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Fire and water rescue training

Water rescue training in Cherry on March 22 u Fire training in Cook on March 26

Last week HTF contributor Paul Pluskwik was on site to capture photos of Cherry Fire Department’s water rescue training and a house fire training in Cook for 10 area fire departments. More...

Posted 3/31/2016 10:37 PM

Tips on navigating the funeral process from the Better Business Bureau

At an average cost between $7,000 and $10,000, funerals are one of the more expensive arrangements people make. More...

Posted 3/31/2016 10:37 PM

Save now and your wallet will thank you later

Saving now for retirement will ensure that you have enough money to have a comfortable standard of living when you stop or reduce the amount of hours you work. More...

Posted 3/31/2016 10:37 PM

Some Easter Bunny history

The Easter Bunny (also called the Easter Rabbit or Easter Hare) is a folkloric figure and symbol of Easter, depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs. More...

Posted 3/24/2016 10:23 PM

’Tis the season: Iron Range Home, Sport & Travel Show


VIRGINIA – Spring officially began on Monday. There are swans on Silver Lake. Robins have arrived in Rotary Park. Only patches of snow remain. We all know what this means. Things are shakin’. Things are happenin’. More...

Posted 3/24/2016 10:23 PM

Sheila Packa to share her poetry in Hibbing

HIBBING – Poet Sheila Packa will share her poetry at th meeting of the Finnish Americans and Friends at the Hibbing Tourist/ Senior Center on Tuesday, April 5, at 2 p.m. The Hibbing Tourist/Senior Center is located at 1202 E. Howard St. More...

Posted 3/24/2016 10:23 PM

Spring gardening event focuses on adapting to climate change

HERMANTOWN – The mild winter may have been a relief from a shoveling perspective, but what impact could it have on gardens? After a very mild winter, there is a strong possibility of an early spring followed by a warm summer. More...

Posted 3/24/2016 10:23 PM

Opening reception Monday, April 4

What’s Left: Lives Touched by Suicide exhibit at HCC

HIBBING – Hibbing Community College is proud to present the exhibition, What’s Left: Lives Touched by Suicide, for the month of April. More...

Posted 3/24/2016 10:23 PM

Let the music play

Forever, music has been used to express emotions when words do not seem to be enough. The soft melody of piano keys or the stroke of an acoustic guitar are able to express joy, pain, longing and other feelings that do not require words. More...

Posted 3/24/2016 10:23 PM

Carolyn Luoma Gentilini and Tim Fogarty partner to donate a van to Katherine’s House

EVELETH – Shelly Holmes is the extraordinary young woman who has created a dream come true for the many women in the area who are in the recovery process for mental health or chemical dependency struggles. More...

Posted 3/24/2016 10:23 PM

Bead weaving: Creative and meditative art

What is it about beads that intrigue us? They sparkle and glitter in an array of finishes, colors, textures and just call to us to pick them up and create all sorts of beautiful objects. More...

Posted 3/24/2016 10:24 PM

ISD #706 earns Seizure Smart Schools distinction

VIRGINIA – With its dedication and commitment to support students with seizures, the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota (EFMN) announced that Independent School District #706 schools – Parkview Learning Center, Roosevelt Elementary School a More...

Posted 3/24/2016 10:24 PM

Harlem Globetrotters wow crowd in Hibbing

The iconic Harlem Globetrotters played to a large crowd at the Hibbing Memorial Building Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2016, during its 90th anniversary world tour. More...

Posted 3/24/2016 10:24 PM

Matthew's mission

AURORA – “Could I have your e-mail address?” I asked. “Sure, I just happen to have a business card,” he replied as he reached into his back pocket. More...

Posted 3/24/2016 10:24 PM

MN-based Memorial Blood Centers chosen to provide blood to Zika-impacted Puerto Rico

Minnesota-based Memorial Blood Centers was chosen to provide blood to Zika-impacted Puerto Rico and announced on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, that they are part of a group of blood centers supporting Puerto Rico over the next five weeks. More...

Posted 3/17/2016 07:42 PM

Tattoos: Meaningful and mainstream

We’re having fun this week with tattoos. We asked our readers and contributors to share photos and stories about their tattoos, and many of you did. More...

Posted 3/17/2016 07:42 PM

Memorial tattoos

An outward expression of an inner process

Memorial or remembrance tattoos are popular and can help with the grieving process while providing an ongoing connection with our loved ones, no matter where we go. More...

Posted 3/17/2016 07:43 PM

Minnesota state parks to make customer service improvements

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced that some key customer service improvements are coming to Minnesota state parks and recreation areas this summer. More...

Posted 3/17/2016 07:43 PM

RAMS opposes Dayton’s position on Twin Metals

Gov. Mark Dayton should not interfere with future state land leases and access agreements for the Twin Metals Mining project near Ely, the Range Association of Municipalities and Schools (RAMS) said in a Monday resolution. More...

Posted 3/17/2016 07:43 PM

Salmonella cases linked to Wonderful Pistachios™ investigated

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. More...

Posted 3/17/2016 07:43 PM

Seasonal road and trail closures underway

As warm weather approaches, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has temporarily closed many of its roads and motorized trails on DNR-administered land. More...

Posted 3/17/2016 07:43 PM

The Bell Fire Choir to present food shelf benefit concert

MT. IRON – Share Your Sound, a concert to benefit the Quad Cities Food Shelf, will take place on Palm Sunday, Mar. 20, at 2:30 p.m. hosted by Messiah Lutheran Church and presented by The Bell Fire Choir. More...

Posted 3/17/2016 07:43 PM

Honoring northsider Grandma Rose (Lind)

My brother Aaron and I have tattoos in memory of my Grandma Rose (Lind). She reminded me of a grandma you would only see on a sitcom (Marie from ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ comes to mind). More...

Posted 3/17/2016 07:43 PM

Open house set for Fairview’s relocated infusion services department

HIBBING – Fairview Mesaba Clinics- Hibbing is celebrating the recent renovation and relocation of the medical oncology, chemotherapy and infusion services departments with an open house on Wednesday, Mar. 30, from 2 – 4 p.m. More...

Posted 3/17/2016 07:43 PM

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City of Gilbert commends lifesaving efforts

GILBERT – I would like to take a few minutes to recognize the following Gilbert employees and volunteers for their heroic and dedicated work on two incidents. More...

Posted 4/28/2016 10:54 PM

Memorial Blood Centers blood drives in May

IRON RANGE – Memorial Blood Centers invites all eligible blood donors to roll up their sleeve and give blood. Every two seconds someone needs blood – from heart transplant and cancer patients to accident victims. More...

Posted 4/28/2016 10:53 PM

Memorial Blood Centers screens blood supply for infectious tick-borne illness

Warmer weather is fast approaching and with the increase in temperatures comes a new tick season. Memorial Blood Centers is taking extra precautions to help keep a tick-borne illness from compromising the safety of the blood supply. More...

Posted 4/28/2016 10:53 PM

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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

Take a kid fishing and fish free June 5-7

STATEWIDE – Minnesotans age 16 or older don’t need a fishing license to take a child age 15 or younger fishing on Friday, June 5, to Sunday, June 7, during Take a Kid Fishing Weekend. More...

Posted 5/28/2015 09:37 PM

Minnesota state parks and trails launch new statewide geocaching challenge

STATEWIDE – Everyone is invited to celebrate Earth Day by answering “the call of the wildflowers” by participating in a new statewide geocaching adventure that began on April 22. More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:16 PM

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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

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Herb ‘n’ living: Growing a home garden for your pet

Some animal experts have asserted that pets intuitively eat plants according to their specific medicinal value – that is, as long as they have several plants to choose from. More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:45 PM

Poster celebrates A Lifetime of Love

35th anniversary of National Pet Week

NOTE: Although National Pet Week was the first week of May and I missed noting the event in last week’s HTF, the messages in this article are always timely and worthy of publication. Besides, I think every week should be National Pet Week. More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:51 PM

Pointers for apartment dwellers who want pets

Animal lovers who want to welcome pets in their homes may be hesitant to do so while renting. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:29 PM

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Dear Readers, This week we’re sharing some old photos courtesy of the Iron Range Historical Society. The content of some of these photos remains a mystery, so if you recognize someone or something, give us a call! More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:46 PM

Memories of a typical Namakan day

The sun rises early and sets late on Namakan in June. The leaves are on the oak trees and the mosquitoes are voracious. More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:52 PM

A Bit of a Legend in these Parts

- The Life of Betty Berger Lessard

Dear Readers, More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:52 PM

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Healthy for Life

Spring! Glorious green and sparkling water

Good day to everyone! I trust that you’re all emerging into the glorious greenness of our land and the waters on our shores. It’s always amazing to see color and movement in our corner of earth once again. More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:46 PM

May brings fresh blossoms, fruits, veggies, & fishing!

We are blessed with bunches of fresh Vidalia onions and fish; blueberries and cherries and the rest of fruit and vegetable gang which I haven’t seen or eaten for a while. More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:52 PM

Healthy for Life

Happy May and Mother’s Day!

It’s May, can you believe it? What a fabulously packed month full of pleasant surprises and celebrations. The sun is shining and it’s time to shed some light and renew the spirit to prepare us for another new season. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:29 PM

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Congressional Delegation Hotdish Competition

Rub pork shoulder with table salt, coarse salt, and sugar mixture; leave in refrigerator overnight. Cook shoulder in slow-cooker for 10-12 hours on low. Shred pork, remove excess fat. More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:46 PM

Sen. Franken hosts 6th Annual Minnesota

WASHINGTON, D.C. —On May 11, 2016, the 158th anniversary of Minnesota becoming a state, the Minnesota Congressional Delegation came together for U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s (D-Minn.) sixth annual hotdish competition. Sen. More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:46 PM


I rarely cook fish. Not because I can’t or don’t want to and not even because we don’t catch our own. More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:51 PM

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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...

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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

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Dr. Zakula honored with dental alumnus award

HIBBING – The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry recognized Dr. Michael Zakula as its 2015 Outstanding Dental Alumnus of the Year. Presentation of the award was made at the Dean’s Reception held on Friday, April 29, 2016. More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:46 PM

Fairview Range rehabilitation department now includes pediatric therapy services

HIBBING – Over the past few years, Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing noticed a growing need for physical therapy services focused on serving children and recently expanded its services to address that need. More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:46 PM

International Falls native is recipient of Northern Minnesota Dental scholarship

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – Dr. Christine Lucachick, a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry was selected as the 2016 recipient of the Dr. Michael Till – Northern Minnesota Dental Scholarship. Dr. More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:46 PM

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Container gardener demonstration

April 12 in Eveleth

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

Posted 3/29/2011 03:53 PM

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Container Gardening Demonstration

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

Posted 3/29/2011 03:45 PM

Container Gardening Demonstration

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

Posted 3/29/2011 03:41 PM

Auto Focus Tips  Free Access 

1962 Chevrolet CORVETTE

The most noticeable style changes for 1962 were the removal of the side cover chrome trim, a blacked-out grille and ribbed chrome rocker panel molding leaving this model almost completely devoid of chrome. More...

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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

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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

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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...

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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

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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  Free Access 

Bring It On Home To Me

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

Posted 8/8/2013 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

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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

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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  Free Access 

Why are there so many types of insects?

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

Posted 7/26/2012 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

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Addictions: Coffee and spuds and a Dear John letter that’s a dud

Greetings and Sallytations! More...

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Restless legs, chiropractic antics, and a new used boat

Greetings and Sallytations! More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:52 PM


Our cruise vacation: Buffets the size of a football field!

Greetings and Sallytations! More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:30 PM

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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...

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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...

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Area photographers Crayne, Kantos and Pluskwik to judge NWFA photo contest

COOK – Northwoods Friends of the Arts announced the judges for its fourth annual photo contest. More...

Posted 3/31/2016 10:36 PM

Nolan staff to hold Congress-Comes-to-You meetings in April

U.S. Congressman Rick Nolan (MN-08) announced the locations of several Congress- Comes-to-You meetings his staff will operate in April. More...

Posted 3/31/2016 10:36 PM

Winter Writers Group final meeting on April 16

COOK – The final meeting of the Northwoods Friends of the Arts Winter Writers Group will be held on Saturday, April 16, from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Northwoods Friends of the Arts Gallery, 210 River St. in Cook. The leader of the group is Dr. More...

Posted 3/31/2016 10:36 PM

Virginia Fire Department

Run Report: Mar. 21 – 27

VIRGINIA – During the week of Mar. 21 – 27, the Virginia Fire Department responded to a total of 76 medical calls and 11 fire calls. Of the 76 medical calls, 49 were 9-1-1 calls and 27 were transfers. More...

Posted 3/31/2016 10:37 PM

Needed: New tools to protect Minnesota seniors against financial fraud

The Minnesota Commerce Department recently came to the aid of an older woman who had met a man on a well-known dating website. We weren’t breaking up a romance. We were stopping a crime. More...

Posted 3/31/2016 10:37 PM

Memorial Blood Centers is calling all life-savers

Memorial Blood Centers invites all eligible blood donors to roll up their sleeve and give blood. Every two seconds someone needs blood – from heart transplant and cancer patients to accident victims. More...

Posted 3/24/2016 10:23 PM

Naturally dyed Easter eggs: Why not?

I can’t imagine the number of Easter eggs I’ve colored over the years. It was always a much-anticipated and somewhat chaotic event that overtook the kitchen table for a few hours. More...

Posted 3/24/2016 10:23 PM

APi Group, Inc. companies hold food drive in support of mining communities

IRON RANGE – When The Jamar Company of Duluth approached local oil and gas pipeline contractor, and sister company, United Piping, Inc. More...

Posted 3/24/2016 10:23 PM

Duluth Homegrown’s Iron Range Invasion slated to storm Virginia April 1

VIRGINIA – The Duluth Homegrown Music Festival traces its roots back to a birthday party that featured a handful of bands in 1998. More...

Posted 3/24/2016 10:23 PM

Earth Fest 2016: Living Local on a Changing Planet

IRON RANGE – The goals of the sustainability movement are threefold: a thriving economy, resilient communities in which all people can prosper, and a environment with healthy ecosystems in which natural limits are understood and respected. More...

Posted 3/24/2016 10:23 PM

Youth Theology Institute to help high school students explore their life’s calling

DULUTH – The College of St. Scholastica has been awarded a grant of $600,000 to establish the Sacred Word, Sacred World, Sacred Call: Youth Theology Institute. More...

Posted 3/24/2016 10:23 PM

City’s annual Easter Egg Hunt (and more) at Merritt Elementary on March 26

From the City Council:

Action taken at the March 7, 2016, meeting: As required by law, designated the City Administrator to oversee, monitor, accept responsibility and evaluate the “non-audit services,” (which included preparation of the financial statements an More...

Posted 3/24/2016 10:23 PM

Prim and Sassy Soy, eco-friendly soy wax candles (that smell good too!)

BRIMSON – Prim and Sassy Soy is a modest, home based business in Brimson, Minnesota (located about 50 southeast of Virginia). I own and operate the business with my mother, Paulette Alexander. More...

Posted 3/24/2016 10:23 PM

Artist profile: Wendy Wiinanen

You may have a piece of her art, and not know it

EDEN PRAIRIE – Virginia native and artist Wendy Wiinanen has had an interesting career as an illustrator and product designer that’s taken her around the world. More...

Posted 3/24/2016 10:24 PM

Merritt Elementary students learn the power of reading

Pictured above are students and teachers at Merritt Elementary School in Mt. Iron. More...

Posted 3/24/2016 10:24 PM

Virginia Fire Department

Run Report: Mar. 14 – 20

VIRGINIA – During the week of Mar. 14 – 20, the Virginia Fire Department responded to a total 81 calls, seven fire and 74 medical calls. The medical calls were 22 transfers and 52 medical 9-1-1 calls. More...

Posted 3/24/2016 10:24 PM

Something about Savvy

AURORA – It is obvious that she is not comfortable with all this attention, yet she smiles for the camera. She answers questions, albeit briefly. Her talent is great and so is her humility. More...

Posted 3/24/2016 10:24 PM

An Author’s Tea and three local authors

Local authors Dennis Esler (seated), Jenny Osufsen (left) and Chris Berg attended the Author’s Tea held by Sara Poppema’s third grade class at Mesabi East Schools in Aurora. More...

Posted 3/24/2016 10:24 PM

I’m a tattoo enthusiast and love my skin art

Although I don’t believe you need to know someone to appreciate their skin artwork, sometimes it makes the big picture come together, so I’ll tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Mollie. More...

Posted 3/17/2016 07:42 PM

LENNY Birk: Tattooing the Range for 20 years

EVELETH - Lenny Birk, owner and tattoo artist at Lenny’s After 4-Ever Tat-2, has been in the tattoo business for over 20 years. Originally from St. Cloud, MN, he came to the Iron Range area in the late ’70s to pursue a job in the mines. More...

Posted 3/17/2016 07:42 PM

VHS to present spring musical AIDA

VIRGINIA - Following the huge success of their 2015 production of Guys and Dolls, Virginia High School is proud to present a daring new musical endeavor. More...

Posted 3/17/2016 07:43 PM

Essentia Health-Virginia earns advanced lifesaving certification

VIRGINIA – The skill of caregivers and the availability of high-tech equipment during a medical crisis can mean the difference between life and death. More...

Posted 3/17/2016 07:43 PM

MnDOT is converting to LED roadway lighting

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is undertaking a statewide lighting conversion project and saving some money along the way. More...

Posted 3/17/2016 07:43 PM

Trading pain for beauty

Tattoos can cover or disguise most scars and burns using color, shape, design, and placement. Some people even think of tattoos as a way to "enhance" their scars. More...

Posted 3/17/2016 07:43 PM

Better Business Bureau tips on timeshares; do your research before buying

Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota ® (BBB) is offering tips on a subject that consumers often inquire about: timeshares. More...

Posted 3/17/2016 07:43 PM

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Dorothy E. Lidberg - 2016-05-27
Dorothy E. Lidberg - 2016-05-27
Marilyn Frances Falk - 2016-05-27
George Robert Janesich - 2016-05-27
Jason Michael Monsrud - 2016-05-20
Pvt. John Paul Sersha - 2016-05-20
Jean L. Roivanen - 2016-05-20
Dorothy Rose Smith - 2016-05-20
Anne M. Sorcan - 2016-05-20
Kenneth M. Sersha - 2016-05-20
John W. Berquist - 2016-05-20
George James Pranaitis - 2016-05-20
Georgia Mae Loe - 2016-05-13
Jason William Triska - 2016-05-13
Gary W. Burgess - 2016-05-13
Gianni Epinoza - 2016-05-13
James Ray Luukkonen - 2016-05-13

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#ilooklikeanengineer event introduces high school girls to engineering

VIRGINIA – Iron Range Engineering (IRE) hosted an activity-packed, 2-day event for high school girls from northern Minnesota on Feb 19 – 20 to learn about engineering. 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

Reflections of a metallurgical engineer

The beginnings More...

Posted 2/25/2016 11:38 PM

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

Posted 8/21/2015 08:10 AM

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Mystery Item Contest

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

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  Free Access 


Decorator Secret: Home Office Choices: Make your home office a stylish part of the home and a reflection of your tastes and personality. More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:46 PM

Soil Improvements

Testing determines what is in the soil and what is needed. Never till wet soil because the structure will be damaged. A handful of wet soil that sticks and clumps together indicates clay. More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:46 PM


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 to spend time plann More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:52 PM

Health  Free Access 

The dangers of conditional love

Conditional love is when a parent shows disapproval as a way to influence or try to control a child. For example, showing disapproval when a parent doesn’t like the way the child talks, walks, or her choices of food, toys, sports, or friends. More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:46 PM

Beat burnout; phthalates exposure a problem

Q: My dad has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and my kids are 13 and 17 and struggling in school. More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:46 PM

Smart veggie oils; getting your (bicycle) seat

Q: I read that vegetable oils are bad for your heart and that even if they lower your cholesterol, you will die sooner than if you ate saturated fats. Is the whole “vegetables are good for you” thing a myth? More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:52 PM

Massage for Your Health  Free Access 

Massage makes me happy!

I was recently at a continuing education class and for attending one of the things they gave us was a drink container with the slogan “Massage Makes Me Happy! More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:52 PM

Stress: Everyone has it

To quote my husband, regarding stress: “Oh yes, everyone has it and everyone deals with it in their own way.” Isn’t that the truth? More...

Posted 4/28/2016 10:53 PM

Should I use heat or ice?

Heat or ice - the great dilemma. Which should you use when you have an injury, strain, sprain or bruise? It all depends on when the injury happened. Just now, or three days ago? More...

Posted 4/14/2016 09:32 PM

Sports  Free Access 

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  Free Access 

Blue Devils beat Alexandria 4-3 at state

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

Posted 3/11/2010 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

Calendar  Free Access 

Mt. Iron Merritt Days Lions Pancake Breakfast

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

Posted 8/10/2010 02:38 PM

Local Events  Free Access 

Hometown Calendar

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

Posted 4/22/2010 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

Spies in Steel  Free Access 

Spies in Steel


Posted 6/24/2011 10:22 AM

Classic Car Talk  Free Access 


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

Posted 8/9/2012 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  Free Access 

Conservation Tips From Minnesota Power

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

Posted 4/15/2010 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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Posted 4/15/2010 08:16 PM

Focus On Veterans  Free Access 

Hibbing resident recognized with two Department of Defense volunteer service awards

HIBBING – Fred Godec of Hibbing was recognized with the President’s Silver Volunteer Service Award and the Minnesota ESGR Region 2 Volunteer of the Year Award for his dedication to Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve on May 10, 2016 More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:46 PM

Koochiching County celebrates Vietnam veterans

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – A “Welcome Home” Vietnam Veterans Parade was held in International Falls on Saturday, May 7, followed by a celebration ceremony at Smokey Bear Park. More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:51 PM

Several pledge to donate their brains to VA-lead TBI research program

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:29 PM

High Heels and Handbags  Free Access 

Spring Closet Cleaning 2012:

Phase Two—Shoes

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

Posted 4/20/2012 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  Free Access 

Point of pride for Minnesota

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

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

Posted 9/16/2010 09:54 PM

Legally Speaking  Free Access 

Your Legal Rights: Magazine subscription solicitation

From the Office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson

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

Posted 2/23/2012 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  Free Access 

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  Free Access 

The secret lives of turtles

Most of us enjoy spring. We enjoy warm sunshine and balmy breezes. But if we enjoy spring, just imagine how much turtles must enjoy spring. They persevere through winter conditions we can hardly fathom. More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:52 PM

Bugs get spring fever, too

Spring fever is hard to resist on mild late winter days! We are not the only ones getting spring fever it seems; some animals are afflicted as well, even bugs! More...

Posted 3/11/2016 12:48 AM

Scary! Flesh-eating plants of the Northwoods

To most of us, carnivorous plants are just curiosities of nature. To many bugs, however, carnivorous plants represent unimaginable horrors! Scary stuff! To the bugs the scenarios they present are as horrifying as any Halloween legend. More...

Posted 10/22/2015 09:51 PM

Storytellers  Free Access 

“Be real careful who you tell!!”

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

Posted 10/14/2010 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  Free Access 


LEO (July 23 to August 22) Lick your wounded pride if you like, but it’s a better idea to find out why your suggestions were rejected. What you learn could help you deal with an upcoming situation. More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:46 PM


LEO (July 23 to August 22) The Big Cat usually loves to be in the center of things. But this week it might be wiser to watch and learn from the sidelines. A Pisces wants to make you purr. More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:52 PM

Project Care sponsoring summer walking clubs

HIBBING/VIRGINIA – Project Care Free Clinic is sponsoring a summer “Commit to be Fit” walking club in both Hibbing and Virginia. The walking club will run for 12 weeks; there is a $10 registration fee. More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:51 PM

Classifieds  Free Access 


ATVS 60” Moose ATV Plow for Yamaha Big Bear. $350 OBO. 218-780-2985 2004 Polaris Ranger 500: 4x4, one owner, full cab & more, 520 Hrs., $5,700. 218-780-3937*** More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:47 PM


AUTOS DODGE 2004 Dodge Stratus: 140K mi., good cond. PL/PW, $2,500. 218-780-1381 More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:47 PM


RUBY’S PANTRY FOOD DISTRIBUTION: Babbitt Municipal Center (71 South Drive, Saturday, May 28 (4th Saturday of each month) from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. $20 cash donation buys an abundance of food. More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:47 PM

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