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December 2, 2016 RSS feed / Features

Betty (Birnstihl) Pond's 2012 Christmas letter

Holiday greetings to all my favorite people in the whole wide world,  Meet the new man in my life (see enclosed photo.) He’s the strong, silent type. More...

Moose in Minnesota: Speculation on decline

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Sustainability Matters: A vegetarian Thanksgiving and a holiday challenge

IRON RANGE – It’s the Thanksgiving season, and that means it is time for family, food, and more food! With that in mind the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability (IRPS) November Sustainability Matters event focused on food.  More...

Average 2017 MNsure tax credits are higher than 2016

With more than four weeks of open enrollment in the books, more than 57 percent of Minnesotans enrolling in a private health insurance plan through MNsure are qualifying for financial help available only through the state-based health insurance marke More...

St. Luke’s recognized as Breastfeeding Friendly Business

DULUTH – St. Luke’s has been recognized as a breastfeeding friendly business by the Northland Breastfeeding Coalition.  More...

Mental Health Court probation officer funding approved

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – The St. Louis County Board has approved funding for Arrowhead Regional Corrections (ARC) to support a full time probation officer dedicated to working with participants in the Mental Health Court program. More...

Working moms volunteer the most, says study

One in four Americans volunteered through an organization and nearly two-thirds helped their neighbors last year, according to a new federal study released by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).  More...

Burl Ives readies for 2017 Itasca County Commissioner District 4 post

GRAND RAPIDS – “People are ready for change.” That’s how Harris Township resident Burl Ives, who calls himself plain-spoken, summarizes the recent elections.  For Ives that means a newly elected post as commissioner for I More...

Memorabilia sought for 125th county fair display

GRAND RAPIDS – The Itasca County Agricultural Association is celebrating its 125th county fair in August 2017. More...

Bois Forte and other reservation residents complete Blandin leadership program

GRAND RAPIDS – Twenty six residents of the Bois Forte, Fond du Lac and Grand Portage reservation communities returned Oct. 28 from a five-day leadership retreat. More...

Finnish “Little Christmas” celebration on Dec. 4

A Finnish "Little Christmas" celebration, Pikku Joulu, will be held at Faith United Lutheran Church, 8964 Hwy. 37 in Iron on Sunday, Dec. 4. More...

The United States: Republic or Democracy?

The question: Why does everyone say the U.S. is a Democracy when it’s really a Republic?  More...

Precautions urged: Zika virus outbreaks continue at warm-weather vacation destinations

If your holiday plans include booking travel to a warm-weather destination, health officials remind you to take precautions if your plans include areas where the Zika virus is circulating.  More...

Some tips to help you reduce waste during this holiday season

The holiday season is a time for families to gather and express their love and appreciation for one another. More...

LaMourea has podium finish at AMSOIL National

EVELETH – Matt LaMourea, age 12, of Eveleth competed at the season opener AMSOIL Duluth National Snocross event held at Spirit Mountain over Thanksgiving weekend. Matt is racing two classes this year, Transition 8-12 and Jr. More...

VFD’s ISO rating has been upgraded to Class 3

VIRGINIA – The Virginia Fire Department received the latest public protection classification (PPC) from Insurance Service Office, Inc. (ISO).  More...

Virginia Fire Department

Run Report: Nov. 21 – 27

VIRGINIA – During the week of Nov. 21 – 27, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 72 times: eight fire calls, 22 transfers and 42 EMS 9-1-1 calls. More...

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Home & Garden Tips

December is here

Winter is overdue in the Northland. There may be outdoor tasks left undone. Trees, shrubs, conifers, and perennials will benefit from heavy watering. Empty the rain barrels and water collection units onto those plants.  More...

SpaceLIFT

By Rosie Gams  Common space mistake:  Not creating or ignoring a focal point. It’s important to give the eye something to focus on.  The fix:   More...

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

December’s spirit of miracles

Welcome to the twelfth month of the year that encircles celebrations and appreciation. December brings us the time to revive our spirit and our hearts. It is an extraordinary time for giving as well as receiving. More...

Hometown Recipes

Sweet and salty hits the spot

Our editor, Jean Cole, was able to wrangle most of these recipes from some of her neighbors. A good combination of sugary and salty recipes to suit a variety of appetites. More...

Focus On Veterans

The National WWII Museum named No. 4 museum in the United States

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana was recognized as a winner in the 2016 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice™ awards for museums, ranking No. 4 in the nation and No. 11 in the world. More...

Veterans History Project highlights veteran artists with new web feature

The Veterans History Project (VHP) has launched “Art of War,” the latest installment in its online “Experiencing War” website series at www.loc.gov/vets/stories/ex-war-artofwar. html. More...

75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor event

There will be a program to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m. at the Minnesota Historical Society, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. in St. More...

Compassionate Friends: Supporting families

VIRGINIA - The Iron Range Chapter of The Compassionate Friends was established in September of 2013 as part of a nationwide support group system. More...

Angel of Hope – Children’s Memorial Park

VIRGINIA - The 8th Annual Candlelight Service at Children’s Memorial Park, located on the south side of Silver Lake, will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 6. More...

My (first) Christmas (as a widow) story

My granddaughter Stacy has a lot of sisu – that stubborn pride that those of us of Finnish descent are blessed/plagued with. If she takes a tumble she hollers out “I’m okay!” before she hits the ground. More...

Help them help others; be a Salvation Army bell ringing volunteer

VIRGINIA – The annual Volunteering and Civic Life in America research, released in November by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), shows 1 in 4 Americans volunteered through an organization and nearly two-thirds helped th More...

Consumers reminded to shop smart this holiday season

As Minnesotans prepare their holiday shopping lists, the Minnesota Commerce Department is reminding families to stay vigilant about the safety of toys and other products they buy for their children.  More...

Mesabi East High School 2016-2017 Quarter 1 Honor Roll

"A" Honor Roll   More...

Fairview Range’s Steven Dickson receives March of Dimes Nurse of the Year award

HIBBING – Fairview Range employee Steven Dickson was recently awarded the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year award in the category of Rural Health for his dedication to patients and the profession.  The March of Dimes recognizes nurses who d More...

Strong opposition to federal restrictions on mining in the region

Poll shows strong support for copper-nickel mining in northeastern Minnesota

By large margins northeastern Minnesotans support the development of new copper-nickel mines and oppose new federal restrictions on mining throughout the region. More...

Winter arrives across the Range

A perfect winter rural scene captured in Iron, MN. Photo by Paul Pluskwik. More...

Farm and Antique Association meeting in Blackberry

BLACKBERRY – The North Central Minnesota Farm and Antique Association (NCMFAA) will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the show grounds in Blackberry. More...

My Tattoo

This tattoo belongs to Michelle Milton of Virginia, MN. She is currently a nursing student at Hibbing Community College. She has several components to the tattoo which wraps all around her leg. More...

Celebrating 61st anniversary, NORAD is ready to track Santa’s flight

The North American Aerospace Defense Command is celebrating the 61st anniversary of tracking Santa’s yuletide journey! More...

What’s the deal with presidential pardons?

The question is: When did commuting a prisoner’s sentence at the end of a president’s term of office go into effect, and why do they do it?  More...

PTSD now qualifies for MN’s medical cannabis program

Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger today announced the decision to add post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a new qualifying condition for the state’s medical cannabis program.  More...

Friends of Ed Wahlberg Jr. make charitable donations

CHISHOLM – Funds raised during the Ed Ride 2016 in Chisholm were distributed to local charitable causes on Nov. 17. More...

Vote for Flame on! an Iron Range Makerspace project to receive grant funds

HIBBING – Iron Range Makerspace is one of 10 finalists up for public vote at Bernzomatic.com/grants. More...

Virginia adopts property maintenance code

VIRGINIA – The Virginia City Council recently adopted the Virginia Property Maintenance and Preservation Code, known as the VPMC, to replace the city’s current property maintenance codes.  More...

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Obituaries

David James Lane Jr. - 2016-12-02
Ruth Ann Leiviska Maki - 2016-12-02
Linda Grace Lucarelli - 2016-12-02
Florence J. Cerar - 2016-12-02
Ione Frances Marincel - 2016-12-02
Ronald Omer Cuff - 2016-12-02
John Alden Hendrickson - 2016-11-25
Eugene Raphael Korpi - 2016-11-25
Barbara Jean Hilmas - 2016-11-25
Bradley Arthur King - 2016-11-25
Eva Tufte - 2016-11-25
Andrew Jakob Mertely - 2016-11-18
Olive M. Stahl - 2016-11-18
David Joseph Ritacco - 2016-11-18
Betty M. Anderson - 2016-11-18
Erick R. Wallin - 2016-11-18

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Pets

PetMD offers 8 tips for caring for your pet in winter

Unless you’re one of the lucky ones living in one of the balmier states, you’ve felt the cold chill of winter arrive.  More...

Range History

Deck the halls (and know the reason why !) this holiday season

This Week in Range History

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all the other tales we tell at Christmas. They’re good stories and the basis of our holiday traditions. Or so we think. More...

Health

How women can lower their cancer risk; limit your exposure to hormone disruptors, and fight for their regulation

Q: With cancer rates are on the rise, especially the ones that affect women, what can I do to protect myself? -- Michelle S., Walnut Creek, California   More...

How to mentally prepare for the holidays

Thanksgiving starts the holiday season and a roller coaster of emotions. When I walk into the store and hear Christmas music I feel warm and cozy. I instantly want sugar cookies.  More...

Business

Fairview Range Home Care and Hospice named 2016 HHCAHPS Honors recipient

HIBBING – Fairview Range Home Care and Hospice has been named a 2016 HHCAHPS Honors recipient by HEALTHCAREfirst, a leading provider of web-based home health and hospice software, billing and coding services, and advanced analytics.  More...

Essar wins latest battle over mineral leases

A federal bankruptcy judge in Delaware has denied a state of Minnesota request to separate state controlled mineral leases from Essar Steel Minnesota's bankruptcy proceedings. More...

County Board schedules public meetings on budget

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – The St. Louis County Board will hold two public meetings to receive comments on its 2017 proposed tax levy and operating budget. The first meeting took place Dec. 1, in Virginia. More...

Sallyworld

SALLYWORLD: WEEK 318

Turkey gravy and holiday gift tips

Greetings and Sallytations!   More...

Guest Columnists

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Impact of tourism in greater SLC

We all know Duluth and the North Shore are amazing draws for tourists, but how much money do tourists and travelers bring to rural northeastern Minnesota?  More...

Lost life insurance? New online search tool helps find lost insurance policies

Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced that Minnesotans now have access to a new online service they can use to help locate lost life insurance policies or annuity contracts that belonged to a deceased family member.  More...

The benefits of umbrella insurance policies include excess liability coverage

Insurance policies come in various forms. There is a type of insurance to cover everything from motor vehicles to personal health to apartment dwellings. More...

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