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August 28, 2015 RSS feed / Features

Memorial highway to be dedicated Sept. 2

AURORA – On September 2, 2002, while responding to an emergency call, St. Louis County Sheriff’s Deputy Bradley Anderson died when the patrol car he was riding in collided with a minivan. More...

Maker Kits available at the Gilbert Public Library

GILBERT – Residents of the Quad Cities who have active library cards in good standing are now able to borrow Maker Kits from the Gilbert Public Library for 28- day periods. More...

TeleHealth celebration planned at EH-Virginia

VIRGINIA – Essentia Health is holding a celebration luncheon and telemedicine demonstration on Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 12 – 1 p.m. in the Iron Range Rehab Center Auditorium at Essentia Health Virginia. More...

Survey: Patients pleased with medical providers, but want easier access

ST. PAUL – Nearly 80 percent of Minnesota’s patients give their health care providers a top rating of 9 or 10 on a 10-point scale, but only about 60 percent of patients said they experienced a top level of access to care. More...

Memorial Blood Centers is calling all lifesavers

DULUTH – Memorial Blood Centers invites all eligible blood donors to roll up their sleeve and give blood. Every 2 seconds someone needs blood – from heart transplant and cancer patients to accident victims. More...

Join MNsure at The Great Minnesota Get-Together

ST. PAUL – MNsure staff, along with MNsure-certified brokers and navigators, will be available to talk with fair-goers at the Minnesota State Fair, August 27–September 7. More...

Grain binding and the sweet smell of summer

HIBBING – How do you explain the smell of fresh cut oats to someone who has never lived on a farm and shocked oats behind a grain binder on a hot August afternoon? On Tuesday, with the help of some of my draft horse friends, we cut the oats. More...

A mini- Minnesota vacation

Every day is an adventure

After watching a video that had been loaned to us about a replica of a Norwegian Viking ship built by Bob Asp, my husband and I opted to visit the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead. More...

MnDOT’s State Fair booth invites input into transportation plans

ST. PAUL – Looking for a free state highway or bicycle map? Have a burning question about a road project near you? Want to test your knowledge of transportation or weigh in on future statewide plans? More...

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Home & Garden Tips

Basics of bird gardening

The basics of attracting birds and butterflies to the garden are not complicated. Different climates, color schemes and garden layouts will attract birds and butterflies. More...

SpaceLIFT

Decorator Challenge: Wall color How to: Your walls are the largest surface to be decorated within your rooms, so what you choose to cover them with will have a huge impact on the finished look. More...

Health

Mystery meat’s comeback; cracking fracking’s health risks

Q: I am trying to pay attention to food labels and ingredients, like you suggest. But I hear that the U.S. government wants to ban labeling that tells us where our meat is from. How can this be? -- Frank H., Pierre, South Dakota More...

The mind-body connection

Are you curious why you just can’t get a good night sleep? Are you having trouble quieting your mind? Are you experiencing problems with concentration? Are you suffering from unexplained irritability? More...

Focus On Veterans

They got down and dirty for a good cause

Rampage at the Ridge unleashes $50,000 for local veterans programming

BIWABIK – The Rampage at the Ridge 5K obstacle course and mud run tests participant’s strength, stamina and teamwork. Plus it raises awareness and money for local veterans programming throughout northeastern Minnesota. More...

Healthy for Life

Flying through the month

Welcome to another astonishing day in August with only a few days left in our precious summer month. There seemed to be quite a sense of early autumn in the air as I put on my gloves yesterday morning. More...

Sallyworld

SALLYWORLD: WEEK 254

Irritating sounds, sake sushi, and a garden party

By Sally Yuccas HTF Columnist Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Iron Range Youth in Action travels to Twin Cities

IRON RANGE – Washing windows, unloading food trucks, and disinfecting patient rooms – they’re not activities typically associated with a dream vacation. More...

HTF welcomes Kirsten Reichel

I am pleased to announce that Kirsten Reichel of Cook, MN, has joined Hometown Focus’s editorial department where she will serve as editorial assistant and staff writer. More...

Musicians thrive on the Range

VIRGINIA – I am not sure if music has made the world go ‘round, but I know on the Iron Range, for more than 100 years it has made the Range move from side-to-side. More...

Precious Paws Disc Golf Benefit to be held Sept. 6

CHISHOLM – The 2nd Annual Precious Paws Disc Golf Benefit will be held in Chisholm on Sunday, Sept. 6. The benefit is a fundraiser in support Chisholm’s no-kill animal shelter. More...

Northland Volunteer Center honors area volunteers

VIRGINIA – The 29th Annual Northland Volunteer Center Hall of Fame Awards event was held at the Iron Range Rehab Center Auditorium in Virginia on August 13. More...

New guide helps parents teach teenagers safe driving habits

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Clean out your medicine chest; use a proper medication disposal method

VIRGINIA – The next time you reach into your medicine cabinet, consider taking time to clean out expired or unwanted prescription drugs and overthe counter medications. More...

State Office of Medical Cannabis to hold community sessions around state

STATEWIDE – The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Office of Medical Cannabis will hold a series of community sessions around the state this fall offering members of the public the opportunity to learn more about the state’s medical can More...

Thousands show solidarity at United Steelworkers rally

Thousands of United Steelworkers and their supporters walked and rallied in Virginia, Minnesota on Thursday, August 20. The event was in support of union members currently in negotiations with U.S. More...

Permanent special enrollment period will be available year round

MNsure announces special enrollment victims of domestic abuse

ST. PAUL – MNsure announced today it is offering a permanent special enrollment period for Minnesotans who are victims of domestic abuse or spousal abandonment. More...

Merritt Days Committee:

Thank you to all who helped make the city’s celebration one to remember

From the City Council: At the August 3, City Council meeting: More...

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Pets

Questions to ask yourself before adopting a pet

Caring for a companion animal goes far beyond providing food, water and shelter. It takes research and careful planning to bring the right pet into your home, and to make sure your lifestyle is the right one for your pet. More...

Put your talents to good use

Become a shelter volunteer

CHISHOLM – Do you have the desire to participate in a worthy cause? Do you possess certain skills and talents that you would like to share? More...

Range History

Jewish religious on the Iron Range

In the late nineteenth century, some of the Jewish immigrants who had originally settled in the Twin Ports of Duluth-Superior saw economic opportunity in the nearby Iron Range of northern Minnesota. More...

The B'nai Abraham Synagogue of Virginia

Dedicated in 1909, the red brick synagogue of Virginia's B'nai Abraham congregation was called the most beautiful religious building on the Iron Range. In the early twentieth century, the synagogue was the heart of Virginia's Jewish community. More...

Hometown Recipes

Hummingbird cake: A southern thang

I learn something new every day. I never knew there was such a thing as Hummingbird Cake! Thanks to the power of Google, I discovered this fine fact while researching today’s cover story about hummingbirds. Here’s the skinny. More...

Business

Essentia Health will participate in National Falls Prevention Project

DULUTH – Each year in the U.S., 1 in 3 adults over the age of 65 falls. Twenty to 30 percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries. More...

Andrew Peterson received Civil Trial Law Specialist certification

VIRGINIA – Cope & Peterson announced the certification of Andrew R. Peterson as a Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) Board Certified Civil Trial Law Specialist. More...

Rebeka Weikum joins Northland

McGREGOR – Northland Foundation and Northland Village – McGregor’s assisted living community announced that Rebeka Weikum recently was hired as RN/manager. More...

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Remembering Ingrid Bergman at 100

The term “classic Hollywood beauty” could have been created to describe Ingrid Bergman, born 100 years ago this month. More...

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