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Iron Range Earth Fest presentations & workshop • April 26, 2014

Mt. Iron Community Center 10-10:45: Solar Energy: How You Can Shape Our Energy Future More...

PolyMet: Visit with us at Earth Fest

Hybrid cars. LED lights. Solar panels. Wind turbines. All of the above are required for sustainable energy solutions. They also require a number of metals – metals that the proposed PolyMet project will responsibly and economically mine. More...

Background on the Cross of the Messiah

The Messiah Lutheran Church dedicated the Cross of the Messiah, the processional cross that now leads us into worship, on December 1, the first Sunday of Advent. It was given in loving memory of Peggy Mattila by her husband Jack. More...

Young thespians enjoy being Small Parts Players

Since 2001 Small Parts Players Regional Children's Theater Company has been providing kids ages 7 – 18 with amazing opportunities for acting. More...

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Obituaries  Free Access 

Janet Marie Lundmark - 2014-04-18
Daniel Lee Greiner - 2014-04-18
Sigrid E. Gabrielson - 2014-04-18
Thomas V. Saranpaa - 2014-04-11
Linda Viita - 2014-04-11
Bruce L. Krensing - 2014-04-11
Norman F. Carlson - 2014-04-11
Melba Prelesnik - 2014-04-11
Florence Ranta - 2014-04-11
Sophie Dorothy Krize - 2014-04-04
Hazel Jean Anacker - 2014-04-04
Joan Brula - 2014-04-04
Glenn V. Hujanen - 2014-04-04
Gilbert W. Odella - 2014-04-04
Aune Esther Hofsommer - 2014-04-04


Real Estate

Tips for preparing your lake home or cabin for sale

Have you been thinking about selling your lake home or cabin? Perhaps you’ve wondered how the market is or what steps you can take to maximize More...

Pets  Free Access 

ASPCA reveals top animal poison concerns

Human medications cause most problems for pets

NEW YORK—In a new report released in March by the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), the Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) reveals that human medications once again tops the list of toxins most commonly i More...

Home & Garden Tips  Free Access 


Decorator Secret: Outdoor Spaces. Making them comfortable with practicality is a priority to ensure that your outside space is laid back and welcoming. How To: More...

Easter lillies

Easter lilies (Lilium longiflorum) have trumpet shaped flowers that symbolize purity, innocence, hope, peace and life. This plant has Biblical connections to Christ’s resurrection signifying rebirth and new beginnings. More...

Healthy for Life  Free Access 

Healthy FOR Life

Holy and happy sweetness, it’s Easter time!

I trust everyone is feeling their spirits rise as we celebrate new beginnings that are never-ending. And I can only imagine what you may be filling your Easter baskets and bellies with. More...

Sports  Free Access 

Cherry manages to kick off softball season

A little more white stuff this week which means it feels just like hockey weather, and since you mentioned it, the MN Wild are in the playoffs for the second year in a row. The Wild, with the 7th seed, takes on Colorado in a best of 7 series. More...

Out of the Blue  Free Access 

Out of the Blue

Saying goodbye is one of the toughest things to do in life. More...

Guest Columnists  Free Access 

Basic tips to keep your PC running well

Check RAM for errors, and replace modules if needed. More...


ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You might need to do a bit more investigating before making a career move. You do best when you come armed with the facts. A personal matter still needs tending to. More...

We the Iron Range Earth Fest

MT. IRON – Hometown Focus has been a sponsor of the Iron Range Earth Fest since its inception five years ago. We were thrilled when over 500 people attended that first year. Now attendance is over 1200 visitors annually. More...

Iron Range Earth Fest:

A successful university-community partnership

While “Going Green” has become one of the most commonly used phrases of the decade, true sustainable development is not only about the environment, or the economy or the community, but all of the above and much more. More...

Help our birds, butterflies and bees

Earth Fest presentation will tell you how

With a minimal budget and maintenance, how can you create a landscape to provide food, water and cover for birds, butterflies and bees, and the rest of your favorite fauna? What plants do well up North? What plants should you ask for at the nursery? More...

Carving stories: Two tales that are one

Editor’s note: Contributor Kristin Foster shares with us two tales that are really one, as only Kristin can tell it. These beautiful stories - of love, hope, and faith - are perfect for the Easter season. More...

Post script

I glimpsed the face of the man who had given the gift that funded the carving of this cross when he saw it for the first time about a week before Christmas. More...

Iron mining and the environment: Reclaiming the land

Before the first shovel can dip into the ground for the first time, iron mining facilities undergo an extensive environmental permitting process that reviews and sets parameters on water use, wetland mitigation, dust control, erosion prevention, over More...


News Briefs  Free Access 

Singspiration with Vic Eliason at Cook church

COOK – An evening of praise to God with singing of the hymns, gospel songs and choruses will be held at First Baptist Church in Cook on Sunday, Apr. 27, at 6:30 p.m. More...

VA Senior Center meeting notice

VIRGINIA – The Virginia Senior Center board and business meeting will be held on Tuesday, Apr. 29, at 1:30 p.m. at the Virginia Senior Center. The center is currently accepting rummage sale items. More...

Banners for Broadway to spruce up Gilbert

GILBERT – In an effort to spruce up Gilbert’s main street, a group of citizens has formed a committee, Banners for Broadway. More...

Range History  Free Access 



A s community and high school bands were a part of my growing up years in Buhl, I wanted to include them in the memoirs I was writing for my children. More...

Health  Free Access 

Generic drug safety; attack on sat-fat off target

Q: What’s the Food and Drug Administration doing about assuring the safety of generic drugs? -- Randy P., Flemington, N.J. More...

Hometown Recipes  Free Access 

Creative breakfast recipes and

a flat bread too good for words

This week we feature five great recipes from my friend Nancy Sertich of Chisholm. I’m trying to get those Chisholmites to contribute more often to HTF and Nancy was nice enough to respond to my request. More...

Focus On Veterans  Free Access 

Adaptive housing grant eligibility now automatic for Veterans with ALS

WASHINGTON- Veterans and active-duty military personnel with service-connected amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, are now presumed medically eligible for grants up to almost $68,000 to adapt their homes More...

Disability claims backlog reduced by 44 percent

WASHINGTON – One year after the backlog of pending disability compensation claims peaked at over 611,000 in March 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has reduced that number by approximately 44 percent to 344,000 claims – a redu More...

Sallyworld  Free Access 


Spring = potholes and coffee spills

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Janet Marie Lundmark

Janet Marie Lundmark, age 88, a longtime Virginia resident, died Saturday, April 12, 2014, in the Chestnut Grove Residence in Virginia. More...

Daniel Lee Greiner

Daniel Lee Greiner, age 59, longtime resident of rural Eveleth and formerly of Hibbing, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in his home following a 5 year battle with cancer. He was born December 7, 1954, in Virginia, MN to Robert L. More...

Sigrid E. Gabrielson

  Sigrid E. Gabrielson, 91, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Burnsville, Minn. More...

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