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My views on the future of health care

As we are entering into this new wave of health care reform, we need to ask ourselves, what is the future of health care? Many, including myself, believe that the future is home care. More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM

Better Senior nutrition in 2014

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions to eat more healthily, but for seniors it is particularly important. More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM

Making peace with the unwanted companion-fibromyalgia

Ellen (not her real name) leads a double life. Just like Superman…well, sort of. More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM

U of M med student impressed by internship on the Range

HIBBING - When it came time for University of Minnesota medical student Katherine Weir to do a two-week internship last summer, Hibbing was one of the places she hoped to be. More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM

Nashwauk heart patient thrives after revolutionary new procedure

DULUTH - When doctors diagnosed 86-year-old Delores “Dolly” Stepan with aortic stenosis, the prognosis was grim. The disease narrows the aortic valve, and without a replacement valve, half of untreated patients die within 12 to 24 months. More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM

Medical marijuana legislation in Minnesota

Legislation to protect the seriously ill across Minnesota from arrest or prosecution for using medical marijuana with their doctors’ recommendations has been introduced into the 2013-2014 Minnesota Legislative session. More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM

Youth bowling is a great winter activity

Three years ago some friends invited us to join the junior bowling league in Virginia, however, I could not see myself driving to Virginia from Hibbing every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. through the winter to bowl. More...

Posted 1/23/2014 09:33 PM


What goes around, comes around

EVELETH – Hockey Hall of Famer and legendary puckster John Mayasich, now 80, didn’t have much in the way of material things growing up in Eveleth. More...

Posted 1/23/2014 09:33 PM


Cletus and Carol Shoen and their 50-year polka legacy

I’ve written in these pages before about my affinity for garages, sheds, workshops, and the like. More often than not, they are the domain of men who can do things beyond my comprehension, and they fascinate me. More...

Posted 1/16/2014 08:50 PM


Family-friendly event supports local trails

ELY - Plans are quickly falling into place for one of the Ely area’s biggest events of the winter. More...

Posted 1/16/2014 08:50 PM

Virginia High School presents Small Actors

William Shakespeare’s Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet stands the test of time. It is not only his most famous work, but perhaps the most notorious play ever written. More...

Posted 1/9/2014 10:30 PM

Eveleth church combines past with the present

EVELETH - In September of 2012, a letter arrived at United in Christ Lutheran Church, Eveleth, congratulating us on receiving the Congregational Renewal Grant, provided by the Lilly Foundation. More...

Posted 1/2/2014 09:00 PM

Virginia Rotary donates dictionaries

VIRGINIA- In this day of computers with spell check, do children really need a paperback dictionary? More...

Posted 12/26/2013 08:21 PM

Dawson’s Travel celebrates new ownership

VIRGINIA - To the best of my ability, I estimate that I have flown on an airplane 14 times in the last 30 or so years. Thirty years ago, nobody booked their own flights online. Today, many people do. More...

Posted 12/26/2013 08:21 PM

A look back at 2013 through the stories of HTF

From the Time Before History to a One-Way Ticket to Mars

We’ve covered lots of territory in one short year here at Hometown Focus. More...

Posted 12/26/2013 08:21 PM

Christmas will be different this year

Christmas will be oh so different this year for my siblings and me! Every year, from the earliest moment I can remember, I have listened in the stillness for a voice on Christmas morning calling, “HO! HO! HO! Merry Christmas!” More...

Posted 12/19/2013 07:47 PM

Long before Christmas

Long before there was Christmas our ancestors sensed the coming darkness of winter, sensed it deep in their bones. Outdoor work diminished. Food was put up for the months ahead. Fires were lit and the people gathered at the hearth. More...

Posted 12/19/2013 07:47 PM

New Year’s Eve dinner theater to die for

VIRGINIA - THUD! The body drops to the floor and lies motionless. But not to worry. More...

Posted 12/19/2013 07:47 PM

Bev's wonderland of nostalgia

COTTON - It all started with going to Grandma’s house. It all started with nostalgia. More...

Posted 12/19/2013 07:47 PM

Snowboarding: A sweet sense of awe

Imagine stepping outside in the wintertime feeling that cold breeze come onto your face when you open the door; the smell of the air is so fresh and crisp. More...

Posted 12/12/2013 09:44 PM

Children's Christmas Wishbook

Today (and next week) we are sharing local children’s Christmas wish lists. From the tiniest tots at child care centers, to fourth grade elementary students, Hometown Focus received reams of lists. More...

Posted 12/12/2013 09:44 PM

My happiest Christmas moments

The wonder of Christmas came to me not though Santa Claus, but through my grandparents. Every year Grandma and Grandpa had a huge traditional dinner in their home. This was passed down from their own parents and so on and so forth. More...

Posted 12/12/2013 09:44 PM

Is solar right for your home or business?

EVELETH – The State of Minnesota has announced a new incentive program to help homeowners and small businesses install renewable solar energy systems. More...

Posted 12/5/2013 08:37 PM


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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 08:50 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 08:50 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 08:50 PM

News Briefs  Free Access 

NWFA meeting planned in Cook

COOK – Northwoods Friends of the Arts will hold their regular August meeting on Monday, Aug. 18, at 6 p.m. at the NWFA Gallery. Members and the public are invited to attend. More...

Posted 8/14/2014 08:27 PM

Elite Eagles basketball team receives championship rings

MINNEAPOLIS – The Elite Eagles fourth grade basketball team was decked out in tuxedos as they traveled to the Target Center in Minneapolis on August 7 to watch the Minnesota Lynx defeat the Chicago Sky in a WNBA game. More...

Posted 8/14/2014 08:27 PM

Ramping up for “Rampage at the Ridge”

BIWABIK – More than 450 people have registered to participate in United Way of Northeastern Minnesota’s newest event, Rampage at the Ridge. The extreme obstacle course 5K challenge will take place on Saturday, Aug. More...

Posted 8/14/2014 08:27 PM

Home & Garden Tips  Free Access 

Plan ahead for fall blooms

August is the peak month for homegrown tomatoes, peppers, and onions. Pesky weeds need to be pulled and discarded before the seed heads send out next year’s problems. Mums and asters with their eye-popping colors should be planted soon. More...

Posted 8/14/2014 08:27 PM


Decorator Secret: Lighting – Key Style Features How To: I would like to spend a little more time on lighting this week because I feel it is so important. More...

Posted 8/14/2014 08:27 PM

Emerald Ash Borer

Infestation of the emerald ash borer will result in dieback of the top 1/3 of the host tree. The larva are creamy white, legless, with flattened bell-shaped body segments. More...

Posted 8/7/2014 07:56 PM

Health  Free Access 

DHA omega-3s and periodontal disease; the benefits of telecommuting

Q: I’ve been diagnosed with periodontal disease. I want to reverse it ASAP, because I hear it leads to more problems than just tooth decay. What’s my next step? -- Kathy L., Eugene, Oregon More...

Posted 8/14/2014 08:27 PM

Difficulty exercising; ADHD meds and heart risks

Q: Every year, I have a harder time getting back into my regular summer workouts -- running 10Ks, swimming, playing tennis. I’m not that old (just 43), and I can’t stand to be this tired and out of shape. Any advice? More...

Posted 8/7/2014 07:56 PM

The power of forgiveness

Many of the couples I work with are having relationship problems based upon past hurts and letting each other down. It could be something small such as forgetting to mow the lawn, taking out the garbage, or not mailing a letter. More...

Posted 8/7/2014 07:56 PM

Massage for Your Health  Free Access 

The power of stretching with massage

If you are a person who is active, stretching and massage might work very well for you. So what exactly do stretching and massage have in common? More...

Posted 8/14/2014 08:27 PM

Massage and hospice care

As some of you may be aware, massage has fast become an accepted form of pain relief for many different health issues that people may experience in their lifetime, and end of life illnesses are no exception. More...

Posted 7/31/2014 09:17 PM

How to get the most bang for your buck

Have you ever gone for a massage that all day long you had been looking forward to because you really needed some down time to relax and release the tension you were feeling? More...

Posted 7/17/2014 08:52 PM

Sports  Free Access 

Virginia golfer Andrew Sederlund wins state

Just one more spring high school sport finishing up, as baseball takes center stage this week. Golf was played on Tuesday and Wednesday. More...

Posted 6/12/2014 07:28 PM

Cherry Tigers advance to state semi-finals

Spring tournaments are in full swing and this week was about Cherry softball. The Tigers qualified for their 5th straight state tournament appearance with a 12-0 win over L-BF in the section championship last Thursday. More...

Posted 6/5/2014 10:26 PM

Softball section playoffs wrap-up, Twins hit rough patch

We're past Memorial Day, the weather feels like summer and the spring sports playoff season is in full swing across Minnesota. Section softball playoffs wrapped up on Thursday with section championship games in Cloquet and Cohasset. More...

Posted 5/29/2014 11:58 PM

Business  Free Access 

Calhoun Companies

Chamber Business Highlight

Steve Bragg has run the Arrowhead office of Calhoun Companies for over 18 years. Steve's territory runs from Ashland, WI to Lake of the Woods More...

Posted 8/7/2014 07:56 PM

Laurentian Medical Clinic welcomes Erin Thielbar, CNP

St. Luke’s Laurentian Medical Clinic is pleased to welcome Erin Thielbar, certified nurse practitioner. More...

Posted 8/7/2014 07:56 PM

Steve Jaffee joins Mesabi Humane Society as Executive Director

VIRGINIA – The Mesabi Humane Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Jaffee as Executive Director. More...

Posted 8/7/2014 07:56 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 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

Spies in Steel  Free Access 

Spies in Steel


Posted 6/24/2011 10:22 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 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

Back in time... 1960’s Drag Racing

Junior Brogdon’s “Phony Pony” ran under various guises, including single engines and twin engines, both blown and unblown. The unruly car ran its best times of 8.36 at 165 with a single blown 289 Ford small block. More...

Posted 2/3/2012 03:29 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 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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Posted 4/15/2010 08:16 PM

Focus On Veterans  Free Access 

All VFW posts are encouraged to participate

VFW joins Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative Partner Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The VFW is asking all VFW Posts to participate in the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative Partner Program. More...

Posted 8/14/2014 08:27 PM

MACV holding StandDown Court in Virginia

VIRGINIA – The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) is holding a StandDown Court and Legal Clinic on Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Miners Memorial Building in Virginia. All veterans are welcome to attend. More...

Posted 8/14/2014 08:27 PM

Military Appreciation Day at the MN State Fair

MINNESOTA STATE FAIRGROUNDS – year’s Military Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair, presented by USAA on Tuesday, Aug. 26, honors the children of military members and veterans and the sacrifices make while their loved ones serve. More...

Posted 8/14/2014 08:27 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 4/20/2012 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  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 09:54 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 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  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 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  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 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

Sallyworld  Free Access 


Groom-to-be gives bride-to-be a week off from writing her column

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 8/7/2014 07:56 PM


Sally’s gettin’ MARRIED! “Whatever will I wear?”

Greetings & Sallytations! Going to the chapel and I’m going to get married! I have one week to get my act together! I have one week to lose the 40 pounds I planned on. Not going to happen. More...

Posted 7/31/2014 09:17 PM


Mourning James Garner; life with a history buff

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 7/24/2014 08:39 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 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

Obituaries  Free Access 

Duane E. Enger - Next Edition!

Duane E. Enger, 80, of Virginia, died Sunday, August 17, 2014 at his residence. Duane was born April 5, 1934 in Hatton, ND to Fingar and Gertrude (Nelson) Enger. More...

Posted 8/19/2014 04:38 PM

Robert Louis Johnson - Next Edition!

Robert Louis Johnson, 85, of Hibbing passed away surrounded by his family Saturday, August 16, 2014 at his residence. A memorial service will be held Thursday, August 21, 2014 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Hibbing at 1:00 p.m. More...

Posted 8/19/2014 04:36 PM

Leroy Brandenburger - Next Edition!

  Leroy Brandenburger, 78, Aurora, passed away on August 12, 2014 at St. Raphael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Eveleth. More...

Posted 8/19/2014 04:32 PM

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Posted 8/14/2014 08:27 PM


JOB SEEKERS Will Do Small Roofing & Repair Jobs on garages, porches or other small bldgs. 25 years experience. 218-248-5581 or 218-461-5223 More...

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Posted 8/14/2014 08:27 PM

Fairview Range welcomes W. Scott Carpenter, M.D.

HIBBING – Fairview Range welcomes W. Scott Carpenter, MD to its full-time medical staff as the Medical Director of the Emergency Department and Urgent Care Center. More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM

Work-life balance key to happy employees

Gone are the days where people use money or title as a way to define career success. More and more people are using worklife balance as a way to gauge accomplishment in their career. More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM

In pain? Take a cue from your pet

When the pain is all “in your head” does it still hurt? Absolutely. More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM

DEPRESSION: From a small photograph to the big picture

It was me nine years old sitting alone in the tree house. It was me deep in the woods up in the tree house my two brothers and I built with our own hands. It was me holding my knees to my chest as I struggled to stay warm in the cool, fall air. More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM

Elder Services Expo to provide important info

VIRGINIA - Elder Services Network’s 10th annual Senior Wellness and Family Expo will be held at the Miners Memorial building on May 21, 2014. More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM

NEW! Make your doctor’s appointment via email or online

VIRGINIA - Send an e-mail to your doctor’s office. See your lab results in just a few hours. Schedule an appointment online. More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM

Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte's Web is a strain of medical marijuana processed into a marijuana extract that is high in cannabidiol (CBD) content, called Realm Oil and Alepsia. More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM

Out of options, OUT OF PATIENCE

Parents seek prohibited treatment for daughter

HIBBING – Josh and Angie Weaver and their two daughters, Amelia, 7, and Penelope, 3, live in Hibbing, MN. It’s where Josh and Angie grew up, where their parents live, and where their church and friends are. More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM


77th annual Laskiainen features Wild Goose Chase Cloggers

PALO – There’s something new afoot this year at the77th annual Laskiainen Finnish Sliding Festival in Palo, MN. The internationally known Wild Goose Chase Cloggers will perform Sunday, Feb. More...

Posted 1/23/2014 09:33 PM


1951: John Mayasich & the Eveleth High School hockey dynasty

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an excerpt from best-selling sports author Ross Bernstein’s book entitled “Sixty Years & Sixty Heroes: A Celebration of Minnesota Sports.” In it, Ross chronicles our state’s greatest s More...

Posted 1/23/2014 09:33 PM


From the Range to Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics

Our year always starts and ends the same: with a LOT of curling. We love playing the game; we love watching the game; we love volunteering our time to the game. More...

Posted 1/16/2014 08:50 PM

Exhibit at MRC brings home the cost of war

VIRGINIA - “Always Lost: A Meditation on War,” an exhibit currently hosted by Mesabi Range College, honors all those who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. More...

Posted 1/9/2014 10:30 PM

The heart of a volunteer

I asked Ashley how she copes with the overwhelming conditions she deals with as a volunteer in Brasov Children’s Hospital. I asked if she ever wavered. This is what she told me: More...

Posted 1/9/2014 10:30 PM

Ashley and her orphans - the heart of a volunteer

Every night in a Romanian children’s hospital, Ashley Leisen says, “Te iubesc, noapte buna” (Good night, I love you) to helpless, sick and abandoned children she has cared for throughout the day. More...

Posted 1/9/2014 10:30 PM

Our holiday Paw Protector donations

I wrote last week’s Pet Section article, Will you be a Paw Protector too? However, I neglected to put my name on the story. My apologies if that omission caused any confusion. More...

Posted 12/26/2013 08:21 PM

Talking with Johnny

I like the name Johnny. To me it sounds edgy, it sounds serious, and it sounds like someone I could trust. Some time ago, I met a Johnny. He was blunt, honest, sarcastic, and a bit of a jackass. He reminded me of, well, myself. More...

Posted 12/26/2013 08:21 PM

Reflections and prognostications

The year that was; the year to come at HTF

Tipping the scales at 500 The past year at Hometown Focus was such a rewarding one! We tipped the scales when we hit 500 contributors in November and, though the moment passed with little public fanfare, it was very significant to us. More...

Posted 12/26/2013 08:21 PM

Tax levy approved, synthetic drugs banned, skating rinks to open

From the City Council: At its December 2 meeting, the Council approved the 2013 tax levy collectable in 2014. The levy totaled $1,206,978. This marks the fourth consecutive year with no increase in the City tax levy. More...

Posted 12/19/2013 07:47 PM

Children's Christmas Wishbook Part 2

From: CHICAGAMI TOO Virginia Tiergan, 4 I don’t have but a maybe wish not tomorrow yet I will. Sariah, 4 I wish cause I was More...

Posted 12/19/2013 07:47 PM

The Christmas puzzle

I enjoy just about everything about Christmas. My family has a lot of Christmas traditions including the Christmas puzzle. More...

Posted 12/19/2013 07:47 PM

Fortune Bay updates Tamarack Buffet

TOWER – A ride to Fortune Bay Resort and Casino on Lake Vermilion might be worth the adventure if what you like is a fabulous buffet in a beautiful setting. More...

Posted 12/19/2013 07:47 PM


As I remember it Tuesday, Dec. More...

Posted 12/19/2013 07:47 PM

My name was Bond . . .

Dougie Bond

The Maco and Granada theaters in downtown Virginia were old-fashion movie theaters with classy décor and an ambiance that modern generic box theaters can’t begin to match. More...

Posted 12/12/2013 09:44 PM

Eveleth native Jillian Rae raises our “Heartbeat” with new album release

There must be something in the northern waters of Minnesota, because so many musicians from the North Country have been writing some songs that have an everlasting quality to them in the recent years — one of those musicians being Jillian Rae. More...

Posted 12/12/2013 09:44 PM

The many layers of Christmas

It's that time of year again - the Christmas season. Time to dig out the old boxes of decorations, time to choose gifts and charities, to bake, to shop, to buy, to plan. More...

Posted 12/12/2013 09:44 PM

Creations by Juls:

“I’m a craftaholic”

Editor’s note: Last week this story was inadvertently cut after the fourth paragraph. Therefore, I am running the story in its entirety this week, with apologies to our readers and to Julie Furey. Mea culpa! – Jean Cole More...

Posted 12/5/2013 08:37 PM

Special Sections

Mining Features

Advanced MN on pace to provide MSHA training to 8,000 people

HIBBING - Ever since 1977, the Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) through the United States Department of Labor requires that every new miner complete 24 hours of safety training before beginning to work for any company that steps foot on More...

Posted 5/29/2014 11:58 PM

Iron ore and steel factoids

Iron Ore is the world's most widely used metal, and its consumption grows nearly 10% each year. The automobile industry uses 17% of the over 90 million tons of steel produced in the U.S. annually. More...

Posted 5/29/2014 11:58 PM

Iron Range businesses operating globally

Following are short profiles of some local mining-related businesses on the Iron Range that are exporters and/or have international presences (this is not a complete list by any means). Iracore International Inc. Hibbing, MN More...

Posted 5/29/2014 11:58 PM

Real Estate

Hibbing/Chisholm garden tour registrations being taken

HIBBING – The Fairview Range Auxiliary, in partnership with the Hibbing Garden Club, invites the public to join them for a time of beauty and friendship on Thursday, Aug. 14, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. More...

Posted 8/7/2014 07:56 PM

Bereavement assistance group to meet August 12

VIRGINIA – The Iron Range Chapter of The Compassionate Friends (TCF) will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m. for an ice cream sundae celebration at Children’s Memorial Park located on the south shore of Silver Lake in Virginia. More...

Posted 8/7/2014 07:56 PM

Thomas the Tank Engine© returns to Duluth!

DULUTH – Thomas the Tank Engine is coming to Duluth for two weekends of fun on the North Shore Scenic Railroad. More...

Posted 7/31/2014 09:17 PM

Pets  Free Access 

Polly want a cracker? The 10 most amazing “talking” pet birds

Some people want a pet that they can exercise and play with, and some people want a pet that will help keep them warm at night. More...

Posted 8/14/2014 08:27 PM

American Kennel Club: 10 breeds that will help you stay fit

The exercise needs of these ten active breeds would keep any owner in shape! Walking, jogging, biking, hiking, swimming and playing Frisbee with your dog are all fun workouts you can take part in together. More...

Posted 8/7/2014 07:56 PM

August 15 is Check the Chip Day

AVMA, AAHA urge pet owners to have their pets microchipped

Microchips greatly increase the chances that you’ll get your pet back if he/she is lost or stolen, but a microchip only works if its registration information is accurate. More...

Posted 7/31/2014 09:17 PM

Range History  Free Access 

My Innocent Years IN THE QUEEN CITY

Part 3 of 5

EXPERIENCES AS A 9-YEAR OLD in June 1954, I had no idea I was about to experience the remarkable rebirth of both a town and an industry. More...

Posted 8/14/2014 08:27 PM

My Innocent Years IN THE QUEEN CITY

Part 2 of 5


Posted 8/7/2014 07:56 PM

My Innocent Years IN THE QUEEN CITY

Part 1 of 5

EXPERIENCES I was standard-issued, but not under or into standard circumstances. More...

Posted 7/31/2014 09:17 PM

Healthy for Life  Free Access 


Happy happy does

It is another fine August day as I watch the morning robin playing tug-of-war with a worm tightly nestled deep in the dewy ground. More...

Posted 8/7/2014 07:56 PM


August 1 marks week 300 for Healthy for Life page!

Welcome to August and to the 300th Healthy for Life column! It was a personal goal of mine to achieve writing 300 consecutive weekly pages for Hometown Focus. Well kids, this is it! More...

Posted 7/31/2014 09:17 PM


Faith + love = healing

Good (relationship) vibes! To keep your relationships in a healthy groove here are a few checkpoints to keep on hand and in your mind: More...

Posted 7/24/2014 08:39 PM

Hometown Recipes  Free Access 

How to recondition your (fabulous) cast iron skillet

Reconditioning a cast iron skillet The cook is: Julie, Editor’s note: We use our cast iron skillets every day. They are great “finds” at garage sales or thrift shops. More...

Posted 8/14/2014 08:27 PM

The ABC's of cooking: Asparagus, beets, cabbage (and more!)

Today’s recipes come from our own stash as well as from contributors. These dishes feature seasonal items you may have in your garden or can buy at a local farmer’s market or grocery store. More...

Posted 8/7/2014 07:56 PM

Recipes featuring fresh produce and herbs

It’s an exciting time of summer when you can start harvesting fresh vegetables and herbs from the garden, or purchase them at your local farmer’s market. We have a large garden, and it’s like having a supermarket in the back yard. More...

Posted 7/31/2014 09:17 PM

Sports Events  Free Access 

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 05:10 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 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

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 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

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 02:38 PM

Fresh Stuff  Free Access 

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  Free Access 

Back in time... 1960’s Drag Racing

Sheldon Konblatt’s funny cars were never the normal run of the mill machines. The first one had to be the strangest. The “Peanuts” Galaxie was unique at best. More...

Posted 1/6/2012 01:13 AM

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...

Posted 1/6/2012 01:13 AM

Back in time...

1960’s Drag Racing

Eddie Pauling was never afraid to try something different. His first two funny cars were both of the rear-engine variety. More...

Posted 11/23/2011 02:49 PM

Conducting Commerce  Free Access 

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

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 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  Free Access 

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  Free Access 

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

Legally Speaking  Free Access 

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  Free Access 

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

Out of the Blue

If you’re from Minnesota, you know the feeling all too well. Everything seems to be going great and then the wheels fall off. The wind leaves the sails. The pencil runs out of lead. You’re left to wonder what might have been. More...

Posted 5/15/2014 08:55 PM

Outdoors by Jerry McCormick  Free Access 

A bee or not a bee?

It might not “bee” what you think

Do you remember the first time you got stung by a bee? I do, despite the fact that it happened over 50 years ago! A bee sting makes quite an impression. It hurts! It hurts enough that you are not going to forget about it anytime soon. More...

Posted 7/3/2014 11:25 AM

Tiger Beetles

Fastest beetles on earth

Speed and wariness are not qualities we usually associate with beetles. Neither are bright colors and calligraphic designs. Yet, some common beetles we have here in the Northwoods have these qualities. More...

Posted 6/12/2014 07:28 PM

Signs of spring in evidence now

Spring is sounding very, very appealing about now, to most of us anyway. Many are looking and searching for those first signs of spring. More...

Posted 1/24/2013 09:26 PM

Storytellers  Free Access 

“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  Free Access 

An overview of web browsers

A web browser, commonly referred to as an internet browser, is a program used to access the internet for retrieving and presenting information in its many formats on the World Wide Web. More...

Posted 8/14/2014 08:27 PM


LEO (July 23 to August 22) Sometimes a workplace colleague can’t be charmed into supporting the Lion’s position. That’s when it’s time to shift tactics and overwhelm the doubter with the facts. More...

Posted 8/7/2014 07:56 PM


LEO (July 23 to August 22) Your pride could get in the way of admitting you might have erred. Best to ‘fess up now before a small mistake turns into a big misunderstanding. Make the weekend a special family time. More...

Posted 7/31/2014 09:18 PM

Community Videos  Free Access 

Pike River Swampers

from CommunityTV, Virginia Community Access Television


Posted 5/19/2010 11:29 AM

Channel 5 LIVE!

Click here to watch Virginia Public Access Channel 5 Live More...

Posted 4/1/2010 12:12 PM

Channel 5 TV: Virginia Public Access More...

Posted 3/31/2010 12:58 PM

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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


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 09:49 PM

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