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HIBBING – I’m embarrassed to admit that despite being a fourth-generation Iron Ranger, I’d never been in a taconite processing plant until a couple weeks ago. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:19 PM

Women of Steel member receives exclusive Jefferson Award

VIRGINIA – Tammy Renzaglia, member of Local 6115 Women of Steel Committee, was recently awarded the District 11 Jefferson Award. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:19 PM

Vermillion Gold, a multi-target exploration program

NORTHEASTERN MINNESOTA – While the Mesabi Iron Range has been touted as the largest iron-ore producing region in North America, exploration from the Iron Range to as far north as the Canadian international border, and beyond, has proven that th More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

Minerals and metals provide raw materials, can strengthen U.S. economy

As conversations around jobs and growth play a pivotal role in the upcoming presidential election, it’s worth considering the impact that minerals have in supporting the economy. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

Cliffs redeeming senior notes

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. is redeeming the entirety of its outstanding senior notes due in January 2018. The aggregate principal amount outstanding of the notes is approximately $284 million. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

Tesla Motors’ Gigafactory relies on U.S. minerals

Access to minerals is a top priority for Tesla Motors as they construct the company’s “Gigafactory” in Nevada. When Tesla announced the development of a $5 billion Gigafactory in 2014, it was expected to open in 2020. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:21 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 10:21 PM

U.S. Steel’s performance improves, but losses continue

U.S. Steel Corp. reported a second quarter loss of $46 million in July, a significant improvement over its year-ago loss of $261 million. Net sales of $2.6 billion declined from $2.9 billion during the same 2015 period. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:21 PM

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 10:21 PM

MnDOT buys steel for new Hwy. 53 bridge

VIRGINIA – The first order for steel girders that will span the Rouchleau Pit as part of the Hwy. 53 Relocation Project bridge has been placed and will be delivered to the project over the summer and fall. More...

Posted 5/27/2016 09:28 AM

PolyMet reports fiscal 2016 results, sets goals and objectives for fiscal 2017

PolyMet Mining Corp. reported in April that it has filed its financial results for the year ended January 31, 2016. More...

Posted 5/27/2016 09:19 AM

Mary Ellen Jasper stromatolite fossils

Mary Ellen Jasper, from the Mary Ellen Mine site in Biwabik, MN, is unique because of the presence of stromatolite fossils. Stromatolites are the oldest known fossils, dating back more than 3 billion years. More...

Posted 5/26/2016 11:06 PM

Our mining tunnels: How many miles are there?

So, I’ve got mining on my mind the last few weeks, since I’ve been working on this Mining Edition. Then last Sunday, May 15, we’re watching CNN’s Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and where is the guy this time? Butte, Montana. More...

Posted 5/26/2016 11:06 PM

Application for permits next step for PolyMet

Since our last Mining Edition, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on March 3 validated the environmental review for PolyMet’s NorthMet project. More...

Posted 5/26/2016 11:07 PM

Cliffs Natural Resources garners top honors

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. received the Industry Leadership Award for Raw Materials & Mining at the fourth Annual Platts Global Metals Awards. More...

Posted 5/26/2016 11:07 PM

Hwy. 53 realignment and Rouchleau Pit bridge update

VIRGINIA - Everyone is saying that the bridge being constructed over Rouchleau Pit in Virginia is going to be the highest bridge in Minnesota. It will be 200 feet above the pit. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 11:37 PM

Co. Rd. 102 among several road changes for mining operations

MT. IRON – In January, a new St. Louis County Road 102 in Mt. Iron was opened to traffic. The new road cleared the way for U.S. Steel’s Minntac to expand their mining operations in the area of the old Co. Rd. 102. Representatives of U.S. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 11:38 PM

IRRRB to fund University study of ilmenite mining potential

DULUTH – It’s long been known that ilmenite – a high value iron-titanium oxide ore – is one of many valuable mineral deposits in northeastern Minnesota. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 11:38 PM


“Benny Crocker” (aka Ben Novak of Cook, MN) proved to be a popular guest chef the first time I ran his recipes in this column so I coaxed him into providing us with a few more of his favorites. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 11:38 PM

Some mining terms: agglomeration to tailings

Agglomeration: The term describing the preparation and heat treatment to prepare iron ore pellets and other iron ore products for shipment and use in a blast furnace. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 11:38 PM

Nolan: White House finalizing substantive steps to address mining and steel crisis

Following a conversation with the White House Deputy National Security Advisor, U.S. Rep. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 11:38 PM

Students retrain

Unemployed but not defeated

EVELETH – Spirits were high among students I met with recently at the Eveleth campus of Mesabi Range College. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 11:38 PM

Reflections of a metallurgical engineer

The beginnings More...

Posted 2/25/2016 11:38 PM

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Health Features

Fairview to offer tobacco cessation classes

HIBBING – Fairview Range will be offering the American Cancer Society’s Freshstart tobacco cessation support classes starting September 12, 2016 for anyone who wishes to quit using tobacco. More...

Posted 7/28/2016 10:39 PM

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) The goal of NIAM is to increase awareness about immunizations across the lifespan, from infants to the elderly. More...

Posted 7/28/2016 10:39 PM

Statewide hotline takes reports of vulnerable adult abuse

Starting this summer, Minnesotans will be reminded that they could make the difference in stopping maltreatment of vulnerable adults. More...

Posted 7/28/2016 10:39 PM

Real Estate

Our local “shifting” market


Posted 12/15/2015 09:20 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 10:35 PM

JPJ Engineering has new office location

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

Posted 12/24/2014 09:31 PM




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Posted 8/21/2015 08:10 AM

What IS This?

Mystery Item Contest

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

Posted 7/14/2015 08:25 AM

This week's winners & next week's prize!

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Posted 1/26/2015 01:08 PM

Home & Garden Tips


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

Posted 8/25/2016 10:21 PM

Bird Berries

Thinking about adding to your landscape? Consider trees and shrubs with berries for the birds. Mock orange, rugosa rose, hawthorn, chokeberry, serviceberry and honeysuckle are great bird attractants. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:21 PM


Common Problem: Home spaces don’t flow together The Fix: Color Scheme! Consider the flow of one room to another. Each space in your home can have its own color scheme, but it should be integrated smoothly. More...

Posted 8/18/2016 10:48 PM


The drawbacks to labeling

Today, in our society, we label just about everything. Our food has labels, our clothes have labels and sometimes even the labels have labels. As a culture we like to identify things through labels, names, icons, emblems, badges, colors and flavors. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

Juggling treatments for multiple chronic conditions; you’re not getting older, you’re getting better

Q: I’ve had asthma for 25 years, and now, at age 58, I have been diagnosed with diabetes. I’m overwhelmed with all the meds and procedures I need. How do I keep things straight? -- Jeri H., Salem, Oregon More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

Helping kids handle a violent world; hot news flash

Q: I’m worried that my kids, 6 and 8, are going to see violence or tragedy on TV that’s really going to upset them. How can I protect them and help them deal with what they see and hear? -- Sophia H., Burlington, Vermont More...

Posted 8/18/2016 10:47 PM

Massage for Your Health

What statistics reveal about massage

I strongly believe in the power of healing touch from receiving a massage. And I don’t hesitate to encourage people to get one, especially when they are hurting. The statistical numbers are now backing what I have seen for myself. More...

Posted 8/18/2016 10:47 PM

Stretching can compliment massage

While getting a massage to help destress your body is a wonderful thing, it’s also important to maintain flexibility in other ways too. Stretching is a great compliment to massage. More...

Posted 8/4/2016 09:52 PM

What is Swedish massage all about?

I recently had a conversation with someone about Swedish massage. They believed it was only good for relaxation and they were looking for therapeutic bodywork. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM


Unique, local artwork coming to the new Vikings stadium

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – The Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) have partnered with Sports & The Arts (SATA) to source and acquire art, graphics and photographs for the new stadium set to open in July 2016. More...

Posted 1/15/2015 09:52 PM

Magnetation LLC announces first production at new iron ore concentrate plant

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

Posted 1/8/2015 07:54 PM

Trentini Club meeting planned in Buhl

BUHL – The Trentini Club will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Buhl Senior Center. Anyone needing a ride to the meeting should call Louise at 218-262-2398. More...

Posted 1/8/2015 07:54 PM

i On Sports

Blue Devils beat Alexandria 4-3 at state

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

Posted 3/11/2010 10:13 PM

i on Local Sports

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

Posted 3/4/2010 11:50 PM

Charlotte Overbye

i On Local Sports Spotlight

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

Posted 2/19/2010 01:04 AM


Mt. Iron Merritt Days Lions Pancake Breakfast

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

Posted 8/10/2010 02:38 PM

Fresh Stuff

Minerals are vital to modern veterinary medicine

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 10:20 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 01:13 AM


The 1970 Dodge Dart lineup returned with Swinger 340 and Dart GTS trim lines. All Darts had new front and rear styling. The Swinger 340 was available for $2,808 but now included a three-speed manual as standard. More...

Posted 11/23/2011 02:49 PM

1967 Chevrolet El Camino

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

Posted 10/13/2011 06:55 PM

Conducting Commerce

Defining Friendly Customer Service -

what it is and what it isn’t

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

Posted 2/17/2011 11:02 PM

How to sell money at a discount

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

Posted 2/10/2011 08:19 PM


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

Posted 2/3/2011 10:42 PM


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

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

Posted 6/19/2014 09:18 PM


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

Posted 5/31/2012 09:29 PM

Lake Vermilion Resort Association Fish Report

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

Posted 9/1/2011 05:47 PM

Insurance Matters

Insurance matters

The health insurance maze

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

Posted 9/27/2012 07:49 PM

Blue Guitar Highway

Bring It On Home To Me

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

Posted 8/8/2013 07:11 PM

2013: What would Woody Guthrie do?

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

Posted 1/3/2013 09:23 PM

Father knows best

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

Posted 12/27/2012 09:18 PM

In Your Words

A Letter of Thanks

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

Posted 8/4/2011 07:48 PM

Are trees on the Iron Range in peril?

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

Posted 9/23/2010 09:40 PM

Letter to my neighbor

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

Posted 9/9/2010 10:04 PM

Ojibwe Reflections

Out of the Blue

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

Posted 7/18/2013 09:57 PM

Out of the Blue

The Wild limped into the playoffs. More...

Posted 5/9/2013 07:52 PM

Cheeseburgers for breakfast

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

Posted 3/18/2010 08:56 PM

Nature's Why and How

Why are there so many types of insects?

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

Posted 7/26/2012 09:16 PM

The scoop on poop:

Why it’s important to pick up after your dog

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

Posted 4/6/2012 12:51 AM

Nature’s WHY AND HOW

Salty road blues

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

Posted 3/9/2012 02:47 AM



Wedding (with tips), state fair, class reunion: Oh, my

Greetings and Sallytations! I have a big few weeks on tap for social gatherings: 1. Godchild’s wedding; 2. State Fair; 3. 40th Class reunion. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM


Frightening flabby arms and fairy garden parties

Greetings and Sallytations! More...

Posted 8/18/2016 10:47 PM


Change is good and the diet’s on hold

Greetings and Sallytations! More...

Posted 8/11/2016 09:30 PM

Website Wisdom

Canoe drummers

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

Posted 6/6/2013 10:27 PM

Optimize your site to bring more phone calls

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

Posted 6/24/2010 11:08 PM

Give Your Website Some Personality

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

Posted 6/18/2010 08:57 AM

All aboard! Northshore’s Babbitt to Silver Bay train

BABBITT/SILVER BAY – All aboard! I took a ride on the Northshore Mining train from Babbitt to Silver Bay – and back. What a day! More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:19 PM

Hull Rust Mine View: Grand Canyon (of the North) vistas await

HIBBING – I’m writing this article on deadline. It’s Thursday, Aug. 25, and the paper goes to press this afternoon. In last week’s edition we focused on the National Park Service Centennial – which is actually today. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:19 PM

PolyMet Mining submits NorthMet air permit application to MPCA

PolyMet Mining, Inc. submitted an air permit application on August 24, to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for its proposed NorthMet project in northeastern Minnesota. The application can be found at www.pca.state. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:19 PM

New contract includes childcare reimbursement program

VIRGINIA – The new USW/ ArcelorMittal Basic Labor Agreement includes a new childcare benefit. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

Twin Metals federal mineral lease renewals

Mining proponents were blind-sided this spring when Gov. Mark Dayton ordered the MN Dept. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

PolyMet requests 401 certification from the MPCA

PolyMet Mining, Inc. submitted a 401 certification request to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for its proposed NorthMet project in northeastern Minnesota, on August 2. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

NRRI research aims at making mining industry more competitive

The recent downturn in demand for steel, which has negatively impacted iron mining, has brought with it a renewed call for diversification of Minnesota’s Iron Range economy. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:21 PM

PolyMet submits water-related permit applications to the state

PolyMet Mining Corp. announced in July that it has submitted applications for water-related permits required to construct and operate its NorthMet copper-nickel-precious metals project located in northeastern Minnesota. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:21 PM

Minnesota DNR posts new mineral exploration documents online

The Polaris Joint Venture (PJV) was a large-scale five year-long exploration campaign that targeted high-grade copperzinc prospects in the greenstone belts of northern Minnesota during the early 1980s. Ernest K. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:21 PM

PolyMet project update at shareholders’ meeting

PolyMet Mining Corp. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:21 PM

Sunken Glory, custom art of the Mesabi Iron Range by way of Budapest

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Budapest is alluring and kind of mysterious. More...

Posted 5/27/2016 09:34 AM

Great Lakes iron ore trade up 23.4 percent in April

GREAT LAKES – Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 5,355,855 tons in April, an increase of 23.4 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers' Association (LCA) said recently. More...

Posted 5/27/2016 09:27 AM

Rockhounding: An interesting day trip to local mine sites

BIWABIK – Normally tethered to my desk, I had a great outing last week exploring a couple of former mine sites: Mary Ellen Mine in Biwabik and Erie/LTV. More...

Posted 5/26/2016 11:06 PM

Gail’s treasures of nature: Mary Ellen Jasper jewelry

VIRGINIA – “The appeal of jasper is its interesting color patterns and formations,” says the website “Though it can be a solid color, it is most often mottled, spotted, ringed or striped. More...

Posted 5/26/2016 11:06 PM

Minnesota’s mineral riches

Lots of time, lots of processes, and lots of luck!

People that have spent time in northeastern Minnesota may or may not be aware of the wealth of existing, and potentially yet undiscovered mineral deposits in this region. More...

Posted 5/26/2016 11:06 PM

Minnesota Power, Cliffs reach power accords

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. announced today that through its subsidiaries it has entered into multiple agreements with Minnesota Power Co. More...

Posted 5/26/2016 11:07 PM

Nolan to ITC: Make these tariffs and taxes permanent

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan testified Wednesday before the U.S. More...

Posted 5/26/2016 11:07 PM

Welcome to HTF’s Mining Edition

VIRGINIA – In this week’s Mining Edition, we’re providing an update on the Hwy. 53 realignment and the construction of what will be the highest bridge in Minnesota. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 11:37 PM

Chisholm’s new western gateway

Mining, highway relocation and a roundabout intersection design

CHISHOLM – The Highway 53 Relocation Project has been big news on the east end of the Iron Range. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 11:38 PM

IRRRB grant funding awarded: $2.3 million for public works

EVELETH-The IRRRB Board held its regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 22, with several items on the agenda to consider. All of the following funding requests were granted. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 11:38 PM

Joy Global expands its outside storage area as part of expansion agreement

VIRGINIA – Over the past few weeks, commuters using the 9th Avenue route entering or leaving Virginia may have noticed dirt-hauling activity from the back entry of Joy Global. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 11:38 PM

Joy Global recognized as one of ‘America’s Healthiest Companies’

Joy Global is honored to be a 2016 recipient of the Gold Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Council of America. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 11:38 PM

Minerals can give you a “Heart of Gold”

Have you ever heard the colloquialism “a heart of gold?” Thanks to modern medicine and the unique physical properties of gold, this phrase can be taken much more literally. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 11:38 PM

Assistance for laid-off workers via MN WorkForce Centers

VIRGINIA/HIBBING - Minnesota Work- Force Centers are federally mandated career one-stops that provide an array of employment related services via 48 locations throughout the state and online at DEED’s website. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 11:38 PM

Rainy River’s Industrial Maintenance Program

Meeting the demands of a new, evolving workforce through education

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – Northern Minnesota has experienced a variety of changes over the last few years. Unfortunately, many have come in the form of plant closures, downsizing and layoffs at several local industries. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 11:38 PM

South Africa, Papua New Guinea, Vancouver, Hoyt Lakes

Growing up around the world

I’ve often been asked how I ended up here in northern Minnesota. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 11:38 PM

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Health officials move to protect well owners in east metro from man-made pollutants

Eighty homes in southern Washington County will begin receiving bottled water soon because their well water exceeds an updated federal health advisory level for perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluoro-octanoic acid (PFOA) – two types of More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:21 PM

Virginia Fire Department

Run Report: August 15 – August 21

VIRGINIA – During the week of August 15 – 21, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 72 times. The calls split three ways: 36 EMS 9-1-1 calls, 24 transfers to other facilities and 12 fire calls. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:21 PM

This Labor Day, remember: Drive sober or get pulled over

Labor Day weekend is a final hurrah to the fun of a Minnesota summer. An increasing number of motorists are making smart choices behind the wheel, with DWI arrests declining by 40 percent in the last 10 years. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:21 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 10:21 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 10:21 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 09:37 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 11:30 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 11:30 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 11:30 PM


BBB offers tips on buying a puppy

What’s not to love about puppies? They are playful, affectionate and cute. The fact that puppies are so cute is also the reason people sometimes buy them on short notice or on a whim. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:19 PM

Mesabi Humane Society BBQ IN THE PARK

Last week the Mesabi Humane Society held their first annual BBQ in the Park fundraiser at Olcott Park in Virginia, MN. This family (and dog) friendly event featured BBQ pork ribs, and brisket plus all the sides and fixin's. More...

Posted 8/18/2016 10:47 PM

Uncovering the mysteries of mixed-breed dogs

Welcoming a pet into a home can be a joyous event. Companion animals have a way of assimilating into a family rather quickly. More...

Posted 8/18/2016 10:47 PM

Range History


The red iron ore mines of Mt. Iron, 1892- 1964

Brunt – Hanna – Iroquois – Mill – Mott – Mountain Iron – Pilot – Pilot Annex – Prindle – Snively – Wacootah – Wheeling. Twelve in all, located within the corporate city limits of Mt. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

How does a Minnesota kid become a Boston Red sox fan?

This Week in Range History More...

Posted 8/18/2016 10:48 PM


A hunting experience at Kewaunee's Hotel

My husband Jeff asked if I would like to take a mini-vacation in July and said that I could decide where we would go and what we would do. I love being the event planner! More...

Posted 8/11/2016 09:30 PM

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

Changes and milestones

Welcome to my 400th health column! Here’s to another milestone in my Hometown Focus writing experience. That means the next main focus will be another 100 more. But for the meantime just making it to the next one is a feat in itself. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

Healthy for Life

Keep going with the greens

Hi there, everybody. I hope everyone is grabbing hold of all our valuable greens while they are still in season. Leafy greens are our best preventive and fighting foods for keeping our well-being up to par. More...

Posted 8/18/2016 10:47 PM

Healthy for Life

Remedies and recipes for August

Today I’d like to share some comforting home remedies and recipes to accompany you through August! Caffeine alternatives Trying to keep up with summer’s pace you may rely on caffeinated beverages to get you through the day. More...

Posted 8/11/2016 09:30 PM

Hometown Recipes

Pasties – a mining meal tradition

I have made over a couple of thousand pasties in my life. It may sound impressive but the truth of the matter is that I made them, with the help of many other volunteers, to sell for class fundraisers for my boys when they were in high school. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:19 PM

Campsite (or backyard) cookin’

In keeping with the 100- year anniversary of the National Park Service and our story on Voyageur More...

Posted 8/18/2016 10:47 PM


After the hard work of planting, growing, and preserving, it is time to enjoy the bounty. More...

Posted 8/11/2016 09:30 PM

Sports Events

3/5 - Boys Basketball

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

Posted 2/25/2010 05:10 PM

3/13 - Virginia Area USBC Annual Mixed Association & Hall of Fame Banquet

The Virginia Area USBC Annual Mixed Association and Hall of Fame Banquet will be held Saturday, March 13 at the Virginia Elk's Club. Happy Hour is at 5:30 with dinner to be served at 6:30. The cost is $15. More...

Posted 2/22/2010 02:54 PM

2/13 - Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing

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

Posted 2/5/2010 03:21 PM


Fairview recognized nationally for promoting organ, eye and tissue donation

HIBBING – Fairview Range Medical Center (FRMC) in Hibbing was among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized for promoting enrollment in state organ donor registries in a national campaign sponsored by the U.S. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

Nolan brings down the hammer on illegal foreign steel dumping

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan this week announced the dramatic results of his work against illegal foreign steel dumping. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

Eveleth-Gilbert Schools welcome new principals, Angie Williams and Todd Griepentrog

EVELETH/GILBERT – The Eveleth-Gilbert School District is pleased to announce the addition of two new administrators, Angie Williams and Todd Griepentrog. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

Local Events

Hometown Calendar

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

Posted 4/22/2010 09:15 PM

3/11 - Book Lover's Tea at Library

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

Posted 3/4/2010 02:56 PM

3/6 City of Mt. Iron 2010 Winter Carnival

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

Posted 3/3/2010 05:03 PM

Classic Car Talk


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

Posted 8/9/2012 10:14 PM

1969 Chevrolet CORVETTE ZL1

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

Posted 4/20/2012 12:28 AM


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

Posted 2/3/2012 03:29 AM

Earth Fest 2010

Conservation Tips From Minnesota Power

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

Posted 4/15/2010 08:16 PM

Iron Range Earth Fest 2010 SPEAKERS SCHEDULE

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

Posted 4/15/2010 08:16 PM


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Focus On Veterans

3rd Annual Rampage at the Ridge

Supporting the United for Veterans initiative
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Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

Minnesota State Fair

Military Appreciation Day

Military Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair is Tuesday, Aug. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

Rampage at the Ridge draws huge crowd to support local veteran services

BIWABIK – United Way of Northeastern Minnesota held their 3rd Annual Rampage at the Ridge event this past weekend and couldn’t have asked for better results. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

High Heels and Handbags

Spring Closet Cleaning 2012:

Phase Two—Shoes

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

Posted 4/20/2012 12:28 AM

Spring closet cleaning 2012: Phase one - pants

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

Posted 3/22/2012 10:58 PM

Flowers and a candy heart world

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

Posted 2/10/2012 02:04 AM

In Our Words

Point of pride for Minnesota

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

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

Posted 9/16/2010 09:54 PM

Legally Speaking

Your Legal Rights: Magazine subscription solicitation

From the Office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson

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

Posted 2/23/2012 10:05 PM

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

A legal question and answer line for Seniors


Posted 2/10/2012 02:04 AM

Spousal Maintenance

(formerly known as Alimony)

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

Posted 3/24/2011 08:55 PM

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

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 09:57 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 09:50 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 08:38 PM

Outdoors by Jerry McCormick

The bee deception

At first glance it looked like the biggest, baddest hornet in the northwoods! It looked absolutely fearsome! But, upon further inspection, it looked somewhat odd. The giveaway was the antennae. It had odd club-shaped antennae. More...

Posted 8/4/2016 09:53 PM

The drama of dragonflies

They are the insects that rule the sky! Dragonflies! They are fast! They can turn on a dime. They can hover. They have lightning fast reflexes and nearly 360-degree vision. If you do not believe it, just try to catch one with a net! More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

Beautiful deceptions of butterflies

When you look at the wings of butterflies what do you see? Colors and patterns? Or, do you see more? Close observations of the wings of some butterflies reveal much more. There are images on the wings of some butterflies! More...

Posted 6/9/2016 10:37 PM


“Be real careful who you tell!!”

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

Posted 10/14/2010 06:58 PM

Pssst! Wanna know a little secret?

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

Posted 9/23/2010 09:40 PM

“Look! There He Is Again!”

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

Posted 9/9/2010 10:05 PM

Guest Columnists


LEO (July 23 to August 22) A recent job-related move proves far more successful than you could have imagined. Look for continued beneficial fallout. Even your critics have something nice to say. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

The Natural Traveler: Grand Rapids Farmers Market and kayaking the Mississippi

GRAND RAPIDS – In past few days, I have attended the Grand Rapids Farmers Market and have done some kayaking! I had a lot of fun at both activities. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

Senior Q. and A.

Ask about an affordable medical payment plan

Dear Senior Legal Line: More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM



AUTOS AUDI 2002 Audi A6 Quattro: 170K mi., nice, Asking $4,000. 218-208-8620 AUTOS CADILLAC More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:21 PM


Free to Good Home: F, small, mixed breed dog, house broke, 218-256-3838 1 Brand New 10” Stainless Steel, No-Spill, dog Food Bowl, $5. 218- 749-4204 FARM FEED More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:21 PM


ATV 3 ATV Tires: ½” Tread Left, Size 25x8-12, $20 ea. 218-744-4617 3 ATV Tires: ½ tread left, 25x8x12, good cond., $20 ea. 218-744-4617 More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:21 PM


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Top DVD Rentals and Sales

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

Posted 12/29/2011 09:49 PM

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