...

Posted 2/16/2017 11:09 PM

“Doggie breath” could be a sign of serious disease

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

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM

How to determine if owning a pet is for you

Buying or adopting a pet is a big decision that requires careful consideration of a host of factors. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Cats meow to show their love

Animal verbalize in many different ways to communicate. One thing cat owners may notice is that cats have a tendency to meow as a form of speaking with humans. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Making tough end-of-life choices for beloved pets

End-of-life decisions are not something many pet owners think about when welcoming new pets into their homes. More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:07 AM

Online puppy scams nip hopeful pet owners

Warmer temperatures often spur would-be pet owners to action. Many, looking for puppies, turn to the internet and type in the dog breed they’re looking for, starting their search for the right pet that way.  More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:45 PM

Foods that cats and dogs should never eat

Nutritious diets are essential to long-term pet health. More...

Posted 6/15/2017 11:50 PM

Providing special care for your senior pet

Senior dogs require some modifications in care so they can continue to enjoy a high quality of life.  Dogs mature at faster rates than human beings. More...

Posted 6/8/2017 11:09 PM

How to help protect your pet from tick borne diseases

2017 is predicted to be one of the worst tick seasons in recent history. Tick borne diseases are a threat to humans and pets. Tick-borne diseases are transmitted when a tick attaches itself to a host and begins feeding on blood. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:28 PM

New Arrowhead Hunting Retriever Club to host hunt test

MOUNTAIN IRON – Calling all hunters, dog enthusiasts, and sportsmen alike, our community has a new club: the Arrowhead Hunting Retriever Club!  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:28 PM

Military dog now reunited with former Air Force handler

American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, and Crown Media Family Networks, home of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, proudly reunited United States Air Force Staff Sergeant Adam Wylie and his former More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:52 PM

Bonner Eye Clinic employees donate to Grand Itasca

Grand Itasca Foundation recently received a $145 gift from Bonner Eye Clinic employees for the “Close to Home” capital campaign for cancer care at Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:52 PM

Orthopaedic Associates surgeon’s specialty to benefit injured athletes at Ely and Hibbing clinics

DULUTH – Dr. Samuel Harms, one of Orthopaedic Associates’ board-certified orthopaedic surgeons, is now board-certified in the sub-specialty of sports medicine. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:52 PM

Fairview Range announces three new staff additions

HIBBING – Fairview Range welcomes Heather Larson, CNP, Nicole Granberg, CNP, and Jackie Haigh, CNS, to its medical staff.  More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:52 PM

Range Respite continues its Brown Bag Lunchtime Learning Series

VIRGINIA – The second session of Range Respite’s Brown Bag Lunchtime Learning Series will be held on Wednesday, June 7, from 12 – 1 p.m. at Range Respite in Virginia. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:52 PM

Help Precious Paws save dogs from euthanasia

CHISHOLM – Months ago, Precious Paws personnel started hearing about high-kill shelters in the south that were transporting animals up north to shelters that wanted to help save the lives of dogs—dogs that had a short time to live because More...

Posted 5/11/2017 11:04 PM

Simple tips on walking and enjoying outdoor time with your dog

Most of us know that we’re supposed to walk our dogs at least once a day, and yet studies have shown that 20 percent of us don’t even bother. More...

Posted 5/4/2017 10:42 PM

I would like to be a dog for a day

In my next life, I would like to come back as one of my dogs.  We currently have two dogs, a nine-year-old black Lab named Lulu and a tenyear old Miniature Schnauzer, Tilly, both in their golden years.  More...

Posted 4/20/2017 10:44 PM

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month!

Even though the ASPCA works year-round to prevent cruelty to animals, April is special because it is officially Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month! More...

Posted 4/6/2017 11:20 PM

Grand Itasca Volunteer Services donates $30,000

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Itasca Volunteer Services (GIVS) donated $30,000 to Grand Itasca Foundation’s “Close to Home” capital campaign for cancer and infusion care. More...

Posted 3/30/2017 10:36 PM

Upcoming events at Minnesota Discovery Center

CHISHOLM – Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm will be hosting its Artisan Market: Crafts to Crops on Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. More...

Posted 3/30/2017 10:36 PM

It’s Mighty Mutts time! Annual wing and beer fundraiser

HIBBING – The Mighty Mutts 7th Annual Wing and Beer Tasting Event will be held on Wednesday, March 29, from 5 – 7:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory in Hibbing. More...

Posted 3/23/2017 10:56 PM

Mesabi Humane Society seeks special adopters for special cats

VIRGINIA – The mission statement of Mesabi Humane Society (MHS) in Virginia is: “To promote the humane treatment of animals through sheltering, spaying and neutering, adoption and community education.”  More...

Posted 3/10/2017 12:00 AM

German shepherd dog “Rumor” wins Westminster Best in Show

The German shepherd dog “Rumor” of Edgerton, WI, won Best in Show and the Herding Group at the 141st Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City on February 13-14, 2017. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

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