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Sunflowers as art

Art is all around us, in many forms and mediums and, as “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” it can be appreciated in many ways. More...

Posted 10/2/2015 09:36 AM

Avoid deer-vehicle crashes this fall

STATEWIDE – Most deer-vehicle crashes statewide occur from September through January, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. More...

Posted 10/2/2015 09:35 AM

Free program in Chisholm Oct. 19

Rachel’s Challenge being offered by LCP

GRAND RAPIDS – Each day 160,000 students do not go to school because they are bullied, teased and harassed. More...

Posted 10/2/2015 09:35 AM

Pickles, Crane Lake and Vermilion Falls

Visiting the land of the Voyageur

CRANE LAKE – I received a telephone call the end of July from Gini Stahnke from Crane Lake. More...

Posted 10/2/2015 09:35 AM

What is that dashboard light telling you?

You may have noticed the illuminated symbols on your dashboard when you start your car. More...

Posted 9/24/2015 07:19 PM

Brake safety: Check your vehicle’s most important safety system

When it comes to vehicle safety, the brake system is at the top of the list. Brakes are a normal wear item for any car and eventually they’re going to need to be replaced. More...

Posted 9/24/2015 07:19 PM

Mt. Iron approves zero percent tax levy increase for 7th consecutive year

From the City Council:

At the September 8, 2015, City Council meeting: Renewed the city’s membership with the Coalition of Greater Minnesota cities for 2016 for a fee of $5,174. Approved an extension agreement with Minnesota Power at the current contract rate. More...

Posted 9/24/2015 07:19 PM

St. Louis County Board lowers property taxes in 2016

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – The St. Louis County Board has voted to hold the maximum property tax levy flat for 2016 at $116.6 million, a 0 percent increase over last year. More...

Posted 9/24/2015 07:19 PM

Lake Vermilion Guides League honors veterans with fishing day on Lake Vermilion

LAKE VERMILION – The Lake Vermilion Guides League held their second annual Veterans Fishing Day on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Almost 70 veterans from all branches of the service, including 11 WWII veterans, participated. More...

Posted 9/24/2015 07:19 PM

FIRE! in the hay bales

Fall is harvest time and farmers must wait until the first hard frost to know if it has been a good year or not. Anything can happen, even if things look good at the end of summer. More...

Posted 9/24/2015 07:19 PM

10 Minnesota fall color drives

Here’s a sampler of routes for viewing a rainbow of colorful fall foliage in Minnesota. The list includes some well-known favorites, and some lesser-known gems where you don’t have to share the view with a crowd. 1. More...

Posted 9/24/2015 07:19 PM

Stories sing!

A special storytime presentation by the Minnesota Opera

MT. IRON – The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to presents Singing Stories! Alisa Magallón, a teaching artist with the Minnesota Opera will present free story-time programs at the following libraries: More...

Posted 9/24/2015 07:19 PM

Local firefighters honored at IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial


Posted 9/24/2015 07:18 PM

Minnesota’s STEM students get boost with grants from SciTechsperience

ST. PAUL – A DEED grant doubles matching grants to businesses providing handson work experience for college students through the SciTechsperience Internship Program. More...

Posted 9/24/2015 07:18 PM

Informal biking enthusiasts ride weekly

The Iron Range is a beautiful part of the country. The forests, lakes, and even the ore-red hills draw people to it. There are many recreational opportunities available to those who are interested. One of the most economical is bicycling. More...

Posted 9/24/2015 07:18 PM

A Football Hall of Fame Day on the Range

MT. IRON – Mt. Iron and Buhl love their football. They start early, play long and remember for decades after playing days are over. More...

Posted 9/24/2015 07:18 PM

September quilt now on display at Virginia library

VIRGINIA – September’s quilt has been installed in the lobby of the Virginia Public Library. More...

Posted 9/17/2015 08:46 PM

Merritt Elementary’s Louis Parenteau receives Teacher of the Year nomination

MT. IRON – Louis Parenteau, a fifth/sixth grade science specialist at Merritt Elementary School in Mt. Iron has been nominated by the North St Louis Soil & Water Conservation District as Teacher of the Year. More...

Posted 9/17/2015 08:46 PM

Minnesota Trade Office awarded $500K for export promotion program

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Trade Office (MTO) has been awarded $564,132 from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to fund the Minnesota STEP program (State Trade and Export Promotion). More...

Posted 9/17/2015 08:46 PM

Steger to visit Virginia on climate change mission

VIRGINIA – Will Steger, famous polar explorer and educator, is coming to the Range to talk about climate change. The event in Virginia to be held September 24 at Mesabi Range College beginning at 5:30 p.m. More...

Posted 9/17/2015 08:46 PM

College fair to be held at Mesabi Range College

VIRGINIA – A Minnesota Education Fair for all high school students and their parents will be held at Mesabi Range College, Virginia Campus Gym on Monday, Sept. 21, from 1 – 2:30 p.m. More...

Posted 9/17/2015 08:46 PM

Local women receive education grants from P.E.O.

HOYT LAKES/BUHL – Charlotte Connor of Hoyt Lakes and Lily Branstrom of Buhl are the recent recipients of grants to further their education through a P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) program. P.E.O. More...

Posted 9/17/2015 08:46 PM

Bois Forte celebrates rice crop with powwow of gratitude

It’s hard to know how many years the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa has held its Miigwech Manomin Powwow. More...

Posted 9/17/2015 08:46 PM

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Posted 8/21/2015 07:10 AM

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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 07:25 AM

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Posted 1/26/2015 12:08 PM

Mining Features  Free Access 

MSHA training for mine, quarry employees

DULUTH – MSHA 8-hour Annual Refresher Training (ART) courses are being held at the Tech Center in Duluth on the 2nd Monday of each month. The next session will be held on Monday, Sept. 14. Class hours are 8 a.m. More...

Posted 9/3/2015 09:56 PM

MN iron, steel products exports up 2 percent

ST. PAUL – Minnesota businesses exported $5.2 billion worth of agricultural, mining and manufactured products in the second quarter, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). More...

Posted 9/3/2015 09:56 PM

Portion of County Road 715 closed September 1

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – With the coming extension of the ArcelorMittal mine pit, an approximately one-mile segment of County Road 715, also known as Pike River Drive and Whiskey Road, closed indefinitely beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1. More...

Posted 9/3/2015 09:56 PM

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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 08:37 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 08:37 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 09:16 PM

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Protect your pet during winter and cold weather

Tips to keep cats, dogs and horses safe and comfortable

In many areas, winter is a season of bitter cold and numbing wetness. Pets are happiest and healthiest when kept indoors, especially during extreme cold snaps. More...

Posted 11/25/2015 07:45 PM

Animal poison control alert

Keep laundry detergent pods away

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) has important safety information for pet parents: Laundry detergent pods pose serious dangers to pets if ingested. More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

Holiday foods NOT to feed your pet this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family and holiday feasts—but also a time for possible distress for our animal companions. More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

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How FDR changed Thanksgiving

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had a lot to think about in 1939. The world had been suffering from the Great Depression for a decade and the Second World War had just erupted in Europe. On top of that, the U.S. economy continued to look bleak. More...

Posted 11/25/2015 07:45 PM

Harvest Ceremony

Beyond the Thanksgiving Myth

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Posted 11/25/2015 07:45 PM

A walk in Olcott Park

Memories of Olcott Park brought a story to my mind. Russell Conwell (1843- 1925), founder of Temple University in Philadelphia, gave a speech titled “Acres of Diamonds” over 6,000 times. More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

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Healthy for Life

A Thanksgiving blessing

Here’s wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving with hope that life will bring you continued blessings to be thankful for. More...

Posted 11/25/2015 07:45 PM

Singing with nature

Greetings to everyone as the season brought us a fresh coat of white snow. Waking up to a white outdoors was quite a spectacular show of nature’s purest color. More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

Greetings to everyone as you enter the 363rd Healthy for Life column. This month marks the seventh year of writing a weekly health column for the Hometown Focus. More...

Posted 11/12/2015 10:31 PM

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The 'P" foods

New book features classic Range recipes

A newly published cookbook titled “Come, You Taste – Family Recipes from the Iron Range,” by B. J. Carpenter, is now available. A friend of ours sent it to us a couple of weeks ago. SCORE! More...

Posted 11/25/2015 07:45 PM

Don't be afraid:

Make this fabulous crown roast

I once was intimidated by crown roasts. It looked much too fancy for me, who borders on the incompetent in the kitchen. Truth be told, it’s not hard and it’s mighty impressive when it’s placed on the center of your dining table. More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM


Dennis and Mimi Udovich, owners of Udovich Guide Service, provided the recipes for this week’s column. Some of the recipes were shared by those who have enjoyed the hunting experience at the Udovich preserve. More...

Posted 11/12/2015 10:31 PM

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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 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

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Project Blue Light promoted by St. Louis County law enforcement chaplains

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – It’s that time of year to hang up strings of lights for the holidays. This year St. More...

Posted 11/25/2015 07:45 PM

Home Instead Senior Care announces 2015 CAREGiver award winners

CAREGivers from across the Iron Range were recently honored for providing exceptional service to the clients of Home Instead Senior Care, a serviced based company that provides homemaking and home health aide services to seniors in their homes. More...

Posted 11/25/2015 07:45 PM

Small Business Saturday: Shop small, make a big difference

The sixth annual Small Business Saturday (SBS), which takes place on November 28th this year, is a day designed to support and promote small businesses during the busy Thanksgiving holiday weekend. More...

Posted 11/25/2015 07:45 PM

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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

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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

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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

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Henry Repeating Arms presents $50,000 to the VFW

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — President and CEO of Henry Repeating Arms Anthony Imperato presented a $50,000 donation to the VFW during a special ceremony at the VFW National Headquarters in Kansas City. More...

Posted 11/25/2015 07:45 PM

DAV - Thank a Vet

The DAV National Office has created a program where veterans or their family members can upload pictures and create a video slideshow of the veteran's service. More...

Posted 11/25/2015 07:45 PM

Fraud is a constant threat for veterans; scammers try to profit

Whether they’re fresh out of the military and looking for work or retired and receiving well-deserved benefits, veterans are, far too often, targets of fraudulent schemes. More...

Posted 11/25/2015 07:45 PM

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Scary! Flesh-eating plants of the Northwoods

To most of us, carnivorous plants are just curiosities of nature. To many bugs, however, carnivorous plants represent unimaginable horrors! Scary stuff! To the bugs the scenarios they present are as horrifying as any Halloween legend. More...

Posted 10/22/2015 08:51 PM

March of the ladybugs

Fall is a season with distinctive traditions. During the fall we think of football, hunting, and Halloween. Add a new one to this list: the march of the ladybugs. Even if we have not seen a ladybug all summer, suddenly they are everywhere! More...

Posted 10/15/2015 09:47 PM

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 07:44 PM

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“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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LEO (July 23 to August 22) It’s a good time for you fabulous Felines to take pleasure in your special gift for, well, taking pleasure! Look for this holiday season to give you every reason to purr. More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM


LEO (July 23 to August 22) Old friends and new have one thing in common: Both your longtime and newly minted pals have much wisdom to impart. More...

Posted 11/12/2015 10:31 PM

A table for two: It just doesn’t get any better than this

The conversation started with me saying, “Hey Hon, what do you say I take you out to eat at one of the nicest places I know? I’ll reserve a table for two with a million dollar view. More...

Posted 11/5/2015 09:44 PM

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ATVS 2002 Yamaha Raptor 660R: Ex. Cond., Nerf Bars, FMF Exhaust, Brush Guard, ProTaper Handle Bars, $2000. 2008 Polaris Sportsman 300 Special Edition: Like new, ONLY 823 mi., $3,000. 218-969- 7653. More...

Posted 11/25/2015 07:46 PM


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

Posted 11/25/2015 07:46 PM


Baby Boomers Meeting (those born 1946 – 1964) at the Elk’s Club on 5th Avenue & Second St. N, Virginia every 3rd Wednesday at 5 p.m. All area single, married, divorced or widowed baby boomers welcome. More...

Posted 11/25/2015 07:46 PM

Hwy. 53 Final EIS, Record of Decision approved

DULUTH – The Federal Highway Administration has cleared the Highway 53 relocation project from Virginia to Eveleth for final permitting and construction, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said on September 25. More...

Posted 10/2/2015 09:36 AM

Why Treaties Matter exhibition to open at Hibbing Community College

HIBBING – Hibbing Community College (HCC) announced the opening of the exhibit “Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations,” a traveling exhibition that explores the Native nations in Minnesota and their h More...

Posted 10/2/2015 09:36 AM

Annual Wings and Things event in Cook Oct. 3

COOK – The 2015 Wings and Things will be celebrated this Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Cook VFW. Saturday is a busy day in the Cook area with sports, weddings, wood splitting, hunting and other fall activities. More...

Posted 10/2/2015 09:36 AM

Buhl celebrates renovation of library steps with Fall Festival

BUHL – The Buhl Public Library celebrated the completion of the renovation of the library’s front steps renovation with a Fall Festival hosted by the Friends of the Buhl Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. More...

Posted 10/2/2015 09:35 AM

Mind Trekkers STEM Showcase

Getting students excited about possibilities

EVELETH – Do you want to walk on water before it freezes? Or see gas explode? Come join us at the Iron Range Mind Trekkers STEM showcase. More...

Posted 10/2/2015 09:35 AM

Three Ps of auto care: Preventative, Proactive, Prepared

In recognition of National Preparedness Month in September, the non-profit Car Care Council reminds motorists of the importance of the three Ps of auto care to make sure their vehicle is ready for the unexpected. More...

Posted 9/24/2015 07:19 PM

Tire safety: Check your tires for wear and tear

It only takes a penny to see if your tires are worn or losing tread. More...

Posted 9/24/2015 07:19 PM

Wild ricing: More secret lakes and rivers

Recently I met up with some friends and they asked me what I’ve been up to lately. More...

Posted 9/24/2015 07:19 PM

Virginia School District is planning for the future

VIRGINIA – The Virginia School District announced its launch of a comprehensive strategic planning initiative. More...

Posted 9/24/2015 07:19 PM

Rocks Jeweler

Rockin’ the jewelry trade on Chestnut Street

VIRGINIA – When we were dating, the first gift my now-husband gave me was an onyx necklace from Rocks the Jewelers in Virginia. It is a Strellman’s piece of jewelry, and the stone is their signature Lighthouse Lens cut. More...

Posted 9/24/2015 07:19 PM

Chili Cook- Off raises over $20,000 to benefit St. Michael's residents

VIRGINIA – It was a rainy, humid and hot fall day in northern Minnesota on Thursday, Sept. 17, and Miners Memorial Building in Virginia was the site of St. Michael’s 6th annual Chili Cook-Off. More...

Posted 9/24/2015 07:19 PM

Fun fall events at local farms

As far as I’m concerned, this was a perfect summer. I enjoy hot weather and can easily tolerate the humidity, with the aid of many dips in the lake. More...

Posted 9/24/2015 07:19 PM

What causes fall colors?

The chemicals More...

Posted 9/24/2015 07:19 PM

Buoys and channel markers on area lakes

The original intent of the placement of buoys on Lake Vermilion was to provide a simple navigational channel from the east end to the west end of the lake. More...

Posted 9/24/2015 07:19 PM

Fall chores and flushing pheasants

Fall is a time of year when those of us that live in the northern climes begin to prepare for the winter ahead. More...

Posted 9/24/2015 07:18 PM


Students gear up for Mind Trekkers Showcase

EVELETH - Jacquelyn LeBeque’s sixth grade Virginia students experienced science on a scale like never before at last year’s Iron Range Mind Trekkers STEM Showcase. More...

Posted 9/24/2015 07:18 PM

Vermilion Dam to host annual muskie outing

LAKE VERMILION - Muskie fishing has definitely found its place on Lake Vermilion with many of the sport’s enthusiasts returning yearly to try their luck in snagging a trophy muskie. More...

Posted 9/24/2015 07:18 PM

AUTUMN Fall, firewood and food; it's all good

Fall features

In today’s edition, we feature seasonal stories including one woman’s fish camp (p. 8), local biking enthusiasts (p. 9), one family’s hunting dogs (p. 13), removing buoys and channel markers from area lakes (p. More...

Posted 9/24/2015 07:18 PM

Youth organize Walk for Water around Silver Lake

MT. IRON – Youth from Messiah Lutheran Church are leading a Walk for Water on Sunday, Sept. 20. The walk will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Rotary Park on Silver Lake in Virginia. More...

Posted 9/17/2015 08:46 PM

Iron Range Harvest Festival focused on fresh food

IRON RANGE – The Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability (IRPS) would like to thank the many groups and individuals who made the 2015 Iron Range Harvest Festival a great success. More...

Posted 9/17/2015 08:46 PM

$5 bag sale planned Oct. 1 – 3; Salvation Army Family Store closing for good

VIRGINIA – The Salvation Army Family Store in Virginia closed in February. More...

Posted 9/17/2015 08:46 PM

Tomatoes identified as source of Salmonella outbreak in restaurant chain

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Posted 9/17/2015 08:46 PM

Proposal would strengthen protections for workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) helped introduce new legislation this week to strengthen protections for workers who want to raise wages and improve workplace conditions. More...

Posted 9/17/2015 08:46 PM

Fairview Range offering tobacco cessation classes

HIBBING – Fairview Range is offering American Cancer Society’s Freshstart tobacco cessation support classes in October. More...

Posted 9/17/2015 08:46 PM

DeLyle Pankratz to be inducted into the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame

EVELETH – DeLyle Pankratz of Eveleth will be inducted into the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame (ISHOF) in Eagle River, WI, on Saturday, Sept. 26. More...

Posted 9/17/2015 08:46 PM

The Oak Narrows Frog of Lake Vermilion

What started as the placement of a concrete frog lawn ornament overlooking the lake evolved into the creation of a landmark in the Oak Narrows area of Lake Vermilion. More...

Posted 9/17/2015 08:46 PM

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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 07:36 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 07:36 PM

Destination wedding might be an affordable choice

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

Posted 5/7/2015 07:36 PM

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Toning tables offer healthy benefits

Isometric exercises improve circulation, increase flexibility and mobility

VIRGINIA – Living a healthy lifestyle is not optional. It is necessary for one to be able to make the most out of their existence here on earth. Everything you are, and ever will be, is the result of your choices and decisions. More...

Posted 10/29/2015 08:36 PM

My food journey, and an amazing Brussels sprouts recipe

Julie Asbach asked me to write an article for Hometown Focus on health, but I had no idea what to write. I am not a writer – in fact, English was by far my least favorite subject in school! More...

Posted 10/29/2015 08:35 PM

When your health is affected by environment toxins

Finding safe, non-toxic products for my home and family

FAYAL TOWNSHIP – My name is Kimberly (Harvey) Koebensky. I grew up in Virginia, MN. I am married with two kids. My hope in sharing my journey is to be able to help other people. More...

Posted 10/29/2015 08:35 PM

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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

Home & Garden Tips  Free Access 


Common Problem: Arranging a bedroom The Fix: More...

Posted 11/25/2015 07:45 PM

Plan ahead

Now is the best time to start planning next year’s gardens. It has been shown that plants that die back to the ground do better than evergreen perennials. Cornflower will rebloom in the fall if cut back by 2/3’s. More...

Posted 11/25/2015 07:45 PM


Decorator Secret: Adding character to your walls! How to: Fabulous furniture is wonderful, but a sofa will never rise up to met your visitor’s eye like a great wall display! More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

Health  Free Access 

Reducing added sugar consumption; online stem cell treatments

Q: I don’t understand how sugar can be so bad for you. We need glucose to survive, and sugar plantations have been around a lot longer than today’s obesity epidemic. So what’s the deal? More...

Posted 11/25/2015 07:45 PM

The importance of culture and the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe

Editor’s note: Clarius Health is now Quad Cities Therapy Center. Christy Dreshar, Kayla Langlee, and Teresa Larrabee remain on staff with Teresa Larrabee acting as a therapist as well as being the new owner of QCTC. More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

Statins and vaccines; national night of discussing addiction

Q: I just read that the flu vaccine doesn’t work as well for folks who use statins. Is this true? I’ve been taking a low-dose statin for years. -- Greg C., University Heights, Ohio More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

Massage for Your Health  Free Access 

Grieving and massage

How does one process the loss of a loved one? When it’s sudden and unexpected it’s harder to comprehend that they are gone and there is no chance for good-byes. More...

Posted 11/25/2015 07:45 PM

When do you say ‘enough’ or ‘more, please’?

Have you ever had a massage where the pressure wasn’t quite right for you? Too much or not enough pressure can make for a frustrating dilemma to say the least. More...

Posted 11/12/2015 10:31 PM

A collection of massage notes

Hello I hope this finds you well and enjoying life. I recently had the opportunity to be at Cozy Cottage for their 10th Annual Fall Sale event, held at the Palo Community Center (in Markham area). More...

Posted 10/29/2015 08:35 PM

Sports  Free Access 

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  Free Access 

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

Calendar  Free Access 

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  Free Access 

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

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Spies in Steel


Posted 6/24/2011 09:22 AM

Classic Car Talk  Free Access 


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  Free Access 

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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Fishing  Free Access 

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

High Heels and Handbags  Free Access 

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  Free Access 

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  Free Access 

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  Free Access 

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  Free Access 

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

Sallyworld  Free Access 


Mark weighs in on accusations, and reminisces about Thanksgivings past

Once again a mysterious health issue has caused Sally to be incapacitated which means that I, her husband Mark, must fill the breach until she sufficiently recovers from her latest malady. The sad fact is these ailments are self inflicted. More...

Posted 11/25/2015 07:45 PM


Boutique season: An exercise in stealth

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM


Medical mayhem, buffets and the weather: Oh my!

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 11/12/2015 10:31 PM

Website Wisdom  Free Access 

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

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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...

Posted 12/29/2011 08:49 PM

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