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Mt. Iron to host annual Halloween Carnival

MT. IRON – The Mountain Iron Parks and Recreation Department and local non-profit organizations will hold their annual Halloween Carnival on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 12 – 3 p.m. at the Mountain Iron Community Center. More...

Posted 10/16/2014 07:02 PM

Mark Chad: Eveleth-Gilbert School Board candidate

Hello, My name is Mark Chad and I’m running for the Eveleth-Gilbert School Board. I’m a lifelong resident of Eveleth and a 2002 graduate of Eveleth-Gilbert High School. More...

Posted 10/16/2014 07:02 PM

Have you no remorse?

Close encounters with a steam locomotive

“Miss Empson,” Louie said in his most innocent voice. “Can you show us some information about steam locomotives?” More...

Posted 10/16/2014 07:02 PM

Like the owl, we are always hunting (for contributors)

The fabulous cover photo of today’s edition was taken by Terry Crayne of Iron, MN. He’s our newest contributor! I stumbled upon his photography on Facebook. He graciously agreed to share his photos with Hometown Focus. More...

Posted 10/16/2014 07:02 PM

Home- based business selling books

Our hobby turned into a family-supporting business

EVELETH - Starting a business with a direct sales company can be a great way to earn extra money and get a discount on a product you love, as well as an opportunity to be a viable source of income for your family. More...

Posted 10/9/2014 10:36 PM

Tupperware and Avon still going strong decades later

Home-based businesses are as varied and durable as the products sold

Definition of a home-based business: A business whose primary office is in the owner's home. The business can be any size or any type as long as the office itself is located in a home. More...

Posted 10/9/2014 10:36 PM

Cartooning! at your library with 321 Art Studio

MOUNTAIN IRON – The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Cartooning with 321 Art Studio, a free program being offered at the following dates and locations: • Gilbert Public Library:Saturday, Oct. More...

Posted 10/9/2014 10:36 PM

October is time for costumes, carnivals, corn mazes and pumpkins

Here is a listing of other upcoming fun Halloween and pumpkin-time events. More...

Posted 10/9/2014 10:35 PM

Marble resident Helga Akkanen’s Laurentian camp experiences

From Co-op Camp to Senior Camp: A return after 68 years

Helga Akkanen of Marble, Minnesota made a journey back in time this fall when she attended Senior Camp (ages 50+) at Laurentian Environmental Learning Center (LEC) in Britt. More...

Posted 10/2/2014 10:15 PM

Natural Harvest Food Co-op: On the right path forward

It was 1979. The Village People were signing “YMCA” to sold-out crowds. Cambodia’s Pol Pot regime was about to collapse. “The Dukes of Hazzard” premiered on CBS. More...

Posted 10/2/2014 10:15 PM

Mushrooms, mushrooms. They're everywhere!

Mushrooms are popping up everywhere this time of year – in yards, in the woods and along roads. More...

Posted 10/2/2014 10:15 PM

You don’t need a gun to hunt mushrooms

Fall has always been one of my favorite times of the year, along with winter, spring and summer! More...

Posted 10/2/2014 10:15 PM

Exploring to the outer limits

Mesabi Range College’s 2014 STEM Camp soared to high altitudes

Mesabi Range College held its annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Camp this summer during the week of June 9 – 13 for students entering grades 7 – 10. More...

Posted 9/25/2014 05:12 PM

Tritec’s STEM gem:

The Big Daddy dirt box: a manufacturing success story

VIRGINIA – We’re focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) topics this week (see stories p. 4-7 and p. 34) and I was so excited that TriTec of Virginia celebrated a HUGE engineering and manufacturing feat this week! More...

Posted 9/25/2014 05:12 PM

Iron Range Radio Control Club promotes the hobby of model aviation

The Iron Range Radio Control Club, Inc. has been invited to participate in the upcoming Iron Range Mind Trekkers STEM Showcase event in Virginia. More...

Posted 9/25/2014 05:12 PM

Engineering, Cool! Turning ideas into reality

Three, two, one….FIRE! Launching into the sky is the rocket a student has built, bringing engineering to life. What better way to learn about how COOL engineering really is than through hands-on active learning? More...

Posted 9/25/2014 05:12 PM

Chili Cook-Off was huge success

VIRGINIA -It was an absolutely perfect fall day in northern Minnesota, and Miners Memorial Building was the site of St. Michael’s 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off last Thursday, September 18. More...

Posted 9/25/2014 05:12 PM

Preston Gunderson releases new music video

The first time I saw Preston Gunderson of Virginia perform was during an elementary school talent show in the ’90s. More...

Posted 9/18/2014 06:22 PM

Blue and White on Oct. 4

Blue Devil 5K Fun Run, Walk, Crawl

The Virginia Public School Health and Safety Committee identified two needs in our school district. More...

Posted 9/18/2014 06:22 PM

Target Field, possibly the best ballpark in America

A story about a father, formerly of Hermantown, and his 24-year-old son, a recent University of North Dakota graduate, who visited all 30 Major League Baseball parks across the U.S. More...

Posted 9/18/2014 06:22 PM

Wuori T-Ball 2014 Red Team

Pictured, back row (l. to r.) are: Coach Jeremy Koski, Gavin Flannigan, Kaelan Kimball, Tucker Gustafson, Colten Frederick, Makenzie Bernard, Joey Kapella, Coach Kyle Flannigan, Justin Lutes, Jada Deutsch, Rylan Jesme and Coach James Bernard More...

Posted 9/18/2014 06:22 PM

Central Range: New youth traveling team wins championship

New to youth baseball in the area this summer was a traveling team of players organized under the name of Central Range. Traveling teams are used as a developmental level of baseball for those players preparing for a higher level of play. More...

Posted 9/18/2014 06:22 PM

Isabella hosted annual, 24-hour amateur radio field day event

ISABELLA - Ely area resident John Larson was a participant in the June 28 – 29, 2014, amateur radio field exercise at the Isabella Community Center. More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM

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Ectrodactyly or not, here Zach comes

AURORA – Zach Skelton was born with ectrodactyly which is the congenital absence of all or part of one or more fingers or toes. In Zach’s case, three of his fingers are absent. More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:16 PM

Nashwauk man beats the odds and survives massive heart attack

To say Dan Jukich is a lucky guy is quite an understatement. He’s living proof of what not to do when having a heart attack, and that’s a rare thing. More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:16 PM

Breast cancer in men is rare

When Joe Sailer of Gilbert first discovered a lump on his chest last August he didn’t think it would be a big deal. More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 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

Olcott Park fountain meeting planned

VIRGINIA – A public meeting to discuss the restoration of the fountain in Olcott Park in Virginia will be held on Wednesday, Apr. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Miners Memorial Building. More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:16 PM

Choralaires to perform on May 1

VIRGINIA – The Choralaires will present their spring concert on Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Virginia. A free will offering will be taken to support local churches, community projects and music needs. More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:16 PM

News Briefs

Unitarian Universalist program notice

VIRGINIA – Christian, pagan, atheist, Buddhist, agnostic and other Unitarian Universalists gather on Sunday mornings throughout the world. Rev. More...

Posted 4/30/2015 10:51 PM

Ladies of Kaleva to meet

VIRGINIA – The Ladies of Kaleva, Lokka Tupa, will meet on Monday, May 4, at 12 noon at the Kaleva Hall in Virginia. More...

Posted 4/30/2015 10:51 PM

Minnesota fishing facts

The DNR compiled these Minnesota fishing facts in preparation for the 2015 fishing opener, which is Saturday, May 9. More...

Posted 4/30/2015 10:51 PM


Outbreak reported in Chicago area

Key facts about canine influenza (dog flu)

What is canine influenza (dog flu)? More...

Posted 4/30/2015 10:50 PM

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center releases new app

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and its Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) revealed last week that human medications again top of the list of toxins most commonly ingested by pets, according More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:16 PM

April 23 is National Lost Dog Awareness Day

CHICAGO, Illinois – April 23 is the second annual National Lost Dog Awareness Day. Shelters and rescues across the United States use this day to bring attention to the many dogs in their care who have family looking for them. More...

Posted 4/16/2015 07:37 PM


Autism and antibiotics; joint replacement and weight loss

Q: I read about an autistic child who improved after taking antibiotics for strep throat. I thought people with autism needed more -- not fewer -- gut bacteria, and that antibiotics kill them off. What’s the real story here? More...

Posted 4/30/2015 10:50 PM

St. Michael’s employees fund the purchase of an AED

VIRGINIA – St. Michael’s is now more prepared for emergency cardiac situations thanks to its employees. More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:16 PM

Minnesotan to bike length of Mississippi River this summer to battle stigma of mental illness

LAKEVILLE, Minn. More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:16 PM

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

Celebrating the month of May

In comes May full of life with all it brightness and blessings. What a grand sound I hear - the first loon of the lake has let us know it’s arrived! More...

Posted 4/30/2015 10:50 PM

Healthy for Life

Spring is singing while our long-time resident mother robin is seeking nourishment for her new arrivals. The cycle begins once again as she is bursting with eggs as you can see in the photograph I captured. More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM


Heck with 1-800, I want a human

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM

Hometown Recipes

Gear up for the opener with some new walleye recipes

There are few things I like more than walleye. I enjoy it deep-fried, pan-fried, broiled, grilled, baked, sautéed, in a fish chowder, in a taco, pickled – you name it. More...

Posted 4/30/2015 10:50 PM

Sen. Franken hosts 5th Annual Minnesota

Congressional Delegation hotdish competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Minnesota’s Congressional Delegation came together on April 22 for U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s (D-Minn.) fifth annual hotdish competition. Sen. More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM

Homemade taco seasoning and 7-day bone broth

This week I have a favorite family recipe for pea salad, homemade taco seasoning (no more “packets”), maple syrup-glazed carrots, Scotch eggs (fun!), and a 7-day bone broth. More...

Posted 4/16/2015 07:37 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

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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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

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



Less Bruce Jenner, more MN Wild, and what will Mr. Wonderful get me for May Day?

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

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Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 4/16/2015 07:37 PM


Busted: Cars, sewers, and a tooth! Happy Easter!

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 4/9/2015 07:31 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


Lynn “Bunny” Pohia

Lynn “Bunny” Pohia, 54, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. Funeral Mass was  held Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia, MN at 1:00 p.m. with visitation at 12:00 p.m. More...

Posted 4/29/2015 11:59 AM

Jean Mae Terch

Jean Mae Terch, 86, of Virginia, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Fairview Medical Center in Hibbing.  A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, May 1, 2015 at the Resurrection Catholic Church in Eveleth at 11 a.m. More...

Posted 4/29/2015 11:36 AM

Ronald Eldred Burtness

Ronald Eldred Burtness, 70, of Hibbing, passed away on March 28, 2015. More...

Posted 4/29/2015 11:22 AM



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Posted 4/30/2015 10:51 PM


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Posted 4/30/2015 10:51 PM

End-of-life planning event cancelled

VIRGINIA - The end-of-life planning event scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 18 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church has been cancelled. More...

Posted 10/16/2014 07:02 PM

Annual Fall Bazaar and Luncheon in Embarrass

EMBARRASS - Annual Fall Bazaar and Luncheon at Hope Lutheran Church will be held Saturday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Soups, desserts and coffee will be serve for $6. Dessert and coffee only is $30. The church is located at 5088 Hwy. More...

Posted 10/16/2014 07:02 PM

Ruby’s Pantry food distribution at Clinton Town Hall

Ruby's Pantry next food distribution in Iron, MN will be Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 4:30-6 p.m. at Clinton Town Hall, 8907 Hwy. 37. Anyone may participate and receive an abundance of grocery items. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. More...

Posted 10/16/2014 07:02 PM

Range of Temptations Craft Fair held in Chisholm

19th Annual Range of Temptations Craft Fair will be held Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Range Center, 1001 NW 8th Ave., Chisholm. Over 40 vendors! More...

Posted 10/16/2014 07:02 PM

Proactive grieving, turning loss into legacy

VIRGINIA- Grief guru Mitch Carmody, as part of his nationwide Proactive Grieving Tour, will be presenting an evening seminar at Virginia City Hall, 327 South 1st Street, on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. More...

Posted 10/16/2014 07:02 PM

Election 2014: Local candidate statements

Mary McReynolds-Pellinen: Virginia City Council candidate

Dear Readers, More...

Posted 10/16/2014 07:02 PM

Woodlands Bible Church to hold charter service

On Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, a small group of Christian believers met together for worship in a lovely and spacious log home in Zim, MN. This would be the beginning of their journey that some would say, proceeded at the speed of light! More...

Posted 10/9/2014 10:36 PM

Crazy cousins find success Cozy Cottage in the Woods fall sale keeps growing

PALO – I met Kelly Pelto for the first time at the Eli Wirtanen Fall Farm Festival in September. My husband and I go every year and we stopped to visit with Kelly who was selling her wares (vegetable-based soaps and Emu oil products). More...

Posted 10/9/2014 10:36 PM

NOV. 4 GENERAL ELECTION ALERT! Candidates invited to submit statements

Candidates for all local offices, including school boards, are welcome to submit statements introducing themselves to the community, sharing their backgrounds, qualifications, and their reasons for running for office. More...

Posted 10/9/2014 10:36 PM

Chisholm’s Field of Screams: More than just a haunted attraction

Since its inception 12 years ago, Field of Screams in Chisholm has been more than just a fun Halloween haunted attraction. More...

Posted 10/9/2014 10:36 PM

Field of screams: Be prepared to get the Halloween scared out of you

I remember the first time I went to Field of Screams in Chisholm. I was a young kid when my father first brought me. I was really anxious to go; with October being my favorite month and Halloween my favorite holiday I HAD to go! More...

Posted 10/9/2014 10:35 PM

Picturing a story from a picture Grand Rapids Players present the original production “Picturing Grace”

On the first day the actors actually got to set foot on the stage they would be performing the brand new play “Picturing Grace,” it was less than three weeks out from opening night. More...

Posted 10/2/2014 10:15 PM

Fall farm festivals provide fun, family recreation

The Wirtanen Farm Fall Festival was held at the historical Eli Wirtanen Finnish Farmstead in Makinen on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. The 2nd annual Fall Field Festival of farm-fresh family fun was held at Mr. More...

Posted 10/2/2014 10:15 PM

Honeybees: What’s the buzz?

EMBARRASS – Beekeepers are as busy as the honeybees this time of year. Beekeepers around the state are in the process of harvesting honey from the beehives they have been tending and caring for all summer. More...

Posted 10/2/2014 10:15 PM

Melvin and Luella’s 67th Anniversary

MT. IRON – Melvin Anderson is a bit of a history buff and visits our office occasionally for a chat. More...

Posted 9/25/2014 05:12 PM

Arrowhead Library System to present History and Music of the Accordion

MT. IRON – The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present the History and Music of the Accordion with Mario Cianflone in a free program on the following dates: More...

Posted 9/25/2014 05:12 PM

Range Engineering Council: Bringing STEM events to you

HIBBING - There are many STEM-related organizations involved in various activities in northern Minnesota. One of them is the Range Engineering Council which was very involved in bringing the Mind Trekkers event to our area October 3-4. More...

Posted 9/25/2014 05:12 PM

They’ll knock your socks off!

MIND TREKKERS come to Virginia

VIRGINIA - Mind Trekkers will be coming to the Miners Memorial building in Virginia on October 3-4 for two days of experimental fun and adventure at the Iron Range STEM Showcase. More...

Posted 9/25/2014 05:12 PM

Introducing MoeZone:

New puzzle challenge for STEM-sters!

I’m pleased to announce a new HTF feature: MoeZone – a biweekly puzzle to challenge those readers with a propensity towards science, technology, engineering, and math (yes – STEM!). More...

Posted 9/18/2014 06:22 PM

10th annual Housekeeping Olympics: Good, clean fun

Fourteen teams brought their “A” game to the 10th annual Housekeeping Olympics on Monday, Sept. 8, at the AmericInn Lodge & Suites of Virginia. More...

Posted 9/18/2014 06:22 PM

Digital photography FUN!!damentals with Brian Rauvola

The Arrowhead Library System presents Digital Photography FUN!!damentals with Brian Rauvola from the Duluth Photography Institute, a free program being offered at regional libraries the following dates and locations: More...

Posted 9/18/2014 06:22 PM

Little League baseball is 75 years old

The idea for Little League, an organized baseball league for boys, came about in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1938. More...

Posted 9/18/2014 06:22 PM

Wuori T-Ball 2014 Blue Team

Pictured, back row (l. to r.) are: Jason Dreshar, Gus Alafita, Peyton Bialke, Rory Cope- Robinson, Tyler Wudinich, Nolin Cope-Robinson and Colton Bialke. Front row (l. More...

Posted 9/18/2014 06:22 PM

Wuori T-Ball 2014 White Team

Pictured, back row (l. to r.) are: Trey Niska, Rylen Niska, Natalie Parks, Alex Long, Sophia Today, Grace Redmond, Jonathan Malich, Heith LaMourea, Hannah Redmond and Coach Ryan Ganyo. Front row (l. More...

Posted 9/18/2014 06:22 PM

The small, rural township where youth baseball is a BIG deal

Township’s youth baseball claims two championships in 2014

Baseball is as American as apple pie. All over the country in small towns to large cities baseball is there rooted deep with history and stories. More...

Posted 9/18/2014 06:22 PM

Your Legal Rights

Beware of text message phishing—or “smishing”—scam

Call back now to reactivate your credit card. Be the first person to visit this link and win a free gaming system! More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM


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

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Mobile Man

Find the Clue Prizes & Cash to WIN!

Download our Discover MN app from iTunes or Google Play and click the WIN button. Every Friday marks a new contest, new prize and new clue. Mobile Man will be hidden in one of our advertisers in the app, ready for you to find him. More...

Posted 10/20/2014 03:18 PM

Bumper Sticker

Find the Bumper Sticker Gift Certificates to WIN!

Listen, Find, Call, Win! Listen to the WEVE Morning Show weekdays to learn what WEVE and Hometown Focus are giving away! Find the Weve got Focus! More...

Posted 10/20/2014 03:17 PM

Mining Features

I’Falls business offers Registered Yoga Teacher Training

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – Replenish Yoga and Wellness, a yoga studio located in downtown International Falls, MN, is offering Registered Yoga Teacher Training 200 (TT200) certification recognized by the national Yoga Alliance beginning in March. More...

Posted 2/19/2015 09:56 PM

Returning to U.S. roots is best option, Cliffs’ CEO Goncalves says

Two years after the top execs at Cliffs Natural Resources heralded China as their place of future growth, the company’s new leader said returning to the company’s domestic roots is the best course. More...

Posted 2/19/2015 09:56 PM

Pro Blast welcomes Wayne Bruns to company

KEEWATIN - Pro Blast is pleased to announce the addition of Wayne Bruns as the company’s new Business Manager. Bruns comes to Pro Blast after working at Grand Rapids State Bank for the past 12 years as their Vice President of Business Banking. More...

Posted 2/19/2015 09:56 PM

Real Estate

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

Minnesota snowmobile season and weekly trail reports begin

ST. PAUL – Snowmobilers can legally ride any of the more than 22,000 miles of Minnesota’s state and grant-in-aid snowmobile trails, from Dec. 1 through the end of March, according to the Department of Natural Resources. More...

Posted 12/4/2014 09:36 PM

Home & Garden Tips


Decorator Challenge: Furniture…comfort with style…does it exist? Remedy: More...

Posted 4/30/2015 10:50 PM

Benefits of a healthy yard

A healthy yard can increase the value of your property by as much as 20%. Multiple vegetative layers such as the canopy, the understory, shrubs, herbaceous plants, and leaf litter will save money by not hauling leaves to the dump. More...

Posted 4/30/2015 10:50 PM


Decorator Challenge: Selecting Fabrics Remedy: More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:16 PM

Range History

Burbot oil in Baudette kickstarts a billion-dollar company

Dear Readers, This edition of Hometown Focus has been so much fun for me (and I hope for you, too). While researching fish species in Lake Vermilion, More...

Posted 4/30/2015 10:50 PM

This Week in Range History

Public health services: Rat patrols, baby visits, and more

Dear Readers, This week Hometown Focus is taking an historical look at Public Health services in St. Louis County and how they have changed over the years. More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM

This Week in Range History

Dear Readers, More...

Posted 4/16/2015 07:37 PM

Massage for Your Health

Going on vacation? Don’t forget the massage

Getting ready to pack your bags? Got that resort destination in mind? Have you scheduled your massage while there? If not you might want to think about it. Many places offer massage and many also include couples’ massage on their menu. More...

Posted 4/30/2015 10:50 PM

Top 10 reasons to get a massage

I came across an article another massage therapist had written and felt she made some good points. I’d like to pass them along to you. More...

Posted 4/16/2015 07:37 PM

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

This saying can certainly be applied to helping prevent repetitive strain injuries. These happen when we overuse a specific body part when performing a specific task, i.e. More...

Posted 4/2/2015 07:51 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

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


Mesabi East teacher and students honored at STEM All-Star recognition banquet

AURORA – Students at Mesabi East and instructor Bill Krueth were honored at the first annual STEM All Stars Banquet held at Hibbing Community College on April 23. STEM is the acronym for the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. More...

Posted 4/30/2015 10:50 PM

New Orthopaedic Associates Clinic opening in Hibbing on May 1

HIBBING – Orthopaedic Associates of Duluth is expanding their orthopaedic services in Hibbing with the addition of a new clinic opening on May 1. The new office, located at 1101 E. More...

Posted 4/30/2015 10:50 PM

Latimer is speaker at VA Historical Society banquet

VIRGINIA – KAXE Nature Commentator John Latimer is slated to speak at the Virginia Historical Society banquet on Friday, May 8. More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:16 PM

Fresh Stuff

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

News Briefs

Container Gardening Demonstration

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

Posted 3/29/2011 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

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

Focus On Veterans

Yellow Ribbon School ceremony May 6 at HCC

HIBBING – Steering committee members of the Hibbing Community College Yellow Ribbon Network are proud to announce that Hibbing Community College will be officially recognized as a Yellow Ribbon School. More...

Posted 4/30/2015 10:49 PM

Salute to Women Veterans event in Brainerd

BRAINERD – Registration is now open for the 2015 Salute to Women Veterans event Saturday, May 16, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd, Minn. More...

Posted 4/30/2015 10:49 PM

Medical experts to advise VA on health care for 9 million Veterans

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced a new 11-member Special Medical Advisory Group (SMAG) composed of leading medical experts to assist the Department in delivering health care to the 9 million Veterans enrolled More...

Posted 4/30/2015 10:49 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

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

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

Out of the Blue

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

Posted 7/10/2014 08:25 PM

Out of the Blue

Little boys like to brag about their dad. “My dad is (fill in the blank) than your dad.” I’m not so little anymore, but I still have that little boy inside me that is proud of his dad. My dad may not be bigger than your dad. More...

Posted 6/12/2014 07:28 PM

Outdoors by Jerry McCormick

What? Warm-blooded insects?

April and early May are the months we see the first insects come crawling out. the first insects to come out are not the familiar troublesome types. The early-season insects face the problem most of us faced all winter: keeping warm. More...

Posted 4/30/2015 10:50 PM

The magic of snow fleas

What is a snow flea? Turns out, that is an interesting question. They are not true fleas, that much is certain. And, over the years biologists have argued whether or not they are insects. More...

Posted 3/5/2015 10:35 PM

Ladybug palettes and patterns

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

Posted 10/2/2014 10:15 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

Salome's Stars

CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Anyone trying to bully the Sea Goat -- whether it involves a personal or a professional matter -- will learn a painful lesson. Others also will benefit from the Goat’s strong example. More...

Posted 4/30/2015 10:50 PM

This guide is fishing with family on opening weekend

Hello everybody, More...

Posted 4/30/2015 10:50 PM


CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Being asked for advice is flattering to the Sea Goat, who has a habit of saying the right thing. This time, expect someone to be especially impressed and to act on that sentiment. More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:16 PM


Highway 53 Public Hearing

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Posted 4/24/2015 08:24 AM

Nashville country music duo, unBRAKEable

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Posted 4/17/2015 08:17 AM

The Hwy. 53 re-route

The proposed Hwy. 53 re-route path. Video by Terry Hartikka.


Posted 3/30/2015 10:32 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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Breakfast MON DAY: Choice of Breakfast Cereal & Graham Crackers or Hot Oatmeal & Graham Crackers or Yogurt & Graham Cracker. More...

Posted 12/29/2011 09:49 PM

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