September 23, 2016 RSS feed / Features

Mel Annala featured musician at SNCL in Mt. Iron

MT. IRON - Saturday Night Country… Live! will be featuring local singer, guitarist and recording artist Mel Annala in concert on October 8 at Merritt Elementary School. More...

More than just bargains on Hwy. 38

After writing about my Antique Roadshow experience last week and the article on the Bargains are Great on Hwy. 38 garage sales, my interest in an antique treasure hunt was re-charged. More...

Two area fiddlers excel at Minnesota State Fair fiddle contest

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota State Fiddle Contest was held at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair on Aug. 27 – 28. Two local-area fiddlers, Gabrielle Koepke of Eveleth and Olivia Skaja of Deer River, were top finishers in their categories. More...

Tips for college students to dodge ID theft, fraud

Campuses nationwide are bustling again, as students have returned to begin – or resume – their collegiate studies. Though many college students are too busy to worry about fraud, they are among the most vulnerable to identity theft. More...

Area youth travel to Colorado for summer mission trip

During the first week of August we experienced the first ever Laurentian Conference Senior High Summer Mission Trip! More...

Stuff you may not know about salt

Only about 6% of the salt manufactured in the world is used in food. Of the remainder, 12% is used in water conditioning processes, 8% goes for de-icing highways and 6% is used in agriculture. More...

Got land? Properly managing your private forest is a good idea

GILBERT - “Hmmm....Jack-in-the-pulpit,” he said as he bent to get a closer look at the plant. More...

My Tattoo

This tattoo belongs to Alyssa Harris from Kinney, MN. Alyssa says, “The dream catcher is a reminder to me to dream as if you will live forever and live as if you will die tomorrow. More...

Protect yourself, your family and your community with a flu shot

IRON RANGE – One of the best things you can do not only for your health, but the health of those you love, is to get a flu shot. Essentia Health Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. More...

For 8th consecutive year, Mountain Iron city levy set at zero

From the City Council: ACTION TAKEN AT THE SEPTEMBER 7, 2016, MEETING: Followed the recommendation of the Public Health & Safety Committee by approving a contract for 2017 for training with the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association for the a More...

Memorial Blood Centers is calling all life-savers

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...

September quilt on display at Virginia Public Library

VIRGINIA – The September quilt selection displayed this month at the Virginia Public Library was created by Going to Pieces Quilt Guild member Melissa Gulan. More...

Action taken to combat discriminatory nuisance ordinances

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) applauded the U.S. More...

Cybersecurity alert issued on ransomware

Amid increasing reports of the prevalence of malicious ransomware infecting unsuspecting computer users throughout North America, the Minnesota Department of Commerce issued an alert to raise awareness among investment adviser firms of this ever-grow More...

Funds available through DNR to improve family forests

The Department of Natural Resources has over $500,000 available for cost-share practices to improve family-owned woodlands in Minnesota. The money will be available through June 30, 2017, or until it runs out. More...

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Home & Garden Tips

Emerald ash borer alert

Virginia, MNThe Minnesota Department of Agriculture has issued an emergency quarantine to include all of southeast St. Louis County. Infestation has been confirmed on private property. More...

SpaceLIFT

Decorator Secret: Choosing the perfect area rug. FIBERS… How To: Rugs are made of several different fibers that determine their appearance and performance. Natural fiber such as wool, cotton and silk are soft and come in low luster colors. More...

Health

HPV vaccine: mandatory or not?; chronic sinusitis

Q: My daughter’s school advocates her getting an HPV vaccine. She is only 12 and infection with HPV isn’t really an issue for her, is it? -- Miriam P., Portland, Oregon More...

Understanding and dealing with loss

Understanding and dealing with loss can be difficult for anyone. As humans we naturally form bonds with other people, and even places and things. Losing someone or something can have a dynamic impact in our lives. More...

Hometown Recipes

Benny (again) Crocker

My favorite recipe contributor has done it again and provided us with some more of his tasty recipes. We saw him quite a bit this summer and were treated to his over-the-top spring rolls and homemade sushi one night. More...

Focus On Veterans

Proposed memorial would be exempt from 30-year-old law

VFW pledges its full support to Global War on Terror Memorial Act

The National Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., Brian Duffy, has pledged the full support of the VFW and its auxiliary organization’s nearly 1.7 million members to the Global War on Terror Memorial Act. More...

VFW remembers America’s heroes who didn’t return

POW/MIA fullest possible accounting mission reaffirmed

National POW/MIA Recognition Day was observed on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. This annual event honors our missing service members and their families, and highlights the government’s commitment to account for them. More...

Sallyworld

SALLYWORLD: WEEK 309

Fall cleaning techniques, missing socks syndrome

Greetings and Sallytations! More...

Chisholm Sportsmen’s Club:

Preserving outdoor sports since 1922

CHISHOLM – Last weekend the Chisholm Sportsmen’s Club held their 94th annual Crow Feed and Trap Shoot event. More...

Barbershop harmony returns to Virginia

VIRGINIA – An afternoon of barbershop harmony will delight listeners on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m. at the B’nai Abraham Museum and Cultural Center, located at 328 5th St. So., in Virginia, MN. More...

Spirit of Hospitality Awards nominees announced

IRON RANGE – Nominations for the 2016 Iron Range Spirit of Hospitality Awards closed September 1, with a total of 80 nominees in 10 categories. More...

Biwabik Class of 1956 holds 60-year reunion

Biwabik High School’s Class of 1956 held their 60-year class reunion on July 1, 2016, at Vi’s Pizza in Biwabik. Of 16 graduates in the class, two are deceased. More...

NorthRidge credit union donates school supplies

NorthRidge Community Credit Union, with offices in Biwabik, Ely, Hoyt Lakes and Virginia, held its second annual “Cram The Desk” School Supply Drive during the month of August to give aid More...

Harlan Tardy honored with national human services award

AUSTIN, TX – Harlan Tardy, former executive director of Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA), was recently named the recipient of the Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) Human Services Award and was honored at a national convention held in Aust More...

Salt: Ruminations on this important mineral

GHEEN - When a man got fired from his job he was labeled as “lazy.” My dad told me there is no shame in quitting a job. The shame is being fired. More...

VHS A Capella Choir seeks donations for Spring tour

VIRGINIA - For many years, the Virginia High School Choir Department has maintained a high standard of excellence in choral music, not only in our community, but throughout the state and midwest region. More...

State exports at $4.8 billion in second quarter

Minnesota companies exported $4.8 billion worth of manufactured, agricultural and mining products in the second quarter of 2016, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). More...

Swan Machine breaks ground in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS – Local stakeholders and regional lawmakers gathered Monday in Grand Rapids at an official ground breaking for Swan Machine. The company’s new, permanent manufacturing facility will be located on Sixth Ave. More...

Fans advised to watch out for phony Vikings football tickets

With the NFL season in full swing, Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota® (BBB) is warning fans to watch out for scammers who might be trying to hand off fake tickets right up until kickoff. More...

County seeks proposals to combat Aquatic Invasive Species

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – St. Louis County is seeking proposals for Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) projects to fund in 2017. More...

Preventing opioid prescription medication abuse receives funding

Minnesota’s efforts to reduce the abuse of opioids have received a boost with new funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). More...

September proclaimed Recovery Month in MN

Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed September 2016 Recovery Month in the state of Minnesota. More...

Prediabetes program sees positive weight loss results in Minnesota

A group of more than 100 leaders came together last week to further expand the Diabetes Prevention Program that has helped Minnesotans at risk for diabetes lose an average 5 percent of their body weight. More...

MnDOT training program prepares snowplow operators for winter

More than 120 snowplow operators from the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the city of Minneapolis are training the next two weeks at Camp Ripley near Little Falls, Minn., to learn how to handle the winter ahead. More...

Reminder: Share the road during harvest season

Motorists traveling on Minnesota highways this fall need to be aware of large farm equipment transporting crops to markets, grain elevators and processing plants, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. More...

Virginia Fire Department

Run Report: September 12 – 18

VIRGINIA – During the week of September 12 – 18, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 67 times: 14 fire calls, 19 transfers, and 34 EMS 9-1-1 calls. More...

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Obituaries

David John Stickney - 2016-09-23
Grace Mae Olsen - 2016-09-23
Jan Peter Dawson, M.D. - 2016-09-23
Shelby Jean Stickney - 2016-09-23
Merlyn M. Johnson - 2016-09-16
Jerry Neagbour - 2016-09-16
Samuel Andrew Calivas - 2016-09-09
Dean B. Hoover - 2016-09-09
Lila V. (Berg) Maki - 2016-09-09
Steven Joseph Jones - 2016-09-09
Kaelynn Emery Isham - 2016-09-09
Godfrey Zakula - 2016-09-09
Marcia C. Craw - 2016-09-09
Cory James Maunu - 2016-09-09
Floyd Thomas Braski - 2016-09-09

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Pets

When traveling with pets, make safety a priority

Do you know the best place for your dog or cat in your car? The safest way for your dog to travel in the car is in a crate that has been anchored to the vehicle using a seatbelt or other secure means. More...

Pets can cause distracted driving

Do you ride with your pets in your car on a regular basis? Do they crawl in your lap or distract you while you are driving? More...

Range History

This Week in Range History

How a donkey and an elephant came to represent Democrats and Republicans

The donkey is stereotypically bumbling, slow, and stubborn; the elephant– big and clumsy. Being compared to one of these animals is not exactly flattering in this sense. More...

The origin of the red state/blue state dichotomy

So ubiquitous in today’s political discourse, many assume that the red state/blue state distinction has been around as long as we have had Republicans and Democrats. More...

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

Capturing autumn’s offerings

Hi everybody! It’s that whimsical time of year to take in our new autumn season. May everyone enjoy and embrace the beginning of another change. More...

Business

St. Louis County Board approves levy increase to invest in children, family services

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – The St. Louis County Board has approved a preliminary property tax levy of $126,550,079, an increase of 8.5 percent for 2017. More...

Employers cut 1,500 jobs in August, unemployment rate at 4 percent

Employment in Minnesota fell by 1,500 jobs in August, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). More...

Joe Leoni reappointed to Supreme Court Committee Task Force

VIRGINIA – Joe Leoni of Trenti Law Firm has been reappointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure for a term the ends on June 30, 2019. More...

Guest Columnists

SALOME'S STARS

LEO (July 23 to August 22) The pace of activity that had slowed last week now begins to pick up. This is good news for Leos and Leonas who have career-building plans that need to be put into operation. More...

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