July 21, 2017 RSS feed / Features

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Obituaries

Home & Garden Tips

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...

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...

Health

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...

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...

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...

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...

Focus On Veterans

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Pets

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...

“Doggie breath” could be a sign of serious disease

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

Range History

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...

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...

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...

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...

Business

Minnesota again named among the top states for business in the nation

Minnesota is America’s Third Best State for Business in 2017, according to a new report released last week by CNBC. More...

$14.6 million in grants awarded for housing and infrastructure projects

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) awarded 26 grants totaling $14.6 million for rehabilitation and infrastructure projects in Greater Minnesota.  The funding under the Small Cities Development Program will hel More...

Tips offered for property tax refund filers ahead of August deadline

Homeowners and renters should file for their 2015 property tax refund before it expires on Aug. 15, 2017, says the Minnesota Department of Revenue. Claims for 2016 property tax refunds can also be filed on or before Aug. More...

Sallyworld

SALLYWORLD: WEEK 350

Enjoying the innocence of youth and a special birthday

Greetings and Sallytations!   More...

Guest Columnists

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...

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...

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