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My Christmas Cherub Choir debut, ca. 1960

VIRGINIA - I hesitated in the doorway of Gethsemane Lutheran Church, more than a bit wary of the Cherub Choir director. More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:48 PM

Holiday recollections: Ethnic foods, families and traditions

Although the Christmas story remains essentially the same, holiday traditions change with the passing of the years. More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:53 PM

Beware toxic transactions: Homebuyers urged to be careful about contract for deed offers

Maybe you have seen the signs on busy streets or the ads on the internet: “Don’t waste money on rent … Own a home even with bad credit ... Easy owner financing available.”  More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:53 PM

Halvor Lines delivers for Wreaths Across America, headed to Arlington National Cemetery

On December 17, 2016, people will gather at cemeteries across America. In every state, wreaths will be laid at over 1,100 veteran memorials and cemeteries. More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:53 PM

Our family calendar: A Christmas tradition

It was mid-day Sunday on a bright day in January in 1998. My mother was living with my sister Karen in Eveleth at the time, and we had dropped by for a visit. More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:53 PM

Microwave Massacre and Frosty the Snowman to be screened together in Hollywood

Microwave Massacre, the 1983 cult classic, might not seem like an obvious holiday film, but it does star comedian Jackie Vernon who voiced Frosty the Snowman in the beloved animated holiday classic.  More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:54 PM

Giving blood is a slam dunk during National Blood Donor Month

IRON RANGE – Memorial Blood Centers is partnering with the Minnesota Timberwolves, St. Scholastica and the University of Minnesota Duluth to show appreciation to blood donors during January – National Blood Donor Month.  More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:54 PM

State adds 5,000 jobs in November

Minnesota employers added 5,000 jobs in November, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).  Over the past year, Minnesota has gained 31,978 jobs, an increa More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:54 PM

Frandsen Bank & Trust thanks Target Corporation for help with Adopt a Family

VIRGINIA – The Virginia office of Frandsen Bank & Trust recently participated in the Salvation Army’s Adopt a Family campaign. More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:54 PM

The North Pole. Did you know?

While it might be synonymous with Santa Claus and cold weather, the North Pole is actually much warmer than the South Pole. That's because the North Pole sits at a lower elevation than the South Pole, and it is located in the middle of an ocean. More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:54 PM

Films contribute to cherished holiday traditions and inspire great gifts

Tradition plays a pivotal role during the holiday season. While each family has its own unique holiday traditions, certain traditions are embraced and shared by families far and wide.  More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:54 PM

Lynne Zimmerman receives grant from P.E.O.

P.E.O. Chapter AZ, Eveleth, sponsored Lynne Gillan Zimmerman, formerly of Virginia, MN, for a PCE (Project for Continuing Education) and presented the grant check to her. More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:54 PM

K of C to give away 24 winter coats for kids

HIBBING – The Knights of Columbus will be giving away 24 new winter coats for local children of all ages on Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 2:15 – 4 p.m. in the front entrance of Assumption Catholic School in Hibbing.  More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:54 PM

Christmas season scenes on the Range

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My Tattoo

This tattoo belongs to Haley Mickle of Mountain Iron, MN. Haley says, “My tattoo is a rose with my son’s actual footprints copied as a tattoo. More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:54 PM

Register for Curl Mesabi's 2-on-2 League

EVELETH – The 2-on-2 League at Curl Mesabi will held Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. The League will run Jan. 3 – Mar. 21, 2017.  More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:54 PM

Virginia Fire Department

Run Report: Dec. 5 – 11

VIRGINIA – During the week of Dec. 5 – 11, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 104 times. The calls were 14 fire calls, 30 transfers and 60 EMS 9-1-1 calls. More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:54 PM

Christmas memories from Meadlowlands

MEADOWLANDS – Living in the same town where we were born, attended school, married, worked and retired, gives my husband David and me many years of beautiful memories of many special occasions. More...

Posted 12/8/2016 09:21 PM

The Christmas angel: For all the wee ones we adore

Editor’s note: This piece of fiction was penned by Pat Baumann in 1994, and recently updated. More...

Posted 12/8/2016 09:21 PM

Enhanced bank scrutiny has unintended consequences

The landscape for banks has been changing for decades, with consolidation always being the trend. In 1987, there were 17,325 banks nationwide. By 2013, that number had decreased to 6,813, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC). More...

Posted 12/8/2016 09:22 PM

Minnesotans attending UW-Madison need second meningococcal B vaccine during winter break

MADISON, WI - Following recent cases of meningococcal disease at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, state health officials are urging undergraduate students who attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison to get a second dose of meningococcal B vacc More...

Posted 12/8/2016 09:22 PM

Christmas tales: Three horses and an ass

Christmas is made for wishing. Wishes are dreams waiting to come true. Sometimes dreams do come true. Children believe those chances are best around Christmas. More...

Posted 12/8/2016 09:22 PM

Range Schools Photo Page

Dear Readers, This page is for sharing photos of our Range schools’ activities. It’s easy! Just send your photo to us via email with names, event info, and date. More...

Posted 12/8/2016 09:23 PM

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Health Features

Gretchen Metsa faces her challenge with diabetes

BUHL - I first met Gretchen when we were co-workers at DreamWeaver Salon in Cook. She had always been a fun, outgoing, beautiful person but all of us saw the change in her when she was diagnosed with diabetes. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:14 PM

How running has helped me deal with my diagnosis of diabetes

BUHL - I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) at the age of 19. I had only been married a couple of months to my husband, Adam, who is a firefighter and paramedic on the Virginia Fire Department. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:14 PM

Fairview’s Dr. Sandra Hanson: Care that includes empathy and so much more

HIBBING – When you’re one of 10 kids (including two who are disabled) in a rural Wisconsin family struggling to survive adversity and dysfunction in the 1950s and ‘60s, you learn how to care for others. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 10:14 PM

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Ad hoc committee sought to facilitate Olcott Park fountain restoration

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

Posted 3/5/2015 09:35 PM

JPJ Engineering has new office location

HIBBING – JPJ Engineering, Inc. More...

Posted 12/24/2014 08:31 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 10:30 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 10:30 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...

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More Paws to Read dates planned at Virginia Public Library

VIRGINIA – Paws to Read has been so popular at the Virginia Public Library that they are extending their dog visits. More...

Posted 2/16/2017 10:09 PM

Meow. Did you know?

Animals verbalize in many different ways to communicate. More...

Posted 2/16/2017 10:09 PM

AVMA launches programs to boost veterinary wellness

In an effort to protect the health and welfare of its members, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has launched two new mental wellness initiatives.   More...

Posted 2/16/2017 10:09 PM

Range History

The building of Giants Ridge:

A recreational landmark on the Iron Range

THIS WEEK IN RANGE HISTORY  Remembering The Hill in the earliest days   More...

Posted 2/16/2017 10:09 PM

The building of Giants Ridge:

A recreational landmark on the Iron Range


Posted 2/9/2017 10:47 PM

Foods of northern Minnesota:

A melting pot where great flavors abound

ITASCA COUNTY – Like all of northern Minnesota, Itasca County is a melting pot of ethnicities. All those varied ethnic heritages have flavored this area with yummy tastes and traditions. More...

Posted 2/2/2017 11:08 PM

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

Going with the flow

Hello everyone and welcome to, hopefully, seeing blue skies, more sunshine and light throughout our February days while also recognizing that the clouds and the darkness can shed light and beauty in their own way. More...

Posted 2/16/2017 10:09 PM

Healthy for Life

Moving forward with love

Here’s to love, and happy, healthy hearts for everyone. The heart should be recognized daily by beneficial breathing, nourishment, touching, emotions, movement and healing. Here are a few suggestions on moving forward with love in mind:   More...

Posted 2/9/2017 10:47 PM

Healthy for Life

February’s Flame

Welcome people to a new month! January was a challenging month and we all, hopefully, made it through. There seems to be a lot of digging out of the doldrums for some, myself included. More...

Posted 2/2/2017 11:08 PM

Hometown Recipes

Members of P.E.O. Chapter ER of Cook, MN, share their recipes

This week I present recipes from the cookbook, Lovingly from Lake Vermilion, which was compiled by members of the P.E.O. Chapter ER of Cook, MN, in 2016 to commemorate their 30th anniversary. Along with friendship, the mission of P.E.O. More...

Posted 2/16/2017 10:09 PM

Easy recipes for entertaining a crowd

The following recipes were provided to me by Butch and Anne Folman of Embarrass, MN. They recently hosted a surprise birthday and retirement party for HTF former editor, Jean Cole. More...

Posted 2/9/2017 10:47 PM

This is what’s cookin’ at the neighborhood Super Bowl party

Dar Thomas, who currently lives in Virginia, MN, but grew up in the Zim, MN area, contributed a story this week on the 25-year Super Bowl party tradition that she and her family and friends have established over the years. More...

Posted 2/2/2017 11:08 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 09:13 PM

i on Local Sports

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

Posted 3/4/2010 10:50 PM

Charlotte Overbye

i On Local Sports Spotlight

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

Posted 2/19/2010 12:04 AM


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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 08:15 PM

3/11 - Book Lover's Tea at Library

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

Posted 3/4/2010 01:56 PM

3/6 City of Mt. Iron 2010 Winter Carnival

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

Posted 3/3/2010 04:03 PM

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 09:14 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 10:40 PM

Iron Range Classic Car Talk

Lloyd Bachman’s 1967 Chrysler Newport Custom

It has only 53,000 original miles. It is in super condition, no body work or rust. This car is his pride and joy! More...

Posted 2/12/2010 11:32 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 07:16 PM

Iron Range Earth Fest 2010 SPEAKERS SCHEDULE

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

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Focus On Veterans

Event commemorating U.S. entry into WWI announced by WWI Centennial Commission

The National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO, will host America’s national ceremony commemorating the centennial of the United States’ entry into the Great War as announced by the U.S. More...

Posted 2/16/2017 10:09 PM

VVA applauds introduction of new Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act

“For over a decade, Vietnam Veterans of America has sought legislation to restore presumptive Agent Orange exposure status to members of the Armed Forces who served in the territorial waters of Vietnam,” said John Rowan, VVA National Pres More...

Posted 2/9/2017 10:47 PM

Ranking tops private firms, federal agencies

VA’s National Cemeteries Administration leads nation in satisfaction survey

For the sixth consecutive time, the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration (NCA) was ranked first in customer satisfaction among the nation’s top corporations and federal agencies in an independent survey conducted by t More...

Posted 2/9/2017 10:47 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 4/19/2012 11:28 PM

Spring closet cleaning 2012: Phase one - pants

I went to work today in an ill-fitting pair of pants. I know now where the term came from: the fit literally makes you ill. Every step that I took, every accidental glance in the mirror made me sick to my stomach. More...

Posted 3/22/2012 09:58 PM

Flowers and a candy heart world

My friends and readers of this column know all about my CRAZY LOVE for Valentine’s Day. More...

Posted 2/10/2012 01:04 AM

In Our Words

Point of pride for Minnesota

St. Paul College and two-year campuses in Greater MN dominate ‘Best Community Colleges in U.S.’ rankings

Some refreshingly good news about the quality of our public education system almost got out last week, but was mostly overlooked or underplayed by mainstream media.   More...

Posted 9/16/2010 08:54 PM

In Your Words

A Letter of Thanks

Over the past six months, I have been on quite the journey and touched by such wonderful care and generosity of so many people that I want to write this letter to express my thanks and to let everyone know how much it is all appreciated.   More...

Posted 8/4/2011 06:48 PM

Are trees on the Iron Range in peril?

Scientists like Janine Bloomfield, Ph.D.*, believe that global warming will have an effect on tree species. Dr. More...

Posted 9/23/2010 08:40 PM

Letter to my neighbor

Editor’s note: The author of the following letter requested to remain anonymous, and we have granted the request. - Jean Dear Neighbor,   More...

Posted 9/9/2010 09:04 PM

Ojibwe Reflections

Out of the Blue

Today was one of just two days out of the year that is major sporting event-free. The other was Monday. More...

Posted 7/18/2013 08:57 PM

Out of the Blue

The Wild limped into the playoffs. More...

Posted 5/9/2013 06:52 PM

Cheeseburgers for breakfast

Our mother, Pat, has always been a true believer in the value of a good breakfast and, in the winter, the nutrition, economy and staying power of a warm bowl of Quaker Oats. More...

Posted 3/18/2010 07:56 PM

Nature's Why and How

Why are there so many types of insects?

Have you ever stepped outside on a beautiful summer morning only to be bombarded with dozens of types of insects? More...

Posted 7/26/2012 08:16 PM

The scoop on poop:

Why it’s important to pick up after your dog

Anyone with young children knows the hazards of a pile of dog feces left in the park. Unpleasantness aside, pet waste can have a tremendous effect on plants and other organisms in both parks and natural ecosystems. More...

Posted 4/5/2012 11:51 PM

Nature’s WHY AND HOW

Salty road blues

For anyone travelling during the recent snowstorms, you may have salt to thank for the passable roads. Many tumbles down icy stairs are avoided every year because of salt. More...

Posted 3/9/2012 01:47 AM



Flapping arms over technology

Greetings and Sallytations!   More...

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Valentine’s Day, books, and dimples vs. cellulite

Greetings and Sallytations!   More...

Posted 2/9/2017 10:47 PM


Battle of the bathing suit

Greetings and Sallytations!   Greetings and Sallytations! I'm not really into horror movies but, I ended up seeing one last weekend in Duluth. More...

Posted 2/2/2017 11:08 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 09:27 PM

Optimize your site to bring more phone calls

Editor’s note: This is the last Website Wisdom column we will be running, as Sean’s growing business is taking more of his time. We thank him for his contributions this past year! More...

Posted 6/24/2010 10:08 PM

Give Your Website Some Personality

Giving your web presence a “fun factor” is no doubt beneficial to your business, no matter what industry you’re in. More...

Posted 6/18/2010 07:57 AM


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Top DVD Rentals and Sales

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

Posted 12/29/2011 08:49 PM

MN Iron Rangers lose in OT to Fort Frances

FORT FRANCES, Ont. – Matt Bruinsma couldn’t have picked a better time to score his first Superior International Junior Hockey League goal. More...

Posted 12/22/2016 11:26 PM

Christmas Eve at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, ca. 1968

VIRGINIA - It all starts in the late afternoon with a Christmas Eve service at Gethsemane Lutheran Church. My mother, Gladys Johnson, church organist, arrives forty-five minutes early to organize her music. More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:48 PM

You’re invited!

The Hanson Family & Friends Sleigh Ride is Jan. 7

COOK - We started the Hanson Family & Friends Sleigh Ride five years ago, at our gravel pit north of town. After the holidays, we were thinking that we would like to do one more sleigh ride before the weather turned cold in January and February. More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:51 PM

The crack…of dawn

Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That's how the light gets in. -From Anthem, Leonard Cohen, 1934-2016 Who isn’t afraid of them? More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:53 PM

New program launched to educate doctors and patients on medical cannabis

Americans for Safe Access, a national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring safe and legal access to medical cannabis for therapeutic use and research, and TheAnswerPage, an international resource for providing accredited continuing medical education since More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:53 PM

VPL kicks off inaugural Queen City Reads program

VIRGINIA – The Virginia Public Library and the City of Virginia, with the support of the Friends of the Virginia Public Library, announced the Queen City Reads program, a community wide reading program for the residents of Virginia.  More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:53 PM

The Toy Insider unveils the hottest toys for holiday 2016: Hot 20, Top Tech 12 and STEM 10 lists

The Toy Insider unveiled its expert picks for the best kids' toys and tech in its 11th annual holiday gift guide ( More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:54 PM

Swearing-in ceremonies set for incoming St. Louis County Board members

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – The St. Louis County Board in 2017 will include two new commissioners and two recently re-elected members. More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:54 PM

Mining group honors PolyMet Mining at 122nd annual meeting

The American Exploration & Mining Association (AEMA) honored two Midwestern mining companies at its 122nd annual meeting last week in Reno, Nevada. Minnesota based PolyMet Mining Inc. More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:54 PM

DNR reminder: Avoid early ice

With ice forming on Minnesota lakes, outdoor enthusiasts may be tempted to get out before ice is thick enough to support foot traffic. More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:54 PM

Fairview and BCBSMN reach contract agreement for clinics and hospitals

HIBBING – Fairview and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota have reached an agreement on a contract that allows Fairview clinics and hospitals to remain as participating providers in Blue Cross’ provider networks. More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:54 PM

Project Holiday launched by National Fire Protection Association

Festive celebrations, flickering lights and winter greens are hallmarks of the holiday season, but they also present fire risks that can quickly turn this celebratory time of year into a devastating one. More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:54 PM

Obama administration denies mineral lease renewals sought by Twin Metals

Mineral leases near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness will not be renewed, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture announced Thursday.  More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:54 PM

Nolan responds to administration’s anti-mining, anti-jobs decision

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan on Thursday released the following statement on the Administration’s anti-mining, anti-jobs announcement:  More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:54 PM

Iron Range Makerspace grant contest finalist

HIBBING – An Iron Range co-working facility and business incubator is asking for your vote in a nationwide grant competition.  Iron Range Makerspace is a finalist in a competition for a $15,000 grant and $1,500 in supplies from Bernzomatic More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:54 PM

Virginia High School 2016-2017 Quarter 1 Honor Roll

“A” HONOR ROLL  GRADE 12   More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:54 PM

We had a chance meeting with Viking great, Football Hall of Famer Cris Carter

MT. IRON – Two weeks ago my husband and I were on a Delta Air Lines flight from Minneapolis to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We were seated back in row 18. More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:54 PM

Itasca County Board will raise objections to Magnetation sale

ITASCA COUNTY – While all interested parties may have the same goals, there is nonetheless a strong desire to protect one’s own interests – or in the case of Itasca County – taxpayer interests.  More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:54 PM

Cook area Christmas Bird Count seeks participants

COOK – The 117th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count is about to begin. The Cook area has been involved in this count for the past 15 years. Over these 15 years, 23,434 birds have been counted and 56 species observed. More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:54 PM

U.S.-flag lakes cargos up nearly 7 percent in November

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters moved 8.4 million tons of cargo in November, an increase of 6.7 percent compared with a year ago, the Lake Carriers' Association said Tuesday. More...

Posted 12/15/2016 10:54 PM

Children’s Letters to Santa

This week’s Letters to Santa come from Nett Lake Elementary School (second grade and kindergarten classes) and Eveleth-Gilbert’s Franklin Elementary (third grade and kindergarten classes). More...

Posted 12/8/2016 09:21 PM

12 Days of Sustainable Actions challenge

VIRGINIA – It’s time for the second annual 12 Days of Sustainable Actions holiday challenge, hosted by the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability (IRPS). The challenge will run from December 12 – December 23. More...

Posted 12/8/2016 09:22 PM

LED retrofit brightening up Biwabik City Hall

BIWABIK - The City of Biwabik has been focusing efforts on reducing their electricity usage. They began with Biwabik City Hall, which had been illuminated with 62 inefficient lights for the past 20 years. More...

Posted 12/8/2016 09:22 PM

Good tires important for winter driving

It’s important to have proper tires and to check for tread wear on tires during the winter. In the past, I was always told that a good pair of all-weather tires are also good in the winter. More...

Posted 12/8/2016 09:22 PM

Bill to help Lyme Disease patients passes 94-5

WASHINGTON D.C. - The U.S. Senate passed the 21st Century Cures bill which included Lyme language. More...

Posted 12/8/2016 09:22 PM

Weihnachtsfest in Biwabik!

The annual Weihnachtsfest (Winter Lighting Festival) in Biwabik’s City Park on Saturday, Dec. 3, was a resounding success this year. More...

Posted 12/8/2016 09:22 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 09:21 PM

PolyMet project update at shareholders’ meeting

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Posted 8/25/2016 09:21 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 09:21 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 09:21 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 09:21 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...

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Mystery Item Contest

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

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Home & Garden Tips


Decorator Secret:  Furniture planning secrets…  How To:   More...

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Our gardening Founding Fathers

Presidents’ Day (on February 20 this year) is a combination of Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays. History reveals that our first three presidents were avid gardeners.  Mount Vernon, on the Potomac   More...

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Posted 2/9/2017 10:48 PM


Brain training to control tinnitus; new, clear fish-eating guidelines for moms, babies

Q: Lately, my ears have been ringing so loudly at night that I have trouble sleeping. During the day it's very distracting. I have tried several treatments to no avail. Will anything help? -- Steven M., Los Gatos, California   More...

Posted 2/16/2017 10:09 PM

How is our brain connected to our guts?

Understanding the brain is a monumental task for scientists, let alone the average person. First, there are differences of opinion on just what the brain is, what makes up the brain, and where the brain is actually located in the body.  More...

Posted 2/9/2017 10:47 PM

Should health companies be taking sugar industry money? Keep taking those daily walks

Q: Is it true that some of our national health organizations are accepting money from the sugar industry? Isn't that a conflict of interest? -- JoAnn F., Columbus, Missouri   More...

Posted 2/9/2017 10:47 PM

Massage for Your Health

Anatomy of a knotted muscle

Have you ever been asked something and were surprised that you didn’t know the answer? More...

Posted 2/16/2017 10:09 PM

Life happens, massage helps

There are some people who scoff at the thought of someone putting their hands on them to get a massage. Sometimes I think the scoffing is a defense mechanism to keep people from touching them. More...

Posted 2/2/2017 11:08 PM

Five interesting facts about massage therapy

I found this article in the Custom Craftworks blog and thought I would share it with you, to give you some food for thought. More...

Posted 1/19/2017 10:27 PM


Area schools participated in Arrowhead Grand Prix archery event February 4

The Arrowhead Grand Prix archery event was held on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Hill City, MN. The event was hosted by Cromwell-Wright, Ely, and Northern Light Community schools. More...

Posted 2/16/2017 10:10 PM

Unique, local artwork coming to the new Vikings stadium

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. More...

Posted 1/15/2015 08:52 PM

Magnetation LLC announces first production at new iron ore concentrate plant

GRAND RAPIDS – Magnetation LLC (Magnetation) announced today that it has successfully produced its first iron ore concentrate at its new plant, Plant Four, located near Grand Rapids, Minnesota. More...

Posted 1/8/2015 06:54 PM

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 04:10 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 01:54 PM

2/13 - Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing

Saturday, February 13 through Monday, February 15th. 1-800-MINN-DNR More...

Posted 2/5/2010 02:21 PM


Frandsen Bank & Trust honored as one of 24 Community Champions

The Minnesota Bankers Association (MBA) recently recognized 24 Minnesota banks for their community involvement. More...

Posted 2/16/2017 10:09 PM

NRRI leads the way in alternative fuel process with torrefaction at Coleraine site

Turning wood into a new product could boost a flagging lumber industry in northern Minnesota, and investigators at the Natural Resources Research Institute— University of Minnesota Duluth—are leading the way in perfecting the technology.& More...

Posted 2/16/2017 10:09 PM

MNsure sets enrollment record with 117,654 enrolled in private coverage

Minnesota set a new enrollment record, with a total of 117,654 enrollments in the individual marketplace during the 2017 open enrollment period and one-week special enrollment period that followed open enrollment. More...

Posted 2/16/2017 10:09 PM

Fresh Stuff

Minerals are vital to modern veterinary medicine  Free Access 

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 09:20 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 12:13 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 01:49 PM

1967 Chevrolet El Camino

Ten of the 15 colors offered for the 1967 Chevrolet El Camino were new. A black vinyl roof covering available with all exterior colors was added to the options list.  More...

Posted 10/13/2011 05:55 PM

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 10:02 PM

How to sell money at a discount

Although I didn’t realize it until 30 years later, my first real job in the sales profession was all about selling money at a discount. More...

Posted 2/10/2011 07:19 PM


For several years I had a framed copy of Mark Twain’s quotation: “I am an old man and have known a great many problems, but most of them never happened” hanging on the wall in my office. More...

Posted 2/3/2011 09:42 PM


5th Annual Let’s Take a Kid Fishing on Lake Vermilion event slated for July 16

COOK—Keep the momentum going. Those four words are a good way to summarize the volunteers who work tirelessly in doing their part to introduce youth to the sport of fishing.  More...

Posted 6/19/2014 08:18 PM


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

Posted 5/31/2012 08:29 PM

Lake Vermilion Resort Association Fish Report

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

Posted 9/1/2011 04:47 PM

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 06:49 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 06:11 PM

2013: What would Woody Guthrie do?

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

Posted 1/3/2013 08:23 PM

Father knows best

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

Posted 12/27/2012 08:18 PM

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 09:05 PM

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

A legal question and answer line for Seniors


Posted 2/10/2012 01:04 AM

Spousal Maintenance

(formerly known as Alimony)

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

Posted 3/24/2011 07:55 PM

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

Let’s start this week off with Monday’s press release from the Minnesota State High School League:  More...

Posted 2/16/2017 10:10 PM

Out of the Blue

It was an honor to be able to write the cover story on Don and Lorraine Kunnari for this issue. Many of my readers and friends know that I am part of the Kunnari (canary, like the bird, is how we pronounce it) family. More...

Posted 2/9/2017 10:48 PM

Out of the Blue

I remember well the August day nearly a decade ago when I sat down in a living room with Jeff, Scott, Jean and our first graphic artist Cody to discuss the venture that would become Hometown Focus. More...

Posted 2/2/2017 11:08 PM

Outdoors by Jerry McCormick

A nature nerd’s Florida vacation

There are many reasons people go to Florida for vacations: warmth, sunshine, beaches, golf, and sporting events, to name a few. But Florida also is a favorite of nature nerds, like me. Sometimes, in regard to travel, we are called eco-tourists. More...

Posted 11/3/2016 08:27 PM

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 08:27 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 09:24 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 05:58 PM

Pssst! Wanna know a little secret?

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

Posted 9/23/2010 08:40 PM

“Look! There He Is Again!”

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

Posted 9/9/2010 09:05 PM

Guest Columnists

Lessons from a life on ice

Jean-Paul Tessier: From hockey to ice fishing

LAKE OF THE WOODS – For those of us who are avid ice fishermen, spending time on the ice is all about ice fishing. More...

Posted 2/16/2017 10:10 PM


LEO (July 23 to August 22) As a proud Lion, you’re right to be upset about those who might be lying about you to others. But the best revenge is proving them wrong by succeeding at what you set out to do.   More...

Posted 2/16/2017 10:09 PM

What is the cloud? Is it cloud storage, cloud backup, cloud sync, cloud computing?

EVELETH – What is the cloud? The simple answer is it is a bunch of servers on the Internet networked together to provide you your services and storage from the Internet instead of your hard drive. More...

Posted 2/16/2017 10:09 PM



AUTOS BUICK  2009 Buick Lucerne: 56K mi., loaded, like new, $12,000. 218- 262-3056***  AUTOS CHEVY   More...

Posted 2/16/2017 10:10 PM


Do you worry about the way you eat? Overeaters Anonymous may have the answer for you. No weigh-ins, dues or fees. Call (218)728-4644 for area meeting locations & times.   More...

Posted 2/16/2017 10:10 PM


Ferret Cage: $75 OBO. 218-208- 8032.  FARM FEED  Round Baled Hay for Cows, Horses, Deer: Price Neg. 218-666- 2057   More...

Posted 2/16/2017 10:10 PM

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