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Jason Barone: Reaching for the stars

Have you ever looked up into the stars on a clear night and seen a falling star? Did you make a wish? It is amazing to catch the sight of a falling star at the precise moment it falls from the sky. More...

Posted 6/5/2014 09:26 PM

D-Day and the invasion

My journey to honor my uncle, Tony Setnikar

He was one of the thousands of soldiers in the first wave of the invasion of Normandy, France, during WWII. Do you know of whom I speak? More...

Posted 6/5/2014 09:26 PM

State Legacy Funding provides programming for Arrowhead Library System

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present The Icebox Radio Theater, a free program about the history and potential future of audio storytelling being offered at area libraries on the following dates and locations: • Monday, June 2: 10:3 More...

Posted 5/29/2014 10:58 PM

What sustainability means to this Ely resident

The recurring theme which has become a major bone of contention in the discussions relating to expansion of Minnesota’s mining industry revolves around the meaning of the word ‘sustainability’ and more specifically, how it relates t More...

Posted 5/29/2014 10:58 PM

Iron Range leftovers spur new small businesses

Folks on Minnesota’s Iron Range are very familiar with rock piles. There are billions of tons of leftover taconite rock that didn’t get made into pellets, piled up with nowhere to go. Until now. More...

Posted 5/29/2014 10:58 PM

The globalization of Range businesses

Mining-related businesses on the Iron Range are becoming increasingly more global, so I was interested when the Minnesota Trade Office recently released its Export Statistics Report for the fourth quarter of 2013. More...

Posted 5/29/2014 10:58 PM

TRITEC secures ESCO orders, hiring more

VIRGINIA - TRITEC has recently secured purchase orders for ESCO Corporation’s 240 ton truck box bodies and abrasion resistant steel lining packages, according to Mitch Robertson, TRITEC president. More...

Posted 5/29/2014 10:58 PM

Conversations with a Hobo

Hobo Nephews to bring highly acclaimed music to Virginia

It has been seven years since brother songwriters Teague and Ian Thomas Alexy decided to merge their musical pursuits into roots music project Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank. More...

Posted 5/22/2014 07:43 PM

The Slamming Doors to release CD at the Sawmill

VIRGINIA – The Sawmill Saloon will present The Slamming Doors CD release show on Saturday, May 31, at 9 p.m.. The event features Jillian Rae, Big Wave Dave & The Ripples and The Slamming Doors. More...

Posted 5/22/2014 07:43 PM

Third weekend in June . . .

means Land of the Loon

The Land of the Loon Festival Banners are up, adorning the City of Virginia. Which means only one thing. More...

Posted 5/22/2014 07:43 PM

2014 Festival schedule

The Judy Garland and Children’s Discovery Museums

75th Anniversary Wizard of Oz Festival Grand Rapids, MN Tuesday, June 10:• 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Grand Rapids Day at the museums.See new Oz display. Grand Rapids residents get in free!• 7 p.m. More...

Posted 5/22/2014 07:43 PM

A tribute to our veterans

Veterans and elected officials all have one thing in common: Upon entering service, both took an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” and to “bear true faith a More...

Posted 5/22/2014 07:43 PM

Babbitt kickboxers compete in Miracle Network fundraiser

BABBITT – Iron Range Kickboxing Academy (IRKB), the small martial arts school in Babbitt, has done it again. With total student enrollment of less than 25, the academy competed against the “big boys” and did very well. More...

Posted 5/15/2014 07:55 PM

Pay it forward:

A tribute to Sand Lake Shuffler Dennis Parson

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of “Pay it forward” stories that Charlene Luoma of Britt, MN, will share about special Sand Lake Shufflers. More...

Posted 5/15/2014 07:55 PM

Is Matt Damon an Iron Ranger?

VIRGINIA - Is the acclaimed actor Matthew Paige (“Matt”) Damon an Iron Ranger? Some say “yes!” More...

Posted 5/15/2014 07:55 PM

Tidbits from the Finnish American Reporter

I had a lot of fun reading the copy of The Finnish American Reporter newspaper that Jimmy Johnson gave me. Here are a few take-aways: An ad for Kuuma Vapor-Fire wood stoves, manufactured by Lamppa Manufacturing in Tower, MN. More...

Posted 5/15/2014 07:55 PM

Skip the jet lag Tuscany comes to Virginia!

Spend an evening in Tuscany at the Virginia Elks Club on Friday, May 16. From 7 to 9 p.m., join the Mesabi Symphony Orchestra for its premier fundraising event. More...

Posted 5/8/2014 07:24 PM

My mother was always too busy to help me

Left to my own devices I get into trouble. I need to be watched or I wander off, talk to strangers and make bad choices. The bad choices are usually when I am left alone in men’s stores to buy an essential piece of clothing. More...

Posted 5/8/2014 07:24 PM


Editor’s note: This spring (March 7,2014 edition) HTF featured a story about Gus Hakala, the fisher poet from Markham. More...

Posted 5/8/2014 07:24 PM

The specialness of being a grandma

I am a mother. I am also a grandmother. These two things define who I am today. I am other things in life but all of them take second fiddle to being a mom and a Nana. More...

Posted 5/8/2014 07:24 PM

Strangers no more: A benefit for Ashley Leisen

I met Ashley Leisen before she became a nurse, and before she became a volunteer caregiver to orphans and abandoned children in Romania. More...

Posted 5/1/2014 06:51 PM

Wowza! Silver Lake waterfowl report

Last spring was an amazing time on Silver Lake. The late ice-out across the state turned our city’s always-open lake into the waterfowl mecca of the north. More...

Posted 5/1/2014 06:51 PM

DNR test netting

Vermilion has heftiest population of jumbo walleye in years

Anglers heading out on Lake Vermilion for the walleye opener on May 10th will find one of the heftiest populations of jumbo walleye in years according to the latest fish survey conducted by the DNR. The results come from test netting done last fall. More...

Posted 5/1/2014 06:51 PM

Mother’s Day present:

Take a Mom Fishing Weekend

Any mother who is a resident of Minnesota can fish without a license on Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11 during Take a Mom Fishing Weekend, which coincides with the 2014 walleye and northern pike fishing opener, and Mother’s Day on Sunday. More...

Posted 5/1/2014 06:51 PM

Special Sections

Mining Features

How to apply for a job at local mining companies

ArcelorMittal Minorca Mine More...

Posted 8/28/2014 07:20 PM

Wrangling at the Effie Rodeo

Some glimpses of the Effie Rodeo this summer. More...

Posted 8/28/2014 07:20 PM

Metal munchers:

Biomining for copper

Editor’s note: I saw this little news story in MINE magazine and was intrigued. It brought to mind the bacterial sulfatereducing studies being conducted near Aurora (see story p. 19). More...

Posted 8/28/2014 07:20 PM

Real Estate

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 08:36 PM

MRC presents Keith Secola in concert Dec. 4

VIRGINIA – Mesabi Range College will present alumni Keith Secola in concert on Thursday, Dec. 4, at noon in the Theatre. The concert is free and open to the public. More...

Posted 11/26/2014 04:01 PM

MPR Connects! presents Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis

DULUTH – Join Stephanie Curtis on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 6 – 7 p.m. at Teatro Zuccone in Duluth as she talks about the changing state of Hollywood and how to improve your experience as a film-goer. More...

Posted 10/23/2014 08:15 PM

Pets  Free Access 

Precious Paws Humane Society wants you to know

Be aware of the dangers of canine parvovirus (CPV)!

Let’s talk about parvovirus (canine parvovirus). According to local veterinarians, parvo is making its way around our area. It is a deadly disease that can kill your dog. More...

Posted 12/11/2014 08:53 PM

Pet food labeling: Two levels of regulation

Pet food labeling is regulated at two levels. More...

Posted 12/4/2014 08:36 PM

Cold weather pet safety tips from the AVMA

You’re probably already aware of the risks posed by warm weather and leaving pets in hot cars, but did you know that cold weather also poses serious threats to your pets’ health? More...

Posted 11/26/2014 04:01 PM

Range History  Free Access 

This Week in Range History

William Booth and the founding of The Salvation Army

William Booth (10 April 1829 – 20 August 1912) was a British Methodist preacher who founded The Salvation Army and became its first General (1878–1912). More...

Posted 12/11/2014 08:54 PM

This Week in Range History

How we started our 1965 Christmas vacation, Parkville School style

Dear Readers, This week we have Christmas memories shared by two HTF contributors, Charlie Johnson, a native of Parkville, MN, and Betty Gorsha Magnan More...

Posted 12/4/2014 08:36 PM

John Strauss: The St. Paul Craftsman of Ice Skates

Dear Readers, This week we share some entries from Minnesota Historical Societies’ Minnesota Encyclopedia (, a great place for brief profiles of interesting topics of historical interest. More...

Posted 11/26/2014 04:01 PM

Healthy for Life  Free Access 

Healthy for Life

Our winter wonderland of hope and joy!

Hallelujah and hello to everyone! Just a reminder during this holiday season to acknowledge and try to recognize our angels, who our here on earth that help us out and guide us during our daily ways. More...

Posted 12/11/2014 08:54 PM

Healthy for Life

Dashing through life and laughter

Hi there everyone! It seems time had escaped me when writing my last column, thinking it was December already. I am usually writing a week ahead of time, but in this case it was two weeks ahead of time. More...

Posted 12/4/2014 08:36 PM

Healthy for Life

Glistening into December

Well kids, the month you have been waiting for is finally here! Despite any unwelcoming weather or circumstances it’s a perfect time to be prepared and organized to face those challenges head on. More...

Posted 11/26/2014 04:01 PM

Hometown Recipes  Free Access 

Homemade food gifts to consider during the holidays

One of my favorite things about Christmas is the exchange of homemade food (or other) items. Many of our family members and friends make delicious food specialties. More...

Posted 12/11/2014 08:54 PM

Friends (and a pro!) share their favorites

Perhaps you are too stuffed from Thanksgiving’s feast to think about food this week…but I DOUBT it! More...

Posted 12/4/2014 08:36 PM

Turkey transformations

Deliciously unique leftover ideas

We got our turkey this year from Mark’s Country Market in Angora, MN. Their turkeys are free-ranging and don’t have any nasty additives in them. Yay! More...

Posted 11/26/2014 04:01 PM

Sports Events  Free Access 

3/5 - Boys Basketball

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

Posted 2/25/2010 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

Business  Free Access 

Eveleth-Gilbert conducts strategic planning; community forum on December 16

EVELETH-GILBERT – The Eveleth-Gilbert Public Schools is in the initial stage of developing a strategic plan. The School Board is working with the Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) to provide guidance and assist with the planning. More...

Posted 12/11/2014 08:54 PM

Essentia Health ranks high on lowering blood pressure

DULUTH – For the past two years, Essentia Health patients have been fighting a battle to curb high blood pressure through a national program called Measure Up/Pressure Down. And now, those efforts are paying off. More...

Posted 12/11/2014 08:54 PM

Laurentian clinic recognized for quality laboratory services

MT. IRON – St. Luke’s Laurentian Medical Clinic has met all criteria for Laboratory Accreditation by the Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation (COLA), a national healthcare accreditation organization. More...

Posted 12/11/2014 08:54 PM

Local Events  Free Access 

Hometown Calendar

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

Posted 4/22/2010 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

Spies in Steel  Free Access 

Spies in Steel


Posted 6/24/2011 09:22 AM

Classic Car Talk  Free Access 


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

Posted 8/9/2012 09:14 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 4/19/2012 11:28 PM


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 02:29 AM

Earth Fest 2010  Free Access 

Conservation Tips From Minnesota Power

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

Posted 4/15/2010 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...

Posted 4/15/2010 07:16 PM


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Focus On Veterans  Free Access 

VA expands eligibility for VA health care related to military sexual trauma


Posted 12/11/2014 08:53 PM

Senate to vote on advance appropriations for VA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After the persistence and dedication of DAV’s advocacy network, we will hopefully see the Putting Veterans Funding First Act put up for a vote on the Senate floor. More...

Posted 12/11/2014 08:53 PM

VA to accept D.C. proposals for new scheduling system

WASHINGTON – As part of The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) ongoing effort to improve Veterans’ access to healthcare, VA announced it has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new Medical Appointment Scheduling System (MASS More...

Posted 12/11/2014 08:53 PM

High Heels and Handbags  Free Access 

Spring Closet Cleaning 2012:

Phase Two—Shoes

Well readers, I did it. I am writing Part 2 of this spring saga after the Great Pants Massacre of 2012. There were many casualties, but the survivors were real winners, destined to become fashion rock stars of the season. More...

Posted 4/19/2012 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  Free Access 

Point of pride for Minnesota

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

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

Posted 9/16/2010 08:54 PM

Legally Speaking  Free Access 

Your Legal Rights: Magazine subscription solicitation

From the Office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson

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

Posted 2/23/2012 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  Free Access 

Out of the Blue

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

Posted 7/10/2014 07:25 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 06:28 PM

Out of the Blue

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

Posted 5/15/2014 07:55 PM

Outdoors by Jerry McCormick  Free Access 

Ladybug palettes and patterns

What does a ladybug look like? Everyone knows what a ladybug looks like! That seems like a simple question. Unfortunately, the answer turns out to be a long one, like lots of answers to questions about things in nature! More...

Posted 10/2/2014 09:15 PM

It’s a bug eat bug world

Some bugs wants to eat us, we know that! Other bugs want to eat our vegetable gardens or flower gardens. But, there are lots and lots more bugs out there. What do they eat? More...

Posted 9/18/2014 05:23 PM

A bee or not a bee?

It might not “bee” what you think

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

Posted 7/3/2014 10:25 AM

Storytellers  Free Access 

“Be real careful who you tell!!”

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

Posted 10/14/2010 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  Free Access 


SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) The holiday season provides an opportunity to meet new people, some of whom you might even consider “worthy” enough to join the Scorpio’s select group of friends. More...

Posted 12/11/2014 08:54 PM

Margaret O’Brien: From Cutie to Beauty

Throughout the 1930s, Shirley Temple sang and danced her way into the hearts of depression-weary movie audiences. A decade later, adorable Margaret O’Brien endeared herself to millions seeking Hollywood diversions as World War II came and went. More...

Posted 12/11/2014 08:54 PM

Senior Legal Line Q. and A.:

My neighbor cut a tree on my property!

Dear Senior Legal Line: More...

Posted 12/11/2014 08:54 PM

Community Videos  Free Access 

Pike River Swampers

from CommunityTV, Virginia Community Access Television


Posted 5/19/2010 10:29 AM

Channel 5 LIVE!

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

Posted 4/1/2010 11:12 AM

Channel 5 TV: Virginia Public Access More...

Posted 3/31/2010 11:58 AM

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Posted 1/10/2014 10:54 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 08:49 PM


Virginia • Mountain Iron-Buhl Eve leth-Gilbe rt Wee k of JANUAR Y 1st, 2011

Breakfast MON DAY: Choice of Breakfast Cereal & Graham Crackers or Hot Oatmeal & Graham Crackers or Yogurt & Graham Cracker. More...

Posted 12/29/2011 08:49 PM


We had been talking about having children for a little while. Not forever – my husband Tim Strasser and I have been married for a long time, and for a long time we were happy just as we were. Freedom to do just as we liked! More...

Posted 6/12/2014 06:28 PM

Remembering my dad on Father’s Day

A feisty Iron Range Finlander and lifelong Packer fan

It’s been 18 years since my dad passed away. That number seems incomprehensible to me. On the one hand there is the feeling that it couldn’t be anywhere close to that many years ago. More...

Posted 6/12/2014 06:28 PM

Two centenarians pay it forward, Sand Lake Shuffle style

Part 3 of a series

I have a 1931 local phone book. Listed under grocers is Louis Postedunsek in Leonidas, Eveleth. Little did I know that 83 years later, I would have the honor of visiting with John Postedunsek who made numerous references to the meat market. More...

Posted 6/5/2014 09:26 PM

Littlest Tumor Foundation hosting “golf a little” benefit

COOK – The Littlest Tumor Foundation is holding its annual “golf a little” benefit at the Vermilion Fairways Golf Club in Cook on Sunday, June 22. The event starts at 10 a.m. and $30 buys nine holes of golf and a meal. More...

Posted 5/29/2014 10:58 PM

Iron Range sulfide mining can be done without harming wild rice or raising mercury levels

Editor’s note: This commentary originally was published online at MinnPost, in the Community Voices section, on April 18, 2014. I reprint it here, with permission, so it may gain a wider Range audience. More...

Posted 5/29/2014 10:58 PM

Poems by Iron Ranger Sheila Packa, former poet laureate of Duluth

Sheila Packa is an Iron Ranger, poet, editor, teacher, and resident of Duluth. She has a new book of poetry just released, Night Train Red Dust: Poems of the Iron Range. More...

Posted 5/29/2014 10:58 PM

Global ripples on the Range

ESCO Corp. opens new location on Range

PORTLAND, OR — ESCO Corporation announced today it has opened a new ESCO supply and service location in Virginia, Minn., focused on direct sales and service in Northern Minnesota and the U.S. Iron Range. More...

Posted 5/29/2014 10:58 PM

Krotite: An early solar system mineral

In the May-June 2011 issue of the journal American Mineralogist, a team of scientists announced the discovery of the new mineral krotite, one of the earliest minerals formed in our solar system. More...

Posted 5/29/2014 10:58 PM

East Range Garden Club to hold spring sale

BIWABIK – The East Range (formerly Biwabik) Garden Club will hold their annual Spring Plant and Rummage Sale on Thursday, May 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Park Pavilion in Biwabik. Drawings for raffle prizes and door prizes will be held. More...

Posted 5/22/2014 07:43 PM

New member incentives offered

Eshquaguma CC to celebrate centennial in 2014-15

Eshquaguma is the Ojibwe word for “the last water,” fitting, since our lake is the last in a chain of lakes starting at Embarrass Lake. More...

Posted 5/22/2014 07:43 PM

Lyric Art Volkswalk to be held in Virginia

VIRGINIA – The Lyric Art Volkswalk, a three-mile community walk for art and health, will be held on August 14. Registration and start-time will be between 4:30 – 6 p.m. at the Iron Range Veterans Memorial. More...

Posted 5/22/2014 07:43 PM

Paying it forward

Shirley Savela: “It’s a labor of love”

No, these aren’t the lyrics to a popular song, it’s one of the responses to my question, “Why?” that I posed to Parkville resident, Shirley Savela, on the telephone this morning. More...

Posted 5/22/2014 07:43 PM

Judy Garland’s birthplace to celebrate 75 year OZ anniversary

Somewhere over the rainbow on the west end of the Iron Range, all of the magic of the Emerald City will be found if you follow the yellow brick road to the birthplace of Judy Garland, who played Dorothy Gale in the 1939 version of The Wizard of Oz. More...

Posted 5/22/2014 07:43 PM

St. Michael’s staff receives cutting-edge medical training

VIRGINIA Licensed nurses from St. More...

Posted 5/15/2014 07:55 PM

Free program offered on solar power

HIBBING - A free program about powering your home or business with solar energy will be offered Tuesday, May 20, at Hibbing Community College, Room B-119, from 6-7 p.m. More...

Posted 5/15/2014 07:55 PM

MIB 10-year-old archer competes at national competition in Kentucky

Our 10-year-old granddaughter, Lauren Maki, lives in Buhl and attends Merritt Elementary School in Mt. Iron. The school offered a five-day event for students to try archery. Lauren went to the event and decided to sign up for the MIB archery team. More...

Posted 5/15/2014 07:55 PM

Matt Damon makes headlines in Finland

Ties to the Iron Range uncovered

The Finns are always happy when a Hollywood star comments on Finland in interviews. It has been reported many times that Oscar-winning actor Matt Damon has Finnish ancestry and that he would like to visit the country some day. More...

Posted 5/15/2014 07:55 PM


Fishing Opener is almost here! Tips from a LV pro

Hello everybody! It appears that after what, for most of us, was the longest winter in memory, spring has arrived in the northland. More...

Posted 5/8/2014 07:24 PM

Up On The Roof with Grandmother

While observing the recent lunar eclipse, I reflected back to a time that I had shared a similar celestial event with my grandmother. More...

Posted 5/8/2014 07:24 PM

Five generations of Kesanens

A family returns to ancestral home

What is the difference between a house and a home? More...

Posted 5/8/2014 07:24 PM

I support Medical Cannabis

Angie Weaver and her daughter Amelia of Hibbing have spent the last 6 months testifying at the MN State Capitol in an effort to get medical cannabis legislation passed. More...

Posted 5/8/2014 07:24 PM

Mother, Mom, Mama, Mommy, Ma

This year is the 100th Anniversary of Mother’s Day!

Yes, it is that special day of the year again! A day set aside to honor Mothers. Actually, we should take time every day to honor our Mother. More...

Posted 5/8/2014 07:24 PM

All mom's jobs are not created equal

I remember something my mother said once, years ago, when I was feeling haggard and exasperated with the demands of mothering three small children. Having raised six children herself, she sometimes was less than sympathetic when I waxed pathetic. More...

Posted 5/8/2014 07:24 PM

Opening day tips for Minnesota anglers

Minnesota’s interstates, highways, and county roads will fill with anxious anglers in anticipation of the May 10 fishing opener. The Department of Natural Resources has some tips to anglers for a safe and enjoyable experience. More...

Posted 5/1/2014 06:51 PM

No-fail early season walleye locations

Under the gunmetal skies of an overcast, early-season morning, two classic v-hulled walleye boats rock in the chop over a promising reef. More...

Posted 5/1/2014 06:51 PM

Obituaries  Free Access 

Betty E. Glavich - 2014-12-12
Ann V. Grigal - 2014-12-12
Donald Joseph Mayer - 2014-12-12
John Dale Cvar - 2014-12-12
Rodger "Kent" Vogel - 2014-12-05
Lee J. Konu - 2014-12-05
John Dale Cvar - 2014-12-05
Donald Alan Schiebe - 2014-12-05
Dennis R. Mathison - 2014-12-05


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 02:18 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 02:17 PM


Find the Clue Gift Certificates to WIN!

The third week of every month Hometown Focus holds Facebook Contests. Go to our Facebook page and Like & Share to WIN or Comment & Share to WIN. Winners will be chosen randomly and posted on our Facebook page. More...

Posted 10/20/2014 02:16 PM


Operation Round Up gives more than $41,000 to community programs

GRAND RAPIDS – Lake Country Power’s Operation Round Up® participants are committed to lending a helping hand to the communities and residents of northern Minnesota. More...

Posted 1/16/2014 07:50 PM

Wide Open Services to host Open House

PIKE TOWNSHIP – There’s a new business in Pike Township and they’re having an Open House on Friday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 18 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. More...

Posted 1/16/2014 07:50 PM

Gov. Dayton releases bonding proposal

ST. PAUL - Today, Governor Mark Dayton unveiled a $986 million statewide bonding proposal designed to create over 27,000 jobs and improve Minnesota’s public infrastructure. More...

Posted 1/16/2014 07:50 PM

News Briefs  Free Access 

Friends of the Greenhouse plan Solstice Celebration

VIRGINIA – Friends of the Greenhouse are holding a Winter Solstice Celebration at the Olcott Park Greenhouse on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 12 – 4 p.m. More...

Posted 12/11/2014 08:54 PM

MRC Instrumental Rock Ensemble class to perform

VIRGINIA – Students from the Instrumental Rock Ensemble class taught by Mark Tolbert at Mesabi Range College will perform on Friday, Dec. 19, from 7 – 8 p.m. in the theatre on the Virginia Campus of Mesabi Range College. More...

Posted 12/11/2014 08:54 PM

Ruby’s Pantry food distribution in Babbitt

BABBITT – The Ruby’s Pantry food distribution in Babbitt will be held on Saturday, Dec. 27, from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at the Babbitt Municipal Center. Food distributions in Babbitt are held on the 4th Saturday of each month. More...

Posted 12/11/2014 08:54 PM

Home & Garden Tips  Free Access 

Holiday Greenery

Protect that beautiful red, pink, white or multi colored poinsettia with a layer of plastic while transporting home. Once home, remove outer pot covering that may slow water drainage. Place in a cool, sunny location. More...

Posted 12/11/2014 08:54 PM


Decorator Secret: White Kitchens Choices: White is a natural choice for small kitchens… it’s timeless, bright, fresh, clean, and light bounces off surfaces like glossy tile, countertops and painted cabinets to expand the sense of space. More...

Posted 12/11/2014 08:54 PM


Decorator Secret: Treating windows Choices: More...

Posted 12/4/2014 08:36 PM

Health  Free Access 

Managing cancer treatment; exercise and osteoarthritis

Q: My mother was just diagnosed with breast cancer, and we’re confused by the med-speak that the doctors are using. They keep asking Mom what she wants to do, but how can she (or her family) know what’s best for her? More...

Posted 12/11/2014 08:54 PM

The advantages of forgiveness in your life

I believe one of the best things we can do for our mental health and for each other is to practice compassion. More...

Posted 12/11/2014 08:54 PM

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders; the safety of gastric bypass surgery

Q: My sister is having her first child and still has the occasional glass of wine with dinner. She claims that there’s no risk if she’s moderate, but it worries me. What’s the bottom line here? -- George G., Kankakee, Illinois More...

Posted 12/4/2014 08:36 PM

Massage for Your Health  Free Access 

Sports massage invented by Finns

If you are an active individual who enjoys the good feeling you get from moving your body to someone who is a professional athlete, massage can help keep you moving by reducing the effects of stress placed on your body and help shorten your recovery More...

Posted 12/4/2014 08:36 PM

The power of touch

Have you ever witnessed someone trying something new, something that they never thought they could do and see the wonder on their face after they have tried it? More...

Posted 11/20/2014 08:42 PM

Why do my muscles burn?

Have you ever just been going along in life, minding your own business, using your body for whatever activity you need to use it for, and all of a sudden you have a muscle that starts to burn? More...

Posted 11/6/2014 08:42 PM

Sports  Free Access 

High school alpine ski racing season begins

VIRGINIA – The Virginia Area Alpine Ski Team (VAAST) reminds all area high school alpine skiers that the 2014-15 ski season begins November 10. More...

Posted 10/23/2014 08:15 PM

Iron Rangers’ Millis named Amyotte’s Awards & Promotions Player of the Week

THUNDER BAY, ONT. – The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced today that Minnesota Iron Rangers forward Drew Millis has been named the Amyotte’s Awards & Promotions Corp. player of the week for the period ending Oct. More...

Posted 10/16/2014 06:02 PM

Babbitt renames arena in Ron Castellano’s honor

BABBITT - The City of Babbitt, along with the Babbitt Blue Line and the Babbitt Figure Skating Club, is proud to announce a dedication and renaming of the Babbitt Arena in honor of Ron “Sonny” Castellano. More...

Posted 10/16/2014 06:02 PM

i On Sports  Free Access 

Blue Devils beat Alexandria 4-3 at state

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

Posted 3/11/2010 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

Calendar  Free Access 

Mt. Iron Merritt Days Lions Pancake Breakfast

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

Posted 8/10/2010 01:38 PM

Fresh Stuff  Free Access 

Container gardener demonstration

April 12 in Eveleth

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

Posted 3/29/2011 02:53 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 02:45 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 02:41 PM

Auto Focus Tips  Free Access 

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  Free Access 

Defining Friendly Customer Service -

what it is and what it isn’t

A few days ago I attended a community planning meeting for my adopted hometown of Orr, Minnesota. The meeting was the first in a series to develop a long term plan for the future of our town and surrounding area. More...

Posted 2/17/2011 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

Fishing  Free Access 

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

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

Posted 6/19/2014 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  Free Access 

Insurance matters

The health insurance maze

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

Posted 9/27/2012 06:49 PM

Blue Guitar Highway  Free Access 

Bring It On Home To Me

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

Posted 8/8/2013 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

In Your Words  Free Access 

A Letter of Thanks

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

Posted 8/4/2011 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  Free Access 

Out of the Blue

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

Posted 7/18/2013 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  Free Access 

Why are there so many types of insects?

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

Posted 7/26/2012 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

Sallyworld  Free Access 


Green bean casserole massacre prompts husband’s rebuttal

Editor’s note: This week Sally’s husband Mark asked to write Sallyworld. Apparently, being thrown under the bus last week for his Thanksgiving green bean casserole fiasco didn’t sit well with him. More...

Posted 12/11/2014 08:54 PM


Mark’s Green Bean Hotdish fiasco, and Black Friday shopping

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 12/4/2014 08:36 PM


A re-purposed treadmill, shopping on Turkey Day, and football frustrations

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 11/26/2014 04:01 PM

Website Wisdom  Free Access 

Canoe drummers

I’d be lying if I told you we always catch fish whenever we go fishing. More often than I care to admit, I simply write off the fishless days as pleasant outings and a chance to go exploring. More...

Posted 6/6/2013 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

Obituaries  Free Access 

John Dale Cvar

John Dale Cvar, 59, of Minneapolis formerly of Mt. Iron passed away unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, November 27, 2014. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mt. More...

Posted 12/11/2014 12:39 PM

Donald Joseph Mayer

Donald Joseph Mayer, 75, of Side Lake, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 4, 2014 in Hibbing, surrounded by loved ones.  Funeral services will be held Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. More...

Posted 12/11/2014 12:34 PM

Ann V. Grigal

Ann V. Grigal, 95, of Virginia, died Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Essentia Health Virginia Care Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 12:00 noon with visitation one hour prior. More...

Posted 12/11/2014 12:30 PM

Classifieds  Free Access 


LIVESTOCK WWBoven’s Browns Pullets: 19- 22 weeks old, just starting to lay. Beef by the Quarter or Half. Pork – half or whole. Farm raised chickens. Call Joe Sopp @ 218-290-1024**** More...

Posted 12/11/2014 08:54 PM


ATVS Kid’s, 110 cc. Coolster ATV: Rear wheel drive, Ex. Cond., 1 year old, Runs great, $400. 218-410-1293, 744-5182, 744-2003 for pictures. More...

Posted 12/11/2014 08:54 PM


AUTOS BUICK 1999 Buick Park Avenue: New spark plugs & wires, fuel filter & coil pack. $2,200 OBO. 218-744- 2453 or 218-290-2383 More...

Posted 12/11/2014 08:54 PM

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