Take a drive through the new Highway 53

Contributor Floyd Luomanen (Above the Range LLC) shot a video from his dash cam of a drive through the (nearly-completed) Highway 53 relocation project. He includes descriptions of various landmarks along the route. Check back for a drone video of the competed project in the near future.

October 13, 2017 RSS feed / Features

Seeds of kindness in the face of tragedy

When it is hard and you are doubtful, give more. –Francis Chan   More...

The beauty of old friends: Yes, you CAN go home again

“Breezy days deserve the union of two old friends.” –Sanober Khan, A touch, a tear, a tempest   More...

Pilot John Mohr enjoys the freedom and serenity of flying

EDITOR’S NOTE – I met John at the recent Adventure Seaplanes fly-in event that was held in at the Tower airport (see article pp. More...

Linda Bergerson quilt on display at VPL

VIRGINIA – The quilt selected by Going to Pieces Quilt Guild for display at the Virginia Public Library is perfect for the month of October. Pieced and quilted by local artist   More...

2017 State 4-H Dog Show Results

North St. Louis County

(Order of ribbons given is blue, red, white, with blue being the highest finisher.)   More...

What Minnesotans should do now to prepare for MNsure open enrollment

STATEWIDE – To prepare Minnesotans for the 2018 open enrollment period, MNsure recommends the following steps:  Confirm your username and password. More...

Snowden’s memory preserved on commemorative football

Vikings honor “Frog,” seven-year-old girl killed by drunk driver last Mother’s Day

BUHL – “My life has been hell,” is how Christa Johnson described the half year since tragedy struck this past Mother’s Day. “I don’t cope; I just manage to keep breathing.”  More...

My Tattoo

This tattoo belongs to Idell Henderson of Virginia. Sixteen years ago, Idell surprised her daughter by gifting a tattoo to her at Lenny’s  More...

A Firefighter Challenge

The Mesabi Family YMCA hosted the 2017 Firefighter Challenge event on Saturday, Sept. 30, which included 12-obstacle courses for ages 12 and up, along with a kids’ course. More...

Fire Prevention Week: Plan Two Ways Out Campaign presents critical home escape planning, practice messages

Knowing that today’s homes burn faster than ever, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced “Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out” as the official theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, October More...

Obituaries

Home & Garden Tips

Celebrate apple season

If you made it to the Bayfield Apple Festival, you were flooded with a wide variety of the most delicious apples grown. The University’s Apple House is located at the arboretum in Chanhassen. The Apple House is open daily from 10 a.m. More...

Creative uses for fallen leaves

Millions of leaves fall from tree boughs each fall. More...

Fall the ideal time to plant bulbs

The arrival of cooler weather marks a prime time to plant bulbs that will bloom come spring and summer. Bulbs should be planted as soon as the ground is cool, ideally when temperatures average between 40 and 50 degrees. More...

Massage for Your Health

The rewards of massage

Susan Santi is a certified massage therapist and owner of Ahhh Massage in Virginia, MN. Feel free to contact her with questions at 218-410-2144.   More...

Business

First phase of I'Falls airport terminal work complete

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – Phase One construction of the $10 million passenger air service terminal building at the Falls International Airport is complete, contractor Kraus-Anderson announced.  More...

Minnesota has 122,900 job vacancies in second quarter 2017, up 26 percent

STATEWIDE –Minnesota employers reported more than 122,900 job vacancies in the second quarter of 2017, indicating the state labor market is extremely tight as baby boomers retire from the workforce and moderate job growth continues, according t More...

Governor Dayton proclaims “Cybersecurity Awareness Month” in Minnesota

STATEWIDE – October is “Cybersecurity Awareness Month” in the state of Minnesota, as proclaimed by Governor Mark Dayton and Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith. More...

Guest Columnists

The Long Line

Living fossils: Wrangling big sturgeon on the Rainy River

The prehistoric sturgeon is Minnesota’s largest species of fish. They are considered living fossils and can live to over 100 years. More...

SALOME'S STARS

LEO (July 23 to August 22) Resist that occasional lapse into Leonine laziness that sometimes overtakes the Big Cat. Don’t cut corners. Do the job right at this time, or you might have to redo it later.   More...

COMMUNITY TO VOTE ON REFERENDUM ON NOV. 7

A GIANT need for students and the Mesabi East community

AURORA – This summer saw Mesabi East School in Aurora shine at the Track and Field State Championships at Hamline University. More...

ADVENTURE SEAPLANES OF TOWER

Offering a variety of flight experiences and a future career

In July I was given the opportunity to interview the owners of a new business at the Tower airport – Adventure Seaplanes. The article appeared in the July 21 edition of HTF. More...

BoomTown to host interviews in Eveleth, Hibbing

EVELETH/HIBBING – BoomTown Woodfire in Eveleth and the anticipated BoomTown Brewery and Woodfire Grill in Hibbing (opening date TBD in December) are co-hosting open interviews for all positions for both locations on Tuesday, Oct. More...

Fall color fly-in event held at 12D Tower Airport

TOWER – Adventure Seaplanes celebrated its new location at the Tower Airport by hosting a fall color fly-in. Attendees came from as far away as Florida and Missouri to see the business’s new location.  More...

North St. Louis County 4-H’ers present their best at dog show

NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY – Five 4-H youth from north St. Louis County participated in the Minnesota 4-H State Dog Show Sept. 23 – 24, 2017. More...

Energy Assistance Program can help homeowners and renters Minnesotans can seek winter protection under the Cold Weather Rule

STATEWIDE – As temperatures drop and heating bills rise, the Minnesota Department of Commerce and Minnesota Public Utilities Commission want Minnesotans to know about help that is available from the state’s Cold Weather Rule and Energy As More...

Art crawl. What is it? Find out on Thursday in Virginia

VIRGINIA – What is an art crawl? It is a community event in which various businesses host an artist for the duration of one month, while hosting the monthly reception on the same night at the same time resulting in an art crawl. More...

St. Michael’s Foundation 34 chili cooks showcased at fundraising event 8th annual Chili Cook-off

VIRGINIA – St. Michael’s Foundation’s signature event—the annual chili cook-off—showcased 34 chili cooks in three categories: Individual, Clubs and Organizations, and Professional. More...

Virginia Fire Department Run Report: Oct. 2 – Oct. 8, 2017

VIRGINIA – During the week of Oct. 1 – 8, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 79 times: five fire calls, 25 transfers, and 49 EMS 9-1-1 calls. The fire calls were lift assists and dispatched and canceled.  More...

Firefighter Challenge held at Mesabi Family YMCA

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Pets

October is American Humane’s adopt-a-dog Month

Be a hero to dogs young and old at your local shelter

Each October, American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization and the nation’s leading first responder for animals in need, encourages animal lovers to consider adopting a dog from a local shelter or rescue group in hono More...

Range History

This week in Range History - Part 2 of 3

Down the Vermilion River in 1908 with Bert Everett

EDITOR’S NOTE – The following is the second in a series of a history segment. The first of the series was published in the HTF Sept. 29 edition. The story is from the book Down the Vermilion River in 1908 with Bert Everett. More...

Health

Final 2018 health insurance rate information released for Minnesota

Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman released the 2018 insurance company rates for individual and small group health plans in advance of the open enrollment period that begins on Wednesday, Nov. More...

St. Scholastica receives $1.33 million federal support to strengthen rural healthcare

DULUTH – The College of St. Scholastica has been awarded $1.33 million by the federal government to offer stipends to graduate clinical social work students.  More...

Talking with kids about sex is an important part of parenting

Parents, the time is now – it’s Let’s Talk Month in Minnesota

From “Where do babies come from?” to discussing teenage relationships, talking about sex is an important part of parenting that can make for some pretty interesting stories.  More...

Hometown Recipes

Wild rice: A very versatile grain

Wild rice season is upon us. From what I understand, the yield has been pretty decent this year. I try to get about 20 pounds each season to make sure there is enough to last to the next year (or have a stash in case there is a bad year for rice). More...

Focus On Veterans

50 years after 1968, How far have we come? “The 1968 Exhibit” returns to the Minnesota History Center, Dec. 23

ST. PAUL – 1968: There has never been another year like it, before or since. It began with the Tet Offensive, the turning point of the Vietnam War, and never let up. The year saw the assassinations of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. More...

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Death is a word or subject we often tiptoe around. The physical finality of it is so difficult. It’s indiscriminate. And it’s often unexpected.  More...

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