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Kids wowed by 100-year-old

Willard Esala visits Merritt Elementary

MT. IRON – Every year the staff and students at Merritt Elementary celebrate the 100th day of school by doing numerous activities based on 100. More...

Posted 2/12/2015 10:52 PM

A dirt track first date and a die-cast engagement

My husband Paul and I met at the Hibbing Raceway in the summer of 1999. Near the end of the racing season, he asked me out for the very first time. Our first date? You guessed it. A dirt track race at the Proctor Speedway. More...

Posted 2/12/2015 10:52 PM

39 days from first date to wedding

Who says fast doesn’t last?!

In 1964 a tall, dark and handsome young man from Hibbing with his Dunwoody education left the Dunwoody placement office saying, “Where the h_ _ _is Waconia?” Upon arrival he was met by a hometown girl that was attending Minnesota State Un More...

Posted 2/12/2015 10:52 PM

Mall-walking turns into courtship for this happy couple

I am so in love with my husband I can hardly see straight. In fact it’s almost embarrassing to be so much in love at my age. I frequently steal glances at him because I find him so attractive. More...

Posted 2/12/2015 10:52 PM

EGHS starts Golden Bears Book Club

EVELETH – I had talked about starting a book club for the students at Eveleth–Gilbert High School for years, but I didn't know what to do about getting the books in the hands of the students. More...

Posted 2/5/2015 07:37 PM

Bois Forte celebrates its strength of spirit

TOWER – More than 475 Bois Forte Band members and other guests recently gathered at Fortune Bay Resort Casino to hear Tribal Chairman Kevin Leecy deliver his 10th consecutive State of the Band address. More...

Posted 2/5/2015 07:37 PM

Profiles of Iron Range KCPRO-East snowmobile racers

Brant Gruba #14 Brant Gruba, age 6, is the son of Adam and Shawntel Gruba of Virginia. Brant is a first grade student at Parkview Elementary in Virginia. He races the Amateur and Stock Kitty Cat classes, as well as Amateur and Stock 120 classes. More...

Posted 2/5/2015 07:37 PM

Be a winner, love a shelter pet

By Cindy Kujala HTF Staff Writer VIRGINIA – The Northern Nationals state championship event for kids oval ice racing (ages 4 – 14) is being held on Bailey’s Lake in Virginia on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14 and 15. More...

Posted 2/5/2015 07:36 PM

#127 – The Racer

And the rest of the story of our 8-year racing journey

In just a few short weeks, our eight-year snowmobile racing journey will come to an end. It’s been quite a ride. More...

Posted 2/5/2015 07:36 PM

Mesabi East students are making a difference in a positive way

AURORA – For almost 20 years senior high students at Mesabi East have been learning the importance of making a difference in a positive way. They do this by participating in a class called Skills for Action. More...

Posted 1/22/2015 07:38 PM

Wild, fun, and educational

The wolves of the International Wolf Center

ELY - I’ve been to the International Wolf Center a few times, once when I was little, and two more times recently. Since I was young, I’ve always loved wolves and found them fascinating. More...

Posted 1/22/2015 07:38 PM

Aurora’s silver screen girl

Francine York: Still going strong in Hollywood

From the small mining town of Aurora, Minnesota, to the glitter and glamour of Hollywood, actress Francine York has had a fascinating career and life. More...

Posted 1/15/2015 09:51 PM

Photos by Hometown Focus contributors Pluskwik and Crayne

Top: Two deer on the homestead, by Terry Crayne. Lower left: Two horses and a barn, by Terry Crayne. Lower right: A frosty walk with a friend, by Paul Pluskwik. More...

Posted 1/8/2015 07:54 PM

George Erickson’s legacy

The Virginia Indoor Tennis and Pickleball Club

Virginia has the best indoor tennis and pickleball courts facility north of the Twin Cities, and it’s largely due to the efforts of one man: George Erickson. This past fall, Court 1 was appropriately dedicated to and named in his honor. More...

Posted 1/8/2015 07:54 PM

Getting PICKLED in Virginia

At the Virginia Tennis and Pickleball Club

VIRGINIA – The new name of the former Quad Cities Tennis For All facility reflects a new sports trend sweeping the nation. More...

Posted 1/8/2015 07:54 PM

Mesabi East’s 16-year tradition of the patchwork quilt

AURORA – Something magical happens about this time of the year and it has been happening for 16 years. More...

Posted 12/31/2014 08:56 PM

Best stuff of 2014

NOTE: Last week HTF’s Cindy Kujala did a recap of staff-written stories from the past year. This week I’m looking at contributors, columnists, special features and our new mobile app. More...

Posted 12/31/2014 08:56 PM

January is filled with Arrowhead Legacy art and music events

MT. IRON – If you’re looking for a slightly messy family activity, attend one of the Painting with Wool: Needle Felting Fun, free family workshops using colorful sheep’s wool to create landscapes or colorful abstract art. More...

Posted 12/24/2014 09:31 PM

Building bridges: A holiday (and every day) tradition

My favorite bridge crosses the St. Louis River on Highway 7 in Forbes. If someone were to ask about my favorite bridge they might expect a different answer. I could have chosen the Mighty Mac that connects the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan. More...

Posted 12/24/2014 09:31 PM

Hey Minnesota! The Iron Range is pretty great and so are its people

It’s that time of year again. Time to take a look back at 2014. More...

Posted 12/24/2014 09:31 PM

Christmas Color Dash

The 1st annual Christmas 5K Color Dash was held December 13 in Hibbing and sponsored by Range Mental Health Center. Photos by Paul Pluskwik. More...

Posted 12/18/2014 09:29 PM

IRRR Board approves major investments in businesses, infrastructure, and education

EVELETH, Minn.—The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) today approved $8.45 million in loans and $6.2million in infrastructure grants. The projects have a total investment of $119.2million. More...

Posted 12/18/2014 09:29 PM

Arrowhead Library presents: The Art and History of Henna Body Art

MT. IRON – The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present the Art and History of Henna Body Art with Kristy Johnson. More...

Posted 12/18/2014 09:29 PM

Sheba the Therapy Dog visits Mesabi East Schools

She looks like a bear ambling down the halls of Mesabi East, but it is only Sheba. Sheba, the Therapy Dog. More...

Posted 12/18/2014 09:29 PM

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Posted 1/26/2015 01:08 PM

Mobile Man

Find the Clue Prizes & Cash to WIN!

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

Posted 10/20/2014 03:18 PM

Bumper Sticker

Find the Bumper Sticker Gift Certificates to WIN!

Listen, Find, Call, Win! Listen to the WEVE Morning Show weekdays to learn what WEVE and Hometown Focus are giving away! Find the Weve got Focus! More...

Posted 10/20/2014 03:17 PM

Mining Features

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

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

Posted 5/28/2015 09:37 PM

The History of Erie Mining Company

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

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

Posted 5/28/2015 09:37 PM

Duluth Seaway Port Authority

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

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

Posted 5/28/2015 09:37 PM

Real Estate

Ad hoc committee sought to facilitate Olcott Park fountain restoration

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

Posted 3/5/2015 10:35 PM

JPJ Engineering has new office location

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

Posted 12/24/2014 09:31 PM

Minnesota snowmobile season and weekly trail reports begin

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

Posted 12/4/2014 09:36 PM

Home & Garden Tips


Decorator 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 6/25/2015 08:49 PM

Tips to Consider

Consider great gardening tips when planning and planting your gardens! More...

Posted 6/25/2015 08:49 PM


Decorator Secret: Architectural Lines How To: More...

Posted 6/18/2015 09:19 PM


The real news about metabolic syndrome; is fast food pulling a fast one

Q: My doctor says that I have metabolic syndrome. He put me on high blood pressure medication, a statin for cholesterol and says I need to lose weight. What’s this got to do with metabolic syndrome? -- Andre P., Scottsdale, Arizona More...

Posted 6/25/2015 08:48 PM

Are you overlooking your child’s weight problem?; USDA’s gmo-free initiative

Q: Our pediatrician says my 8-year-old son is overweight, but he isn’t any heavier than other kids in his class. Is this just a way to get us to use more medical care? -- Amanda P., Scottsdale, Arizona More...

Posted 6/18/2015 09:19 PM

Lead poisoning in kids huge public health problem; misunderstanding miscarriage

Q: I know that lead poisoning causes brain damage and developmental problems in children. More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:51 PM

Massage for Your Health

The transforming power of massage

Even though I have been a massage therapist many years, the power of how massage can transform people’s lives continues to amaze and thrill me. More...

Posted 6/25/2015 08:48 PM

Self-care: Schedule it and benefit

Life can be too busy for many of us, rushing here and there with work, errands and chores. They seem to be never-ending. I don’t know about you, but my to-do list never gets done. More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:51 PM

How to stay relaxed in a harried world

Do you ever wonder how you’re going to get everything done? You know, meet those deadlines at work, and finish those projects you’ve committed to. More...

Posted 5/28/2015 09:38 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


Donate blood during July, enter to win a 3-night Freshwater Fishing Adventure

NORTHEASTERN MN – During the summer months when blood donations are often low, you are needed to help save and sustain lives in our community. More...

Posted 6/25/2015 08:49 PM

DEED awarded $5.75 million grant to expand job training initiative

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) was awarded a $5.75 million grant by the U.S. More...

Posted 6/25/2015 08:49 PM

Employers cut 200 jobs and unemployment rate at 3.8 percent

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota unemployment rate climbed 0.1 percent in May to 3.8 percent and employers cut 200 jobs, according to seasonally adjusted figures released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). More...

Posted 6/25/2015 08:49 PM

Local Events

Hometown Calendar

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

Posted 4/22/2010 09:15 PM

3/11 - Book Lover's Tea at Library

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

Posted 3/4/2010 02:56 PM

3/6 City of Mt. Iron 2010 Winter Carnival

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

Posted 3/3/2010 05:03 PM

Classic Car Talk


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

Posted 8/9/2012 10:14 PM

1969 Chevrolet CORVETTE ZL1

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

Posted 4/20/2012 12:28 AM


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

Posted 2/3/2012 03:29 AM

Earth Fest 2010

Conservation Tips From Minnesota Power

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

Posted 4/15/2010 08:16 PM

Iron Range Earth Fest 2010 SPEAKERS SCHEDULE

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

Posted 4/15/2010 08:16 PM


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Focus On Veterans

Minneapolis VA to host open house, July 1

MINNEAPOLIS – As part of national VA initiative called the “Summer of Service,” the Minneapolis VA Medical Center will host an open house on July 1 with information about programs and volunteer opportunities. More...

Posted 6/25/2015 08:48 PM

Part of VA’s Summer of Service initiative

VA partners with Richmond International Raceway to increase Veterans’ access to benefits

RICHMOND, Va. – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a partnership with the Richmond International Raceway (RIR) to promote greater access and awareness to VA benefits and services at the upcoming NASCAR races on Sept. More...

Posted 6/25/2015 08:48 PM

Reminder to Veterans with disabilities Deadline approaches to claim homestead benefit

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Revenue is reminding homeowners that applications for the Market Value Exclusion for veterans with disabilities are due by July 1, 2015. More...

Posted 6/25/2015 08:48 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



Punctuality, zipper stress, and support your farmers’ markets

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 6/25/2015 08:48 PM


Housecleaning smokes fitness club workout; new diet plan idea

Exercise wristbands. There are many high tech wristbands on the market now that record your daily steps. It’s pretty much a fancy-pancy pedometer and your smart phone logs in all the info. More...

Posted 6/18/2015 09:19 PM


Too tired to write, Sally recruits Mark to share his viewpoint

Mark here. Sally has asked that I write her column this week because she has worked herself into a state of exhaustion. How did this occur? Was the library overrun by kids out of school? Did event preparation get out of control? More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:51 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


Laskiainen and Ely Winter Fest

Laskiainen, held last weekend in Palo, was a great success drawing thousands to their famous sliding hill and the Loon Lake Community Center for a weekend of Finnish-inspired food, crafts, and music. More...

Posted 2/12/2015 10:52 PM

Students learn mechanical and life lessons with Mr. H at Mesabi East

AURORA – Click. The radio is switched off and the shop becomes silent except for the instructions George Haraden is about to give. “Alright guys, gals, hobos and trains, crosseyed mosquitoes and bowlegged ants,” he yells. More...

Posted 2/12/2015 10:52 PM

Ironing spurs memories filled with love

MEADOWLANDS – Time spent at the ironing board has never been a boring job for me. More...

Posted 2/12/2015 10:52 PM

A blended family of bargain hunters go shopping

When my husband and I married we became a family of six. Between the two of us, we had three sons and a daughter – Tony, Alex, Luke and Anneliese, with the two middle boys in the same grade. More...

Posted 2/12/2015 10:52 PM

He's a keeper!

I’m writing this story because I feel beyond blessed that I even have this story to tell. After a previous 17-year marriage, there was a point in my life when I never thought I would marry again. More...

Posted 2/12/2015 10:52 PM

Suchon Wind Quintet to perform at the Goodman Auditorium on Feb. 17

MT. IRON – The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to offer free event tickets to the Arrowhead Concert Association performance by the Suchon Wind Quintet with Michiko Otaki. The concert will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. More...

Posted 2/5/2015 07:37 PM

Cody the Buffalo of Minnesota

This week I learned about Cody the Buffalo (of Dances With Wolves fame) and a large buffalo ranch in Houston, MN (in the far southeastern corner of the state). More...

Posted 2/5/2015 07:37 PM

Minnesota Iron Rangers skate their way into Mesabi East and the community

AURORA – Whether they are serving ice cream or dancing with the kindergarteners, the Minnesota Iron Rangers have been making the students at Mesabi East happy. More...

Posted 2/5/2015 07:37 PM

What they’re doing now; life after KCPRO-East racing

We’ve raced with many families during our eight years with KCPRO-East Oval Ice Racing. Some families raced with KCPROEast until their racer reached the 14-year old age limit. Other families moved on for a wide variety of reasons. More...

Posted 2/5/2015 07:36 PM

The origin of KCPRO-East

I’m originally from Cherry. My first experience with Kitty Cat snowmobile racing was while living in Warroad and attending a race in Thief River Falls the winter of 1987-88. More...

Posted 2/5/2015 07:36 PM

The Singers team up with VHS choir

World-class choir to perform Feb. 7 in Virginia

VIRGINIA - Even though Minnesotans may think of “bass” as a largemouth or smallmouth, and “tenor” might only precede “eleven” in an Iron Ranger’s lexicon, the Arrowhead region is no stranger to the fine arts. More...

Posted 1/22/2015 07:45 PM

Laskiainen offers a variety of musical entertainment

PALO – There will be some outstanding musical entertainment at this year’s Laskiainen Finnish Sliding Festival in Palo. The festival begins with the Queen’s Ball and coronation on Friday, Feb. 6 and continues through the weekend. More...

Posted 1/22/2015 07:38 PM

Mesabi East hosts 62-school Giants Ridge Cross Country Ski Invitational

BIWABIK – Approximately 1,100 cross country skiers from 62 Minnesota high schools gathered at Giants Ridge on Saturday, Jan. 10, for the largest high school cross country meet in North America. More...

Posted 1/15/2015 09:52 PM

Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Sunday is Jan. 25 at Messiah Lutheran

Homeless on the Range; we need to learn more about it

MT. IRON – Homeless on the Range? More...

Posted 1/15/2015 09:51 PM

Photos by Hometown Focus contributors Pluskwik and Crayne

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I spoke with the USA Pickleball Association’s public relations gal in Arizona, Ruth Rosenquist, who urged me to try pickleball. “It’s not just for seniors,” she said. “All ages play this game. More...

Posted 1/8/2015 07:54 PM

Shine Salon and Day Spa adds sparkle to downtown Hibbing

HIBBING – Having just opened December 1st, Shine Salon and Day Spa puts a little sparkle on Hibbing’s main street! More...

Posted 12/31/2014 08:56 PM

Costars remember Elvis the actor

For many, the title “King of Rock and Roll” is reserved for one man: Elvis Presley. Had he lived, Elvis would have celebrated his 80th birthday on January 8. More...

Posted 12/31/2014 08:56 PM

Our best "thank-yous" from 2014

To: Jean Cole Thank you very much for the great article [“Rosie the Riveters,” Nov. 7, 2014] on my mom, LaVonne Ostergaard. You did a great job and a lot of people sure appreciated it. She got phone calls from St. Cloud, Mpls. St. Pau More...

Posted 12/31/2014 08:56 PM

Norm Crosby still mouthing malaprops

We all use the wrong word occasionally – “that skinny dog looks emancipated” – but comedian Norm Crosby molded a career from such humorous grammatical gaffes known as malaprops. More...

Posted 12/24/2014 09:31 PM

Law enforcement officers build relationships with students

Fabulous integration! “That is so cool!” These are some of the comments left on the Mesabi East Schools’ Facebook page after community members viewed the photos of local law enforcement officers visiting the students. More...

Posted 12/24/2014 09:31 PM

The Christmas Kingdom of Tory Island

About eleven kilometers from the northwest shore of County Doneghal in Ireland, a fortyfive minute ferry’s ride from Bloody Foreland, and past two rocky islands only one of which is bigger than a city block, a hump of land spattered with bird d More...

Posted 12/24/2014 09:31 PM

This edition is dedicated to our Mom

In Loving Memory Betty Marie Asbach

October 25, 1931 - December 21, 2014 Betty M. Asbach, 83, of Britt, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Sunday, December 21, 2014. More...

Posted 12/24/2014 09:31 PM

Local computer guru writes book for do-it-your-selfers

MT. IRON - Mark Wilcox is the owner of a local computer services company and he pens the Dr. I.T. column which appears in Hometown Focus. More...

Posted 12/18/2014 09:29 PM

Snowy owls on the rise

A different kind of snow storm

If you have a passion for birds or even if you're so-so about them, you're going to love this. All the indicators are present telling us this year is going to be witness to another snowy owl eruption across the upper United States. More...

Posted 12/18/2014 09:29 PM

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Bridal Features

Tips for planning your wedding photos

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

Posted 5/7/2015 08:36 PM

Fiancé and finances

Five questions to ask before marriage

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

Posted 5/7/2015 08:36 PM

Destination wedding might be an affordable choice

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

Posted 5/7/2015 08:36 PM

Health Features

Ectrodactyly or not, here Zach comes

AURORA – Zach Skelton was born with ectrodactyly which is the congenital absence of all or part of one or more fingers or toes. In Zach’s case, three of his fingers are absent. More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:16 PM

Nashwauk man beats the odds and survives massive heart attack

To say Dan Jukich is a lucky guy is quite an understatement. He’s living proof of what not to do when having a heart attack, and that’s a rare thing. More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:16 PM

Breast cancer in men is rare

When Joe Sailer of Gilbert first discovered a lump on his chest last August he didn’t think it would be a big deal. More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM


Youth Energy Summit (YES!) awards energy action projects

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

Posted 5/28/2015 09:37 PM

Take a kid fishing and fish free June 5-7

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

Posted 5/28/2015 09:37 PM

Minnesota state parks and trails launch new statewide geocaching challenge

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

Posted 4/23/2015 10:16 PM


Pets and distracted driving – a very real safety issue

With busy summer travel season right around the corner, many people are planning to hit the road with their families – and that of course, means their four-legged family members too. More...

Posted 6/25/2015 08:48 PM

Save a life – or two – during June’s Adopt-a-Cat Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Each spring during “kitten season,” thousands of newborn kittens join the millions of cats already in shelters across the country. More...

Posted 6/18/2015 09:19 PM

How to put the brakes on pet car sickness

With summer travel right around the corner, many of us plan on hitting the road with our pooches for a little summer fun. However, for some fourlegged family members, road trips can mean upset tummies. More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:51 PM

Range History

Pioneer Aeronut

William Markoe and His Balloon

The first aerial view of Minnesota was achieved on a clear day in September, 1857, when two men in a wicker basket suspended from a balloon gazed down on the frontier town of St. Paul. More...

Posted 6/25/2015 08:48 PM


Editor’s note: This is a story about my father, Stanley Tregillis, which was originally published in the August 16, 1953 edition of the Duluth News-Tribune. More...

Posted 6/18/2015 09:19 PM

The story of Minnesota’s state boundaries

Minnesota’s boundaries were established by treaties between the U.S. and Great Britain and the formation of the states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:51 PM

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

It’s summertime: Feel the love!

Dearest June, More...

Posted 6/25/2015 08:48 PM

Healthy for Life

To fathers and the sun, and a special recipe

A time to celebrate Dad’s Day and summertime all rolled into one. A perfect time to thank the Lord for my father and the sun. A time to grow and thank my father for the good he has done. More...

Posted 6/18/2015 09:19 PM

Healthy for Life

What a day may bring

Welcome to the occasion of making your day significant. It is comforting to know that a higher power exists that may allow you to go beyond your dreams or find support in just a moment’s time. More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:51 PM

Hometown Recipes

Family recipies

Salmon loaf, Lasagna, beans & artichokes and chips

Last weekend we celebrated the life of Gloria Folman of Virginia, MN, age 86, during her funeral and at post-funeral gatherings with friends and family who came from near and far to be here. More...

Posted 6/25/2015 08:48 PM

Recipes for those yummy farm fresh eggs

The first time I ate a farm fresh egg was a moment of revelation for me, not unlike the first time I ate a carrot straight from the garden. Farm fresh eggs actually have a rich, full flavor. More...

Posted 6/18/2015 09:19 PM

Piggin' out on Fraboni's TNT burgers

The best grilled hamburger I’ve ever had in my life (and we’ve all eaten hundreds, right?) was served at Senator David Tomassoni’s annual summer fundraiser at his cabin. More...

Posted 6/11/2015 09:51 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

Fresh Stuff

Container gardener demonstration

April 12 in Eveleth

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

Posted 3/29/2011 03:53 PM

News Briefs

Container Gardening Demonstration

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

Posted 3/29/2011 03:45 PM

Container Gardening Demonstration

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

Posted 3/29/2011 03:41 PM

Auto Focus Tips

1962 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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

Posted 1/6/2012 01:13 AM


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...

Posted 6/19/2014 09:18 PM


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

Posted 5/31/2012 09:29 PM

Lake Vermilion Resort Association Fish Report

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

Posted 9/1/2011 05:47 PM

Insurance Matters

Insurance matters

The health insurance maze

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

Posted 9/27/2012 07:49 PM

Blue Guitar Highway

Bring It On Home To Me

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

Posted 8/8/2013 07:11 PM

2013: What would Woody Guthrie do?

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

Posted 1/3/2013 09:23 PM

Father knows best

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

Posted 12/27/2012 09:18 PM

Legally Speaking

Your Legal Rights: Magazine subscription solicitation

From the Office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson

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

Posted 2/23/2012 10:05 PM

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

A legal question and answer line for Seniors


Posted 2/10/2012 02:04 AM

Spousal Maintenance

(formerly known as Alimony)

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

Posted 3/24/2011 08:55 PM

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

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

Posted 2/26/2015 08:38 PM

Out of the Blue

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

Posted 7/10/2014 08:25 PM

Out of the Blue

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

Posted 6/12/2014 07:28 PM

Outdoors by Jerry McCormick


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

Posted 5/21/2015 07:40 PM

What? Warm-blooded insects?

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

Posted 4/30/2015 10:50 PM

The magic of snow fleas

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

Posted 3/5/2015 10:35 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


CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) A long-anticipated job opportunity could turn out to be less than you expected. But appearances might be deceiving. Check it out before you decide it’s not for you. More...

Posted 6/25/2015 08:49 PM

Senior Legal Line: Q. and A. for Seniors

I feel overwhelmed trying to find a good mechanic

Dear Senior Legal Line: My car needs repairs, but I’m feeling overwhelmed. How do I choose a good mechanic? The price of car repairs is so high. How do I know if I am getting a fair deal? More...

Posted 6/25/2015 08:49 PM

Your Legal Rights

You may be eligible for a refund from your cell-phone carrier

ST. PAUL - Most people don’t know that their cell-phone bill can be used like a credit card— with third party companies placing charges for unrelated services or merchandise on the phone bill. More...

Posted 6/25/2015 08:49 PM



BOATS & WATERCRAFTS 16 ft. Alumacraft w/6 HP Johnson: runs good, $625 OBO. 4.5 HP Johnson: $225 OBO. 320-279-0428 More...

Posted 6/25/2015 08:49 PM


AUTOS BUICK 1999 Buick Riveria: 214K mi., good running car. $3,100 OBO. 218-780- 8924 or 218-744-4395 2003 Buick Century: Silver, Good Shape, $4,500. 952-843-8486 More...

Posted 6/25/2015 08:49 PM


Tower A.A. Meeting: Lake Vermilion 12X12 (Open), Thursday,6:30 p.m. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 304 Spruce Street. More...

Posted 6/25/2015 08:49 PM


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Posted 6/23/2015 11:34 AM

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Posted 1/10/2014 11:54 AM

Top DVD Rentals and Sales

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

Posted 12/29/2011 09:49 PM

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