January 20, 2017 RSS feed / Features

Snowmobile racing – a tradition in the Menne family

TOWER -Bobby Menne of Tower, MN, has been an avid snowmobile rider since the young age of three. More...

December 2016 contributions to the fund were:

Patron of the Fountain -   $5,000+ Parker, Bill Waschke, Ken & Mary  Platinum - $2,000 -   $4,999 Northern Club (second installment)  Silver $500 to $999   More...

Conversations about race, racial equity to be held

MT. IRON/VIRGINIA – A six-week small group study series, “And Who is My Neighbor: Talking about Race and Racial Equity,” created by Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota will be offered starting the week of Jan. 24. More...

Stammtisch: The coffee “regulars”

BIWABIK – If the swallows of Capistrano return each year to the same spot, the same time, count on AARP+ guys to return daily to the Italian Bakery (Virginia), Lucky Seven/ Subway (Biwabik), Broadway Tony’s (Gilbert), Megan’s Restau More...

$350M federal funding secured to protect and improve water quality in Minnesota

Governor Mark Dayton on Tuesday signed an agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), securing $350 million in federal funding to protect and improve waters in 60,000 acres across 54 Minnesota counties. More...

Catholic Schools Raffle fundraiser gets underway

GRAND RAPIDS/VIRGINIA – How can you turn $5 into a brand-new SUV or $20,000 in cash? The students at select schools in the Iron Range area know! Underway now, they are selling raffle tickets as part of the Catholic Schools Raffle. More...

Blandin Foundation awards $3.4M in community strengthening grants

GRAND RAPIDS – During their winter meeting in December, Blandin Foundation trustees awarded grants that strengthen rural Minnesota communities, including 30 grants totaling $2 million for a range of efforts of Grand Rapids and Itasca County are More...

My Tattoo

This tattoo belongs to Karl Reichel of Cook, MN. It is the Finnish word for courage - rohkeus - which he had tattooed on the back of his arm to honor his part-Finnish heritage. The tattoo artist is Lenny at Lenny’s Tattoos in Eveleth, MN. More...

Basketball at North Woods School

North All together, now! First through 12th grade participants in the Woods School basketball program. Photo submitted by North Woods Coach Will Kleppe. More...

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Home & Garden Tips

Root rot

Fungi that live in soils result in devastating root rot in common houseplants. Infected plants appear limp and wilted even after watering.   Overwatering, poor drainage, crowding and low light often contribute to root rot.  More...

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Decorator Secret:  Color…pick three  How to:   More...

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

Taking care of business: 2017 maintenance tips

Greetings, citizens, as we continue drifting and drubbing on through January’s plighted path. It’s great seeing people get motivated during the first month of the year. The health clubs seem busier than normal this month. More...

Hometown Recipes

It’s all about the beans

I have to admit that it’s sometimes difficult to come up with new recipe ideas each week so this time I just randomly opened a page to my Crockery Cookery cookbook, by Mable Hoffman, to see what would appear and it just so happened to open to t More...

Focus On Veterans

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans announces new president and CEO

The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) Board of Directors announced the selection of Maj. Gen. Neal Loidolt as the organization’s president and chief executive officer, effective February 6. More...

Disability benefits to be provided for diseases associated with Camp Lejeune water

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has published regulations to establish presumptions for the service connection of eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, N.C.  More...

Sallyworld

SALLYWORLD: WEEK 325

Our DVD player and remote control crisis

Greetings and Sallytations!   More...

Guest Columnists

Should you bank online? Is online banking safe?

So you ask yourself,  “Should I bank online? Is it safe to bank online?”  For the most part as long as your computer is up-to-date and the banking website is secure you should be just fine banking online. More...

The Long Line

It’s not an adventure if everything goes as planned

There are days when it is important to remember that we are in fact powerless when things don’t go our way. The days when things don’t go the right way, but instead go sideways. More...

SALOME'S STARS

LEO (July 23 to August 22) Your Lion’s heart overflows with self-confidence. All you need to do is tap into it, and you’ll be able to handle any change that must be made regarding that recent surprise development.   More...

Goodbye and good news:

Cindy Kujala to serve as HTF interim editor

I have only one edition of Hometown Focus left (January 27, Health Edition) before I retire. Since the Health Edition is an extra-large and labor-intensive project, I have decided to share my final thoughts with you all this week.  More...

The growing pains of inevitable change

Three weeks ago, Jean gathered our HTF family together and announced her retirement effective the end of January. We were a glum lot for the rest of the afternoon and returned to our offices with shoulders sagging. More...

Olcott Park Fountain Restoration Progress Report

VIRGINIA - As the Olcott Park Fountain Restoration Project committee works its way toward the ultimate goal of $400,000 in private contributions, they are very encouraged by the support received in the first 16 months of fundraising. More...

Natural Harvest Food Co-op donates to Olcott fountain restoration

VIRGINIA – The Olcott Park Fountain Restoration Committee was the recipient of a $1,411.74 donation from the Natural Harvest Food Co-op on Thursday, via the co-op’s Change Within Reach program. More...

Paying kindness forward: Nice people deserve to be recognized

VIRGINIA – Karena Arjavec thinks nice people deserve to be recognized and she set about doing something about it.  Karena is the owner of Arjavec Photography of Virginia, MN. More...

Empty Bowl event in Cook is a fun, foodshelf fundraiser

COOK - This year marks the 5th anniversary of the Empty Bowl fundraiser to be held at the North Woods School, located north of Cook on Highway 53. The event takes place on Friday, Feb. 3, from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. More...

Lake Country Power provides economic boost through revolving loan fund

GRAND RAPIDS – MNStar Technologies, located east of Grand Rapids, Minn., received a $100,000 Revolving Loan Fund from Lake Country Power to support its business expansion objectives.  More...

Energy Assistance Program offers help for low-income households; apply by May 31

The Minnesota Department of Commerce wants to remind low-income Minnesotans on how to get help paying their heating bills through the state’s Energy Assistance Program.  More...

Range Schools Photo Page

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Obituaries

Roy Melvin Pearson - 2017-01-27
Jason Dennis Sickel - 2017-01-20
Greta Marlene Ocklind - 2017-01-20
Alice M. Jackson - 2017-01-20
Michael P. Callister - 2017-01-20
Karl Drago Oberstar - 2017-01-20
Elvie Frost - 2017-01-13
William George Welsh - 2017-01-13
Dale Long - 2017-01-13
Marvin Louis Aune - 2017-01-13
Wendell Charles Sabin - 2017-01-13
Helen L. Edblom - 2017-01-13
Debra Mihm - 2017-01-06
John William Hyatt - 2017-01-06

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Pets

Healthy, safe snacks to help your pet slim down

One of the most common resolutions made every New Year is to drop a few of those pesky pounds, but did you ever think that your dog might need to make this resolution, too? More...

Range History

Grand Theft Auto on northside Virginia

THIS WEEK IN RANGE HISTORY

“Mom, Ricky’s got a nickel and wants to go to the store. Can I have a nickel?” I asked. Mom was in the kitchen cleaning up from breakfast. More...

Health

Humidifier time; ibuprofen and HBP

Q: I want my folks to upgrade their humidifier. Their apartment complex just got a new boiler; the heat is relentless, and my dad had nosebleeds last week. How do I help them find the best one? -- Josh F., Queens, New York More...

Massage for Your Health

Five interesting facts about massage therapy

I found this article in the Custom Craftworks blog and thought I would share it with you, to give you some food for thought. More...

Business

The Trenti Law Firm announces the addition of Darrold Persson to the firm

VIRGINIA – The Trenti Law Firm is pleased to announce the addition of Darrold E. Persson to the firm as “of counsel.” Persson has an excellent and established reputation on the Iron Range. More...

Andrew Peterson certified as MSBA Board Certified Real Property Law Specialist

VIRGINIA – Cope & Peterson law firm of Virginia announced the certification of Andrew R. Peterson as a Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) Board Certified Real Property Law Specialist. More...

Twin Metals statement on government action to withdraw lands from mining development

Twin Metals Minnesota issued the following statement in response to the Jan. 13, 2017, announcement by the U.S. More...

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