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Take a drive through the new Highway 53

Contributor Floyd Luomanen (Above the Range LLC) shot a video from his dash cam of a drive through the (nearly-completed) Highway 53 relocation project. He includes descriptions of various landmarks along the route. Check back for a drone video of the competed project in the near future.

September 15, 2017 RSS feed / Features

It’s time for the bridge dedication!

New Highway 53 bridge to open to traffic (maybe) on Friday

VIRGINIA – The day that residents of Virginia and the surrounding communities have been waiting for is finally here. More...

Community Walk across tallest bridge in Minnesota is set for Sept. 30

VIRGINIA – A Community Walk across the new bridge will be held Saturday, Sept. 30, from 2 – 5 p.m. The walk is sponsored by the Bridge Daze committee. More...

Mesabi Range program offers cutting edge opportunities

EVELETH – The roots of the Electrical Controls and Maintenance (ECM) program on the Eveleth campus of Mesabi Range College date back to the electrical programs developed at the Manual Training School, which was part of the Eveleth School Distri More...

MRC graduate finds secure employment in his field

Jesse Scofield from Cook is a 2014 graduate of the Electrical Controls and Maintenance (ECM) program offered by Mesabi Range College. More...

Virginia Soroptimists seek applicants for Live Your Dream Award for education expenses

VIRGINIA – Women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families and seek financial assistance to go back to school can now obtain applications for the Live Your Dream Award, Soroptimist International of Virginia’s major service More...

September quilt on display at VPL features perfect autumn leaves colors

VIRGINIA – The September selection for exhibit at the Virginia Public Library was created by Kathy Bogren, a local quilt artist and member of the Going to Pieces Quilt Guild. More...

Program featuring Latin American folk music is offered at area libraries

MT. IRON – The Arrowhead Library System is offering programs by Kathy and Leo Lara presenting Latin American folk music. These are free programs for ages 10 to adult. The program includes diverse sounds and stories from Latin American culture. More...

Final Museum Summer Concert Series at MN Discovery Center is Sept. 21

CHISHOLM – There is something new happening on the Iron Range! Minnesota Discovery Center announced the final musician in its Museum Summer Concert Series. More...

2017 Spirit of Hospitality Award nominees announced

IRON RANGE – Nominations for the sixth annual Spirit of Hospitality Awards have closed, with 80 area residents nominated in eight categories for their superior customer service. Nominees for this year are set forth below.  More...

Class is in session at Natural Harvest Food Co-op in Virginia

VIRGINIA – Knowledge is power! Check out the class line-up at Natural Harvest Food Co-op in Virginia for fall. You can sign up and pay for all classes at Natural Harvest, either in-store or by phone (call 218-741-4663). More...

Natural Harvest makes Change Within Reach donation

Natural Harvest Food Co-op in Virginia raised $1,285.22 for the St. Michael’s Foundation through its Change Within Reach program during the month of July. More...

A half percent property tax levy impact considered by County Board

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – The St. Louis County Board is getting closer to voting on the maximum property tax levy for 2018. During Tuesday's committee of the whole meeting, county administration recommended a levy of $132.2 million. More...

My Tattoo

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Virginia Fire Department Run Report: September 4-10, 2017

During the week of September 4-10, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 73 times; six fire calls, 16 transfers, and 51 EMS 9-1-1 calls. More...

Sports are leading cause cause of youth eye injuries

Although playing sports is beneficial for various reasons, there are some inherent risks to participating in them as well. Physical injuries, such as concussions and broken bones, can result from participating in sports. More...

Obituaries

Home & Garden Tips

Fall lawn care checklist

Now is the time to get your lawn in tip-top shape for next year. Fall is an active growing period, so that 1-inch of rain per week is critical. This ensures that adequate nutrients will be available for healthy grass in the spring. More...

Regular chimney maintenance is part of home safety; best to act now

As temperatures drop and thoughts once again turn to lighting fires and sitting down with a good book, it’s important to revisit chimney maintenance. More...

Health

Governor Dayton marks National Recovery Month with state proclamation

In order to mark National Recovery Month, Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed September 2017 Recovery Month in the state of Minnesota.  More...

Autism information meetings to focus on co-occurring conditions

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – An individual with autism spectrum disorder is likely to have other diagnoses ranging from anxiety to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) to sleep struggles. More...

Minnesota’s drug overdose deaths continued to rise in 2016

Health department launches Opioid Dashboard to save lives through data

Minnesota’s total number of drug overdose deaths continued to climb in 2016, with heroin taking an increasing toll in the Twin Cities and methamphetamine deaths on the rise in Greater Minnesota. More...

Business

Sweet Amelia’s Cupcakery opened inside Nana Chelle’s in Bovey in August

BOVEY – Cupcake specialist. That was not something that Sarah Richards ever imagined she would come to be for the Bovey area, but with the opening of her Sweet Amelia’s Cupcakery, it has become a happy reality. More...

The state’s biggest logging equipment show returns to Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS – Minnesota’s biggest logging equipment show is returning to Itasca County. The 64th Annual North Star Expo opens Friday, Sept. 15, at the Itasca County Fairgrounds in Grand Rapids. Admission to the two-day event is free. More...

Sen. Franken announces high school internship opportunity

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced he is now accepting applications from Minnesota students in grades 11 and 12 who are interested in being part of his High School Internship Program. More...

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

I’ve been fortunate in my life to have two (and many more) outstanding examples of love and marriage and what it ought to be.  My grandparents celebrated their 70th anniversary earlier this year, and I wrote an extensive feature story abou More...

Guest Columnists

The Long Line

It’s already shack season

Can you believe it’s already September? The days are quickly getting shorter and the temperatures are growing colder. Most mornings already call for the heat on in the car on my way to work. More...

SALOME'S STARS

LEO (July 23 to August 22) This is a good time for ambitious Leos or Leonas to shift from planning their next move to actually doing it. Your communication skills help persuade others to join you.   More...

Mesabi Range: A rich history and a progressive future

VIRGINIA/EVELETH – As the academic year begins, the college comes alive with energy and excitement as faculty and staff welcome new and returning students on the Virginia and Eveleth campuses. More...

MRC: Accreditation since 1923; soon to celebrate 100 years

EVELETH/VIRGINIA – MRC has had an accreditation history since 1923,and has successfully maintained accreditation to this day. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. More...

Name game: People’s Choice for bridge name is Taconite Sky Bridge

VIRGINIA – More than 1,000 people submitted their ideas of names for the new bridge at BridgeDaze.com in a just-for-fun contest sponsored by the Bride Daze committee. In August, voting for the five names began.  More...

MRC receives TRIO Upward Bound Math and Science grant

VIRGINIA – Mesabi Range College has received another Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. More...

Mesabi Range College to host Minnesota Education Fair

VIRGINIA – A Minnesota Education Fair for all high school students and their parents will be held at Mesabi Range College, Virginia campus gym on Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 1 – 2:30 p.m.  More...

Northland Foundation announces a new, major grant opportunity to improve life of older adults

NE MINNESOTA – The Northland Foundation will be requesting proposals for grant awards up to $50,000 each to support creative projects that will help northeastern Minnesota’s older adults sustain their independence and age in place in thei More...

Diabetes Prevention Program being offered at Mesabi YMCA; Sept. 19 open house planned

MT. IRON – The Mesabi Family YMCA is sending out a call for enrollment in its Diabetes Prevention Program. A program open house is being held at the YMCA from 6 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19. More...

The Journey of Slovenian Children presentation set in Duluth on Sept. 30

DULUTH – Families in Flight: The Journey of Slovenian Children to Minnesota after World War II, is a presentation on Minnesota’s forgotten history hosted by the St. More...

Virginia’s historic Lyric Center for the Arts gets a facelift

VIRGINIA – The Lyric Center for the Arts in Virginia is getting a facelift as reconstruction of the historical storefront is underway. More...

Virginia receives $40,000 grant for two parks

VIRGINIA – The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund on Tuesday awarded the city of Virginia a $40,000 grant to help modernize playground equipment at two parks in the Midway area of the city.  More...

Waasa residents celebrate new bridge

These happy Waasa Township residents are celebrating the newly re-built bridge at Kaunonen Lake Road. More...

Fifty years and counting . 50 more will not be long enough

GILBERT – My wife Shirley and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary on August 25, 2017. This relationship began and lasted totally because of Shirley’s determination and her understanding of the meaning and purpose of life. More...

Turning dreams into reality and living life to the fullest

VIRGINIA – Nik Sundbom is a familiar face around Virginia. He is a 2003 graduate from Virginia High School. He is an active member in the community. Nik is involved in Special Olympics track, flag football, bowling and basketball. More...

HCC student is awarded PCE grant

Andrea Ersbo (center), a student at Hibbing Community College, was awarded a PCE (Program for Continuing Education) grant to further her education from P.E.O. More...

Mesabi Family YMCA set to host 2017 Firefighter Challenge

MOUNTAIN IRON – The Mesabi Family YMCA usually hosts a 5K this time of year. But the planning committee decided switch gears and to fire up a new challenge this autumn.  More...

Do you have antiques? American Pickers to film in Minnesota in October

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are returning to Minnesota. They plan to film episodes of the hit series American Pickers throughout the region in October 2017.  More...

What consumers need to know in response to Equifax data breach

Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman is urging consumers to be aware of the steps they can take to protect their financial information and prevent identity theft in response to the report of a large-scale data breach at Equifax, one of the th More...

Pets

There’s nothing like the special companionship of a pet

Why do we have pets? Love, comfort, companionship? As far as I’m concerned, it’s all of the above – plus more.  More...

Range History

THIS WEEK IN RANGE HISTORY

Origins of the University of Minnesota Extension Service

The Agricultural Extension Service of the United States (AES) began as an educational component of land-grant universities. More...

THIS WEEK IN RANGE HISTORY

Jewish religious life on the Iron Range

EDITOR’S NOTE: Rosh Hashanah, the first of the Jewish High Holy Days, is a two-day celebration which, this year, begins at sunset on Wednesday, Sept. 20. More...

Massage for Your Health

Massage can be beneficial for both horse and their riders

I recently returned from a fun, five days of horse camping. There are four of us that get together annually, and have for the last three years, to ride new trails and enjoy each other’s company. This year proved no exception. More...

Hometown Recipes

Try a new twist on zucchini with “Zoodles”

It is the A to Z time of summer: August brings an overabundance of zucchini. Zucchini is exploding in our gardens and filling up stands at farmers’ markets. More...

Focus On Veterans

MN National Guard sends airmen to aid with Irma

ST. PAUL – This past weekend the Minnesota Air National Guard sent 41 airmen to support response efforts for Hurricane Irma. Six Soldiers from the Minnesota Army National Guard also departed this morning to support relief efforts.  More...

VA awards $188 million in grant funding to help out homeless veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. More...

Nation’s largest gathering of post-9/11 vets set for January in San Antonio

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Student Veterans of America (SVA) launched registration for their 10th Annual National Conference. More...

Sallyworld

SALLYWORLD: WEEK 357

Fall, floods and football: Reflecting on seasonal changes

Greetings and Sallytations!   More...

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