April 21, 2017 RSS feed / Features

March of Dimes kicks off biggest fundraiser to help babies be born healthy

VIRGINIA – Hundreds of families and business leaders are joining together at the 2017 Range March for Babies, the March of Dimes annual fundraiser and the biggest local event to help more babies get a healthy start in life. More...

Eveleth-Gilbert Drama Guild presents Almost, Maine

EVELETH/GILBERT – The Eveleth- Gilbert Drama Guild will present the romantic comedy Almost, Maine on April 27, 28 and 29 in Eveleth.  More...

Choralaires to present spring concert on May 5

VIRGINIA – The Choralaires will present their spring concert on Friday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Virginia. There will be a variety of musical selections, as well as musical stylings from small groups, duets and solos. More...

Minnesota makes it easier to get opiate overdose reversal drug at pharmacies

Minnesota is making it easier for Minnesotans to get the opiate overdose reversal drug naloxone for themselves, family members or others at risk of an overdose.  More...

Bridge City Music Festival at Miners next Saturday

Day-long Christian music event looks to grow in second year

VIRGINIA – The Bridge City Music Festival will open in Virginia for the second year in a row on Saturday, April 29. More...

Public forum explores the question: What makes a good citizen?

COOK – Community leaders and activists will explore the question “What Makes a Good Citizen?” in a panel discussion to be held Thursday, April 27, from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Cook Community Center in Cook.  More...

Natural Harvest Food Co-op is moving to new, eco-friendly building

VIRGINIA – Natural Harvest Food Coop, the Iron Range’s largest food cooperative, will open the doors of their brand new eco-friendly store on Wednesday, April 26. The new store, located at 732 N. 4th St. More...

Virginia High School 2016-2017 Quarter 3 Honor Roll

“A” HONOR ROLL  GRADE 12   More...

A sandhill crane forages in the Sax-Zim Bog

This sandhill crane was photographed by Andrene Myrum of Hibbing in the Sax-Zim Bog (Forbes, Toivola, Meadowlands area). More...

Local citizens, community agencies discuss the effects of federal budget cuts

GRAND RAPIDS – Over 60 people gathered at the library in Grand Rapids last week to discuss how the proposed federal “skinny” budget would affect people living in the Grand Rapids area. More...

April quilt selection at Virginia Public Library is a story of deep friendship

VIRGINIA – The April quilt on display at the Virginia Public Library is a perfect story of friendship through the years. Titled "Fifty Squares for Fifty Years" this quilt was given to Kim Johnson in honor of her 50th birthday. More...

Simple steps keep backyard poultry-keepers safe

Springtime means many Minnesotans are starting their personal poultry flocks for the season. Poultry, such as chickens and ducks, are often ordered through the mail or purchased at local feed stores. More...

Obituaries

BillyJoe Moberg - 2017-04-28
Mary Ann Lund - 2017-04-28
Patrick Daniel Berg - 2017-04-28
Emma Jean Dunbar - 2017-04-28
Joe Lee Korva - 2017-04-21
Leona Mae Wilson - 2017-04-21
Allan Richard Olsen - 2017-04-21
David Francis Milos - 2017-04-21
Mariann W. Wood - 2017-04-21
Marilyn J. Lilya - 2017-04-21
Marvel Louise Klimek - 2017-04-14

Home & Garden Tips

Get ready to garden!

We avoided an April blizzard, so it is officially garden fever season! Let’s hope there is no more snow on the way. Now is a good time to send soil samples to the University before planting. More...

SpaceLIFT

Decorator Secret:  Using color to set the mood! RED…  How To:   More...

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

Happy 9th anniversary Hometown Focus!

Welcome to the 425th Healthy for Life column and in also celebrating the 9th anniversary of Hometown Focus. It has been a tremendous adventure living and learning about my community through this paper. More...

Hometown Recipes

Hometown Focus staff share cake recipes in honor of our 9th anniversary

In keeping with the 9th anniversary theme of this week’s edition of Hometown Focus, we thought it would be fun to get cake recipes from members of our staff. More...

Focus On Veterans

Using horses to treat PTSD

Veterans benefit from equine therapy to adjust to being home

Horses are amazing creatures. They attract attention wherever they are seen, grazing in a field or even the center attraction in a parade. They are timeless and often remind us of strength, gracefulness and freedom. More...

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

I woke up Tuesday with a migraine. Don’t know where it came from. And like an unwanted guest, it lingered.  More...

Sallyworld

SALLYWORLD: WEEK 337

Sally congratulates Hometown Focus on their 9th anniversary and plans a new diet strategy

Greetings and Sallytations!   More...

LET’S TRAVEL!

My undersea adventures on the Mayan Barrier Reef

Roatan is located approximately 40 miles off of the northern coast of Honduras. It is located in the Caribbean Sea on the Mayan Barrier Reef. The main industry of Roatan is tourism, which includes scuba diving, cruise ships and eco-tourism. More...

What is it like being a staff writer?

I consider myself a newbie at Hometown Focus even though I have been on the editorial staff since August of 2015. Often times I am asked what it’s like working for the paper; I love it even though it’s a crazy ride. More...

Band concert to be held at Eveleth City Auditorium

EVELETH – The Mesabi Community Band, under the direction of Paul Helfter, will make history when it plays the first concert in the newly restored Eveleth City Auditorium on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m.  The concert will commemorate renowned More...

HTF loves contributors of ALL ages

The Alaspa siblings from Embarrass were frequent visitors to the HTF booth at the Iron Range Home Sport and Travel Show in Virginia in March. More...

Skills Fair presents diverse opportunities

EVELETH – The Eveleth campus of Mesabi Range College was a busy place on April 6th as students from many area high schools including Virginia, Grand Rapids, Cherry, Hermantown, Bigfork, North Woods and Mesabi East attended the Skills & Know More...

It’s easy to become an HTF contributor

We invite you to join the growing ranks of Hometown Focus contributors! Over 700 community members have shared their news, stories, photos, history, recipes and videos with us. More...

Area colleges hold joint Engineering Ethics Conference for students at HCC

Approximately 200 Itasca Community College Engineering and Iron Range Engineering students and program personnel participated in a joint Engineering Ethics Conference on March 16 at Hibbing Community More...

Serving Virginia—the Queen City—is rewarding

VIRGINIA – I have just completed my first three months on the Virginia City Council. It has been an incredible experience learning about city government.  More...

My Tattoo

This tattoo belongs to Tiffany Tahija of Chisholm. The main portion of the tattoo is made up of the paw prints of  Tiffany’s two dogs (named Brown Dog and Black Dog) put together with a semicolon integrated into the design. More...

Make this your Year of Water Action — volunteer!

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is seeking volunteers for its citizen water monitoring programs. Participants “adopt” a lake or stream and track how clear the water is. More...

City mirrors St. Louis County ATV ordinance; Larry Nanti Field dedicated

From the City Council:

ACTION TAKEN AT THE APRIL 3, 2017, MEETING:  Approved the Administrative Services Agreement as presented which defines the role of the city and that the Tri-Cities Biosolids Disposal Authorities’ employees are not employees of the city.&nb More...

Pets

I would like to be a dog for a day

In my next life, I would like to come back as one of my dogs.  We currently have two dogs, a nine-year-old black Lab named Lulu and a tenyear old Miniature Schnauzer, Tilly, both in their golden years.  More...

Range History

Extra! Itasca! Read all about it! Newspapers: Some come, come go, others last for decades

THIS WEEK IN RANGE HISTORY

ITASCA COUNTY – It’s pretty apparent that “like attracts like,” even when it comes to immigrants.  More...

Health

Child abuse, neglect reports rise dramatically

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

The number of Minnesota children suspected of being abused or neglected grew significantly in 2016. More than 39,500 children were the subject of reports, a 25 percent increase from 2015. More...

Doubling veggie and fruit intake for health benefits; treating toenail fungus

Q: I just heard that the latest research says 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, or twice what we eat daily, offer a lot more than twice the health benefits. How am I supposed to double my family's intake? More...

Business

Minnesota Power, National Guard cut ribbon on Camp Ripley solar array

DULUTH – Minnesota Power, a division of ALLETE, Inc., and the Minnesota National Guard cut the ribbon Thursday, April 13, at Camp Ripley in Morrison County on the largest solar array on any National Guard base in the nation. More...

Hibbing Community College instructor nominated for excellence in teaching award

HIBBING – Hibbing Community College law enforcement program instructor Steven Kovacic is among 31 outstanding educators from college campuses around the state, as well as seven nominees for the Professional Excellence in Service Award from stat More...

Gas, food now available on Hwy. 169 in Buhl

BUHL – Travelers driving on the 25-mile stretch of Hwy. 169 between Hibbing and Virginia have long known there is no place to fill up, let alone get a milkshake. Not anymore.  More...

Guest Columnists

Windows Vista is no longer supported

EVELETH – So you have Windows Vista. Well, the end of support for Windows Vista was on Tuesday, April 11. More...

SALOME'S STARS

LEO (July 23 to August 22) You now have information that can influence that decision you planned to make. But the clever Cat will consult a trusted friend or family member before making a major move.   More...

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