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Luoma expands her role as she continues to care for women

VIRGINIA – Sara Luoma has always wanted to care for women, and she’s followed her passion while serving her hometown. More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

My introduction to yoga

I was always skeptical about participating in yoga because my concept of it was that I had to be very flexible, which I am not, and that it required a certain mood or aura of peacefulness to meditate, which I wasn’t sure I had. More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

Minnesota’s cutting-edge innovation in medical research highlighted

Last week U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell highlighted the cuttingedge medical research underway in Minnesota during visits to the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota. More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

My food journey, and an amazing Brussels sprouts recipe

Julie Asbach asked me to write an article for Hometown Focus on health, but I had no idea what to write. I am not a writer – in fact, English was by far my least favorite subject in school! More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

FOCUS: Taking care of athletes

Soon school will be back in session and parents, student athletes, coaches and officials are gearing up for another year of competitive athletics. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Physical therapist and coach Rick Flatley:

Year-round cross-training is key to injury prevention

Rick Flatley is a physical therapist with Iron Range Rehabilitation Center in Virginia, where he’s worked for 16 years. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Concussions a health concern in school sports

Minnesota high school students suffered nearly 3,000 sports-related concussions during the 2013-14 school year, according to estimates based on voluntary reports from schools in the Twin Cities. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Multiple chemical sensitivity

Do fragrances and scented products make you sick?

AURORA - Perfume. Scented baby diapers. Laundry products. Candles. Air fresheners. Other people’s joys, my nemeses. These are just some of the items that I need to avoid in the stores or risk becoming sick.  More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Medicare & Medicaid: keeping us healthy for 50 years

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law legislation that established the Medicare and Medicaid programs. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Telehealth appointments help reach rural families

Essentia Health psychiatrist works with children and teens

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – As a psychiatrist who works with children and adolescents, Dr. Tim Smith could have set up a practice almost anywhere. His commitment to serving families who live in rural areas brought him to International Falls.  More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

ACL test ensures high schoolers are truly ready to get back in the game

DULUTH – Any high school athlete will tell you there’s nothing worse than being sidelined with a knee injury while their friends play. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Patients can now see caregiver notes in medical record

DULUTH – Sometimes it can be difficult to remember everything you hear during your doctor appointment. It can be even more daunting to decipher that information second-hand as the caretaker for an elderly relative. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Essentia Health-Virginia Foundation receives historic donation

VIRGINIA – The Essentia Health-Virginia Foundation recently received the largest single donation in its history. The $25,000 gift was given by Jeanette Knabe, wife of the late Dr. George Knabe. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Heart program gives patients peace of mind and independence

HIBBING – Hibbing resident and retired teacher Bill Schleppegrell, 91, has a personalized mini-medical check-up every morning, right from the comfort of his own home. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

MDH study yields estimate of potentially preventable health care events

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Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Mesabi YMCA now offers Sports Conditioning program

VIRGINIA – The Mesabi Family YMCA is now offering a Sports Conditioning program for athletes in our community. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Angel Fund honored with Rural Health Team award

HIBBING – The Angel Fund of Hibbing was recently honored at the Minnesota Rural Health Conference in Duluth.  More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Minnesota, U of M Medical Center named regional treatment center for Ebola

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Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Fairview Range passes Joint Commission survey

HIBBING – Fairview Range Medical Center recently passed its tri-annual Joint Commission survey with high marks for excellence and accolades for staff teamwork.  More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

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

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM


Driving home from work a few months ago, I was listening to a news report on MPR. The reporter said that 1 in 5 women in the U.S. would be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.  More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM

R. S.’ s story:

Former boyfriend became her worst nightmare

HIBBING - Over a pot of coffee at the Hibbing Country Kitchen, R.S. told me her story. She wants people to understand how sexual assaults can happen and the need to break the silence in respect to this crime.  More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM

Native women and sexual assault

Speak the truth so healing may begin

I am a strong Anishinaabe woman from the Red Lake Nation. I am a survivor of life. I am a viable and important part of society. I have chosen to rise up from the challenges of life to become an educated, employed woman. More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM

More on child sex trafficking

Just a few years ago, when a child trafficked as a prostitute was caught, she or he was treated as a juvenile delinquent. Not so anymore in Minnesota.  More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM


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Mining Features

NRRI patents filtering product to remove cadmium with peat-based technologies

DULUTH – A technology to maximize the potential of locally sourced peat to remove a heavy metal pollutant from industrial waste water received a patent and is being licensed in northern Minnesota. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:50 AM

Itasca County: Lore, pine, ores and plenty of mining history too

ITASCA COUNTY – There has long been a question for those who live in Itasca County. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:50 AM

The Mountain Iron Pioneer Cemetery: In the midst of mines, an old cemetery sits

EDITOR’S NOTE: The information below is from an old document in the possession of Ed Roskoski. – Cindy Kujala, HTF interim editor  Mountain Iron Old Cemetery: 1892 – 1900  Buried: 12 Names known: 7   More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:50 AM

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. More...

Posted 12/24/2014 09:31 PM




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Posted 8/21/2015 08:10 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 08:25 AM

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

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Posted 1/26/2015 01:08 PM

Home & Garden Tips


Decorator Secret:  Using your space  How To:   When it’s time to redecorate it’s tempting to reach straight for a paint can or head to the sales, but to get the scheme right and avoid expensive mistakes it’s crucial t More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:47 PM

Let kids help in the garden!

Who wouldn’t love young garden helpers to help plant, water and harvest the most nutritious food imaginable? Getting those little ones to help in the garden will create a lifetime love of nutritious food and natural sciences. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:47 PM


Decorator Secret:  Using color to set the mood! RED…  How To:   More...

Posted 4/20/2017 10:45 PM


How the brain adapts and remaps; obesity needs to be treated as a disease

Q: We've all been told that when people lose one of their five senses -- say, eyesight -- the brain compensates by sharpening the other senses. Is there any science to that, or is it just wishful thinking? -- Dorothy S., Hartville, Ohio   More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:44 PM

The junk food sabotage on kids

VIRGINIA – Teaching kids about nutrition is more common now than it was when I was a kid. People are more concerned about childhood obesity and food-related health problems these days. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:44 PM

Doubling veggie and fruit intake for health benefits; treating toenail fungus

Q: I just heard that the latest research says 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, or twice what we eat daily, offer a lot more than twice the health benefits. How am I supposed to double my family's intake? More...

Posted 4/20/2017 10:44 PM

Massage for Your Health

What does massage mean to you?

While massage means something different to each person, for many it means relief from aching, knotted muscles. As young children, running and playing, we were invincible. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:44 PM

Dissolving massage myths and being part of the healing process

For my regular column I am sharing an article I found about massage written by Kelly Madrone who is a massage teacher and bodyworker.  More...

Posted 4/13/2017 11:08 PM

Simplifying our lives and accepting change for better physical and mental well-being

Have you ever noticed that the older we get, the faster time goes by? When we were kids, time just seemed to drag. We wished the school year would hurry up and finish so we could get to summer and experience fun in the sun with our friends. More...

Posted 3/30/2017 10:36 PM


Area schools participated in Arrowhead Grand Prix archery event February 4

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

Posted 2/16/2017 11:10 PM

Unique, local artwork coming to the new Vikings stadium

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. 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

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  Free Access 

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

Posted 8/10/2010 02:38 PM

Local Events

Hometown Calendar

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

Posted 4/22/2010 09:15 PM

3/11 - Book Lover's Tea at Library

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

Posted 3/4/2010 02:56 PM

3/6 City of Mt. Iron 2010 Winter Carnival

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

Posted 3/3/2010 05:03 PM

Classic Car Talk


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

Posted 8/9/2012 10:14 PM

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 11:40 PM

Iron Range Classic Car Talk

Lloyd Bachman’s 1967 Chrysler Newport Custom

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

Posted 2/12/2010 12:32 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 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

Minnesota Veteran Affairs commissioner honored with prestigious award

NEW YORK – Today, the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO), announced the recipients of the 2017 Ellis Island Medals of Honor.  More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:44 PM

Marine vet with one leg completes Boston Marathon carrying American flag

BOSTON – Retired Texas Marine Staff Sgt. Jose Sanchez lost the lower half of his left leg after he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan in 2011. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:44 PM

Vietnam War pilot embarks on solo canoe trip down Mississippi

WINONA, MN – Gold Star families who lost relatives in the Vietnam War, have often felt like the forgotten casualties of war; the stigma and controversy surrounding the war have prevented many of these families from even talking about it. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:44 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

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 09:27 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 09:27 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 10:24 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 06:58 PM

Pssst! Wanna know a little secret?

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

Posted 9/23/2010 09:40 PM

“Look! There He Is Again!”

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

Posted 9/9/2010 10:05 PM

Guest Columnists


LEO (July 23 to August 22) You now have information that can influence that decision you planned to make. But the clever Cat will consult a trusted friend or family member before making a major move.   More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:47 PM

The Long Line

Ten reasons to try kayaking: Sunsets, sunrises, and more

Spring is here and summer is on the way! At least I thought so. As I am writing this there is snow falling out my living room window. Only in Minnesota. It is almost May. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:47 PM


LEO (July 23 to August 22) You now have information that can influence that decision you planned to make. But the clever Cat will consult a trusted friend or family member before making a major move.   More...

Posted 4/20/2017 10:45 PM



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Posted 4/27/2017 11:48 PM


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Posted 4/27/2017 11:48 PM


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Posted 4/27/2017 11:48 PM


Nine years as a breast cancer survivor

It's October 25, technically October 26, as it's after midnight. I'm proactively starting my breast cancer survivor story. I will email Jean Cole, and ask her if she'd like me to write a story for the Hometown Focus. More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

Jack’s Girls run in memory of their father

EVELETH – As the three daughters of a former Virginia, MN resident, Jack Gentilini, we found the perfect opportunity to honor our dad’s memory. Jack Gentilini spent the final seven months of his life in hospice care at St. More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

Preventing holiday weight gain with hypnosis

As we will be soon moving into the holiday season, it is a good time to re-evaluate our relationships to our bodies and the food that we eat. More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

Efforts underway to reduce state’s most-reported infectious disease

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has awarded $56,500 to each of three nonprofit agencies for innovative ways to reduce the epidemic levels of chlamydia in Minnesota. The grants run Oct. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2017.  More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

Yoga class offerings in the area

BIWABIK –Yoga classes are offered at the United in Christ Community Church at 1 Main St., in Biwabik. Classes are held on Mondays from 9 – 10:30 a.m., and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 – 7:30 p.m. More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

When your health is affected by environment toxins

Finding safe, non-toxic products for my home and family

FAYAL TOWNSHIP – My name is Kimberly (Harvey) Koebensky. I grew up in Virginia, MN. I am married with two kids. My hope in sharing my journey is to be able to help other people. More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:35 PM

Toning tables offer healthy benefits

Isometric exercises improve circulation, increase flexibility and mobility

VIRGINIA – Living a healthy lifestyle is not optional. It is necessary for one to be able to make the most out of their existence here on earth. Everything you are, and ever will be, is the result of your choices and decisions. More...

Posted 10/29/2015 09:36 PM

Basic knowledge and common sense will help keep athletes safe

Hindsight is always better than foresight, of course. If I had children in any organized youth or school sports program today, I would be more aware of the possibility of injuries and what to do to prevent them than I was 15 years ago. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Sports and recreation safety fact sheet (2015)

Fatalities Between 2004 and 2009, there were 24 sports-related deaths in high school athletes. There areno reliable statistics on the number of fatalities involving sports among younger children. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Ely doctors trained in Duluth residency program

ELY – Dr. Joe Schwinghamer remembers his first few hours as a medical resident: overwhelming. “My first hour at the hospital, I delivered two babies and had two cardiac arrest patients,” Dr. Schwinghamer recalled. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Making Medicare make sense

Answers to some of the most commonly asked Medicare questions

Q: I’m going to turn 65 in a few months and will be signing up for Medicare. Are there any go-to resources I should look at to find enrollment information and learn more about program benefits?   More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Five summer tips to prevent asthma attacks

Summer break in Minnesota is a great time for children to recharge and play outdoors. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Essentia Health’s colon cancer screening saves lives

DULUTH – Essentia Health patients will live an additional 18,525 years thanks to the organization’s efforts to increase the number of patients being screened for colon cancer. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Going forward in reverse Surgery option provides relief to arthritis sufferers

DULUTH – Switching surgical parts around is something no surgeon would ever intentionally do unless, perhaps, they’re performing a cutting-edge option for patients who have arthritis in the shoulders. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Life coaching

Break through barriers to the life you desire

EMBARRASS – Have you ever wished you could simply sit down with an impartial friend and discuss the state of your life and relationships in a clear, honest, forward-thinking manner? In an ideal world, everyone would have such a friend. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Essentia Health, HealthPartners work together to prevent diabetes

DULUTH – Nine out of ten people who have it, don’t know it  More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Northern Pines Care Center receives highest rating in care

AURORA – Essentia Health-Northern Pines Care Center in Aurora recently celebrated its five-star rating from, the federal government website managed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Report highlights healthcare delivery issues in MN’s rural communities

MINNESOTA – U.S. Sen. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Hibbing resident grateful for orthopedic care at Fairview Range

HIBBING – A couple of months ago, Steve Rossini didn’t know Hibbing had an orthopedic surgeon on staff at Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing.  But once he needed surgery, he was grateful to discover there was one available.&nbs More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Fairview Range earns Governor’s Safety Award

HIBBING – Fairview Range was recognized for superior performance in workplace safety and health at the Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon in May at the Minneapolis Convention Center. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Learn to assist others with heath care directives

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Fairview Range celebrates cancer survivors

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Susan’s story:

Breaking the silence on her journey to recovery

This is a story about a local 18-year-old woman, who was sexually assaulted by a stranger when she was 14. It took 8 months before she could bring herself to tell her mother what happened to her. More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM

Local advocacy group supports victims, educates communities

When conducting interviews for the series of stories on sexual assault awareness, I learned how important local advocates are to victims, and how important they are as educators in our communities.  More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM

Combatting sex trafficking in the Northland

DULUTH - St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin has been one of Minnesota’s collaborative leaders in being committed to raising awareness and supporting efforts to protect victims of sex trafficking.  More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM


VinE receives Agency of the Year Award from United Way of Northeastern Minnesota

Volunteers in Education (VinE), a nonprofit dedicated to helping students achieve academic success by providing tutoring services to local students, recently received the Agency of the Year Award from the United Way of Northeastern Minnesota.  More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:48 PM

Dobbs Logging of Littlefork named Minnesota Logger of the Year

The Minnesota Sustainable Forestry Initiative® State Implementation Committee (SIC) named Dobbs Logging as its 2017 Logger of the Year during the Minnesota Logger Education Program conference recently held in Bemidji.  More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:48 PM

Learn about Habitat for Humanity at upcoming informational meetings

AURORA/HIBBING/VIRGINIA – Spring time represents new growth and new beginnings. It can mean a new home for a family in need of a simple, decent and affordable home. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:48 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 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


Pet care costs, quirky pet facts and names

I find that I have become a regular at the Northland Animal Hospital in Virginia. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:44 PM

I would like to be a dog for a day

In my next life, I would like to come back as one of my dogs.  We currently have two dogs, a nine-year-old black Lab named Lulu and a tenyear old Miniature Schnauzer, Tilly, both in their golden years.  More...

Posted 4/20/2017 10:44 PM

Why do dogs love to stick their heads out of car windows?

When was the last time you saw a dog with her head sticking out of the car window looking sad? Probably never because dogs just seem to love it so much.  More...

Posted 4/13/2017 11:08 PM

Range History


One hundred years and counting The story of Marquette Catholic School

VIRGINIA – If you aren’t yet familiar with Marquette Catholic School (MCS), we have been reaching and teaching the children of our area, in continuous operation, for one hundred years. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:45 PM

Extra! Itasca! Read all about it! Newspapers: Some come, come go, others last for decades


ITASCA COUNTY – It’s pretty apparent that “like attracts like,” even when it comes to immigrants.  More...

Posted 4/20/2017 10:45 PM


Around the dining room table

Part 2 of 2   VIRGINIA – “Hello, is anybody home?” Larry Pickering, our neighbor from down the street had made an entrance through the porch and called his greeting from the front door after opening it a crack and poking his he More...

Posted 4/13/2017 11:08 PM

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

Finding the key of happiness for our children through communication

Hello to all! Just when the bugs were beginning to become active and enjoy the spring we were struck with snow. However, there is nothing like a little snow in the spring to reawaken the senses. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:44 PM

Healthy for Life

Happy 9th anniversary Hometown Focus!

Welcome to the 425th Healthy for Life column and in also celebrating the 9th anniversary of Hometown Focus. It has been a tremendous adventure living and learning about my community through this paper. More...

Posted 4/20/2017 10:44 PM

Healthy for Life

Airing it out in April

Greetings to everyone as we celebrate the spring season and the onset of Easter. It’s a wonderful time to open the windows and let the air clear out any stagnate state of mind or atmosphere. More...

Posted 4/6/2017 11:20 PM

Hometown Recipes

Easy bake breads for all occasions

The following recipes are from a favorite book of mine, The General Federation of Women’s Club (GFWC) Centennial Cookbook that I have used in the past to pass on recipes to our readers. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:43 PM

Hometown Focus staff share cake recipes in honor of our 9th anniversary

In keeping with the 9th anniversary theme of this week’s edition of Hometown Focus, we thought it would be fun to get cake recipes from members of our staff. More...

Posted 4/20/2017 10:44 PM

What to do with those eggs

This is the time of year when people buy eggs in large quantities for the fun of dyeing and coloring as part of an Easter tradition, but what to do with all those eggs? More...

Posted 4/13/2017 11:08 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


Judge Florey appointed to MN Court of Appeals

Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Judge James B. Florey to represent the Eighth Congressional District on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Judge Florey will be replacing the Honorable Lawrence B. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:46 PM

Soil and Water Conservation District seeks supervisor applicants


Posted 4/27/2017 11:46 PM

Better Business Bureau MN/ND offers 10 things to do when hiring a contractor

The arrival of spring already has many people thinking about home improvement projects. Whether it’s a remodel, a build-on or new construction, some consumers are handy—or brave—enough to take things into their own hands. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:46 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 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

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

I’ve spent a lot of time in introspection since reaching the four-decade milestone. When I’m driving, I rarely have the radio on. I’m typically lost in my thoughts. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:47 PM

Out of the Blue

I woke up Tuesday with a migraine. Don’t know where it came from. And like an unwanted guest, it lingered.  More...

Posted 4/20/2017 10:45 PM

Out of the Blue

Comfort zones are where dreams go to die.

It is Easter weekend, a time of remembrance and celebration for Christians, and usually a good time for self-reflection, at least for this guy. It’s also springtime, a time of new beginnings as things begin to green up. More...

Posted 4/13/2017 11:08 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



What do fried onions and fashionistas have in common?

Greetings and Sallytations!   More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:44 PM


Sally congratulates Hometown Focus on their 9th anniversary and plans a new diet strategy

Greetings and Sallytations!   More...

Posted 4/20/2017 10:44 PM


Packing potatoes, hunting for Easter eggs and National Library Week: Read all about it!

Greetings and Sallytations!   I’m starting my column out with poking fun at my husband. He did most of his walking in the mall over the winter but now that the weather is nice, he has taken to walking all over town. More...

Posted 4/13/2017 11:08 PM

Website Wisdom

Canoe drummers

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

Posted 6/6/2013 10:27 PM

Optimize your site to bring more phone calls

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

Posted 6/24/2010 11:08 PM

Give Your Website Some Personality

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

Posted 6/18/2010 08:57 AM


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Posted 6/23/2015 11:34 AM

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Posted 1/10/2014 11:54 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 09:49 PM

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