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Back-to-school safety: Do it by the book

Know where the dangers lie and take steps to keep students safe

A list of issues and advice that will help guide parents to develop some common-sense principles for their children has been compiled by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. More...

Posted 9/8/2016 10:56 PM

Virginia (MDN) Hospitals, nursing homes earn ribbons for high flu vaccination rates among staff

The Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) FluSafe program celebrated its sixth year with 91 percent of participating hospitals and nursing homes receiving a blue, red or white ribbon for their efforts to vaccinate health care workers against f More...

Posted 9/8/2016 10:56 PM

Social Enterprise Initiative organizations selected

NORTHEAST MN – The Northland Foundation announces nine organizations chosen to be part of the Social Enterprise Initiative, designed to strengthen social enterprises and the network of supports for social enterprise. More...

Posted 9/8/2016 10:56 PM

2016 Minnesota State Fair is best-attended in history

A record total of 1,943,719 people attended the 2016 Minnesota State Fair, surpassing the previous record of 1,824,830 set in 2014. Labor Day attendance was 158,027. More...

Posted 9/8/2016 10:56 PM

Quad Cities Courage 5K

VIRGINIA – The first annual Quad Cities Courage 5K was held on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 9 a.m. The run started at the Essentia Health clinic in Virginia and looped around the city for 3.1 miles. More...

Posted 9/8/2016 10:56 PM

Hwy. 37 to close for one week beginning Sept. 19 east of Cherry

CHERRY – The Minnesota Department of Transportation will close Highway 37 just east of Cherry for one week beginning Monday, Sept. 19. Motorists will be detoured. The detour route will follow County Road 7 and County Road 16. More...

Posted 9/8/2016 10:56 PM

My Tattoo

This tattoo belongs to Hannah Killian from Lino Lakes, MN originally from Virginia, MN. Her tattoo is a Celtic design which represents many Irish cultures. Since she is Irish, this tattoo design means a lot to her. More...

Posted 9/8/2016 10:56 PM

Bear River School: Now a community center and town hall

BEAR RIVER – When the new little community of Bear River, Minnesota began to grow the settlers knew that a good education was an important part of a successful life in their new homes. More...

Posted 9/1/2016 10:22 PM

IRYA youth serve meals, help kids during two-day service trip

IRON RANGE – Fourteen students from five Iron Range Schools joined together to help children and families served by two Twin Cities agencies. More...

Posted 9/1/2016 10:22 PM

Natural Harvest Food Co-op breaks ground on new, larger expansion

VIRGINIA – Natural Harvest Food Co-op, a community-owned grocery store in the heart of Virginia, hosted an official ground-breaking ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. More...

Posted 9/1/2016 10:23 PM

Minnesota adolescent immunization rates for HPV are still lagging

Minnesota health officials remind parents to make sure adolescents are up to date on their immunizations as they head back to school. More...

Posted 9/1/2016 10:23 PM

Draft Horse Field Day, Sept. 10

Draft horses on the farm: Appreciating REAL horsepower

HIBBING – Bess, Bill, Sam, Rowdy, Dolly, Bob, Queen. All horse names, fondly remembered by those who were fortunate to have grown up in the era where draft horses were still used on the farm. More...

Posted 9/1/2016 10:23 PM

Virginia Fire Department

Run Report: August 22 – August 28

VIRGINIA – During the week of August 22 – 28, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 84 times: 49 EMS 9-1-1 calls, 29 transfers, and six fire calls. More...

Posted 9/1/2016 10:24 PM

6 communities unite during 'Trail in a Day' event on Paul Bunyan State Trail

Expect big fun on Saturday, Sept. More...

Posted 9/1/2016 10:24 PM

My Tattoo

This tattoo belongs to Mandi Bjork of Virginia, MN. The barbell on Mandi’s upper arm is significant for her in that she was able to free herself from a domestic violence relationship. More...

Posted 9/1/2016 10:24 PM

MN State Fair is a place to find and save money

Minnesotans know they can expect to spend money at the State Fair, whether it’s to enjoy thrill rides on the midway or buy the latest food on a stick. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

Concert Vespers end of summer celebration, Aug. 31

MT. IRON – Messiah Lutheran Church in Mountain Iron is hosting a Concert Vespers in the Courtyard and Ice Cream Extravaganza on Wednesday, Aug. 31, starting at 6 p.m. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

Tall Ships Duluth (and a big yellow duck too)

Festival held Aug. 18–21, 2016
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Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

Woodland Estates and bike/pedestrian path construction get underway

From the City Council:

ACTION TAKEN AT THE AUGUST 1, 2016, MEETING: Authorized staff to purchase three spare phase 300 KVA transformers from Wesco, Inc. in the amount of $9,732. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

Good health starts at the MDH State Fair booth

While a caramel-free apple a day is said to keep the doctor away, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is serving up a more complete vision of what makes us healthy at this year’s Great Minnesota Get- Together. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

This Labor Day, remember: Drive sober or get pulled over

Labor Day weekend is a final hurrah to the fun of a Minnesota summer. An increasing number of motorists are making smart choices behind the wheel, with DWI arrests declining by 40 percent in the last 10 years. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:21 PM

Health officials move to protect well owners in east metro from man-made pollutants

Eighty homes in southern Washington County will begin receiving bottled water soon because their well water exceeds an updated federal health advisory level for perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluoro-octanoic acid (PFOA) – two types of More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:21 PM

You’re invited to the National Park Service’s 100th birthday party!

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016, and they’re inviting visitors of all ages to join in the celebration throughout the month! More...

Posted 8/18/2016 10:47 PM

Kabetogama Lake earns Readers’ Choice designation

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – On August, 25, 2016 the National Park Service will turn 100, and to celebrate USA Today launched a 10 Best Series of Readers’ Choice contests all about the national parks. More...

Posted 8/18/2016 10:47 PM

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Health Features

Fairview to offer tobacco cessation classes

HIBBING – Fairview Range will be offering the American Cancer Society’s Freshstart tobacco cessation support classes starting September 12, 2016 for anyone who wishes to quit using tobacco. More...

Posted 7/28/2016 10:39 PM

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) The goal of NIAM is to increase awareness about immunizations across the lifespan, from infants to the elderly. More...

Posted 7/28/2016 10:39 PM

Statewide hotline takes reports of vulnerable adult abuse

Starting this summer, Minnesotans will be reminded that they could make the difference in stopping maltreatment of vulnerable adults. More...

Posted 7/28/2016 10:39 PM


Governor Dayton approves $2.6M for UMD's Natural Resources Research Institute

The Supplemental Budget approved by Governor Mark Dayton Wednesday included $2.6 million for the Natural Resources Research Institute at the University of Minnesota Duluth. More...

Posted 6/2/2016 10:21 PM

Open house to be held on June 15 for Hwy. 38 project north of Grand Rapids

MARCELL – Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend an open house on Wednesday, June 15, to learn more about the 2017 resurfacing project on Highway 38 between Itasca County Road 19 near Pughole Lake to Marcell. More...

Posted 6/2/2016 10:21 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

Bridal Features

The ‘something old, something new’ tradition

Wedding day tokens of good luck come in many forms, but “the something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue (a sixpence in your shoe)” adage remains one of the most popular luck-enhancing wedding traditions. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:30 PM

Customize your ceremony for a unique touch

Steeped in tradition, weddings have featured many of the same components for centuries. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:30 PM

The basics of shopping for wedding rings

Engagement ring purchases are usually a solo endeavor, with the groom having an idea of the ring style and color his bride-to-be prefers. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:30 PM


Trick-or-Treat at MHS

VIRGINIA – There will be treats for everyone at Mesabi Humane Society in Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 1 – 4 p.m. Kids, pets, everyone is invited for trick-or-treats at Mesabi Humane Society. More...

Posted 10/20/2016 11:07 PM

Did you know?

Animals verbalize in many different ways to communicate. One thing cat owners may notice is that cats have a tendency to meow as a form of speaking with humans. More...

Posted 10/20/2016 11:07 PM

MHS’s Pumpkin Patch Bingo fundraiser on Nov. 5

VIRGINIA – Wouldn’t you like to get away from all the TV coverage of stomachwrenching political ads? Maybe you’d like to think about something sweeter – like puppies and kitties! More...

Posted 10/20/2016 11:07 PM

Range History

This Week in Range History

Editor’s note: This autobiography was kindly provided to us by Harris and Judy Youngquist of Cook (Lake Vermilion), MN, who have a wonderful lifetime of tales to share, not to mention over 70 years of marriage to each other. More...

Posted 10/20/2016 11:08 PM

Life’s Journey

The autobiography of Harris and Judy Youngquist, 1921-2014

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Posted 10/13/2016 10:54 PM

Getting lost in Itasca County

A township, 40-acres, a lake, a commune and Busticogan’s gold go missing

This Week in Range History ITASCA COUNTY – Have you ever said, “I can’t find my car keys?” Or been on a drive and get the feeling that you’re lost? We all have. More...

Posted 10/6/2016 10:55 PM

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

Elevating thy spirit and body

Greetings neighbors, friends and family! What a beautiful time of year to be out frolicking with the falling leaves. The aromatic rustle and bustle revives past memories while feeling alive in the present. More...

Posted 10/20/2016 11:07 PM

Healthy for Life

Rising with fall time

Hello there everyone. I hope and pray that you are finding the motivation to make the choices you need to stay well and warm. Getting your needed movement, nourishment, and rest will help keep the sunshine in your soul through less brighter days. More...

Posted 10/13/2016 10:54 PM

Healthy for Life

It's October, get out your honey and the rake!

Here are a few reasons to eat honey and tips for those of you who are venturing out to do some raking. Get adventurous, maybe dip yourself in honey and roll around in those leaves to get them up! More...

Posted 9/29/2016 09:27 PM

Hometown Recipes

Bea Ojakangas shares some fab recipes

Author and celebrated chef Beatrice Ojakangas will read from and sign copies of her new memoir, Homemade: Finnish Rye, Feed Sack Fashion, and Other Simple Ingredients from My Life in Food, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. More...

Posted 10/20/2016 11:07 PM


These stir-fry recipes are from the book Easy Cooking Wok Dishes by Norman Weinstein. I have introduced other recipes from this same book before and here are more that I know are winners. More...

Posted 10/13/2016 10:53 PM

Natural Harvest Food

The following recipes were contributed by employees of the Natural Harvest Food Coop in Virginia. Some were submitted earlier this summer and we just simply ran out of space to include all of them. More...

Posted 10/6/2016 10:55 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

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


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...

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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

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

Dipping into the (ink)well of love

I was overly optimistic when I volunteered to write a column this week for Valentine’s Day – my last one three years ago was so wildly successful that since then I have remained single on this special holiday celebrating commercialism rom More...

Posted 2/11/2016 09:57 PM

Out of the Blue

Everyone has had that moment in life. Think about it. That moment where it seems like everything has finally worked itself out. All the blood. All the sweat. All the tears. All the sleepless nights. All the work. All the patience. More...

Posted 1/14/2016 09:50 PM

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

Outdoors by Jerry McCormick

Ladybug look-alikes

Not all orange and black beetles are ladybugs, and not all ladybugs are orange and black! There are several kinds of beetles that strongly resemble ladybugs. Also, insects that are orange and black are a very interesting bunch. More...

Posted 9/29/2016 09:27 PM

Outdoor sounds: Chirps, trills, hisses and whisperings

Summer nearly is over. Have you been listening? One clue about the passage of the season is that most birds have gone silent. During late summer, with the lack of birds singing, it sometimes seems deathly silent in the fields and woods. More...

Posted 9/1/2016 10:24 PM

The bee deception

At first glance it looked like the biggest, baddest hornet in the northwoods! It looked absolutely fearsome! But, upon further inspection, it looked somewhat odd. The giveaway was the antennae. It had odd club-shaped antennae. More...

Posted 8/4/2016 09:53 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


Our home is our castle

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Posted 10/20/2016 11:08 PM


LEO (July 23 to August 22) The Big Cat might find it difficult to shake off that listless feeling. But be patient. By week’s end, your spirits will perk up and you’ll be your perfectly purring self again. More...

Posted 10/20/2016 11:08 PM

The Long Line

Fall: Bridging summer and winter

I love fall. However, have you noticed that compared to other seasons fall is fleeting? More...

Posted 10/13/2016 10:54 PM



AUTOS AUDI 2002 Audi A6 Quattro: 170K mi., nice, Asking $4,000. 218-208-8620 AUTOS BUICK More...

Posted 10/20/2016 11:08 PM


Plastic Dog Kennel: 18”x19”x25”, $25. Plastic Dog Carrier: 9.5”x11.5”x17.5”, $15. New John Lyons Horsetraining Books & Others, $200. 218-966-1662 Small Plastic Dog/Cat Kennel: Like new, $15. 218-591-4450 More...

Posted 10/20/2016 11:08 PM


ATV 1994 Polaris 300 4 Wheeler: To fix or for parts. Make an offer. 218- 744-3952 More...

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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

Should schools reinforce cursive writing skills?

Cursive writing lessons are disappearing from many schools. How do you feel about this change? Cursive writing lessons were once mandatory in schools. More...

Posted 9/8/2016 10:56 PM

MN at top of states providing ACT to all students

STATEWIDE – Approximately 100 percent of Minnesota’s high school graduating class of 2016 took the ACT college entrance exam as an 11th or 12th grader, according to data released in August. More...

Posted 9/8/2016 10:56 PM

Super Blue Pride fans: Car & Dar Figliola

VIRGINIA - Recently I, Kathy, was helping out at a golf scramble fundraiser for Blue- Devil Hockey. More...

Posted 9/8/2016 10:56 PM

Fairview Range Behavioral Health expansion open house on Sept. 15

HIBBING – Fairview Range is celebrating the expansion of their Behavioral Health unit with an open house on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 2 – 4 p.m.; the public is invited to attend. More...

Posted 9/8/2016 10:56 PM

State roadside pheasant index up 29 percent from last year

Another mild winter, good nesting season conditions and a slight increase in grassland habitat in the pheasant range all combined to increase Minnesota’s roadside pheasant index by 29 percent compared to last year, according to the Department o More...

Posted 9/8/2016 10:56 PM

Virginia Fire Department

Run Report: August 29 – September 4

VIRGINIA – During the week of Aug. 29 – Sept. 4, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 77 times. We went on 30 transfers, 37 EMS 9-1-1 calls, and 10 fire calls. More...

Posted 9/8/2016 10:56 PM

Hwy. 53 resurfacing project starts, lane restrictions underway

EVELETH – Northbound Highway 53 will be restricted to a single lane from the Central Lakes area to Eveleth beginning Wednesday, Sept. 7, as a resurfacing project begins. More...

Posted 9/8/2016 10:56 PM

The Alango School

It's historic, unique and significant

ALANGO – The historic Alango School is located in Angora at the intersection of Highways 22 and 25, between Highways 73 and 53. Its operational years were 1927- 1987. Alango School is a rural northern Minnesota school built in 1927. More...

Posted 9/1/2016 10:22 PM

Presidential and enduring: Former schools live on

CHISHOLM/EVELETH/VIRGINIA – Last week I visited the Minnesota Museum of Mining in Chisholm and learned about area schools. Why, one might wonder, would I learn about schools at the Museum of Mining? More...

Posted 9/1/2016 10:22 PM

Comment deadline Oct. 10

Public invited to comment on fishing regulations

Anglers and others can give their opinions about fishing regulations that are in place or are newly proposed on 14 lakes and three rivers. More...

Posted 9/1/2016 10:22 PM

Bovey Farmers’ Day: Minnesota’s longest running festival

BOVEY – It would be easy to have a great deal of sympathy for the community of Bovey what with all the opportunities that seem to have passed it by. But the folks there simply wouldn’t hear of it. Here’s how the story goes. More...

Posted 9/1/2016 10:23 PM

St. Luke’s sponsors camp for stroke survivors and caregivers

A stroke happens every 40 seconds in the United States. It can be a life changing event that affects not only the person who suffered the stroke, but their caregivers. More...

Posted 9/1/2016 10:23 PM

One of the oldest Virginia standing (MDN) schools in U.S. is available for purchase

ALANGO – A piece of Minnesota history is up for sale. Alango School, located in Alango Township, is on the National Register of Historic Places. More...

Posted 9/1/2016 10:23 PM

United Way of 1000 Lakes breakfast to kick off 2016 fundraising campaign

GRAND RAPIDS – United Way of 1000 Lakes will kick off its 2016 fundraising campaign with a Lumberjack Breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 10, on the grounds of Old Central School. More...

Posted 9/1/2016 10:23 PM

60th anniversary of interstate celebrated at State Fair

ST. PAUL – Do you wonder how transportation affects your daily life or have questions about road projects near you? More...

Posted 9/1/2016 10:23 PM

MnDOT releases three statewide transportation plans for public review

The Minnesota Department of Transportation invites the public and transportation stakeholders to review and comment on three key transportation plans that will shape the future of transportation in the state and direct billions of dollars of investme More...

Posted 9/1/2016 10:24 PM

Community Development Block Grant funds meetings scheduled

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – St. Louis County has distributed $1.74 million in federal grant money this year to communities and non-profit organizations throughout the county. More...

Posted 9/1/2016 10:24 PM

Rio & Tall ships—and memories of the trip of a life-time

Rio’s back to pre-Olympic normal. The Tall Ships have sailed out of Duluth. And both have stirred up memories joined in the long-ago trip of a life-time… ending about as far away from Buhl, MN, as you can get without a spacecraft. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:19 PM

I lost two friends to suicide; let’s raise awareness

I can still remember the phone call I got early morning on February 23, 2012. Hey did you hear about Garett? I said Garett who? Knowing deep down I knew which Garett, as you just get that bad feeling. Garett committed suicide! More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

College students, their families urged to do homework on insurance needs

With many Minnesota students headed off to college this month, Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman is encouraging families to do some advance homework on their students’ insurance needs while at school. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

Construction starts for Spectrum Health Companies new Virginia location

VIRGINIA – Recently, local officials and partners joined together with Spectrum Health Companies and their honored guests broke ground on the Virginia Carefree Living assisted living community that will accommodate up to 42 residents and employ More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

Women Build days in Hibbing: Building homes, community and hope

HIBBING – North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity (NSLCHFH) and the Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce coordinated Women Build days on August 10 – 11, at the Padora-Thronson NSLCHFH home at 2712 6th Ave. E. in Hibbing. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

Virginia Fire Department

Run Report: August 15 – August 21

VIRGINIA – During the week of August 15 – 21, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 72 times. The calls split three ways: 36 EMS 9-1-1 calls, 24 transfers to other facilities and 12 fire calls. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:21 PM

Visiting the historic Kettle Falls Hotel

Voyageurs National Park: It’s the Heart of the Continent

VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK – In honor of the National Park Service Centennial (the National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016), I wanted to visit Minnesota’s only national park – Voyageurs National Park. More...

Posted 8/18/2016 10:47 PM

Voyageurs National Park celebrates 100 years of National Parks

The National Park Service, which has enabled millions to discover America’s natural treasures, will commemorate 100 years of stewardship in 2016. More...

Posted 8/18/2016 10:47 PM

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Mining Features

Joy Global announces agreement to be acquired by Komatsu in $3.7 billion

Joy Global Inc., a worldwide leader in high-productivity mining solutions, announced in July that its Board of Directors unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement under which Komatsu America Corp., a subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd., will acquire More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:21 PM

PolyMet project update at shareholders’ meeting

PolyMet Mining Corp. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:21 PM

Sen. Franken calls U-Tac's "Project Mustang" great news for Iron Range workers and communities

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said that the Aug. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:21 PM

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Our local “shifting” market


Posted 12/15/2015 09:20 AM

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...

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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

This week's winners & next week's prize!

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Posted 1/26/2015 01:08 PM

Home & Garden Tips


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

Posted 10/20/2016 11:08 PM

Freezing tomatoes

The basic freezer recipes starts with three large, unblemished tomatoes, but adjust it to suit your needs. Frozen tomato products will keep well for 18 months at zero degrees. More...

Posted 10/20/2016 11:08 PM


Common problem: Afraid of color The fix: More...

Posted 10/13/2016 10:54 PM


Trust: An important component in your support system

Trust is an important component to any relationship. Most of us would agree on that and for many it would go without saying. Trust is often referred to as the glue that holds relationships together. More...

Posted 10/20/2016 11:07 PM

Coping with a compulsive liar; pomegranates

Q: My new boss lies all the time, claims he's accomplished things he never did (like winning golf club championships and earning an MBA -- we did some research!), and takes credit for other people's work. My whole department is in chaos. More...

Posted 10/20/2016 11:07 PM

Sleep time; autism risk from prenatal exposure to banned chemicals

Q: I'm not a big sleeper, just four to five hours a night. Been that way for the past 40 years, and it doesn't cause me any trouble. So, why does everyone insist that you have to get seven to nine hours? -- Terrance G., Minneapolis More...

Posted 10/13/2016 10:54 PM

Massage for Your Health

Why massage?

Have you ever wondered what all the hype about receiving a massage is? More...

Posted 10/13/2016 10:54 PM

Parkinson’s disease and massage, part 2

In my last article I wrote about how massage can possibly help someone with Parkinson’s disease. While I was okay with the article, I felt the need to expand on this topic. I have recently acquired a new pathology book. It More...

Posted 9/29/2016 09:27 PM

Massage therapy and Parkinson’s disease

I have a client whose spouse has Parkinson’s and they passed along some information to me about the benefits of massage for those with Parkinson’s. More...

Posted 9/15/2016 10:40 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

Sports Events

3/5 - Boys Basketball

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

Posted 2/25/2010 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


Giants Ridge Oct. 21-22 events: FallFest, new chalet grand opening, ski swap, more

BIWABIK – Join Giants Ridge for the FallFest, new chalet grand opening, ski swap and food shelf drive on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21 and 22. Giants Ridge will have many activities taking place. More...

Posted 10/20/2016 11:08 PM

HTF named Colvin Township’s official newspaper

MARKHAM – The Colvin Town Board approved Hometown Focus as their official newspaper at their regular meeting held on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. The regular town meetings of Colvin Township are held on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. More...

Posted 10/20/2016 11:08 PM

NRCCU welcomes new staff members in Biwabik and Virginia

VIRGINIA/HOYT LAKES/ BIWABIK/ELY – North- Ridge Community Credit Union (NRCCU) continues to expand and to meet the growth needs of their expanding membership, they have added two new staff members, Jillian Grivette in the Biwabik branch and Han More...

Posted 10/20/2016 11:08 PM

Fresh Stuff

Minerals are vital to modern veterinary medicine

You may be aware of how critical minerals are to modern medical technologies that keep you and your family healthy. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 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

Custom Paint

Only rarely was the grill of one make of car replaced by another one. One exception was the 1937 Buick Grille, often used on a Ford in the 50’s & 60’s. The grille swap of choice was the ’53 DeSoto. More...

Posted 12/9/2010 11:40 PM

A countdown of the Top 50 cars of the 60's & 70's

1966 Plymouth Satellite Engine: 425 HP 426 Hemi 4 Speed Transmission & 3.55 Rear Drag Test Car And Driver 4/66 Quarter Mile: 13.81 @ 1041968 Dodge Coronet R/T Engine: 375 HP 440 4 Barrel 4 Speed Transmission & 4.10 Rear Drag Test Super Stock More...

Posted 5/27/2010 07:41 PM

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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Focus On Veterans

VA announces several caregiver partnerships

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced several new and expanded partnerships to support the VA Caregiver Support Program. More...

Posted 10/20/2016 11:07 PM

October is National Audiology Awareness Month

Hearing loss, including tinnitus, which is a ringing, buzzing or other type of noise that originates in the head, is the most prevalent service-connected disability among veterans, with many veterans suffering from a form of it due to frequent exposu More...

Posted 10/20/2016 11:07 PM

United for Veterans event takes place at Veterans on the Lake Resort in Ely

ELY – United Way of Northeastern Minnesota’s (UWNEMN) program, “United for Veterans,” hosted its first retreat for local veterans and their families September 23 – 25 at Veterans on the Lake Resort in Ely. More...

Posted 10/13/2016 10:53 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

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



Bad hair; Mark speed-dials the handyman

Greetings and Sallytations! More...

Posted 10/20/2016 11:07 PM


Sally meets a beaver and goes to battle with BBQ chips

Greetings and Sallytations! More...

Posted 10/13/2016 10:54 PM


Iron discovered in SallyWorld! (and the best caramel apples, too).

Greetings and Sallytations! More...

Posted 10/6/2016 10:55 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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