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National Prohibition Act (Volstead Act)

Regulations for Eighteenth Amendment enforcement

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Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

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Jewish religious life on the Iron Range

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

Posted 9/14/2017 11:50 PM

The Civilian Conservation Corps: A different kind of summer camp

Program provided great benefit to Itasca County

THIS WEEK IN RANGE HISTORY The end of October probably isn’t the ideal time to be camping in Itasca County, although, you won’t encounter hordes of mosquitoes and flies and the waterways aren’t frozen. More...

Posted 8/31/2017 11:28 PM

Itasca County Fair celebrates

125 years of gathering

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Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

The Timpano Family:

There’s more to the story

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Posted 8/3/2017 10:27 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

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

The Laaksonens of Fairbanks: “One must expect disappointments”

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Part 2 of 2 EDITOR’S NOTE: This story and photos originally appeared in the Spring 2008 edition of Minnesota History Magazine. Reprinted with permission (sources omitted). More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Remembering the muscle car era: 1964-1974

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Although muscle car sales were relatively modest by Detroit production standards, they hold a big place in classic car history. In 1964, there were Oldsmobile, Chevrolet, and Pontiac muscle cars, with Buick joining in a year later. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

Flag Day

A history of the celebration of Old Glory

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Posted 6/8/2017 11:09 PM

Biwabik’s Modern Home Manufacturing Corporation

The beginning of the end of mining company towns

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Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

The uniqueness of fishing Itasca County Lakes and fish for the record books

ITASCA COUNTY – Are you feeling it yet? The itchy tingling fingers, the all-consuming attraction to shiny objects, and uncontrollable knot tying? Relax, it’s just the obsession with the Minnesota Fishing Opener. And there IS a cure. More...

Posted 5/11/2017 11:05 PM

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One hundred years and counting The story of Marquette Catholic School

VIRGINIA – If you aren’t yet familiar with Marquette Catholic School (MCS), we have been reaching and teaching the children of our area, in continuous operation, for one hundred years. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:45 PM

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Around the dining room table

Part 2 of 2   VIRGINIA – “Hello, is anybody home?” Larry Pickering, our neighbor from down the street had made an entrance through the porch and called his greeting from the front door after opening it a crack and poking his he More...

Posted 4/13/2017 11:08 PM

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Historical tidbits of forestry in Minnesota

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Posted 3/30/2017 10:37 PM

WILLIAM J. BELL,

Disciple of the social gospel on Minnesota’s iron ranges

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Posted 3/16/2017 10:01 PM

Drive-in restaurants:

Decades of popularity across the Iron Range

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Posted 3/3/2017 12:09 AM

The building of Giants Ridge:

A recreational landmark on the Iron Range

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Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

The building of Giants Ridge:

A recreational landmark on the Iron Range

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Posted 2/9/2017 11:47 PM

Grand Theft Auto on northside Virginia

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“Mom, Ricky’s got a nickel and wants to go to the store. Can I have a nickel?” I asked. Mom was in the kitchen cleaning up from breakfast. More...

Posted 1/19/2017 11:28 PM

TRACING the HOUND

The Minnesota Roots of The Greyhound Bus Corporation

On Tuesday, July 31, 1984, the city of Hibbing on the iron range region of northern Minnesota’s St. Louis County celebrated Greyhound Bus Day. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 10:06 PM

Why do we drop the ball on New Year’s Eve in Times Square?

When Adolph Ochs purchased the floundering New York Times in 1896, he made it his mission to make the newspaper the number one paper in all of New York. More...

Posted 12/30/2016 12:19 AM

Make the year ahead clutter-free

Many people feel the dawn of a new year provides an opportunity to clean the slate and begin anew. That notion can be applied in various ways, including around the house.  More...

Posted 12/30/2016 12:19 AM

Local church adaptations on the Iron Range

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IRON RANGE – In the past 110 years Virginia’s churches have undergone a number of changes. More...

Posted 12/23/2016 12:25 AM

United Way: Celebrating 50 years in NE MN

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CHISHOLM – When I decided to do a story on the 50th anniversary (1966-2016) of the United Way of Northeastern Minnesota (UWNEMN), I asked the staff there to send me some background info. More...

Posted 12/15/2016 11:54 PM

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Origins of the University of Minnesota Extension Service

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

Posted 9/14/2017 11:50 PM

MY ROOTS IN MINNESOTA My great-great-grandfather was Franklin Steele

Steele County | Franklin Steele Square | Bridge builder and much more

THIS WEEK IN RANGE HISTORY   I was considered somewhat of a nomad as I was growing up since our family moved to many different parts of the world due to my father’s career. More...

Posted 9/7/2017 11:55 PM

Eveleth’s 100-year-old Bratulich Building

BAKERY |STATE THEATER | CHURCH |GAS AND POWER CO. |CUSTOM LETTERING

EVELETH – After living in Hoyt Lakes, a planned community with its six styles of residential homes that was originally built for employees of Erie Mining Company, moving to Eveleth in 1992 was an enjoyable experience. More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:47 AM

The Timpano Family: The early years

THIS WEEK IN RANGE HISTORY PART 2 OF 2

HIBBING – Antoinette “Toni” Anderson, welcomed my daughter Mia and me into her home on July 10, 2017, to share the story of her great-uncle Tony Timpano coming to America and becoming established. More...

Posted 8/10/2017 10:02 PM

SPECIAL OLYMPICS

The world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities

Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing yearround training and competitions to 5.7 million athletes and Unified Sports partners in 172 countries. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 10:59 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

MY LEGACY TOUR IN TOIVOLA

The school, the cemetery, the homestead, the swinging bridge

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Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

The Laaksonens of Fairbanks: “One must expect disappointments”

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This story and photos originally appeared in the Spring 2008 edition of Minnesota History Magazine. Reprinted with permission (sources omitted). –Cindy Kujala, HTF Interim Editor More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:07 AM

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Emergency services: Do you call 9-1-1 if your CAT is on fire?

ITASCA COUNTY – “9-1-1, what’s your emergency?”  “My cat’s on fire,” a man yells in panic.  “Sir, by the time we send someone out to your location…”  “Listen to me,&rdq More...

Posted 6/15/2017 11:50 PM

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KARL EMIL NYGARD: Minnesota’s Communist mayor

PART 2 OF 2 This story and photos originally appeared in the Fall 2002 edition of Minnesota History Magazine. Reprinted with permission More...

Posted 6/1/2017 11:08 PM

KARL EMIL NYGARD:

Minnesota’s Communist mayor

THIS WEEK IN RANGE HISTORY EDITOR’S NOTE: This story and photos originally appeared in the Fall 2002 edition of Minnesota History Magazine. Reprinted with permission (sources omitted). –Cindy Kujala, HTF interim editor More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

Some vanished settlements of the Arrowhead country

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This story and photos originally appeared in the Summer 1955 edition of Minnesota History Magazine. Reprinted with permission (sources omitted). –Cindy Kujala, HTF interim editor   More...

Posted 5/4/2017 10:43 PM

Extra! Itasca! Read all about it! Newspapers: Some come, come go, others last for decades

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ITASCA COUNTY – It’s pretty apparent that “like attracts like,” even when it comes to immigrants. More...

Posted 4/20/2017 10:45 PM

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Around the dining room table

Part 1 of 2   More...

Posted 4/6/2017 11:20 PM

WILLIAM J. BELL,

Disciple of the social gospel on Minnesota’s iron ranges

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Posted 3/23/2017 10:57 PM

From beading to drums, leather, wood, metal and more

Originality is the hallmark of true artisans and craftsmen

ITASCA COUNTY – I apologize. For years I’ve said I can’t stand arts and crafts. I think it’s because I always considered them to be synonymous with knick-knacks and trinkets (which I still can’t stand!). More...

Posted 3/10/2017 12:01 AM

Giants Ridge development over the years

BIWAIBK – This week we’re sharing the third and final history segment on the building of Giants Ridge (p. 38-39) written by one of the pioneers of the Ridge, Duane Ramfjord. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

The building of Giants Ridge:

A recreational landmark on the Iron Range

THIS WEEK IN RANGE HISTORY  Remembering The Hill in the earliest days   More...

Posted 2/16/2017 11:09 PM

Foods of northern Minnesota:

A melting pot where great flavors abound

ITASCA COUNTY – Like all of northern Minnesota, Itasca County is a melting pot of ethnicities. All those varied ethnic heritages have flavored this area with yummy tastes and traditions. More...

Posted 2/3/2017 12:08 AM

Scrapbook of World War II clippings

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VIRGINIA - Last spring I received a phone call at work that excited me. I work at the Heritage Museum which houses a large archival collection and is operated by the Virginia Area Historical Society. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:52 PM

The story of how two friends elaborately re-gifted the same pair of pants for over two decades

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Posted 12/30/2016 12:19 AM

The history of spoons, forks, and knives

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Posted 12/30/2016 12:19 AM

Resolving to unplug from devices

Many people now spend ample time each day texting, posting to social media and watching videos on their smartphones. More...

Posted 12/30/2016 12:19 AM

Architecture of regional houses of worship

During the summer of 2016, B’nai Abraham Museum and Cultural Center in Virginia hosted an exhibit on the architecture of regional houses of worship. More...

Posted 12/23/2016 12:25 AM

NOEL WIEN: Aviation Hall of Famer

Cook native was the “Father of Alaska Bush Flying”

This week I’m sharing the compelling story of Noel Wien, a native of Cook, MN, who had an incredible career as an Alaskan bush pilot – and so much more. More...

Posted 12/8/2016 10:22 PM

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