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Virginia High School presents the musical Once Upon a Mattress

VIRGINIA - Virginia High School is proud to present the musical comedy Once Upon a Mattress as their annual spring play series. More...

Olson: Sixty-one years straight at state tournament

Govie’s love of basketball spans a lifetime

VIRGINIA – If you wanted to find Floyd “Govie” Olson this weekend, you wouldn’t have to look very hard.  More...

Living well on a changing planet

An introduction to Iron Range Earth Fest 2017

MT. IRON – During the second week of March, my healthy young adult daughter was home from work with a high fever every day but Monday. On Wednesday, her three-year old daughter joined her with an even higher fever. More...

Fix-a-Leak Week: Fix household water leaks and save an average of 10,000 gallons a year

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is challenging residents to check for water leaks in their homes during national Fixa Leak Week, March 20-26. The average U.S. More...

University of MN Extension offers one-to-one services for financially distressed farmers

University of Minnesota Extension announced Wednesday it will begin offering one-to-one financial counseling to farmers in serious financial stress.  More...

Hibbing and Virginia farmers markets are seeking vendors

HIBBING – Hello readers! I am the secretary for the Hibbing Farmers Market. Our organization is growing and we have a lot of good things to share this summer. More...

Specialty crop research and development grants available

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is encouraging fruit, vegetable, and other specialty crop organizations to apply for Specialty Crop Block Grants to help increase the competitiveness of their crops. Applications are due by 4 p.m. More...

Annual State Procurement Opportunity Fair to be held March 30

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Administration’s Office of Equity in Procurement will hold its second annual State Procurement Opportunity Fair on Thursday, March 30, from 1 – 4 p.m. in St. Paul. More...

Workplace trends affecting administrative professionals; starting salaries are growing

The roles of administrative professionals continue to evolve. Executives who occupy corner offices tend to get much of the glory for a company’s success. More...

Some tips on how to manage time more effectively

Many people feel there are not enough hours in the day. But busy men and women need not look for extra hours in the day to manage their time more effectively.  More...

State exports at $19 billion in 2016; sales down 4 percent from previous year

Minnesota businesses exported $19 billion worth of agricultural, mining and manufactured products in 2016, a 4 percent drop from the previous year, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development More...

Virginia Fire Department

Run Report: March 13 – March 19, 2017

VIRGINIA – During the week of March 13 – March 19, 2017, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 79 times; eight were fire calls, 19 were transfers and 52 were 9-1-1 EMS calls.  The fire calls included being dispatched an More...

Obituaries

Home & Garden Tips

Stay out of the garden!

The most difficult thing to do at this time of the year is to stay off the lawn and out of the garden. The temps may be rising and the snow (or ice!) may be melting, but it’s best not to test Mother Nature. More...

SpaceLIFT

Decorator Secret:  Accessorizing your rooms  How To:   More...

Health

At-home genetic testing; there are many factors to kids’ obesity epidemic

Q: I'm thinking about using one of those mail-in genetics tests. Are they reliable? -- Gini W., Brooklyn, New York   More...

Kids’ meltdown behavior can be eased with communication, validation

The snow isn’t the only thing melting down lately. I would like to blame daylight saving time or the change in seasons, but I am sure it is my own stress levels causing the increase in meltdowns with my kiddos. More...

Business

IRS reminds taxpayers of April 1 deadline to take required minimum retirement plan distributions

The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers who turned age 70½ during 2016 that, in most cases, they must start receiving required minimum distributions (RMDs) from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and workplace retirement plans by Saturday, More...

Strong growth for majority of Minnesota is predicted by 4th quarter regional economic reports

The majority of Minnesota is expected to experience strong economic growth over the next several months, according to new economic reviews and forecasts released this month by Secretary of State Steve Simon and the St. More...

MN Business Snapshot data is available for purchase

Secretary of State Steve Simon announced last week that 115,227 businesses to date have participated in the Minnesota Business Snapshot—a new initiative designed to better serve Minnesotans and advance economic development by providing the publ More...

Sallyworld

SALLYWORLD: WEEK 333

Spring is in the air! Get pep in your step and reduce stress

Greetings and Sallytations!   More...

A T-shirt memory quilt for graduation; it’s not too late to make one

AURORA – Here’s my observation: Every family has a stack of “special” T-shirts. They may represent participation in dance, sports, charitable cause events, rock concerts, or life achievements. More...

Betty’s big adventure hiking one of the highest peaks amid a beautiful blue sea

I couldn’t sleep one night recently so I tried to put myself into a nice relaxing memory. I recalled the vacation my late husband, our son Damian and I enjoyed at St. Kitts. More...

Savvy’s artful illustration featured on Nestle Pure Life

AURORA – Mesabi East student Savannah Osufsen, 13, rarely goes anywhere without a sketch book and writing implement. More...

Unique fable is a Nathan Bergstedt and Sam Miltich collaboration

The Ballad of Newton Badger performances underway at Reif Center in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS – The Grand Rapids Players continues on with their mission to provide theatrical opportunities for all ages as it presents an original piece in their 2017 season. More...

My Tattoo

This tattoo belongs to Brittany Anaya-Rodberg of Virginia, MN. The design stands for the balance between good and bad. More...

I’Falls Outdoor Expo scheduled for April 7–8

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – The International Falls Outdoor Expo will be held Friday and Saturday, April 7 – 8, at Evangelical Covenant Church in International Falls. More...

Now accepting pre-orders for 2017 MN Grown Directory

Minnesota Grown is now accepting pre-orders for the 2017 Minnesota Grown Directory. The newest version boasts 1,031 member listings of local food and products from Minnesota producers. More...

SWOP’s spring ham dinner event features music by Cowboy Angel Blue

MT. IRON – The Summer Work Outreach Project (SWOP) is hosting its 21st annual ham dinner and silent auction with live music on Thursday, March 30, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Mountain Iron Community Center. More...

The right ways to update a résumé for a better chance at standing out among applicants

Many job seekers may benefit from revamping their résumés before beginning their search. More...

Minnesota is home to more than 500,000 small businesses

Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed March 22 to be “SBDC Day” in Minnesota, recognizing the important role that Small Business Development Centers play in supporting more than 500,000 small businesses in the state.  More...

Farm to table businesses are now booming

Consumers' appetites for local foods are growing, and restaurants have taken notice. More...

Reflections by David Hanson: Taking in the view in the Land of Sky Blue Waters

GHEEN – Over the years I've always told  people to stop once in awhile to take in the view as they drive around the country. Most of the time we are in such a hurry to get to work or get back home we speed for  no reason. More...

Pets

It’s Mighty Mutts time! Annual wing and beer fundraiser

HIBBING – The Mighty Mutts 7th Annual Wing and Beer Tasting Event will be held on Wednesday, March 29, from 5 – 7:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory in Hibbing. More...

Fascinating facts about our feline friends

Many cat owners are fascinated by their feline friends. Cats can be quirky, and their behavior often amuses their owners.  But there is more to cats than their quirky personalities. More...

Range History

WILLIAM J. BELL,

Disciple of the social gospel on Minnesota’s iron ranges

THIS WEEK IN RANGE HISTORY Part 2 of 2 More...

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

Shining in spring: a time for renewal

Welcome spring! Let us awaken into the renewal of the season. This is an opportune time in life to experience new beginnings and an awareness of ourselves and our surroundings. More...

Hometown Recipes

Round two of recipes from the 7th Annual MN Congressional Delegation Hotdish Off

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second week HTF is presenting recipes from the Hotdish Off competition. You can find these and other recipes from this annual event at www.franken. senate.gov. - Kirsten Reichel, HTF Staff Writer. More...

Focus On Veterans

Defense department announces the launch of “Code.mil,” an experiment in open source

The Department of Defense (DoD) announced the launch of Code.mil, an open source initiative that allows software developers around the world to collaborate on unclassified code written by federal employees in support of DoD projects.  More...

April is the Month of the Military Child; show your support on Purple Up Day

Recognizing the contribution that the military child makes as their parent or parents serve our nation, it is during April of each year that all branches of service provide special days and events to honor the family and their children.  Events More...

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

In January, I noticed an ad for a short story contest, the day before it was to begin. On a whim, I entered, even though short stories aren’t my thing. More...

Guest Columnists

SALOME'S STARS

LEO (July 23 to August 22) It’s time to stop licking your wounds from past mistakes. Get up and get going toward your future. Loyal friends will be there to help the Lion get back into riproaring shape.   More...

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