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When lightning strikes

Many of us have been following the plight of Jay Mott of Virginia, and his daughter Ava, who were struck by lightning on June 28 in Cherry during a softball game. More...

Posted 8/6/2015 09:21 PM

About the St. Louis River

The St. Louis River is the largest U.S. river to flow into Lake Superior. It is 192 miles in length and starts 13 miles east of Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota. The river’s watershed covers 3,634 square miles. More...

Posted 8/6/2015 09:21 PM

$30 million available to government entities from MnDOT, DEED

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Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

The Semicolon Project: Your story isn’t over yet

AURORA – Shhhh. Don’t tell my mom, but I may have gotten another tattoo. However, even though she would shake her head, roll her eyes and say, “Okay, Barbara,” she probably would like the message of this one. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Act III: Historic Lyric Center to get a facelift

VIRGINIA – Act III of the historic Lyric Center restoration has begun. The work to be done in this phase is critical; it must be completed before any further improvements can be made. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Get out the door! It’s better to RUN one mile than to THINK about running five

“Physical activity has many health benefits,” reads the website “It can help children maintain a healthy weight and build healthy bones, muscles, and joints. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

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Posted 7/23/2015 09:03 PM

Monkey’s uncle

EDITOR’S NOTE: Paul Metsa, a life-long bachelor, reflects on the specialness of being an uncle as two of his oldest nephews prepare to be married. Good stuff! Thanks for sharing, Paul! – Jean Cole More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

Governor appoints members to Broadband Task Force

ST. PAUL – Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed seven new members and reappointed eight current members to the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband, whose mission includes promoting the expansion of broadband in Greater Minnesota. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

The river comes to life in a new way in Grand Rapids

Ziibi – a musical fairytale – celebrates the Mississippi River

GRAND RAPIDS - This whole thing started probably a year and a half ago. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

30th Annual Loony Day

ELY - For the 30th year, the air in downtown Ely will resonate with the sound of loons, on Tuesday, Aug. 11. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

10th Annual Ely Watercross

WINTON - It’s the fastest show on H2-O on Saturday, Aug. 8-Sunday, Aug. 9. The Ely Watercross is held each year at the Ely- Winton Rod & Gun Club on beautiful Fall Lake. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

Street dance at the Winton Roadhouse

WINTON - Get ready for some country, country rock, classic rock and the blues during an old-fashioned street dance on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 3 – 11 p.m. at the Roadhouse in Winton. There will be dancing in the street, a beer truck and food. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

Ladies of the Lake Luncheon on Crane Lake Aug. 8

CRANE LAKE – The annual Ladies of the Lake Luncheon at Nelson’s Resort on Crane Lake is a summer tradition. Social hour begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by the luncheon and program at 12:30 p.m. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

Expert team will join IROC to teach and build sustainable trails

HIBBING – The International Mountain Bicycling Association’s (IMBA) Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew will be in Hibbing on Friday and Saturday, Aug. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

Road construction begins July 27 on Townline Road

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – Construction begins Monday, July 27, to resurface 24 miles of Townline Road, also known as County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 16. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

The family of Henry and Gladys Smith of Mt. Iron

The family of Henry and Gladys Smith of Mt. Iron gathered at their cabin on Pelican Lake in August of 2013 following Gladys’ funeral. Four generations of the family have lived in Mt. Iron. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

Plus banjos, mandolins, guitars and more

Fiddle championships Aug. 1 in Mt. Iron

MT. IRON – We hope you can join us for the 34th annual Minnesota State Old Time Fiddle Championships on Saturday, Aug. 1. The preliminary round is at 1 p.m. and the final round is at 6:30 p.m. Both shows are open to the public. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

Taste of Mountain Iron – Thursday, Aug. 6

A community comes together to share ethnic, family food specialties

MT. IRON – The place billed as the birthplace of the Mesabi Iron Range is having a birthday. The cake will need to be a big one to fit all 125 candles. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

They fall for fishing hook, line and sinker

Volunteers make it a great day of fishing for 100 young enthusiasts

Any day on the lake is a great day. Warm weather helps. Add some sunshine, fishing rods and an experienced fishing guide and it doesn’t get much better. More...

Posted 7/16/2015 09:01 PM

Minnesota traffic fatalities lowest since World War II

ST. PAUL –The year was 1944. Casablanca won best picture, the cost of gasoline was 21-cents a gallon, and it was the last time Minnesota saw the number of traffic fatalities this low. More...

Posted 7/16/2015 09:01 PM

Pearsons of Angora among farm families honored by U of M

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – Eighty families from throughout Minnesota are being honored as 2015 Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota. More...

Posted 7/16/2015 09:01 PM

Salmonella cases linked to contaminated raw tuna, part of national outbreak

ST. PAUL – Two Minnesota residents sickened recently with salmonellosis are linked to frozen raw tuna, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) said today. More...

Posted 7/16/2015 09:01 PM

Northwoods Friends of the Arts members in Art on the Edge

BIGFORK – Artwork from Northwoods Friends of the Arts (NWFA) members Lauren Nelson and Cathryn Peters were accepted in the 11th Annual Juried Art Ex hibition Art on the Edge at the Edge Center Gallery in Bigfork, MN. More...

Posted 7/16/2015 09:01 PM

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Posted 8/21/2015 08:10 AM

What IS This?

Mystery Item Contest

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

Posted 7/14/2015 08:25 AM

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Mining Features

MSHA training for mine, quarry employees

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

Posted 9/3/2015 10:56 PM

MN iron, steel products exports up 2 percent

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

Posted 9/3/2015 10:56 PM

Portion of County Road 715 closed September 1

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

Posted 9/3/2015 10:56 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


AVMA supports U.S. Surgeon General’s call to action on walking and walkable communities

SCHAUMBURG, Illinois – The American Veterinary Medical Association joins U.S. More...

Posted 10/2/2015 10:36 AM

Standards for puppy mill dogs urged


Posted 10/2/2015 10:36 AM

Retail therapy for you and Rover

Chain stores you probably didn’t know allowed pets

For many pet lovers, bringing a furry friend along on a shopping trip would be the perfect way to spend a day. More...

Posted 9/24/2015 08:18 PM

Range History

A lumbering history Winton reprised

The little town of Winton has a long and fascinating history. While the lands were once the home of the native Indians, in the 1890s they became overrun by lumberjacks and the timber cruisers who preceded them. More...

Posted 10/2/2015 10:36 AM

The rest of the story:

Family connection discovered with Bohemian National Hall artist

Dear Readers, When you send a story out into the world, you never know what will happen. Helen Abramson’s history story about the Bohemian National Hall in Meadowlands, which was published last March in Hometown More...

Posted 9/24/2015 08:19 PM

The colorful history of beer

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Posted 9/17/2015 09:45 PM

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

October’s love and support

Hello and welcome to October! Today’s health page is dedicated to my mother, God rest her soul in peace. It is the first year without mom, who would have been celebrating her birthday this month. She loved celebrating all month long. More...

Posted 10/2/2015 10:36 AM

Healthy for Life

Rising with the fall

Hello and welcome to another new season after having a long brilliant summer. I trust this autumn will prove to be worthy as well. More...

Posted 9/24/2015 08:18 PM

Healthy for Life

Settling in September

Here September comes blowing in like everybody’s business making us pay attention to its grand entrance. More...

Posted 9/3/2015 10:56 PM

Hometown Recipes

Cooler weather: Time for soup

My first day as a Hometown Focus staff writer was unusually cold and wet for late August so it seemed appropriate that one of my first assignments was to write the recipe column for a fall edition. More...

Posted 10/2/2015 10:36 AM

Crockery Cookery crock pot cooking

I found the cookbook Crockery Cookery at a local thrift shop - the following recipes are from this book which was written by Mable Hoffman. More...

Posted 9/24/2015 08:18 PM


One of my favorite cookbooks is one I have had for over 25 years that I obtained when I was a member of the Cook Chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. More...

Posted 9/18/2015 09:54 AM

i On Sports

Blue Devils beat Alexandria 4-3 at state

Exhale, Blue Devils fans. Your team finally won a hockey game at state. More...

Posted 3/11/2010 10:13 PM

i on Local Sports

The moment I will remember most from Wednesday’s Section 7A Boys Hockey Championship Game, won 3-0 by Virginia/ MI-B over Hibbing/Chisholm, is not the jubilant celebration after back-to-back title wins - though the Blue Devils’ smiles wer More...

Posted 3/4/2010 11:50 PM

Charlotte Overbye

i On Local Sports Spotlight

bio: Charlotte Overbye, a junior at Mountain Iron-Buhl, became the all-time leading scorer in school history, surpassing former boys basketball standouts Steven Golobich and DJ Winfield earlier this season. More...

Posted 2/19/2010 01:04 AM


Mt. Iron Merritt Days Lions Pancake Breakfast

Mt. Iron Merritt Days Lions Pancake Breakfast Mt. Iron Senior Center 7:30 a.m. More...

Posted 8/10/2010 02:38 PM

Local Events

Hometown Calendar

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

Posted 4/22/2010 09:15 PM

3/11 - Book Lover's Tea at Library

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

Posted 3/4/2010 02:56 PM

3/6 City of Mt. Iron 2010 Winter Carnival

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

Posted 3/3/2010 05:03 PM

Classic Car Talk


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

Posted 8/9/2012 10:14 PM

1969 Chevrolet CORVETTE ZL1

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

Posted 4/20/2012 12:28 AM


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

Posted 2/3/2012 03:29 AM

Earth Fest 2010

Conservation Tips From Minnesota Power

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

Posted 4/15/2010 08:16 PM

Iron Range Earth Fest 2010 SPEAKERS SCHEDULE

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

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Focus On Veterans

VFW’S strength extends far beyond advocacy

More than 11 decades later, VFW remains veterans’ best advocate

On September 29, 1899, thirteen men – all Spanish-American War veterans – gathered at a small tailor shop in the heart of Columbus, Ohio, to discuss the issues plaguing returning veterans. More...

Posted 10/2/2015 10:35 AM

VFW report: Veterans prefer VA care

WASHINGTON – One of the greatest ongoing debates in the aftermath of last year’s allegations of patients dying on secret waiting lists is where America’s veterans should get their care. More...

Posted 10/2/2015 10:35 AM

Fairview Range to celebrate veterans

HIBBING – Fairview Range Home Care and Hospice will be hosting a brunch for local veterans and their spouse/guest on Tuesday, Oct. 29, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Crown Ballroom, located at 214 East Howard Street in Hibbing. More...

Posted 10/2/2015 10:35 AM

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

Tansy: The yellow menace

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

Posted 8/13/2015 08:44 PM


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

Posted 5/21/2015 07:40 PM

What? Warm-blooded insects?

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

Posted 4/30/2015 10:50 PM


“Be real careful who you tell!!”

As I sat looking out the window at the falling rain on a late September morning, the phone rang. It was a friend of mine who happens to be a well known outdoor sports writer. More...

Posted 10/14/2010 06:58 PM

Pssst! Wanna know a little secret?

Those of us who grew up on Minnesota’s Iron Range, and in the City of Virginia in particular, are very likely familiar with Canelake’s Candies. More...

Posted 9/23/2010 09:40 PM

“Look! There He Is Again!”

Summers are short in the Northland. That’s why most of us try to spend as much time enjoying the out of doors as possible even if it means just sitting in the shade. More...

Posted 9/9/2010 10:05 PM

Guest Columnists


LEO (July 23 to August 22) You love being on center stage, and while you absolutely purr at the sound of all that praise, be careful not to take on too many commitments at the expense of time spent with loved ones. More...

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LEO (July 23 to August 22) An opportunity to move a long-stalled project from concept to construction might be opening up for the Big Cat. Meanwhile, be prepared to spend more time dealing with family matters. More...

Posted 9/24/2015 08:19 PM

Fish Camp – for women only

What common factor is the cause of over 60 women from four different states (WI, MN, IL, & MI) to gather together in the heart of the northwoods of Wisconsin? Fishing of course! More...

Posted 9/24/2015 08:18 PM



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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

Gethsemane group attends ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit

VIRGINIA – Hello! We are the 2015 Detroit Team from Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Virginia. We attended the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit, Michigan, along with 30,000 other youth and adult leaders. More...

Posted 8/6/2015 09:21 PM

County reminder of rules for salvaging at solid waste sites

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – Following an increase in trespassing and theft incidents at St. More...

Posted 8/6/2015 09:21 PM

Hypnosis and the power of your subconscious mind

Why is it so hard to break a habit or change a behavior? Chances are, you’re experiencing a battle between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. The conscious part of our mind houses logic, rational decision-making, and willpower. More...

Posted 8/6/2015 09:21 PM

Canoeing the St. Louis on the 4th of July

Editor’s note: Please see more photos related to this story on page 16. – Jean Cole ZIM - Traditionally, the 4th of July on the Iron Range consists of family barbeques, time at the lake, parades and numerous firework displays. More...

Posted 8/6/2015 09:21 PM

Katherine’s House to offer many women’s services

EVELETH – For over a hundred years, the imposing wooden framed structure at 426 Monroe Street in Eveleth has stood head and shoulders above its neighbors on the block just up the hill from Eveleth’s main street, Grant Avenue. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Rock band returns to play VHS Class of ’65 reunion

Members of Tomorrow’s Children back in town

VIRGINIA – Are you ready to rock? Out of the past and into the present comes our band, Tomorrow’s Children. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Time to make back-to-school immunization appointments

ST. PAUL – Minnesota’s adolescent immunization rates increased in 2014, according to new data released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Repeat offenders of state texting law face higher fine starting August 1

ST. PAUL – Drivers who repeatedly choose texting over safety while behind the wheel risk a higher fine for violating the law beginning Saturday. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Iron on 125 years!

Days, Aug. 1-8
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Posted 7/23/2015 09:03 PM

St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Louie shows his stuff

VIRGINIA – Iron Range Feed, Garden & Pet Store in Virginia held its Grand Opening on Saturday, July 18. The store is a new branch of the Itasca County Farm Service Cooperative headquartered in Grand Rapids. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

32nd Annual National Night Out events planned in Eveleth and Virginia

VIRGINIA / EVELETH – National Night Out events will be held on Tuesday, Aug 4, from 5 – 8 p.m. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

Northwoods Music, a music store and more

VIRGINIA – Northwoods Music owner, Scott Johnson, has felt a warm welcome in the community since opening his store in Virginia. The store, located at 102 N. 3rd Avenue (across from Virginia Surplus,) is Johnson's second. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

Two-day Dog Jam Music Fest

WINTON – A two-day music fest, Dog Jam, is being held July 24-25 in Winton at the Longbranch. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

Rich Mattson and Northstars to light it up

ELY - Rich Mattson and the Northstars will be lighting things up on Saturday, Aug. 1 at the Washington Auditorium at 7 p.m. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

Blueberry Art Festival 2015

ELY - The three-day Blueberry Art Festival kicks off Friday, July 24, at noon. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

Salute to Slovenia

ELY – Ely is celebrating Slovenian vocal music on Friday, July 31, from 12:30-4 p.m. at Vermilion Community College. Come celebrate the 100th birthday of Frank Yankovic! More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

Precious Paws holding Doc Graham Days cat sale

CHISHOLM – Precious Paws Humane Society of Chisholm is celebrating Doc “Moonlight” Graham Days with a nameyour own-price sale on all cats 1-year-old and older. The sale will run from August 3 – 8. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

Sharrow Lifting Products expands in Hibbing

HIBBING – It hasn’t been a heavy lift for a Twin Cities-based rigging company to expand on Minnesota’s Iron Range. Sharrow Lifting Products recently moved into a 15,000 square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility in Hibbing. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

The fireweed clearwing moth

Yes, that’s right; it is a moth! Can you believe it? Several moths, many flies, and even a few beetles are remarkable mimics of bees or wasps. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

Senior Legal Line Q. and A.

What are my legal rights to see my grandchildren?

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Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

Merritt Days / 125 year celebration events

Kickball tournament 4th annual adult, co-ed kickball tournament will be held at the South Grove field at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1. Registration fee is $100 per team. Call Ryan at 780-6164 for information and registration. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

Mountain Iron is 125 years old!

Dear Readers, We invite you to read about Mt. Iron’s 125th Anniversary and Merritt Days celebration, Aug. 1-8, in this week’s edition of HTF. The birthplace of the Mesabi Iron Range is gonna have a party! More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

Registration for State Fair Amateur Talent Contest closes July 27

ST. PAUL – State Fair Amateur Talent Contest hopefuls have just over one week remaining to register for auditions before the deadline at 4 p.m. Monday, July 27. Participants are encouraged to register online at More...

Posted 7/16/2015 09:01 PM

Minnesota adds 2,900 jobs in June

ST. PAUL – Minnesota gained 2,900 jobs in June – a welcome reversal after employers cut 200 jobs in May, according to figures released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). More...

Posted 7/16/2015 09:01 PM

Essentia Health Foundation celebrates new pediatric solarium

DULUTH – The Essentia Health Foundation is celebrating the groundbreaking of the pediatric solarium at the Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Children’s Hospital in Duluth. More...

Posted 7/16/2015 09:01 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

Fairview Range celebrates cancer survivors

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

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

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Learn to assist others with heath care directives

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Real Estate

Ad hoc committee sought to facilitate Olcott Park fountain restoration

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

Posted 3/5/2015 10:35 PM

JPJ Engineering has new office location

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

Posted 12/24/2014 09:31 PM

Minnesota snowmobile season and weekly trail reports begin

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

Posted 12/4/2014 09:36 PM

Home & Garden Tips


Decorator challenge: Patterns – Large scale How to: From large scale florals fabrics to subtle speckled work surfaces, patterns bring movement to a room scheme and even the smallest or slightest pattern makes a contribution to the overall look More...

Posted 10/2/2015 10:36 AM

Black-capped chickadees

(Poecile atricapilla)

Metal Voted most entertaining, these little show-offs will feed from your hand! Males and females look alike with their black bibs and skullcaps. Both dig natural nesting cavities in dead branches. More...

Posted 10/2/2015 10:36 AM


Decorator secret: Creating a room that is “off balance.” If you put all the large heavy pieces on one side of the room and the smaller pieces on the other side, the room feels off balance. How To: More...

Posted 9/24/2015 08:19 PM


Reduce stress, lose weight by eating well

Q: My brother puts in ridiculous hours and doesn’t like what he does. His wife tells me that they’re arguing all the time. I’m worried about his health. What can I tell him to help him feel better about things? More...

Posted 10/2/2015 10:36 AM

Mindfulness and coloring to achieve a state of calm

Mindfulness means maintaining a momentby moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and our surrounding environment. More...

Posted 9/24/2015 08:18 PM

Preventing Alzheimer’s; 3D printing meds

Q: My 89-year-old mother passed away after having Alzheimer’s disease for about seven years. I’m 59, and I’m scared that I’m going to develop it and so will my kids. Is there anything we can do to reduce our risk? More...

Posted 9/24/2015 08:18 PM

Massage for Your Health

Lyme disease and massage

Lyme disease seems to run the gamut here in northern Minnesota. More...

Posted 10/2/2015 10:36 AM

Massage may benefit children, too

Our need for touch starts at infancy. We have skin that covers our entire body, making it our largest sensory organ. This could explain our desire to be touched. I believe that is why massage is so popular with so many people. More...

Posted 9/17/2015 09:45 PM

A weekend at the Embarrass Region Fair

We all have our reasons for enjoying the fair. As a kid I loved to go see the animals, ride the rides and of course eat the food. As I got older my priorities changed and I became a participant of the fair. More...

Posted 9/3/2015 10:56 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


Mesabi Range College welding program completes certification

Mesabi Range College welding instructors Tom Baldwin and Randall Washenesky hold the document that certifies the Mesabi Range College Welding Technology Program as an American Welding Society Accredi More...

Posted 10/2/2015 10:36 AM

Woodland Bank’s new Grand Rapids location now open

GRAND RAPIDS – Woodland Bank has opened a new full-service branch in Grand Rapids. Located on Highway 169, the bank is located on the main highway through town. More...

Posted 10/2/2015 10:36 AM

Steel workers to receive trade adjustment assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. More...

Posted 10/2/2015 10:36 AM

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

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



Relax and belly breathe, it’s just a missing lid.

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 10/2/2015 10:36 AM


The curmudgeon defends his eating, TV viewing and driving habits

Curmudgeon. An appellation being thrown at me quite a lot lately. Mark here, Sally is relaxing again. It seems that once Sally learned this word she nails me with it every chance she gets. If you aren’t sure what it means let me help. More...

Posted 9/24/2015 08:18 PM


Backseat driving to Chicago, Miss America, and giving up just one thing

Backseat driving. I confess. I’m a nervous passenger in cars. I blame it on the accidents I’ve been in during my life. I’ve been hit from the side, the front, the back. You name it. I don’t trust cars coming at me anymore. More...

Posted 9/17/2015 09:45 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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