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Posted 6/18/2015 09:19 PM

Showy lady’s-slipper

This is Minnesota’s official state flower, the showy lady’s-slipper. This plant is an orchid, one of 43 orchids that grow naturally within the state of Minnesota. More...

Posted 6/18/2015 09:19 PM

Performances in Chisholm (July 12) and Ely (July 13)

ALS offers free tickets to Lehar’s The Merry Widow

MOUNTAIN IRON – The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to offer free event tickets to the Northern Lights Music Festival production of Lehar’s The Merry Widow at 3 p.m. July 12, 2015, at the Chisholm High School and 7 p.m. More...

Posted 6/18/2015 09:19 PM

Virginia City Band concerts in the park

VIRGINIA – The Virginia City Band will hold outdoor concerts in Olcott Park, each Thursday evening at 7 p.m., now through July 16. More...

Posted 6/18/2015 09:19 PM

Peter Pan to be performed June 26 and 27

Grand Rapids Players Summer Theatre Kids Camp

GRAND RAPIDS – The Grand Rapids Players Summer Theatre Kids Camp kicked off its 9th season on June 8th and will present two performances of the timeless classic “Peter Pan.” Due to the Reif Performing Arts Center’s expansion p More...

Posted 6/18/2015 09:19 PM

Photographers Colburn and Ranniker Eveleth Clown Band photo exhibit and free portraits taken

NOTE: We published incorrect times for the Saturday, July 4 photo exhibit and incorrectly described Jack Rannikers photography history in the June 12, 2015 edition of Hometown Focus. More...

Posted 6/18/2015 09:19 PM



Reading the story about my dad that appeared in the Duluth News-Tribune in 1953 was a disconcerting experience for me. It conjured up all kinds of questions, and regrets that my parents are no longer around to talk about these things. More...

Posted 6/18/2015 09:19 PM

Virginia’s Iron Range Outlaw Brigade to release CD

VIRGINIA - Steaming ahead at full throttle well into a seven-year run with no end in sight, the members of the outrageous and exciting Iron Range Outlaw Brigade stand poised to claim yet another musical victory with the release of their fourth CD. More...

Posted 6/18/2015 09:19 PM

Mesabi East is hosting 2-month donation drive

Be the Match online bone marrow campaign

AURORA – The woman from Be the Match that helped me set up this campaign was a bone marrow recipient herself and underneath her name it says, “Leukemia survivor and bone marrow transplant recipient since 1999.” I love that. More...

Posted 6/18/2015 09:19 PM

A teacher’s perspective

The relevance of fatherhood

I’m the father of six children. I hope that gives me some credibility when I say that I strongly disagree with how mass media portrays fathers. More...

Posted 6/18/2015 09:18 PM

What did your father teach you?

HARD WORK. Respect for elders. Loyalty to family and friends. Honesty. How to drive a stick-shift. EVERYTHING.

I wish my dad were still on this earth, for I have so many things to ask him. You may read about one of the things I want to ask him (see story, pages 24-25). More...

Posted 6/18/2015 09:18 PM

Iron on the Range was a successful motorcycle expo

VIRGINIA – Malicious Cycles of Virginia (featured in the June 5, 2015, edition of Hometown Focus) held their first-ever Iron on the Range Motorcycle Expo at Sawmill Saloon in Virginia All types of motorcycles were invited to enter for an opport More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:52 PM

National Get Outdoors Day, June 13 FREE admission to all Minnesota State Parks

Answer the call of the wild on Saturday, June 13, to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day! More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:52 PM

Tri-colored bumble bee

A tri-colored bumble bee on a dandelion. Did you know that we have over a dozen kinds of bumble bees in our Northwoods? The tri-colored is one of the most common. More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:52 PM

Highway 53 and Highway 5 relocation plans taking shape

A new Highway 53 bridge near Virginia and a new Highway 135 bridge connecting the East Range to Virginia will feature several unique Iron Range visual qualities. More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:52 PM

Work zone safety more important than ever

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – With St. Louis County investing $119 million to improve 420 miles of roads and bridges over the next two years, motorists should expect to see a lot of orange cones. More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:52 PM

Malicious Cycles of Virginia: Possible reality series in their future?

VIRGINIA – Within a small non-descript garage in Virginia, two Iron Range bluecollar craftsmen are riding toward the big time. More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:51 PM

Frandsen Bank announces scholarship awards

VIRGINIA – Frandsen Bank & Trust in Virginia announced its 2015 scholarship awards for graduating seniors at four area high schools. More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:51 PM

June quilt displayed at Virginia Public Library

VIRGINIA – The collaborative quilt project between Virginia Public Library and the Going to Pieces Quilt Guild continues in June with another timely project. More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:51 PM

Photographers Colburn and Ranniker

Eveleth Clown Band photo exhibit and free portraits offered

EVELETH - An Eveleth Clown Band photo exhibit will be held from Monday, June 22 through Tuesday, July 7 at the old Siegel Furniture building on Grant Street in Eveleth (across from Jon’s Drug). It will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:51 PM

Cats Under the Stars return for 40th anniversary gig

The mysterious tale of Cats Under the Stars, called one of Minnesota’s Best Dressed Fishing Bands by the Ely Echo in the late 70’s, started innocently enough around a campfire at a “kegger” in the summer of 1973. More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:51 PM

2015 Land of the Loon Festival


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Posted 6/11/2015 09:51 PM

Cook’s MILLION DOLLAR Garage $ale

COOK – Last year the Cook Lions Club’s garage sale, now in its 13th year, raised $36,000 in three days. More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:51 PM

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Posted 8/21/2015 08:10 AM

What IS This?

Mystery Item Contest

If you are the first person to correctly identify the Hometown Focus's weekly Mystery Item, you win a FREE Friday Night Fish Fry Dinner at The Shack Bar and Restaurant on Hwy. 169 north of Virginia. More...

Posted 7/14/2015 08:25 AM

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Posted 1/26/2015 01:08 PM

Health Features

Fairview Range celebrates cancer survivors

HIBBING – Cancer survivors, their families and their caregivers came together recently to celebrate life at a reception hosted by Fairview Range. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Fairview Range welcomes Rodger W. Althoff, M.D., FACS

HIBBING – Fairview Range welcomes board certified general and vascular surgeon Rodger W. Althoff, M.D., FACS to its medical staff. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Learn to assist others with heath care directives

HIBBING – Fairview Range is hosting a facilitator training course for anyone interested in helping others complete their health care directives. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM


Youth Energy Summit (YES!) awards energy action projects

BRITT – Four teams participating in the Youth Energy Summit (YES!) presented their work on energy action projects to a panel of judges on May 11. More...

Posted 5/28/2015 09:37 PM

Take a kid fishing and fish free June 5-7

STATEWIDE – Minnesotans age 16 or older don’t need a fishing license to take a child age 15 or younger fishing on Friday, June 5, to Sunday, June 7, during Take a Kid Fishing Weekend. More...

Posted 5/28/2015 09:37 PM

Minnesota state parks and trails launch new statewide geocaching challenge

STATEWIDE – Everyone is invited to celebrate Earth Day by answering “the call of the wildflowers” by participating in a new statewide geocaching adventure that began on April 22. More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:16 PM


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...

Posted 8/27/2015 09:28 PM

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...

Posted 8/27/2015 09:28 PM

The importance of planning for your pet’s future

CHISHOLM – This summer Precious Paws Humane Society of Chisholm accepted the surrenders of three cats who, except for the unexpected, never would have found themselves in a shelter. More...

Posted 8/20/2015 09:19 PM

Range History

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...

Posted 8/27/2015 09:28 PM

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...

Posted 8/27/2015 09:28 PM


At the height of the Great Depression, nearly one in four Americans was unemployed. Under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the federal government created the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to employ millions of jobless Americans. More...

Posted 8/13/2015 08:44 PM

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

Summertime herbs and meditation

Home Remedies & Recipes Rosemary More...

Posted 8/20/2015 09:19 PM

Healthy for Life

An exercise for anywhere and smart eats!

Exercise at home, work or gym The head tilt More...

Posted 8/13/2015 08:44 PM

Healthy for Life

Sniff and scratch

Welcome everyone to August and the Healthy for Life column #351! As the learning experience continues for myself and others it seems to be all about what works best for you. More...

Posted 8/6/2015 09:21 PM

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...

Posted 8/27/2015 09:28 PM

A torte, a cake, a bread and a dip spread

I’m still searching for new ways to use our ripening garden produce. This week I am sharing some great new recipes for plums and zucchini. More...

Posted 8/20/2015 09:19 PM

How to make Cream of Anything Soup from scratch

My good friend Ruth Carlson of Crane Lake, MN, is a long-time recipe columnist (much longer than I). She is actually a good cook and I just fake it. More...

Posted 8/13/2015 08:43 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...

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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 02:54 PM

2/13 - Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing

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

Posted 2/5/2010 03:21 PM


Joe Leoni gives family science presentation at justice convention in Alexandria

VIRGINIA – Joe Leoni, Trenti Law Firm partner, presented at the 33rd State Convention of the Minnesota Association of Justice (formerly the Minnesota Trial Lawyers) in Alexandria on August 14, 2015. More...

Posted 8/27/2015 09:29 PM

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...

Posted 8/27/2015 09:29 PM

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...

Posted 8/27/2015 09:29 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 03:53 PM

News Briefs

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 03:45 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 03:41 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 02:49 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 06:55 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 11:02 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 08:19 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 10:42 PM

Focus On Veterans

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...

Posted 8/27/2015 09:28 PM

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...

Posted 8/27/2015 09:28 PM

Military Appreciation Day at the State Fair, Sept. 1

ST. PAUL – The schedule of events for Military Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 1, includes: More...

Posted 8/20/2015 09:19 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 4/20/2012 12:28 AM

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 10:58 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 02:04 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 09:54 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 10:05 PM

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

A legal question and answer line for Seniors


Posted 2/10/2012 02:04 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 08:55 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 08:38 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 08:25 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 07:28 PM

Outdoors by Jerry McCormick

Tansy: The yellow menace

From a distance it looks pretty, just one of the bright yellow flowers of summer. The closer you get, and the more you learn, however, the less attractive it gets. The plant under discussion in my column this week is common tansy. More...

Posted 8/13/2015 08:44 PM


I considered saving this topic for Halloween, because it sounds like something Edgar Allen Poe would have dreamed-up. But it is too cold by Halloween, and the topic is an insect that one has the best chance of seeing during spring or summer. More...

Posted 5/21/2015 07:40 PM

What? Warm-blooded insects?

April and early May are the months we see the first insects come crawling out. the first insects to come out are not the familiar troublesome types. The early-season insects face the problem most of us faced all winter: keeping warm. More...

Posted 4/30/2015 10:50 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 06:58 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 09:40 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 10:05 PM

Guest Columnists

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...

Posted 8/27/2015 09:28 PM


LEO (July 23 to August 22) Learning how to live with a decision is a challenge, but one you Leos and Leonas could really enjoy. You’ll also be pleased to see your social life take that upsurge you’ve been hoping for. More...

Posted 8/20/2015 09:20 PM


LEO (July 23 to August 22) Playing cat and mouse with a matter you don’t really want to tackle wastes time, energy and, most important, an opportunity. Ask someone with experience to help you get started. More...

Posted 8/13/2015 08:44 PM



ATVS 2015 Arctic Cat Bearcat XT: 2038 mi., $7,995. 218-750-3350*** 1998 Max IV-500T: 16 HP, 6 Wheels, Amphibious, $2,500 OBO. 218-262-4437*** More...

Posted 8/27/2015 09:29 PM


AUTOS BUICK 1999 Buick Riveria: 214K mi., good running car. $3,100 OBO. 218-780-8924 or 218-744-4395 More...

Posted 8/27/2015 09:29 PM


Did anyone witness a minor accident on 9th Street North, Virginia in front of the ICO store on Sunday, June 28th in the evening involving an older white Toyota and an old red, rusty pickup truck. More...

Posted 8/27/2015 09:29 PM

MN Commerce Department seeks public input on health insurance rate proposals

ST. PAUL – For the first time ever, Minnesotans can see proposed 2016 rate information submitted by Minnesota health insurers for individual health insurance plans. More...

Posted 6/18/2015 09:19 PM

Millie Babbini will be grand marshal of 4th of July parade

From the City Council: At the June 1, 2015, meeting: Hired three additional temporary seasonal employees: Dan Niska, Kyle Maki and Archie Winans. More...

Posted 6/18/2015 09:19 PM

On Father’s Day, Twins offer free hat through partnership with DNR

MINNEAPOLIS – Anyone with a 2015 Minnesota hunting or fishing license can receive a free camouflage Twins logo baseball cap by being among the first 500 to buy Minnesota Twins tickets through a special offer online. More...

Posted 6/18/2015 09:19 PM

Raptors arrive at the International Wolf Center

ELY – A new education exhibit, “Raptors! Predators from the Sky,” opened at the International Wolf Center on June 5 and run through May 2016. More...

Posted 6/18/2015 09:19 PM

Reinforce online safety messages with your children

ST. PAUL — Summer time often means more free time, and for many Minnesota children, more time spent online. More...

Posted 6/18/2015 09:19 PM

Operation K-9 raises almost $25,000 for law enforcement K-9s

TWIN PORTS – If only the weather had behaved as well as the K-9s did! An estimated 1,200 people braved chilly, wind-off-the-Lake conditions to watch area law enforcement K-9s demonstrate their skills during Operation K-9 on June 4. More...

Posted 6/18/2015 09:19 PM

Summer Reading Program volunteers are needed at VPL

VIRGINIA – Volunteers are needed throughout the summer to help make the Virginia Public Library’s Summer Reading Program a success. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the library at 218-748- 7525 for additional information. More...

Posted 6/18/2015 09:19 PM


Fishing, bass kissing, casting and prizes galore

Participation in the annual Rotary Kids’ Fishing Contest on Silver Lake in Virginia on June 11 was excellent this year with 349 registered fisherkids! More...

Posted 6/18/2015 09:19 PM

BBB advice on handling door-to-door solicitors

Summer is here, and solicitors offering asphalt services and magazine subscriptions – among other products and services – will be making the rounds and may well wind up on your doorstep. More...

Posted 6/18/2015 09:19 PM

Itasca County Family YMCA, a hub of active living

GRAND RAPIDS – Bernie Winger loves Itasca County Family YMCA activities so much that she visits four days a week. More...

Posted 6/18/2015 09:19 PM

Join the Bone Marrow Registry and you just might save a life

The decision was easy, the commitment hard. I knew I wanted to be on the Bone Marrow Registry since 1995, the same year that I lost my significant other. More...

Posted 6/18/2015 09:19 PM

Road trip with my dad

Editor’s note: This piece was written by Paul Jarmer when he was a student of Aaron Kelson’s at Mesabi Range College this spring. More...

Posted 6/18/2015 09:18 PM

June is Rail Crossing Safety Awareness Month

ST. PAUL – June is Rail Crossing Safety Awareness month and the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Minnesota Operation Lifesaver remind citizens about the importance of safety around trains. More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:52 PM

City of Gilbert Wellhead Protection Plan

In the fall of 2010, the City of Gilbert adopted a wellhead protection plan to protect the groundwater which supplies the needs of our community. More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:52 PM

Beautiful, bountiful buttercups

Buttercups grow wild around most of our streams, lakes and rivers in northern Minnesota. Mother Nature at her best! Photo submitted by Maggie Buerke, secretary of the Cook Area Garden Club. More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:52 PM

You can’t judge a BROOK by its cover

“Are you going to sleep all day or do you want to catch some trout?’ a familiar voice inquired over the phone very early on a Wednesday morning in mid-April. More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:52 PM

IRPS offers Trash Talking Tour on June 16

MT. IRON – Ever wonder what happens to your trash? A Trash Talking Tour will take place on Tuesday, June 16, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The tour is part of Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability’s (IRPS) Sustainability Matters series. More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:52 PM

MDH releases health advisory about youth nicotine exposure

STATEWIDE – The Minnesota Poison Control System saw a 35 percent jump in e-cigarette and e-juice poisonings among children from birth to 5 years old between 2013 and 2014. More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:52 PM

MDH reports first-week cannabis registration

STATEWIDE – Minnesota’s medical cannabis registration system had 104 health care practitioners set up accounts during the program’s first week following its June 1 launch. More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:51 PM

Small fruit production is focus of garden series

MT. IRON – The monthly series called “How Does Your Garden Grow?” will focus on small fruit production on Thursday, June 18, from 7 – 8 p.m. More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:51 PM

Alworth Scholarship awardees announced

DULUTH – The Marshall H. and Nellie Alworth Scholarship Foundation announced that the following students have each been awarded a More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:51 PM

St. Louis County land sale raises $285,000

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – Seven properties that have been tax forfeited and under the care of the St. Louis County Land and Minerals Department for years are once again privately owned following Thursday’s land auction. More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:51 PM

More than just a cookbook

Recipes are an Iron Range connection filled with history

In 1963, I belonged to St. Theresa’s Circle of St. Mary’s Catholic Church located in a small town in northern Minnesota. More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:51 PM

Partners sought for energy audits

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota State Fair represents one of the biggest energy outreach opportunities of the year. Each year it attracts over 250,000 people to the Eco Experience, one of the largest environmental events of its kind in the country. More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:51 PM

DNR approves new deer population goals

New deer population goals have been approved by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for large portions of northeastern, north-central and east-central Minnesota, covering 40 of 128 deer permit areas in the state. More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:51 PM

Eveleth Community Foundation Fund accepting grant applications; deadline August 1

EVELETH – The Eveleth Area Community Foundation Fund (EACF), an affiliate of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, announced the availability of funding and the approaching August 1st application deadline. More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:51 PM

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Bridal Features

Tips for planning your wedding photos

(NewsUSA) – With everything that goes into your wedding day, those once-in-a-lifetime moments will go by in a blur, which is why hiring a professional wedding photographer is a must. More...

Posted 5/7/2015 08:36 PM

Fiancé and finances

Five questions to ask before marriage

(Family Features) - Marriage is a milestone in life; yet, many enter into the next phase without asking their spouse some vital questions about money. If you are among the soon-to-be wed, consider starting a conversation using the questions below. More...

Posted 5/7/2015 08:36 PM

Destination wedding might be an affordable choice

Tying the knot isn’t what it used to be. More...

Posted 5/7/2015 08:36 PM

Mining Features

1 jobseeker per job vacancy More job openings in region, according to DEED

DULUTH – Despite layoffs at area mining companies, Northeast Regional Analyst Erik White of DEED says that there are still job openings in our region. More...

Posted 5/28/2015 09:37 PM

The History of Erie Mining Company

A project to document the history of the pioneering research, preliminary pilot plant, and construction and operation of the world’s first completely integrated taconite mine.

In early 2014, a team of willing and dedicated former Erie Mining Company/ LTV Mining employees began meeting monthly at the Hoyt Lakes City Hall. More...

Posted 5/28/2015 09:37 PM

Duluth Seaway Port Authority

Iron ore accounts for 40 percent of Duluth port’s business

DULUTH - Iron ore from the Mesabi Range accounts for 40 percent of the 38 million short tons of bulk material moved through the Duluth-Superior Port each year. Some portrelated statistics: More...

Posted 5/28/2015 09:37 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 10:35 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 09:31 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 09:36 PM

Home & Garden Tips


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...

Posted 8/27/2015 09:29 PM

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...

Posted 8/27/2015 09:29 PM


Decorator secret: Lighting room by room How to: This week bedrooms… bedrooms need light to dress by, soft lighting to provide a relaxing mood, and lights to read by in bed. More...

Posted 8/20/2015 09:20 PM


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...

Posted 8/27/2015 09:28 PM

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...

Posted 8/27/2015 09:28 PM

NSAIDs warning; beach attack

Q: I’m 100 pounds overweight and desperate to get into shape, but I read that there’s really no chance that someone like me can take it off and keep it off. I feel like giving up! Can you help me? -- Janie W., Lincoln, Nebraska More...

Posted 8/20/2015 09:19 PM

Massage for Your Health

Massage and miscarriage

It’s interesting how our bodies function, especially with the mind – body connection. When one part is affected it, in turn, can affect the other part. And vice versa. I recently worked on a client who had had a miscarriage. More...

Posted 8/20/2015 09:19 PM

Massage is not negotiable for some

For some of us, the title of this article is so true. We depend on massage to keep us moving and functioning at a normal pace. I know for myself if I was not receiving massage on a regular basis I wouldn’t still be a massage therapist. More...

Posted 8/6/2015 09:21 PM

Neuromas and neuropathy

Hello! My last article covered neuromas, what they are, and discussed whether massage can help. I wanted to do a follow up article about neuromas and thought I would also include neuropathy. They share similar symptoms yet have different causes. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 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 09:52 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 07:54 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 07:54 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 10:13 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 11:50 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 01:04 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 02:38 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 09:15 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 02:56 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 05:03 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 10:14 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 4/20/2012 12:28 AM


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 03:29 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 08:16 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 08:16 PM


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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 09:18 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 09:29 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 05:47 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 07:49 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 07:11 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 09:23 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 09:18 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 07:48 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 09:40 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 10:04 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 09:57 PM

Out of the Blue

The Wild limped into the playoffs. More...

Posted 5/9/2013 07:52 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 08:56 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 09:16 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 4/6/2012 12:51 AM

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 02:47 AM



Irritating sounds, sake sushi, and a garden party

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

Posted 8/27/2015 09:28 PM


UTV or golf cart? 19 mph good enough for this gal

Greetings & Sallytations! Vacation is over. Easy come, easy go. I had such an awesome week at the lake. When the temps hit the 90s More...

Posted 8/20/2015 09:19 PM


Sally takes a break and hubby fills in

Before you get much further than the first sentence you should know that Sally isn’t writing this week. This is Mark and this column is my first anniversary present to her. More...

Posted 8/13/2015 08:44 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 10:27 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 11:08 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 08:57 AM


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Posted 1/10/2014 11:54 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...

Posted 12/29/2011 09:49 PM

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