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The last reunion of the school that once was?

Timber Hall was host to Embarrass High School’s 2014 all-class reunion

More than 400 Embarrass High School alumni and guests gathered at Timber Hall in Embarrass on Saturday, Aug. 2, for what could possibly be the last reunion of Embarrass High School graduates. More...

Posted 8/14/2014 07:27 PM

Where wood is good, and glass is class

Lake Vermilion boat show brings out the classics

I travel several thousand miles every summer attending boat shows. That’s why I’m so appreciative of having a show so close to my hometown of Ely. The Lake Vermilion Antique & Classic Boat Show will be held Sunday, Aug. More...

Posted 8/14/2014 07:27 PM

Tower Soudan Historical Society is busy with train restoration projects

TOWER – The Tower Soudan Historical Society has had a busy summer so far, with more planned. More...

Posted 8/7/2014 06:56 PM

Lyric Volkswalk: Take a walk on the art side

VIRGINIA - When the Laurentian Arts and Cultural Alliance (LACA) purchased the Lyric Building in downtown Virginia in 1998, the nonprofit organization created the following mission statement: “To provide artistic and educational opportunities f More...

Posted 8/7/2014 06:56 PM

New K-9s at work Serving St. Louis County

Highly driven. Eager to work. Methodical. With references like that, Louie, Diesel and Ted sound like ideal candidates for just about any job. More...

Posted 8/7/2014 06:56 PM

Power boat races and Voyageur Days

CRANE LAKE - Crane Lake is a vibrant small town nestled on the southern shore of Minnesota’s famous Voyageurs National Park. More...

Posted 7/31/2014 08:17 PM

Going to the fair – a family tradition

The fair, oh the fair. Time to plan what to enter. More...

Posted 7/31/2014 08:17 PM

“What is the difference between a fair and a festival?”

In 1884 in Duluth, a group of farmers and business-people got together and decided to hold a fair. The fair was held on October 9 and 10 at the Vineyard in Duluth. More...

Posted 7/31/2014 08:17 PM

Rebirth of the birthplace at St. Mary’s Medical Center

Across the country, expectant moms are expecting more from their maternity wards, and Essentia Health-St. Mary’s is meeting that demand with a new and beautifully remodeled space – The Birthplace at St. Mary’s. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 07:39 PM

Edgewood Vista of Virginia receives National Quality Award

VIRGINIA - Edgewood Vista in Virginia, MN has been recognized as a 2014 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 07:39 PM

Where lives are saved: Essentia’s award-winning Cath Lab

During a heart attack, you’re rushed to the hospital’s emergency department. But what television dramas like Grey’s Anatomy and Chicago Fire don’t show, is that from the ER, you’re rushed to the cath lab. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 07:39 PM

Side Lake resident is a 40-year blood donor

ST. PAUL – “I’ll keep donating as long as I’m eligible. It’s a painless way to help others!” Loyal blood donor Larry Olson of Side Lake, MN, is committed to saving lives one blood donation at a time. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 07:39 PM

DEED kicks off statewide broadband tour

ST. PAUL – The Office of Broadband Development, located in the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, has scheduled information meetings throughout the state on the $20 million border-to-border Broadband Grant Program. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 07:39 PM

Allergic to exercise? This woman is – for real!

DULUTH - When 40 year-old Elaine Holmberg of Superior, WI, took up running as a way to stay healthy, she had no idea she’d become one of a very rare number of people in the world allergic to exercise. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 07:39 PM

5th annual Let’s Take a Kid Fishing on LV

Getting kids HOOKED on a fishing habit at Lake Vermilion

We want to get kids hooked on a habit – FISHING! That’s the goal of the various sponsors of the 5th annual Let’s Take a Kid Fishing event held at Frazer Bay Boat Landing on Lake Vermilion on Wednesday, July 16. More...

Posted 7/17/2014 07:52 PM

33rd annual MN State Old Time Fiddle Championship

Popular fiddle event returns to Mt. Iron for third year

....MT. IRON – Do you like reality TV shows like American Idol? Then you’d love to watch or participate in the 33rd annual Minnesota State Old Time Fiddle Championship (MSOTFC). The shows will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 1 p.m. More...

Posted 7/17/2014 07:52 PM

Paddling with the loons

I have always been fascinated by our state bird, the Common Loon, and always enjoyed seeing them by the dock or coming up by the boat, in my growing up years and during family weekends at the cabin. More...

Posted 7/17/2014 07:51 PM

Sand Lake Shuffle

The Kretmans: Paying it forward by “doing the walk”

Editor’s note: This is the latest installment in a series, “Paying it forward,” featuring individuals and their involvement with the annual Sand Lake Shuffle, a fundraiser for local cancer patients. More...

Posted 7/10/2014 07:25 PM

An interview with Mel Annala of Gilbert

In the interest of keeping abreast of the events from the various parts of the social media universe that I “like,” I make an effort to log into my accounts at least daily, and one name that appears in my newsfeed with remarkable regulari More...

Posted 7/10/2014 07:25 PM

Our 48-star U.S. flag:

Definitely made in the U.S.A.

Glen Anderson of Perham, MN, sent my husband Tom a 48-star U.S. flag a while back. “What the heck?” Tom said as he opened the package. Inside was an old, slightly musty-smelling American flag. More...

Posted 7/3/2014 10:25 AM

Entrepreneurial Leadership

Kelly Klun, Ely

In selecting Kelly Klun for this award, the Labo Awards described Kelly’s contributions: More...

Posted 7/3/2014 10:25 AM

Environmentally Engaged Entrepreneur (E-3):

A Laundry Room, Inc. I Rebecca Spengler, Ely

“When an idea is put to paper it is one step closer to becoming real,” says Rebecca Spengler, owner of A Laundry Room on Sheridan Street in Ely when asked about advice she would give to aspiring entrepreneurs. More...

Posted 7/3/2014 10:25 AM

Micro-Entrepreneur: Lake Superior Art Glass

Dan Neff, Duluth

Dan Neff’s storefront, Lake Superior Art Glass, is located on Superior Street in Duluth. Dan himself is a thirdgeneration Iron Ranger who was raised to see the value in not only hard work, but good work. More...

Posted 7/3/2014 10:25 AM

Eveleth High School Class of 1939: 75 years of loyalty

“We’re loyal to you, Eveleth High. We’re maroon and gold, Eveleth High.” That’s the start of the loyalty song printed in the first few pages of the Carbide (yearbook) for the Eveleth Senior High Class of 1939. More...

Posted 6/26/2014 10:30 PM

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Volunteers are vital to the Fairview Range community

We don’t always remember faces and names, or even what was said. But we always remember how we were treated. More...

Posted 1/29/2015 07:48 PM

Oral health may be an early indicator of osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is often considered a “silent” disease — one that is associated with few warning signs in the early stages. However, do you know that the early signs of osteoporosis may be able to be seen in the mouth? More...

Posted 1/29/2015 07:48 PM

Do it your way:

Maintaining personal choice through end of life decisions

It is one of the values we cherish as Americans – freedom. We believe that people ought to be free to live, work, speak their minds, and worship as they wish, as long as they do not harm others. More...

Posted 1/29/2015 07:48 PM


Operation Round Up gives more than $41,000 to community programs

GRAND RAPIDS – Lake Country Power’s Operation Round Up® participants are committed to lending a helping hand to the communities and residents of northern Minnesota. More...

Posted 1/16/2014 07:50 PM

Wide Open Services to host Open House

PIKE TOWNSHIP – There’s a new business in Pike Township and they’re having an Open House on Friday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 18 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. More...

Posted 1/16/2014 07:50 PM

Gov. Dayton releases bonding proposal

ST. PAUL - Today, Governor Mark Dayton unveiled a $986 million statewide bonding proposal designed to create over 27,000 jobs and improve Minnesota’s public infrastructure. More...

Posted 1/16/2014 07:50 PM

News Briefs

Mesabi East students selected for 2015 UMD Jr. High Honor Band

Seven Mesabi East Jr. High Band students, (pictured l. More...

Posted 3/5/2015 09:35 PM

Mesabi East students recognized by MSHSL

The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Excel Award recognizes outstanding student athletes during their junior year. More...

Posted 3/5/2015 09:35 PM

Mesabi East swim team members head to Statet

Mesabi East’s Swim Team will be sending three ninth graders and one tenth grader to the State Meet this year. Pictured (l. More...

Posted 3/5/2015 09:35 PM

Home & Garden Tips


Decorator Challenge: Lighting 101 Remedy: Choices: Lighting is the perfect way to add excitement to a room. Proper lighting affects a room’s mood…and yours! More...

Posted 3/5/2015 09:35 PM

Prune dormant fruit trees

Fruiting trees in the landscape need to be pruned now before the buds begin to break. Pruning helps restore vigor in stock that is over 3 years of age. Pruning reduces disease and improves flowering and fruiting. More...

Posted 3/5/2015 09:35 PM

Sowing seeds

Disinfect used seedling flats and covers with a 10% bleach solution for 30 minutes. Rinse well and allow to dry. Flats with 72 compartments (under $4 at L & M) are best for sowing single seeds. Drainage holes are a must. More...

Posted 2/26/2015 07:38 PM


Vitamins questioned; urban bike safety

Q: There’s a lot of talk about how vitamin supplements are unnecessary or even harmful. Do you still think I should be taking a daily multivitamin? I’m 57 and in good health. -- Harold F., Raleigh, North Carolina More...

Posted 3/5/2015 09:35 PM

Dementia may explain behavior change; maintaining weight loss

Q: The local police picked up my 76-year-old grandmother for trying to break into a stranger’s house! That’s nuts. Nana’s never done anything like that in her life. More...

Posted 2/26/2015 07:37 PM

Standing up for your good health; potluck dinner club

Q: I’ve read that sitting is bad for my health, but I don’t see how I can sit less. I have an hour commute and then I’m at my desk for six hours. In the evening, I sit down for dinner, watch a bit of TV and read. More...

Posted 2/19/2015 08:56 PM

Massage for Your Health

Causes and pain patterns of TMJ

Jaw pain, headaches, sinus pain? You may have trigger points in your jaw muscles. More...

Posted 3/5/2015 09:35 PM

Upper back pain and connective tissues

Have you ever had a dull ache or maybe an intense burning / stabbing pain between your shoulder blades? It can be caused by injury / trauma, lack of muscle strength, sports injury, car accident or repetitive motion. More...

Posted 2/19/2015 08:56 PM

Seniors! Are you proactive with your health?

I can only hope to be as healthy in my senior years as some of the seniors I see. They are busy taking care of their health, by keeping fit. More...

Posted 1/29/2015 07:47 PM


Unique, local artwork coming to the new Vikings stadium

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – The Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) have partnered with Sports & The Arts (SATA) to source and acquire art, graphics and photographs for the new stadium set to open in July 2016. More...

Posted 1/15/2015 08:52 PM

Magnetation LLC announces first production at new iron ore concentrate plant

GRAND RAPIDS – Magnetation LLC (Magnetation) announced today that it has successfully produced its first iron ore concentrate at its new plant, Plant Four, located near Grand Rapids, Minnesota. More...

Posted 1/8/2015 06:54 PM

Trentini Club meeting planned in Buhl

BUHL – The Trentini Club will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Buhl Senior Center. Anyone needing a ride to the meeting should call Louise at 218-262-2398. More...

Posted 1/8/2015 06:54 PM

i On Sports

Blue Devils beat Alexandria 4-3 at state

Exhale, Blue Devils fans. Your team finally won a hockey game at state. More...

Posted 3/11/2010 09:13 PM

i on Local Sports

The moment I will remember most from Wednesday’s Section 7A Boys Hockey Championship Game, won 3-0 by Virginia/ MI-B over Hibbing/Chisholm, is not the jubilant celebration after back-to-back title wins - though the Blue Devils’ smiles wer More...

Posted 3/4/2010 10:50 PM

Charlotte Overbye

i On Local Sports Spotlight

bio: Charlotte Overbye, a junior at Mountain Iron-Buhl, became the all-time leading scorer in school history, surpassing former boys basketball standouts Steven Golobich and DJ Winfield earlier this season. More...

Posted 2/19/2010 12:04 AM


Mt. Iron Merritt Days Lions Pancake Breakfast

Mt. Iron Merritt Days Lions Pancake Breakfast Mt. Iron Senior Center 7:30 a.m. More...

Posted 8/10/2010 01:38 PM

Local Events

Hometown Calendar

Friday, April 23 YMCA Black & White Event Mesabi YMCA, Mt. Iron Silent & Live Auction, Entertainment, Plated Dinner, 6:00 p.m. More...

Posted 4/22/2010 08:15 PM

3/11 - Book Lover's Tea at Library

The Friends of the Virginia Public Library will sponsor a Book Lover's Tea on Thursday, March 11th at 12:00 in the library auditorium. More...

Posted 3/4/2010 01:56 PM

3/6 City of Mt. Iron 2010 Winter Carnival

City of Mt. Iron 2010 Winter Carnival will be held at the South Grove Recreation Complex, 8766 Mud Lake Road on Saturday, March 6th. Come and enjoy some fresh air and old fashioned family fun for all. Hot dogs, chips and hot cocoa will be available. More...

Posted 3/3/2010 04:03 PM

Auto Focus Tips

1962 Chevrolet CORVETTE

The most noticeable style changes for 1962 were the removal of the side cover chrome trim, a blacked-out grille and ribbed chrome rocker panel molding leaving this model almost completely devoid of chrome. More...

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The 1970 Dodge Dart lineup returned with Swinger 340 and Dart GTS trim lines. All Darts had new front and rear styling. The Swinger 340 was available for $2,808 but now included a three-speed manual as standard. More...

Posted 11/23/2011 01:49 PM

1967 Chevrolet El Camino

Ten of the 15 colors offered for the 1967 Chevrolet El Camino were new. A black vinyl roof covering available with all exterior colors was added to the options list. More...

Posted 10/13/2011 05:55 PM

Conducting Commerce

Defining Friendly Customer Service -

what it is and what it isn’t

A few days ago I attended a community planning meeting for my adopted hometown of Orr, Minnesota. The meeting was the first in a series to develop a long term plan for the future of our town and surrounding area. More...

Posted 2/17/2011 10:02 PM

How to sell money at a discount

Although I didn’t realize it until 30 years later, my first real job in the sales profession was all about selling money at a discount. More...

Posted 2/10/2011 07:19 PM


For several years I had a framed copy of Mark Twain’s quotation: “I am an old man and have known a great many problems, but most of them never happened” hanging on the wall in my office. More...

Posted 2/3/2011 09:42 PM


5th Annual Let’s Take a Kid Fishing on Lake Vermilion event slated for July 16

COOK—Keep the momentum going. Those four words are a good way to summarize the volunteers who work tirelessly in doing their part to introduce youth to the sport of fishing. More...

Posted 6/19/2014 08:18 PM


For a number of years it’s been my tradition, the night before Minnesota’s fishing opener, to get a Dave’s pizza and a cold can of pop, drive to the mall parking lot where I can watch the steady parade of cars and trucks heading nor More...

Posted 5/31/2012 08:29 PM

Lake Vermilion Resort Association Fish Report

All fish were released. The Lake Vermilion Resort Association supports the Catch and Release Program. Week of August 21-27, 2011 More...

Posted 9/1/2011 04:47 PM

Insurance Matters

Insurance matters

The health insurance maze

Addressing health insurance in a short article is similar to transporting iron ore with a pickup truck versus a yuke. It simply isn’t possible. More...

Posted 9/27/2012 06:49 PM

Blue Guitar Highway

Bring It On Home To Me

I have been very fortunate, some may say blessed, to have had the pleasure to play with some of the finest musicians in Minnesota. More...

Posted 8/8/2013 06:11 PM

2013: What would Woody Guthrie do?

First of all, I would like to thank Scott and Jeff Asbach, Jean Cole, and the staff at Hometown Focus for letting me share my column Blue Guitar Highway with you over the last year. More...

Posted 1/3/2013 08:23 PM

Father knows best

I am always amazed at how close my friends from Virginia and I have stayed over the years. Most of these friendships started in grade school, junior high, or high school and remain strong to this day. More...

Posted 12/27/2012 08:18 PM

Legally Speaking

Your Legal Rights: Magazine subscription solicitation

From the Office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson

People should be on guard against deceptive magazine subscription solicitations using false representations and phony claims. More...

Posted 2/23/2012 09:05 PM

Senior Legal Line: Can I get out of this contract?

A legal question and answer line for Seniors


Posted 2/10/2012 01:04 AM

Spousal Maintenance

(formerly known as Alimony)

In divorces, the request for payment of marital maintenance by one side will trigger apoplexy for the other side and big legal bills for everyone. Maintenance is payment of future income or earnings by one spouse to the other spouse. More...

Posted 3/24/2011 07:55 PM

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

The year was 2007, and I found my life crumbling around me. What started as a few itty-bitty snowflakes was now the verge of an avalanche which threatened to bury me, my hopes and my dreams. I was aghast. Not long ago, I had the world by a string. More...

Posted 2/26/2015 07:38 PM

Out of the Blue

It happens every four years. An event so huge and suspenseful, it holds the whole world hostage. A group of zombies in a thrall as we wait to see what happens. The result leaves millions laughing and leaping for joy. More...

Posted 7/10/2014 07:25 PM

Out of the Blue

Little boys like to brag about their dad. “My dad is (fill in the blank) than your dad.” I’m not so little anymore, but I still have that little boy inside me that is proud of his dad. My dad may not be bigger than your dad. More...

Posted 6/12/2014 06:28 PM

Outdoors by Jerry McCormick

The magic of snow fleas

What is a snow flea? Turns out, that is an interesting question. They are not true fleas, that much is certain. And, over the years biologists have argued whether or not they are insects. More...

Posted 3/5/2015 09:35 PM

Ladybug palettes and patterns

What does a ladybug look like? Everyone knows what a ladybug looks like! That seems like a simple question. Unfortunately, the answer turns out to be a long one, like lots of answers to questions about things in nature! More...

Posted 10/2/2014 09:15 PM

It’s a bug eat bug world

Some bugs wants to eat us, we know that! Other bugs want to eat our vegetable gardens or flower gardens. But, there are lots and lots more bugs out there. What do they eat? More...

Posted 9/18/2014 05:23 PM


“Be real careful who you tell!!”

As I sat looking out the window at the falling rain on a late September morning, the phone rang. It was a friend of mine who happens to be a well known outdoor sports writer. More...

Posted 10/14/2010 05:58 PM

Pssst! Wanna know a little secret?

Those of us who grew up on Minnesota’s Iron Range, and in the City of Virginia in particular, are very likely familiar with Canelake’s Candies. More...

Posted 9/23/2010 08:40 PM

“Look! There He Is Again!”

Summers are short in the Northland. That’s why most of us try to spend as much time enjoying the out of doors as possible even if it means just sitting in the shade. More...

Posted 9/9/2010 09:05 PM

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CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) While the idea of making some sort of major move in the near future continues to interest you, don’t overlook a new possibility that could be emerging closer to home. More...

Posted 3/5/2015 09:35 PM

Chris Mitchum’s journey to Hollywood

Chris Mitchum began his movie career almost 50 years ago at Arizona’s ‘Old Tucson,’ the historic film studio site of numerous film and TV Westerns since the 1940s (see More...

Posted 3/5/2015 09:35 PM


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To Trust a Stranger

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22nd Annual Dream Machines

Fuzzy Dice Car Cruise 2014
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Posted 1/10/2014 10:54 AM

Top DVD Rentals and Sales

Top 10 Video Rentals 1. Cowboys and Aliens (PG-13) Daniel Craig 2. The Hangover Part II (R) Bradley Cooper 3. The Help (PG-13) Viola Davis 4. Mr. Popper’s Penguins (PG) Jim Carrey 5. Super 8 (PG-13) Kyle Chandler 6. More...

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Virginia • Mountain Iron-Buhl Eve leth-Gilbe rt Wee k of JANUAR Y 1st, 2011

Breakfast MON DAY: Choice of Breakfast Cereal & Graham Crackers or Hot Oatmeal & Graham Crackers or Yogurt & Graham Cracker. More...

Posted 12/29/2011 08:49 PM

Sally (and Mark’s) world

Public nuptials make history in Mt. Iron

MT. IRON - When I saw Sally Peterangelo walk down the steps of the Mt. More...

Posted 8/14/2014 07:27 PM

Mounted shooting cowboy style Shooting event comes to the Range

Have you ever watched an old Western movie where the hero gallops his horse across the screen with reins in one hand, firing shots off with the other? Ever wished you were that hero? Well then, Cowboy Mounted Shooting may be just the sport for you. More...

Posted 8/14/2014 07:27 PM

Evinrude Outboards: 100+ and still going strong

The year 2009 marked the 100th anniversary of the outboard motor known as Evinrude. The humble beginning of this business is also a love story. After spending a number of years working throughout the Midwest, Ole Evinrude came to Milwaukee in 1900. More...

Posted 8/14/2014 07:27 PM

Music To You program brings DSSO to area libraries in August

MT. IRON – Music To You brings a variety of Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra classical musicians into our communities and to those who might not otherwise have an opportunity to hear live classical musicians. More...

Posted 8/7/2014 06:56 PM


WINTON - We bought our tickets for this year’s Boundary Waters Blues Fest during last year’s festival. Finally the day is almost here to use them! We always have a great time at this event. More...

Posted 8/7/2014 06:56 PM

K-9s have their paws in law enforcement around the state

Editor Jean Cole and I were having a lot of fun learning about our area’s trusty K-9s and their work with law enforcement or search and rescue. We kept coming up with one more question for Dana Kazel, St. More...

Posted 8/7/2014 06:56 PM

Paying it forward through the passion of Peanuts

Editor’s note: This is the last in a series of “Paying it Forward” stories by Charlene Luoma, in association with the annual Sand Lake Shuffle fundraiser for local cancer patients. More...

Posted 7/31/2014 08:18 PM

What’s Comin’ Up!

Summers are short, but sweet, and our communities jam a lot of festivities into a few months! Land of the Loon, Fourth of July, and the Ely Blueberry Festival are all behind us now, but fair season is upon us (see stories p. 4-8)! More...

Posted 7/31/2014 08:17 PM

The Bear River Fair: A tradition for more than 100 years!

In 1911, the hardy pioneers of the booming valley of Bear River, Minnesota assembled for an "exposition" of their harvest. More...

Posted 7/31/2014 08:17 PM

August is FAIR month!

From Bear River up north to Meadowlands at the southern reaches of the Iron Range area, and from Embarrass at the east end to Grand Rapids 80 miles to the west and Chisholm smack in the middle of our Iron Range universe, you can’t go too far in More...

Posted 7/31/2014 08:17 PM

“Bone cement” offers immediate relief to back pain sufferers

DULUTH - A unique technology to treat patients suffering from back pain caused by osteoporosis, compression fractures or spinal bone cancer is now being offered by Essentia Health- St. Mary’s Medical Center. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 07:39 PM

Cataracts—what are they, and what causes them?

....VIRGINIA - The most common cause of loss of vision in people over the age of 40 is cataracts. In fact, according to Prevent Blindness America (PBA) over half of all Americans will have cataracts by the time they are 80 years old. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 07:39 PM

Minnesota officials investigating 13 cases of E. coli

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is investigating 13 cases of foodborne illness associated with a type of E. coli bacteria known as E. coli O111. This form of E. coli is in the same family as the more well-known E. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 07:39 PM

Heart transplant patient pleased

An emergency room visit in Hibbing gets accolades

Bob Aronson is no stranger to hospitals. The 75-year-old Chisholm native built his career as a communications consultant for many hospitals and clinics, including Mayo. He also had a heart transplant at Mayo Clinic in 2007. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 07:39 PM

Vitamin D:

Should I or shouldn’t I?

I recently had my annual check-up. It had been 1.5 years since my last one. “Annual” always seems an arbitrary requirement, particularly when I’m feeling fine and nothing seems amiss. Nevertheless, I bucked up and did my duty. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 07:39 PM

UV Protection and Skin Cancer Awareness Month

I remember when (late 1960s, early 70s) my sisters and I would put on our bathing suits, slather our bodies with Johnson’s Baby Oil, grab a book and some lemonade, and lie on a blanket in the back yard on a sunny summer day – for hours. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 07:39 PM

Paying it forward with artful super powers

Editor’s note: This is the latest installment in a series, “Paying it forward,” featuring individuals and their involvement with the annual Sand Lake Shuffle, a fundraiser for local cancer patients. More...

Posted 7/17/2014 07:52 PM

Ely’s signature event of the year: Blueberry Art Festival

Ely’s biggest event of the year, the Blueberry Art Festival happens July 25-27 at Whiteside Park. It is the festival’s 34th year. The festival opens at noon on Friday until 7 p.m. Saturday’s hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. More...

Posted 7/17/2014 07:51 PM

HL Water Carnival to feature Battle of the Bands

It’s the 59th annual Hoyt Lakes Water Carnival July 24-27 and I sure don’t want to miss this event. More...

Posted 7/17/2014 07:51 PM

Vermilion Range Old Settlers Association plans 100th celebration

The Vermilion Range Old Settlers Association was begun by the former Oliver Iron Mining Company as a day for the miners and their families to gather for a picnic and activities. This year marks the group’s 100th celebration. More...

Posted 7/10/2014 07:25 PM

Bicycling for a cause

I am only a few days away from beginning my 11th Habitat 500 bike ride - a bike ride fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. The Habitat 500 involves riding 500 miles in 7 days in the middle of July. More...

Posted 7/10/2014 07:24 PM

Cuyler Adams, the original Iron Ranger, brings history to life at your library!

Cuyler Adams is one of the original discoverers and promoters of exploration on the Cuyuna Range. The name Cuyuna is a combination of the names of Adams and his dog, Una, who accompanied him on his prospecting trips so “Cuy-Una”! More...

Posted 7/3/2014 10:25 AM

Mature Entrepreneur: Zup's Market

Edward J. Zupancich, Babbitt

“Success comes in many forms,” says Ed Zupancich of Zup’s Market in Babbitt. It can come in the form of being in business for nearly 100 years. More...

Posted 7/3/2014 10:25 AM

Emerging Entrepreneur: Laurentian Monument

Granite and Stone I Kandi and Mark Sutich, Virginia

“Surround yourself with positive people and never ever, ever, ever give up on your dreams and goals.” That’s the advice for aspiring entrepreneurs offered by Mark and Kandi Sutich, owners of Laurentian Monument, Granite and Stone (L More...

Posted 7/3/2014 10:25 AM

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: As American as baseball and apple pie

Labovitz Awards celebrate entrepreneurs in northeastern Minnesota

In April, the UMD Center for Economic Development (CED) once again celebrated American entrepreneurism. More...

Posted 7/3/2014 10:25 AM


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Mobile Man

Find the Clue Prizes & Cash to WIN!

Download our Discover MN app from iTunes or Google Play and click the WIN button. Every Friday marks a new contest, new prize and new clue. Mobile Man will be hidden in one of our advertisers in the app, ready for you to find him. More...

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Posted 10/20/2014 02:17 PM

Mining Features

I’Falls business offers Registered Yoga Teacher Training

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – Replenish Yoga and Wellness, a yoga studio located in downtown International Falls, MN, is offering Registered Yoga Teacher Training 200 (TT200) certification recognized by the national Yoga Alliance beginning in March. More...

Posted 2/19/2015 08:56 PM

Returning to U.S. roots is best option, Cliffs’ CEO Goncalves says

Two years after the top execs at Cliffs Natural Resources heralded China as their place of future growth, the company’s new leader said returning to the company’s domestic roots is the best course. More...

Posted 2/19/2015 08:56 PM

Pro Blast welcomes Wayne Bruns to company

KEEWATIN - Pro Blast is pleased to announce the addition of Wayne Bruns as the company’s new Business Manager. Bruns comes to Pro Blast after working at Grand Rapids State Bank for the past 12 years as their Vice President of Business Banking. More...

Posted 2/19/2015 08:56 PM

Real Estate

Ad hoc committee sought to facilitate Olcott Park fountain restoration

As a young child growing up in Virginia, one of my fondest memories was when my parents would take my siblings and me to Olcott Park in Virginia. To me, it was a huge parcel of land that contained many wonders. More...

Posted 3/5/2015 09:35 PM

JPJ Engineering has new office location

HIBBING – JPJ Engineering, Inc. has moved its Hibbing office to a new location at 425 Grant Street. More...

Posted 12/24/2014 08:31 PM

Minnesota snowmobile season and weekly trail reports begin

ST. PAUL – Snowmobilers can legally ride any of the more than 22,000 miles of Minnesota’s state and grant-in-aid snowmobile trails, from Dec. 1 through the end of March, according to the Department of Natural Resources. More...

Posted 12/4/2014 08:36 PM


PetMD’s list of top 10 favorite large breed dogs

Leave the pampered Pomeranians to celebrities and socialites. More...

Posted 3/5/2015 09:34 PM

Pause for the Cause Challenge on March 1st

MHS staff to raise funding and awareness for homeless pets

VIRGINIA – Mesabi Humane Society will remain open for pet adoptions until 8 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. More...

Posted 2/26/2015 07:37 PM

ASPCA aims to keep Midwest pets safe during and after disasters

NEW YORK, N.Y.—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) announced the first grant recipients as part of its Midwest Disaster Resiliency Program—a program that provides much-needed funding, training, and More...

Posted 2/26/2015 07:37 PM

Range History

This Week in Range History

Dog teams, wardens, and poachers of the past

Sled dogs have long been a part of the factual and fictional history of northeastern Minnesota. In the early part of the 19th century, Mike O’Keefe of Tower would hitch up his dog team to go exploring for land. More...

Posted 3/5/2015 09:35 PM

At the center of life:

Women on the Iron Range

Dear Readers, Earlier this year Pam Brunfelt, distinguished historian, Vermilion Community College instructor and HTF contributor made available, through the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board More...

Posted 2/26/2015 07:37 PM

Lives Transformed: Education and the Iron Range

Dear Readers, Earlier this year Pam Brunfelt, distinguished historian, Vermilion Community College instructor and HTF contributor made available, through the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board, four history articles that she researched an More...

Posted 2/19/2015 08:56 PM

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

Living with the fleeting nature of time

Hello everyone! As we prepare to move our clocks forward in March I’m wondering about Daylight Savings Time. More...

Posted 3/5/2015 09:34 PM

Healthy for Life

Moving on in March

Starting off a new month may be the right time for new beginnings. Any time could be a good time, but it may be difficult for some to move forward, particularly if one is still pondering past mistakes. More...

Posted 2/26/2015 07:37 PM

Healthy for Life

Hey kids! It’s mid-February and you know what that means? Yes, spring is only a month away! Be sure to catch some warm sunshine when it bares its rays. Even in small amounts the fresh air and rays will do your body and mind wonders. More...

Posted 2/19/2015 08:56 PM

Hometown Recipes

The brilliance (and economy) of braising

Some days I ask myself who I think I am, putting together a weekly recipe section for a readership that cannot be less skilled than I am in the kitchen. More...

Posted 3/5/2015 09:34 PM

Yummy casseroles and a new take on mac and cheese

Today I’m indulging my obsessions with new recipes for white chicken chili and mac and cheese. There are a million different versions of both of these dishes, which are two of my favorites. More...

Posted 2/26/2015 07:37 PM

Minerals are important for your body to stay healthy

Dear Readers, Since the topic of this week’s Mining Edition is mining and education, I thought we’d take an educated look at minerals as part of a healthy diet. More...

Posted 2/19/2015 08:56 PM

Sports Events

3/5 - Boys Basketball

All games start at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted: Cherry at Cook Ely at Mesabi Academy - 7 p.m. Eveleth/Gilbert at Duluth Marshall Mesabi East at Two Harbors Orr at Chisholm Tower/Soudan at Nashwauk/Keewatin More...

Posted 2/25/2010 04:10 PM

3/13 - Virginia Area USBC Annual Mixed Association & Hall of Fame Banquet

The Virginia Area USBC Annual Mixed Association and Hall of Fame Banquet will be held Saturday, March 13 at the Virginia Elk's Club. Happy Hour is at 5:30 with dinner to be served at 6:30. The cost is $15. More...

Posted 2/22/2010 01:54 PM

2/13 - Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing

Saturday, February 13 through Monday, February 15th. 1-800-MINN-DNR More...

Posted 2/5/2010 02:21 PM


Essentia Health welcomes family medicine specialist in International Falls

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – Dr. Ingrid Kaijage has joined the Family Medicine Department at the Essentia Health-International Falls Clinic in International Falls, Minn. In addition to caring for patients of all ages, Dr. More...

Posted 3/5/2015 09:35 PM

DNR officer honored for dedication to state’s natural resources

HIBBING – The Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society (MNTWS) has recognized a DNR conservation officer for his dedicated work in game, fish and wetlands protection. More...

Posted 3/5/2015 09:35 PM

Pit & Quarry promotion announced

VIRGINIA – Marc Kwiatkowski was recently promoted to director of sales for Pit & Quarry Supplies, Inc. Kwiatkowski is an Eveleth native and has served as a territory manager at Pit & Quarry since 2011. More...

Posted 3/5/2015 09:35 PM

Fresh Stuff

Container gardener demonstration

April 12 in Eveleth

Gail Coon, owner of Swanson’s Greenhouse on Hwy 53, South of Eveleth, will present a program on using flowers and vegetables in container gardens on April 12, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at St. More...

Posted 3/29/2011 02:53 PM

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Container Gardening Demonstration

Gail Coon, owner of Swanson’s Greenhouse on Hwy 53, South of Eveleth, will present a program on using flowers and vegetables in container gardens on April 12, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at St. More...

Posted 3/29/2011 02:45 PM

Container Gardening Demonstration

Gail Coon, owner of Swanson’s Greenhouse on Hwy 53, South of Eveleth, will present a program on using flowers and vegetables in container gardens on April 12, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at St. More...

Posted 3/29/2011 02:41 PM

Classic Car Talk


Members of the Virginia Dream Machines Car Club answered some questions about their memories revolving around their first car. More...

Posted 8/9/2012 09:14 PM

1969 Chevrolet CORVETTE ZL1

The 1969 Corvette was the second production year of the 1968 - 1982 “C3” generation. The wheelbase remained the same as the C2 (1963-1967) Corvettes and must of the chassis was also the same. More...

Posted 4/19/2012 11:28 PM


NASCAR rules that required automakers to put on the street facsimiles of the racers they put on the track resulted in some extravagant muscle cars, and none was more outrageous than the 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird. More...

Posted 2/3/2012 02:29 AM

Earth Fest 2010

Conservation Tips From Minnesota Power

Deciding to make your home more energy efficient is easy. Knowing where to begin is the hard part. Do you start with new windows and doors? Replace your furnace? Install solar panels on your roof? More...

Posted 4/15/2010 07:16 PM

Iron Range Earth Fest 2010 SPEAKERS SCHEDULE

Mt Iron Community Center - Mt Iron Room 10:00 - 10:45 Creating a Healthy Home with Feng Shui - More...

Posted 4/15/2010 07:16 PM


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Posted 4/15/2010 07:16 PM

Focus On Veterans

Commander to Congress: We face historic opportunities

Transition assistance, better treatment for PTSD and TBI emphasized

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a hearing room packed with more than 300 veterans and their families, American Legion National Commander Michael D. More...

Posted 3/5/2015 09:34 PM

The Veterans Education Empowerment Act

WWP supports bill to improve on-campus support for student veterans


Posted 3/5/2015 09:34 PM

Veterans Day on the Hill in St. Paul slated for March 4 at Cedar Street Armory

ST. PAUL – Join the Commanders’ Task Force, United Veterans Legislative Council of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Association of County Veterans Service Officers at the Cedar Street Armory on Wednesday, March 4, at 10 a.m. More...

Posted 2/26/2015 07:37 PM

High Heels and Handbags

Spring Closet Cleaning 2012:

Phase Two—Shoes

Well readers, I did it. I am writing Part 2 of this spring saga after the Great Pants Massacre of 2012. There were many casualties, but the survivors were real winners, destined to become fashion rock stars of the season. More...

Posted 4/19/2012 11:28 PM

Spring closet cleaning 2012: Phase one - pants

I went to work today in an ill-fitting pair of pants. I know now where the term came from: the fit literally makes you ill. Every step that I took, every accidental glance in the mirror made me sick to my stomach. More...

Posted 3/22/2012 09:58 PM

Flowers and a candy heart world

My friends and readers of this column know all about my CRAZY LOVE for Valentine’s Day. More...

Posted 2/10/2012 01:04 AM

In Our Words

Point of pride for Minnesota

St. Paul College and two-year campuses in Greater MN dominate ‘Best Community Colleges in U.S.’ rankings

Some refreshingly good news about the quality of our public education system almost got out last week, but was mostly overlooked or underplayed by mainstream media. More...

Posted 9/16/2010 08:54 PM

In Your Words

A Letter of Thanks

Over the past six months, I have been on quite the journey and touched by such wonderful care and generosity of so many people that I want to write this letter to express my thanks and to let everyone know how much it is all appreciated. More...

Posted 8/4/2011 06:48 PM

Are trees on the Iron Range in peril?

Scientists like Janine Bloomfield, Ph.D.*, believe that global warming will have an effect on tree species. Dr. More...

Posted 9/23/2010 08:40 PM

Letter to my neighbor

Editor’s note: The author of the following letter requested to remain anonymous, and we have granted the request. - Jean Dear Neighbor, More...

Posted 9/9/2010 09:04 PM

Ojibwe Reflections

Out of the Blue

Today was one of just two days out of the year that is major sporting event-free. The other was Monday. More...

Posted 7/18/2013 08:57 PM

Out of the Blue

The Wild limped into the playoffs. More...

Posted 5/9/2013 06:52 PM

Cheeseburgers for breakfast

Our mother, Pat, has always been a true believer in the value of a good breakfast and, in the winter, the nutrition, economy and staying power of a warm bowl of Quaker Oats. More...

Posted 3/18/2010 07:56 PM

Nature's Why and How

Why are there so many types of insects?

Have you ever stepped outside on a beautiful summer morning only to be bombarded with dozens of types of insects? More...

Posted 7/26/2012 08:16 PM

The scoop on poop:

Why it’s important to pick up after your dog

Anyone with young children knows the hazards of a pile of dog feces left in the park. Unpleasantness aside, pet waste can have a tremendous effect on plants and other organisms in both parks and natural ecosystems. More...

Posted 4/5/2012 11:51 PM

Nature’s WHY AND HOW

Salty road blues

For anyone travelling during the recent snowstorms, you may have salt to thank for the passable roads. Many tumbles down icy stairs are avoided every year because of salt. More...

Posted 3/9/2012 01:47 AM



Roll-top underwear, roll-top desks, and muffin-top figures

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 3/5/2015 09:34 PM


Berm halts mail delivery, and Mark’s popular music rant

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 2/26/2015 07:37 PM


MIA dishcloths and all-day pampering

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 2/19/2015 08:56 PM

Website Wisdom

Canoe drummers

I’d be lying if I told you we always catch fish whenever we go fishing. More often than I care to admit, I simply write off the fishless days as pleasant outings and a chance to go exploring. More...

Posted 6/6/2013 09:27 PM

Optimize your site to bring more phone calls

Editor’s note: This is the last Website Wisdom column we will be running, as Sean’s growing business is taking more of his time. We thank him for his contributions this past year! More...

Posted 6/24/2010 10:08 PM

Give Your Website Some Personality

Giving your web presence a “fun factor” is no doubt beneficial to your business, no matter what industry you’re in. More...

Posted 6/18/2010 07:57 AM


William J. Emery

William J. Emery, 78, of Fayal Township, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. More...

Posted 3/4/2015 02:49 PM

Jay H. Puska

Jay H. Puska, 61, of Virginia, passed away Saturday, February 28, 2015. Funeral Services will be held Friday, March 6, 2015 at Range Funeral Home at 11:00 AM with visitation one hour prior. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. More...

Posted 3/4/2015 02:42 PM

Clifford L. Schulze

Clifford L. Schulze, 85, Linden Grove Township near Cook, passed away at the Cook Community Nursing Home on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. More...

Posted 3/4/2015 02:35 PM



Legion Bingo American Legion Post 220 holds bingo @ 6 p.m. every Thursday, except for holidays, at the Mountain Iron Senior Center located in downtown Mountain Iron. Come early for a snack for $5.00. The doors open at 5 p.m. More...

Posted 3/5/2015 09:35 PM


LIVESTOCK WWBoven’s Browns Pullets: 19-22 weeks old, just starting to lay. Beef by the Quarter or Half. Pork –half or whole. Farm raised chickens. Call Joe Sopp @ 218-290-1024**** More...

Posted 3/5/2015 09:35 PM


BOATS & WATERCRAFTS Wanted: 14’ Boat Reasonable or free. 218-256-3838 More...

Posted 3/5/2015 09:35 PM

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