June 23, 2017 RSS feed / Features

Northern Cruisers Car Club hosting 33rd Annual Weekend of Wheels

GRAND RAPIDS – In the early 1970s, about a dozen guys from the Grand Rapids area were definitely into cars. They talked cars and they had cars. More...

“Minnesota steel makes Chevy muscle”

Car club’s international meet set for Hibbing in July

HIBBING – The Chevrolet Impala was the bestselling automobile in America – ever, in a single year – in 1965, selling an astounding 1,046,514 cars, including the Impala SS.  Mike Philippi owns one of them, an artesian turquoise More...

Civic pride: Finding the Olcott Park Fountain in Paris

“We are going to Paris in May.” That’s what my wife, Roxanne, told me in November 2016. My wife is not a “high-maintenance” woman, so I was a bit surprised by her statement. “Really?” I replied. More...

Lyme disease: What you don’t know could hurt you

A week ago I woke up not feeling well. I found myself drenched in sweat, lying on the floor after almost passing out. My daughter, Emma, had been home from college and not felt well. More...

LCP’s Operation Round Up ® gives more than $39,000 to community programs

GRAND RAPIDS – Through the assistance of Lake Country Power's participating members, the Operation Round Up® Trust Board recently approved $39,700 in contributions to local community programs during its quarterly meeting.  More...

June quilt selection on display at Virginia library

VIRGINIA – The quilt selected for June display at the Virginia Public Library was designed by local quilt artist Barbara Tupy of Going to Pieces Quilt Guild. More...

UWNEMN President’s Corner: Wild About Reading is free fun for families

CHISHOLM – One of the reasons I love United Way of Northeastern Minnesota (UWNEMN) is that it is an independent nonprofit organization that can address community needs and be flexible to create unique programs and events for our area. More...

Climbing wall opens to public at Giants Ridge; special offer in June

BIWABIK – Feel like climbing the wall? A 32-foot tall climbing wall, the only of its kind in northeastern Minnesota, is open to the public at Giants Ridge. More...

June is proclaimed Finland 100 Month; celebrate the 4th of July in Mt. Iron

From the City Council:   ACTION TAKEN AT THE JUNE 5, 2017, MEETING:  Proclaimed the month of June 2017 as “Finland 100 Month,” honoring Finland’s 100 years of independence as a country, as well as recognizing the large Fin More...

Local artist, organizations receive funding from regional arts council

IRON/ELY – Nathan Bray of Iron was awarded a $7,000 Artist Fellowship Grant to help develop new large-scale indoor and outdoor sculptures including wheel thrown and assembled sculptural forms. Some of the new works will incorporate lighting. More...

Change Within Reach donation made to Dustin Damm Memorial Fund

Customers of Natural Harvest Food Co-op in Virginia donated $1,614.12 to the Dustin Damm Memorial Fund in April through the Change Within Reach program. More...

Highway 53 relocation project progresses well in final months

VIRGINIA – Work continues at a steady pace in the final two months for the Hwy 53 relocation project.  More...

RAMS stands with Enbridge on Line 3 replacement project

The RAMS (Range Association of Municipalities & Schools) board of directors stands with Enbridge on the validity and need for the Line 3 replacement project. More...

Three ways aging drivers can see better at night

Many drivers are less comfortable driving at night than during the daytime. Despite the fact that far more vehicles are on the road during the daytime than at night, studies have shown that approximately 65 percent of accidents occur at night.  More...

Obituaries

Home & Garden Tips

Are you troubled by pantry pests?

Those tiny insects that find a home in your pantry staples contaminate more food than they actually consume. They love all the dried foods that are found stored in cupboards and pantries. More...

How to streamline household cleaning

Travel down the cleaning aisle of a neighborhood store and you will be met with product after product designed for specialized cleaning. More...

Health

Coach Tom’s Corner

Weight loss is essential in maintaining good health

For National Employee Health and Fitness Month (yes, that’s a real thing in May) I was doing some staff wellness programming for a regional employer. More...

Read the labels: Healthy foods may actually cause weight gain

A desire to lose weight compels many people to pursue healthy lifestyles. Foods dubbed as "healthy" foods may not help people lose as much weight as they hope. More...

Food allergies; take your blood pressure meds and save your life

Q: What's with everyone always worrying about food allergies? Is this hysteria or medically real? I mean, I can't even send my son to school with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! --Rosemarie F., Springfield, Missouri   More...

Business

PolyMet strengthens its finance team with new CFO appointment June 15

HOYT LAKES – PolyMet Mining Corp. announced the appointment of Patrick Keenan as chief financial officer of PolyMet effective June 15, 2017. More...

NorthRidge Community Credit Union announces promotions, staff addition

VIRGINIA/HOYT LAKES/ BIWABIK/ELY – NorthRidge Community Credit Union (NRCCU) announced two promotions and an addition to the member services staff.  More...

Reduced Conflict Intersections are reducing deaths

A new safety study by the Minnesota Department of Transportation shows that the state’s Reduced Conflict Intersections are saving lives.  More...

Guest Columnists

The Long Line

When summer rolls around: Celebrating midsummer or “juhannus”

Is it just me, or does it almost seem like a miracle each year when summer finally rolls around? Here in Minnesota, it is not a secret that our winters are dark, harsh, and long. More...

SALOME'S STARS

LEO (July 23 to August 22) Heed that keen Leonine instinct. It’s trying to tell you to delay making a decision until you’re sure there are no hidden problems that could cause trouble later on.   More...

Dream Machines Car Club holding raffle

VIRGINIA – The Dream Machines Car Club is currently selling $5 raffle tickets. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Olcott Park Fountain Project and the MS Foundation. More...

Squires Car Club of Hibbing: 60th anniversary was celebrated in 2016

HIBBING – The Squires Car Club was originally organized in 1956 by a bunch of teenagers not only trying to keep their cars running, but also trying to help others who encountered trouble on the road. More...

Chisholm’s car club revisited: The Road Knights cruise again

CHISHOLM – We didn’t plan this edition of Hometown Focus looking at classic car clubs to coincide with the 44th Annual Back to the Fifties Weekend at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, it just happened that way—a happy coincidence you More...

Run Rampage at the Ridge extreme 5K to benefit Iron Range veterans

BIWABIK – As we celebrate the Fourth of July and our country’s independence, we also keep in mind our veterans and current members of the armed forces. They fought for and continue to fight for our freedom. More...

Gracie’s Bears bring comfort during a time of tragedy

HIBBING – For Talia and Dan Sandys of Side Lake, the weeks leading up to the birth of their daughter at Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing were a blur of worry, heartache and tears.  More...

Summer theatre kids camp performances Friday and Saturday

Two productions, 65 local thespians take to stage in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS – The Grand Rapids Players presents this year’s summer theatre kids camp performances of “The Reluctant Dragon” and “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.,” both made popular by Walt Disney. More...

Exploring the classic/historical car hobby; it’s rewarding for many

Car enthusiasts appeared as soon as the automobile was introduced to the general public in the 18th and 19th centuries. More...

Historical scrapbooks can honor older relatives

There are so many different and creative ways for families to showcase their heritage and honor a grandparent or other special senior. More...

White Community Hospital Foundation donates AEDs to communities

EAST RANGE – The communities of Aurora, Biwabik, Hoyt Lakes, and Town of White were recently on the receiving end of a life-saving donation. More...

Virginia Fire Department Run Report: June 12-18, 2017

During the week of June 12-18, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 97 times: 21 transfers, 27 fire calls, and 49 EMS 9-1-1 calls. More...

Ten communities selected for 2018 training in Blandin Leadership Programs

GRAND RAPIDS – As part of its commitment to strengthening rural communities, Blandin Foundation has named 10 communities where it is making available Blandin Leadership Program training in 2018.  More...

Spring Art Expo reception to be held at NWFA Gallery on June 30

COOK – A reception will be held at the Northwoods Friends of the Arts Gallery in Cook on Friday, June 30, at 5:30 p.m. More...

CCF plans July 31 annual golf outing

CHISHOLM – The Chisholm Community Foundation will hold its 22nd annual golf outing on Monday, July 31, at Mesaba Country Club in Hibbing. Registration will take place at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at 12 p.m. The entry fee is $90 per person. More...

Hearing reveals strong divisions about Enbridge Line 3 replacement project

A public hearing at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College on June 13, suggested the American Indian community does not support the Line 3 replacement proposed by Enbridge Energy Partners.  More...

New study: Economic impact of Enbridge Line 3 will be massive

The Enbridge Line 3 replacement project will create approximately 8,600 jobs and will represent an investment of more than $2 billion in the 15-county study area of Minnesota according to a new economic impact study.  More...

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Pets

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...

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...

Range History

Remembering the muscle car era: 1964-1974

THIS WEEK IN RANGE HISTORY

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...

Massage for Your Health

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...

Hometown Recipes

SALADS TO CHALLENGE YOUR TASTE

The following recipes are from a cookbook called Twenty Dinners by Ithai Schori and Chris Taylor. I was looking for some different salad recipes and the three listed certainly are. More...

Focus On Veterans

Outgoing VFW commander wants veterans respected for their service

Over the centuries millions of Irish people left these shores. Many went on to become leading business, political and community leaders. More...

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

It was announced recently that Randy Moss will be inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor. Happy for the guy; he’s still my favorite athlete I ever watched as an adult. He’s my age and a fellow West Virginian. I feel connected to him. More...

Sallyworld

SALLYWORLD: WEEK 346

The woes of interrupting Wild and Wacky Wednesday

Greetings and Sallytations!   As many of you may know I work at the Mt. Iron Public Library. During the summer, I'm quite busy with our unique reading program called Wild and Wacky Wednesday. More...

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