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Celebrating 61st anniversary, NORAD is ready to track Santa’s flight

The North American Aerospace Defense Command is celebrating the 61st anniversary of tracking Santa’s yuletide journey! More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:39 PM

What’s the deal with presidential pardons?

The question is: When did commuting a prisoner’s sentence at the end of a president’s term of office go into effect, and why do they do it?  More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:39 PM

PTSD now qualifies for MN’s medical cannabis program

Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger today announced the decision to add post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a new qualifying condition for the state’s medical cannabis program.  More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:39 PM

Friends of Ed Wahlberg Jr. make charitable donations

CHISHOLM – Funds raised during the Ed Ride 2016 in Chisholm were distributed to local charitable causes on Nov. 17. More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:39 PM

Vote for Flame on! an Iron Range Makerspace project to receive grant funds

HIBBING – Iron Range Makerspace is one of 10 finalists up for public vote at More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:39 PM

Virginia adopts property maintenance code

VIRGINIA – The Virginia City Council recently adopted the Virginia Property Maintenance and Preservation Code, known as the VPMC, to replace the city’s current property maintenance codes.  More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:39 PM

Area students share I am thankful for…

This year we asked the kindergarten and elementary teachers from Parkview Learning Center and the North Woods School to provide us with lists of what the kids in their classes were thankful for. More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:38 PM

Small Business Saturday is Nov. 26

2016 #ShopSmall, #ShopLocal, #ShopTheRange testimonials

“Shopping locally helps support our local economy and benefits our friends and families who live in the region. It is also our home and where we began. More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:38 PM

The Montana Café: From college to business owner (times three)

COOK – We all hear talk of shopping in our small, local communities to keep our main street stores open. More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:38 PM

Small businesses are your community connections

VIRGINIA – Growing up in a family that owned its own business has been both rewarding and difficult at the same time. More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:38 PM

Staying above water with higher education

Since I began teaching at Mesabi Range College (MRC) in 2002, I’ve been blessed to have many students tell me something like what was written by a student in 2014 who enrolled in college despite having a difficult background, “I want to t More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:39 PM

Don’t forget this history-preserving small business!

GILBERT – For 43 years the Iron Range Historical Society (IRHS) has been preserving the history of Minnesota’s Iron Ranges. More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:39 PM

Cult film experiences resurgence; new projects in the works

So much has happened since my last story in Hometown Focus. Crypticon Minnesota in Bloomington was a huge success for us “horror and thriller” guests in October. Well over 1500 fans showed up to visit with us. More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:39 PM

Ornament-making and bake sale at Virginia library

Hibbing Dylan Project to focus on education

HIBBING – The Hibbing Dylan Project has heard from the Zimmerman family, and their wishes are for the group to take their concept in a different direction when honoring Bob Dylan in his hometown. More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:39 PM

Gift ideas for avid readers

Gift giving is made easier when shoppers are in tune with their loved ones’ interests. Knowing a friend’s or relative’s likes and dislikes can provide a starting point as you begin your holiday shopping.  More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:39 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 11/23/2016 10:39 PM

Woodland Estates is under construction; bike trail substantially completed

From the City Council: ACTION TAKEN AT THE NOVEMBER 7, 2016, MEETING: Adopted Resolution Number 45-16 vacating the park designation of the lots north of Garden Drive North in South Grove. More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:39 PM

Rail crossing repairs to limit travel at intersection of Highways 7 and 101

Maintenance work on the railroad crossing at the intersection Highway 7 and Highway 101 west of Eveleth will affect the intersection for three days beginning Monday, Nov. 28.  More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:39 PM

Rangers travel to Zambia on Hands at Work mission

This is the story of how 10 people, born and raised on the Iron Range, found themselves in a small community named Mwaiseni, in Zambia, Africa in May of 2016. More...

Posted 11/17/2016 10:48 PM

Taste of Mountain Iron, Act 2

Biscotti to booyah, pasties to pizzelles, strudel to spaetzle

MT. IRON – The 2nd annual Taste of Mountain Iron showcased a wide variety of ethnic specialties. The event was held on Nov. 15, at the Mountain Iron Community Center. More...

Posted 11/17/2016 10:48 PM

Olcott Park Fountain Restoration Progress Report

As the Olcott Park Fountain Restoration Committee works their way toward their ultimate goal of achieving $400,000 in private contributions, they are very encouraged by the support received in their first 14 months of fundraising. More...

Posted 11/17/2016 10:48 PM

Give blood and ride into the New Year; donors have chance to win Polaris ATV

NORTHEASTERN MINNESOTA – You have a chance to ride into the New Year on a brand new ATV! More...

Posted 11/17/2016 10:48 PM

Mesabi Range Theatre presents The Odd Couple-Female Version

VIRGINIA – Has the election season got you down? Are you tired of all the negativity that has divided the country over the past several months? More...

Posted 11/17/2016 10:49 PM

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Health Features

Coffee and colon health: Studies indicate coffee may be protective agent

Coffee compels many people to rise out of bed every morning. While individuals have many reasons to drink caffeinated beverages, the most notable is often the pep such beverages provide. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:48 PM

Medica, Essentia collaborate on health plan: Essentia ChoiceCare

For the first time in this area, a health care provider and an insurance company are working jointly to provide a group plan between a commercial insurer and an Accountable Care Organization.   More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:48 PM

Minnesotans can start using MNsure plan comparison tool

MNsure announced last week that the online plan comparison tool is now available with updated 2017 plan information. This tool will allow Minnesotans to shop and compare plans in advance of open enrollment. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:48 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...

Posted 5/28/2015 08:37 PM

Bridal Features

The ‘something old, something new’ tradition

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

Posted 5/5/2016 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...

Posted 5/5/2016 10:30 PM


Healthy, safe snacks to help your pet slim down

One of the most common resolutions made every New Year is to drop a few of those pesky pounds, but did you ever think that your dog might need to make this resolution, too? More...

Posted 1/19/2017 10:27 PM

Routine grooming: How to trim a dog’s toenails

Trimming dog toenails is a routine part of grooming that can promote health and comfort. The task, while on the surface seems relatively simple, sometimes can be a cause for anxiety. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 10:52 PM

January is National Train Your Dog Month

Start 2017 on the right paw with the Association of Professional Dog Trainers’ National Train Your Dog Month, which celebrates dogs and stresses the importance of canine training among pet professionals, as well as modern families with four-leg More...

Posted 1/12/2017 10:52 PM

Range History

Grand Theft Auto on northside Virginia


“Mom, Ricky’s got a nickel and wants to go to the store. Can I have a nickel?” I asked. Mom was in the kitchen cleaning up from breakfast. More...

Posted 1/19/2017 10:28 PM

Scrapbook of World War II clippings


VIRGINIA - Last spring I received a phone call at work that excited me. I work at the Heritage Museum which houses a large archival collection and is operated by the Virginia Area Historical Society. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 10:52 PM


The Minnesota Roots of The Greyhound Bus Corporation

On Tuesday, July 31, 1984, the city of Hibbing on the iron range region of northern Minnesota’s St. Louis County celebrated Greyhound Bus Day. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 09:06 PM

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

Taking care of business: 2017 maintenance tips

Greetings, citizens, as we continue drifting and drubbing on through January’s plighted path. It’s great seeing people get motivated during the first month of the year. The health clubs seem busier than normal this month. More...

Posted 1/19/2017 10:27 PM

Healthy For Life

Keeping the sunshine in your soul

Hello everyone! Good luck and Godspeed as we travel through the month of January. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 09:06 PM

Healthy for Life

A new year - A new outlook

Farewell, so long, and adios to the year 2016! And hello, welcome, and aloha to the New Year of 2017!  More...

Posted 12/29/2016 11:19 PM

Hometown Recipes

It’s all about the beans

I have to admit that it’s sometimes difficult to come up with new recipe ideas each week so this time I just randomly opened a page to my Crockery Cookery cookbook, by Mable Hoffman, to see what would appear and it just so happened to open to t More...

Posted 1/19/2017 10:27 PM

Wild rice recipes - some variations on the old standby

These recipes came from the favorite Wild Rice recipes book by the Bemidji Area League of Women Voters, printed in 1990. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 10:52 PM


The first recipe in this column is from an acquaintance of our editor, Jean Cole. I found his style of writing to be fun so left it pretty much as he presented it. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 09:06 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


Give Kids a Smile: MN dentists offering free dental care for up to 4,000 children in need

Minnesota dentists are offering free dental care to children in need on February 3 and 4, 2017. Appointments can be booked now. More...

Posted 1/19/2017 10:28 PM

Homeowners can take up to $500 federal tax credit for energy efficiency work in 2016

The bad news: The federal Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit expired on Dec. 31, 2016.  The good news: You can claim a tax credit of up to $500 for qualified systems or equipment installed during the past year.  More...

Posted 1/19/2017 10:28 PM

Nolan responds to USFS’s efforts to withdraw lands from mining development

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today expressed his outrage at the U.S. More...

Posted 1/19/2017 10:28 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

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

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

Dipping into the (ink)well of love

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

Posted 2/11/2016 08:57 PM

Out of the Blue

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

Posted 1/14/2016 08:50 PM

Out of the Blue

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

Posted 2/26/2015 07:38 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


LEO (July 23 to August 22) Your Lion’s heart overflows with self-confidence. All you need to do is tap into it, and you’ll be able to handle any change that must be made regarding that recent surprise development.   More...

Posted 1/19/2017 10:28 PM

The Long Line

It’s not an adventure if everything goes as planned

There are days when it is important to remember that we are in fact powerless when things don’t go our way. The days when things don’t go the right way, but instead go sideways. More...

Posted 1/19/2017 10:28 PM

Should you bank online? Is online banking safe?

So you ask yourself,  “Should I bank online? Is it safe to bank online?”  For the most part as long as your computer is up-to-date and the banking website is secure you should be just fine banking online. More...

Posted 1/19/2017 10:28 PM



ATV  2 Kolpen Gun Boots w/mounting bracketfora4Wheeler,$100OBO. 218-254-3694  1994 Polaris 300 4 Wheeler: To fix or for parts. Make an offer. 218-744- 3952   More...

Posted 1/19/2017 10:29 PM


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

Posted 1/19/2017 10:29 PM


New OA Meeting Time and Place Overeaters Anonymous will start meeting in the Auditorium of the Virginia Public Library, 215 South 5th Avenue, on Wednesday, December 7th, at 4 PM. More...

Posted 1/19/2017 10:29 PM

Memorabilia sought for 125th county fair display

GRAND RAPIDS – The Itasca County Agricultural Association is celebrating its 125th county fair in August 2017. More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:39 PM

Bois Forte and other reservation residents complete Blandin leadership program

GRAND RAPIDS – Twenty six residents of the Bois Forte, Fond du Lac and Grand Portage reservation communities returned Oct. 28 from a five-day leadership retreat. More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:39 PM

Finnish “Little Christmas” celebration on Dec. 4

A Finnish "Little Christmas" celebration, Pikku Joulu, will be held at Faith United Lutheran Church, 8964 Hwy. 37 in Iron on Sunday, Dec. 4. More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:39 PM

The United States: Republic or Democracy?

The question: Why does everyone say the U.S. is a Democracy when it’s really a Republic?  More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:39 PM

Precautions urged: Zika virus outbreaks continue at warm-weather vacation destinations

If your holiday plans include booking travel to a warm-weather destination, health officials remind you to take precautions if your plans include areas where the Zika virus is circulating.  More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:39 PM

Some tips to help you reduce waste during this holiday season

The holiday season is a time for families to gather and express their love and appreciation for one another. More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:39 PM

LaMourea has podium finish at AMSOIL National

EVELETH – Matt LaMourea, age 12, of Eveleth competed at the season opener AMSOIL Duluth National Snocross event held at Spirit Mountain over Thanksgiving weekend. Matt is racing two classes this year, Transition 8-12 and Jr. More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:39 PM

VFD’s ISO rating has been upgraded to Class 3

VIRGINIA – The Virginia Fire Department received the latest public protection classification (PPC) from Insurance Service Office, Inc. (ISO).  More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:39 PM

Virginia Fire Department

Run Report: Nov. 21 – 27

VIRGINIA – During the week of Nov. 21 – 27, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 72 times: eight fire calls, 22 transfers and 42 EMS 9-1-1 calls. More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:39 PM

Shop Small/Shop Local: Tires, hair styling, fitness, pizza, sewing, groceries and dentists

GILBERT – When I told my wife, Shirley, that I was going to write an article about patronizing local businesses, she said that she had some ideas about that subject. More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:38 PM

Harry Lamppa to share the John T. Bernard story

VIRGINIA – “A Common Man’s Courage: The John T. Bernard Story” will be presented by Harry Lamppa on Friday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. in the meeting room of the Columbia Apartments, 600 N. 3rd Ave. in Virginia.  More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:38 PM

Running the show at Cook’s Comet Theater

COOK – Along with the ownership of the Montana Café [see story on p. 10], we also had the privilege of owning the historic Comet Theater in Cook. More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:38 PM

A Beatle-maniac reflects on the musicians’ impact on his life

Capitol Records began celebrating their 75th anniversary on November 15, 2016. There will be television specials, a deluxe photograph and essay book, and 75 album re-releases of some of the most iconic artists that they represent. More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:38 PM

Workforce shortage weighs on North Shore business

When it comes to the hospitality industry workforce in Cook County, demand is definitely outpacing supply.  Tourism is king in Cook County, accounting for approximately 80 percent of the local economy. More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:39 PM

Small business, big impact!

One thing is for sure, as a small business owner you are not alone! There are millions of small businesses across the United States traveling the same road as you each and every day. More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:39 PM

Better Business Bureau offers safe holiday shopping tips

The busy shopping season is upon us, and many people are hitting shopping centers and malls or looking online for the very best deals. More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:39 PM

Hopes for the next generation, post-election

Editor’s note: Ian Kimmer, former resident of the Iron Range and HTF contributor, posted a comment on Facebook a while back in regard to the upcoming election. I asked him to elaborate on his comment for a piece for HTF. He agreed. More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:39 PM

1914 Christmas Truce presentation in Chisholm

CHISHOLM – Chisholm Community Education will present “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914” – a touring musical theater production by Theater Latte Da. The presentation will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:39 PM

Range Martial Arts students participate in 2016 Midwest Extravaganza

CHISHOLM/VIRGINIA – Range Martial Arts in Chisholm and Range Martial Arts East in Virginia participated in the 2016 Midwest Extravaganza Region 3 and Region 5 tournament at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI, on November 4 – 6. More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:39 PM

First winter storm of the season

And the storm begins on November 18. Did these deer know what was in store for them? Photo by Paul Pluskwik. More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:39 PM

Virginia Fire Department

Run Report: Nov. 14 – 20

VIRGINIA – During the week of Nov. 14 – 20, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 81 times: 70 were for emergency medical service and 11 were fire or rescue-related. More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:39 PM

My Tattoo

This tattoo belongs to Asia Norman from Orr, MN. Asia said, “This tattoo means a lot to me. It’s my family. The family crest and coat of arms. More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:39 PM

George and Carolyn Snyman: The story of Hands at Work

It all started when two simple, white, middle-class South Africans found freedom in powerful servanthood and unconditional love. As is often the case when God is at work, Hands at Work started in the most unexpected and unassuming way.  More...

Posted 11/17/2016 10:48 PM

Eveleth Elks Lodge:

We’re thankful we can give back to our communities

EVELETH - Have you ever wondered how you can help out your own community? Have you ever wondered what particular groups in your community give back? More...

Posted 11/17/2016 10:48 PM

October 2016 donations are as follow:

Friends of the Fountain - up to $250   More...

Posted 11/17/2016 10:48 PM

Wakem-up Taxidermy, a year-round business

COOK – Jim Frazee, a retired US Steel employee, started his taxidermy business in 2008 but has over 25 years experience in the taxidermy field. “I have always had a passion for the outdoors,” Jim said. More...

Posted 11/17/2016 10:48 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

PolyMet Mining Corp. More...

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

Real Estate

Our local “shifting” market


Posted 12/15/2015 08:20 AM

Ad hoc committee sought to facilitate Olcott Park fountain restoration

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

Posted 3/5/2015 09:35 PM

JPJ Engineering has new office location

HIBBING – JPJ Engineering, Inc. More...

Posted 12/24/2014 08:31 PM




Follow @Hometownfocus for more contests. Win cash & prizes! INSTAGRAM PHOTO CONTEST! #HTFILoveMyPet / Oct. 9 – Nov. More...

Posted 8/21/2015 07:10 AM

What IS This?  Free Access 

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 07:25 AM

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Posted 1/26/2015 12:08 PM

Home & Garden Tips


Decorator Secret:  Color…pick three  How to:   More...

Posted 1/19/2017 10:28 PM

Root rot

Fungi that live in soils result in devastating root rot in common houseplants. Infected plants appear limp and wilted even after watering.   Overwatering, poor drainage, crowding and low light often contribute to root rot.  More...

Posted 1/19/2017 10:28 PM


Decorator Challenge:  Making distinctive perimeters! More...

Posted 1/12/2017 10:53 PM


Humidifier time; ibuprofen and HBP

Q: I want my folks to upgrade their humidifier. Their apartment complex just got a new boiler; the heat is relentless, and my dad had nosebleeds last week. How do I help them find the best one? -- Josh F., Queens, New York More...

Posted 1/19/2017 10:27 PM

Have cabin fever? Some tips for coping

What is cabin fever? Oddly enough, there was a study published in 1984 through The Journal of Social Psychology that described cabin fever and it was done here in Minnesota. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 10:52 PM

Walking program for dialysis patients; easing adolescent anxiety about world affairs

Q: My grandfather, 78, always was a positive guy, but he's been pretty downin the-dumps lately. He's been on dialysis (and a kidney transplant list) for a couple of years now. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 10:52 PM

Massage for Your Health

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

The new year brings opportunity for massage

So here we are celebrating a new year on the calendar. It is a time of new beginnings in many ways. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 09:06 PM

Boost your immune system with massage

While it is that time of year for colds and flu, it doesn’t mean you have to succumb to them. You can be proactive and help strengthen your own immune system. More...

Posted 12/22/2016 11:25 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

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 06:54 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


Mt. Iron Merritt Days Lions Pancake Breakfast  Free Access 

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

Posted 8/10/2010 01:38 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 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

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

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

Posted 5/27/2010 06:41 PM

Earth Fest 2010

Conservation Tips From Minnesota Power

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

Posted 4/15/2010 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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Posted 4/15/2010 07:16 PM

Focus On Veterans

Disability benefits to be provided for diseases associated with Camp Lejeune water

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has published regulations to establish presumptions for the service connection of eight diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, N.C.  More...

Posted 1/19/2017 10:27 PM

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans announces new president and CEO

The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) Board of Directors announced the selection of Maj. Gen. Neal Loidolt as the organization’s president and chief executive officer, effective February 6. More...

Posted 1/19/2017 10:27 PM

DoD announces new outreach efforts to veterans regarding discharges and military records

The Department of Defense announced a renewed effort to ensure veterans are aware of the opportunity to have their discharges and military records reviewed.  More...

Posted 1/12/2017 10:52 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

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



Our DVD player and remote control crisis

Greetings and Sallytations!   More...

Posted 1/19/2017 10:27 PM


Happy birthday! Mark gives Sally the week off of Sallyworld

Hello all you loyal readers of Sallyworld! This is Sally’s husband, Mark, writing this week. I am writing because it is Sally’s birthday and I have given her a present of taking the week off. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 10:52 PM


Revved up for the New Year: Resolutions I can keep

Greetings and Sallytations!   More...

Posted 1/5/2017 09:06 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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Posted 6/23/2015 10:34 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

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