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Horsing around at the Itasca County Fair

A day at the Itasca County Fair would not be complete for Aubriella Rima-Carlson without a horseback ride offered by her friend Elora DeMuth. More...

Posted 8/31/2017 11:28 PM

My Tattoo

This tattoo belongs to Jimmer Malmborg of Virginia, MN. When asked about the meaning of his tattoo Jimmer said, laughingly, “It really has no meaning. I got it quite a few years ago when I was young, dumb, and drunk. More...

Posted 8/31/2017 11:28 PM

Final preparations being completed on Highway 53 relocation project

VIRGINIA – Coming into this season, the Highway 53 relocation project was about two months ahead of schedule. The project is still ahead of schedule, but only about a month now after a rainy summer. But the end is in sight.  More...

Posted 8/31/2017 11:28 PM

Back-to-school can mean shopping for a school, too

AURORA – When entering many of our local retail stores, signs and displays announce it is time for back- to-school shopping. And I agree, it is.  More...

Posted 8/31/2017 11:28 PM

Avoid back injuries by choosing the right backpack; function before style

Finding the right backpack is an essential component of back-to-school shopping. Children may have their own ideas of what's in style, but parents should look for backpacks that are functional before factoring in style. More...

Posted 8/31/2017 11:28 PM

Look who’s going back to school

EDITOR’S NOTE: These woodland creatures are ready for school courtesy of artist Rebecca Koepke of Eveleth. More...

Posted 8/31/2017 11:29 PM

Super John retires after 45 years

BIWABIK – “The guys” meet for coffee at the Subway in Biwabik at 6:30 a.m. and they are keen observers and commentators on everything happening within their view. More...

Posted 8/31/2017 11:29 PM

Survey deadline is Aug. 31

Take the broadband access survey

IRON RANGE – Not everyone on the Iron Range has access to high-speed Internet, and local communities are working together to improve that access and to provide faster speeds.  The Iron Range Broadband Communities project area includes all More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:48 AM

Extra DWI Enforcement Aug. 18 – Sept. 3 Extra enforcement, DWI courts aim to reduce drunk driving

STATEWIDE – Driving while impaired is a choice that too many people are making again and again: 41 percent of drivers arrested for a DWI in 2015 in Minnesota had at least one previous drunk driving conviction. More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:48 AM

Single lane closures on Hwy. 1 between Isabella, Ely begin Aug. 21

ELY – Motorists traveling on Highway 1 between Isabella and Ely will encounter single lane closures and a flagging operation beginning Monday, Aug. More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:48 AM

Reminder to practice safety on the highways

HIBBING – We are in the last few days of summer in northern Minnesota. Labor Day weekend is considered the deadliest weekend on Minnesota highways. More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:48 AM

VFD Run Report: August 14-20, 2017

During the week of August 14-20, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 61 times; nine fire calls, 15 transfers, and 37 EMS 9-1-1 calls. The nine fire calls varied from lift assists, gas smell, steam leak, and a false alarm. More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:48 AM

BBB offers tips for making purchases at the MN State Fair

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota State Fair is always a sure sign summer is drawing to a close. More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:48 AM

AEOA receives $264,090 grant for older workers’ training

VIRGINIA – Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency announced this week that it was awarded a grant of $264,090 from Senior Service America, Inc. Almost 90 percent of this grant—originally from the U.S. More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:48 AM

Bridge, relocation project in final stages

VIRGINIA – The countdown has begun to the opening of the Highway 53 relocation and the new yet-to-be-named bridge over the Rouchleau Pit.  “It looks like we’re going to be early,” Mn- DOT construction manager Andy Johnson More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:48 AM

My Trip to Finland: Excerpts from my daily travel diary

Day 1   I left the Range at 1 a.m., running on three hours of sleep, full of excitement and paranoia. On the shuttle to JFK, I met a girl from Cokato, MN who went to school with my cousins! She was going to Finland too. Small world, eh?  More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

News from Finland: Celebrating Finland’s centenary

FINLAND – Finland’s centenary theme “Together” has sparked an unseen creativity and enthusiasm to do things together. More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

International Wolf Center receives a 4-star rating

ELY – The International Wolf Center learned recently that it had received another 4-star rating from the independent watchdog group Charity Navigator. The rating is Charity Navigator’s highest mark. More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

Eclipse—January 24, 1925—was visible on the Iron Range

On January 24, 1925, there was a solar eclipse which was visible on Minnesota’s Iron Range. The centerline of that solar eclipse went right through the city of Virginia.  More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

Action taken against improper student loan debt collections

Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced that his agency and regulators in four other states have reached a $500,000 joint settlement with two subsidiaries of iQor Holdings Inc. More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

Fountain restoration project donations exceed $459,000

VIRGINIA – The Olcott Park Fountain Restoration Project committee is thrilled to report that donations received in the month of July totaled $56,709, which includes the anonymous donor’s $50,000 matching donation. More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

Minnesota receives national award for green purchasing

For the second year in a row, the State of Minnesota has been honored for its leadership in the procurement of sustainable IT products.  More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

My Tattoo

This tattoo belongs to Dakota Raridon of Cook, MN. Dakota has been on the road working in both North Dakota and Montana so the tattoo of Minnesota reminds him of his home state. The tattoo was done at a shop in Fargo, ND.   More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:52 PM


Bridge Features

MnDOT: Historic bridges

In 1966 Congress enacted the National Historic Preservation Act to help preserve historical and archaeological sites. More...

Posted 10/6/2017 12:16 AM

Time capsule placed in bridge

VIRGINIA – As part of celebrating the opening of the Highway 53 bridge, the City of Virginia placed a time capsule in the Highway 53 East End Pedestrian Plaza column pillar on Friday, Sept. 29. More...

Posted 10/6/2017 12:15 AM

First to bike across the bridge!

An avid rider of the Mesabi Trail, Cherie Seppi—with her granddaughter Mattelyn Seppi, age 10—on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at approximately 4:30 p.m. More...

Posted 10/6/2017 12:15 AM

Mining Features

ERP, Republic Steel form joint venture

GRAND RAPIDS – ERP Iron Ore, which acquired Magnetation’s former assets near Grand Rapids, has formed a joint venture with Republic Steel.  More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:48 AM

Lots to see at MN Museum of Mining

CHISHOLM – The Minnesota Museum of Mining is located near the water tower in Chisholm in an expansive park complex surrounded by a massive rock wall built as part of a WPA project.  More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:48 AM

Rally message is love eclipses hate

Nineteen people, including many young adults, participated in a rally in Virginia on Sunday, Aug. 20. More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:48 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

Get the kids to help

MEA weekend is a super time to get the kids involved in cleaning up the gardens. It is late enough in the season to harvest the remains before frost/freeze warnings hit. More...

Posted 10/19/2017 11:43 PM

Endless laundry? Try going commercial

Does the idea of doing laundry make you want to throw in the towel? Unfortunately that would only contribute to more laundry!  More...

Posted 10/19/2017 11:43 PM

Fall the ideal time to plant bulbs

The arrival of cooler weather marks a prime time to plant bulbs that will bloom come spring and summer. Bulbs should be planted as soon as the ground is cool, ideally when temperatures average between 40 and 50 degrees. More...

Posted 10/12/2017 11:48 PM


A little help for chronic pain; managing depression during cancer treatment

Q: I took a new job, and now my health insurance plan won't cover my old pain medication. (I deal with chronic pain after losing a vertebra in a car accident.) But long-acting morphine is covered. More...

Posted 10/19/2017 11:42 PM

When the going gets tough

So often we look at ourselves in the mirror and see the imperfections: I look old, I look tired, and I need to lose some weight. We meticulously study each cosmetic flaw, neglecting all that is right with us. Are you alive? Are you breathing? More...

Posted 10/19/2017 11:42 PM

Equine assisted psychotherapy: Horse-assisted healing option

Offered locally by Lotus Transitional Services

Equine (from the Latin word Equus, meaning “horse”) assisted psychotherapy is a relatively new phenomenon and fundamentally an experiential form of psychotherapy that is facilitated by a mental health professional and involves being aroun More...

Posted 10/19/2017 11:42 PM

Massage for Your Health

The rewards of massage

Susan Santi is a certified massage therapist and owner of Ahhh Massage in Virginia, MN. Feel free to contact her with questions at 218-410-2144.   More...

Posted 10/12/2017 11:48 PM

Massage can be beneficial even for those who sit a lot

Does your job require you to sit a lot? Whether it be in an office or driving many miles, it doesn’t matter; sitting, is sitting. Researchers are finding out that too much sitting can shorten your life span. More...

Posted 9/29/2017 12:00 AM

Massage can be beneficial for both horse and their riders

I recently returned from a fun, five days of horse camping. There are four of us that get together annually, and have for the last three years, to ride new trails and enjoy each other’s company. This year proved no exception. More...

Posted 9/14/2017 11:50 PM


MI-B seventh-grade girls second at Pacesetter state tourney

MOUNTAIN IRON – The Mountain Iron-Buhl seventh-grade girls were runners-up in their division of the the Pacesetter Minnesota Youth Basketball State Championships on Sunday.  The top two teams at the state tournament qualify for the Paceset More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:08 AM

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

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

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

Focus On Veterans

Minnesota National Guard retires historic, decorated unit

The Minnesota National Guard lost one of its most historically significant units when the 151st Artillery’s E (Target Acquisition) Battery, cased its colors in a ceremony at the Anoka High School on August 19.  The Target Acquisition Batte More...

Posted 10/19/2017 11:41 PM

Department of Veterans Affairs announces recommendations for CARE Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S.  More...

Posted 10/19/2017 11:41 PM

50 years after 1968, How far have we come? “The 1968 Exhibit” returns to the Minnesota History Center, Dec. 23

ST. PAUL – 1968: There has never been another year like it, before or since. It began with the Tet Offensive, the turning point of the Vietnam War, and never let up. The year saw the assassinations of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. More...

Posted 10/12/2017 11:47 PM

Insurance Matters

Insurance matters

The health insurance maze

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

Posted 9/27/2012 07:49 PM

Blue Guitar Highway

Bring It On Home To Me

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

Posted 8/8/2013 07:11 PM

2013: What would Woody Guthrie do?

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

Posted 1/3/2013 09:23 PM

Father knows best

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

Posted 12/27/2012 09:18 PM

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

Where we never fabricate, rarely recriminate, occasionally objurgate, sometimes speculate, usually obfuscate and always ameliorate.

Teddy Bridgewater returned to the practice field for the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday. Just 14 months ago, the 24-year-old quarterback suffered maybe the most gruesome non-contact injuries I’ve ever heard of. More...

Posted 10/19/2017 11:43 PM

Out of the Blue

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Death is a word or subject we often tiptoe around. The physical finality of it is so difficult. It’s indiscriminate. And it’s often unexpected.  More...

Posted 10/12/2017 11:48 PM

Out of the Blue

"We build too many walls and not enough bridges." - Sir Isaac Newton

This is the bridge edition, and it, like just about any other thing, little or big, got me to thinking.  About bridges. About bridges burnt. More...

Posted 10/6/2017 12:15 AM

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) Time for the Lion to be more physically active. It will help shake off any lingering Leonine lethargy and restore your energy levels, so you’ll be prepared for what lies ahead.   More...

Posted 10/19/2017 11:43 PM


Conquering fear in a world that seems full of it

In this day and age, there seems to be so much to fear. Every time you turn on the news, there is tragedy. Nowhere seems safe anymore, not even our own backyard. It is the kind of fear that stops you dead in your tracks. More...

Posted 10/19/2017 11:43 PM

The full circle? My 50 years of partridge hunting experiences

I’ve been hunting partridge longer than I can remember literally. I was born into a family of partridge hunters in April of 1957. More...

Posted 10/19/2017 11:43 PM



Farm Feed  Hay & Straw Bales: Round & Squares, no rain, barn stored. 200 sq. $3/bales, Round-$25. 218-730- 7635   More...

Posted 10/19/2017 11:43 PM


ATV  ATV Cover, $10. 218-966-5446  2000 Arctic Cat 400: low miles, good cond., windshield, spare seat, $1,795. 218-865-7095   More...

Posted 10/19/2017 11:43 PM


Autos Chevy  1966 Chevrolet Caprice: 396 ci motor, California Car, $5,200. 218-929- 1998***   More...

Posted 10/19/2017 11:43 PM

Iron Mining Association of MN to build #MnMined pride at the State Fair

The Iron Mining Association of Minnesota (IMA) is returning to the Great Minnesota Get-Together with its #MnMined message.  The trade association, which represents the iron mines and more than 150 companies who sell goods and services to the min More...

Posted 8/31/2017 11:28 PM

T-S Historical Society’s annual meeting Sept. 19

TOWER – The annual dinner meeting of the Tower Soudan Historical Society will be held at the Tower Civic Center on Tuesday, Sept. 19. More...

Posted 8/31/2017 11:28 PM

Virginia football team honors St. Michael’s resident

Barb Ferris, a resident of St. Michael’s, enjoys sitting outside the facility and watching the Virginia High School football team practice. More...

Posted 8/31/2017 11:28 PM

Virginia Fire Department Run Report: August 21-27, 2017

During the week of August 21-27, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 69 times; 47 EMS 9-1-1 calls, 15 transfers, and seven fire calls. More...

Posted 8/31/2017 11:28 PM

School achievement scores mixed in Itasca County districts

ITASCA COUNTY – Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment scores have been reported for 2017, with statewide averages of reading and math proficiency remaining static. More...

Posted 8/31/2017 11:28 PM

Ely’s Harvest Moon Festival is Sept. 8 – 10

ELY – Ely’s 24th annual Harvest Moon Festival is a celebration of Ely’s art, history and culture. The festival is three days packed with art and craft booths, music and stage shows, and food. More...

Posted 8/31/2017 11:28 PM

Food allergy fast facts; inform school officials

Food allergies can develop from birth, and some last a lifetime. Others are developed at different ages and may be outgrown. No matter when allergies stop or start, they can be a life-threatening problem for children.  More...

Posted 8/31/2017 11:28 PM

Extra DWI patrols: Be safe, drive sober

Whether it’s having fun on the boat or playing beach volleyball, it’s easy for a person to lose track of how much alcohol they’re drinking while out celebrating the final days of summer. More...

Posted 8/31/2017 11:29 PM

Pay attention in construction zones; have a safe Labor Day

From the City Council:

ACTION TAKEN AT THE AUGUST 7, 2017, MEETING:  Approved a one-day temporary liquor license for the Sawmill Saloon to sell alcohol during the city’s Merritt Days on Aug. 12.  More...

Posted 8/31/2017 11:29 PM

Proposal for protecting wild rice from excess sulfide released

After years of research, data analysis, and consultation with tribes, and dozens of meetings and many hundreds of comments from stakeholders and concerned citizens, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has released its proposed changes to Mi More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:48 AM

NRRI connects transportation to “everything else” at summer workshop

NRRI and the Minnesota Department of Transportation hosted a workshop that spanned the breadth of inter-model challenges and opportunities. More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:48 AM

Motorists restricted to a single lane in each direction on Hwy. 11

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – Motorists traveling on Highway 11 will encounter temporary lane closures between Pelland and International Falls beginning Tuesday, Sept. More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:48 AM

Minnesota Book Award authors Krueger and Sosin to present at Virginia library on Sept. 7

VIRGINIA – The Virginia Public Library and The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, as the Minnesota Center for the Book, present an event as part of a tour of Minnesota Book Award winners and finalists. More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:48 AM

Get together with the Commerce Department at the Minnesota State Fair

The Great Minnesota Get-Together keeps getting even greater every year. More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:48 AM

Contributions of former Sheriff Gary Waller remembered

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – He improved the way investigations are conducted, built the current St. Louis County Jail and implemented the D.A.R.E. program for deputies to teach in schools. More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:48 AM

My Tattoo

This tattoo belongs to Keno DeVarney of Phoenix, Arizona, who is a relative of HTF Staff Writer Kirsten Reichel. It is in honor of his son Braden and is a partial quote from the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:48 AM

Change Within Reach donation made

VIRGINIA – Natural Harvest Food Co-op in Virginia raised funds for the Gilbert Library Foundation through its Change Within Reach program in June. More...

Posted 8/25/2017 12:48 AM

Palo’s Steve Solkela has a style all his own

Outgoing Finn seeks fame with his “overpopulated” one-man band, opera studies

EDITOR’S NOTE: Palo’s Steve Solkela, a 2015 graduate of Mesabi East High School in Aurora, has written several dozen songs and released three CDs: 2015’s “Blondie in a Box” (“I hate everything on that CD.”), More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

Together—Finland 100 exhibit at VAHS’s Heritage Museum

VIRGINIA – A new temporary exhibit went up in June at the Virginia Area Historical Society’s Heritage Museum. The new exhibit pays homage to this year’s Finland 100 celebration. More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

Ely chamber announces shop local initiative

ELY – Think local first. This is the message behind the Ely Chamber of Commerce’s shop local initiative, ShopEly101.  More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

The 2017 eclipse: Who? What? Where? When? and How?

All of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights—a total solar eclipse. More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

Following these simple rules, you can safely enjoy the solar eclipse

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality.  More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

Visit VCS Aug. 31 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Vermilion Country School hosting carnival, open house event

TOWER – Vermilion Country School students and staff are inviting the entire community to come and celebrate the first day of school this year with a fun-filled day of carnival activities. More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

133rd Annual St. Louis County Fair

They are “The Five Best Days of Summer”
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Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

Quilt by Karen Lamppa on display at Virginia Public Library

VIRGINIA – The quilt selected for exhibition at the Virginia Public Library during the month of August is a nod to the Impressionism movement of the 19th century popularized by such artists at Monet, Renoir and Cezanne. More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

Scouts from around the world attend 2017 National Jamboree

I recently returned from attending the Boy Scouts of America 2107 National Jamboree in West Virginia where I had the privilege of being a leader, a scoutmaster for a troop of 36 boys. More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:52 PM

Health Features

Being a blood donor could be your ticket to saving lives

IRON RANGE – Memorial Blood Centers (MBC) is currently facing an urgent need for blood – particularly types O negative (O-), B negative (B-), and A negative (A-). More...

Posted 7/27/2017 11:00 PM

MBC: The gift of life-saving blood, generously given

DULUTH – Volunteer blood donors helped save the life of Sully, born with a congenital heart defect.  When Courtney and Rob Kile learned they were having a baby—after trying for two years—they were over the moon. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 11:00 PM

DEED publishes a free guide on starting a family child care business

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is offering a free manual on how to start a family child care business.  More...

Posted 7/27/2017 11:00 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

Casual weddings are gaining popularity; throw one to remember

Elegant, lavish weddings provide moments couples will remember for years to come. But while such storybook ceremonies and receptions remain popular, casual affairs are gaining popularity.  More...

Posted 5/4/2017 10:43 PM

Incorporate flowers into your wedding; they add beauty and ambiance

Weddings are special moments for couples and the guests they invite to share their happiness on their big days. More...

Posted 5/4/2017 10:43 PM

Consider the pros and cons of Friday weddings

Couples give a great deal of thought to the day they choose to get married. Many engaged couples are more attached to a particular season than a specific day, but some couples will consider any time of year to say "I do."  More...

Posted 5/4/2017 10:43 PM


Paws to read at the Virginia Public Library

A crowd of middle school kids are talking and laughing in the Children’s Room of the Virginia Public Library. More...

Posted 10/19/2017 11:41 PM

October is American Humane’s adopt-a-dog Month

Be a hero to dogs young and old at your local shelter

Each October, American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization and the nation’s leading first responder for animals in need, encourages animal lovers to consider adopting a dog from a local shelter or rescue group in hono More...

Posted 10/12/2017 11:47 PM

Hat Trick has honor of lead dog on the bridge walk

VIRGINIA – The first public ceremonial walk over the new Hwy. 53 bridge on Saturday, Sept. 30, was led by a most unlikely mascot. More...

Posted 10/6/2017 12:15 AM

Range History

This week in Range History – Part 3 of 3

Down the Vermilion River in 1908 with Bert Everett

EDITOR’S NOTE – The following is the third and last in a series of a history segment. The first of the series was published in the HTF Sept. 29 edition, the second was published in the HTF Oct. 13 edition. More...

Posted 10/19/2017 11:42 PM

This week in Range History - Part 2 of 3

Down the Vermilion River in 1908 with Bert Everett

EDITOR’S NOTE – The following is the second in a series of a history segment. The first of the series was published in the HTF Sept. 29 edition. The story is from the book Down the Vermilion River in 1908 with Bert Everett. More...

Posted 10/12/2017 11:48 PM


Down the Vermilion River in 1908 with Bert Everett

EDITOR’S NOTE – The following is the first in a series of a history segment that will appear in HTF. The story is from the book Down the Vermilion River in 1908 with Bert Everett. Using notes from the diary of Lloyd R. More...

Posted 9/29/2017 12:00 AM

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

Building bridges in October

Hello people and welcome to the tenth month of year. As we are leaning towards the end of the year, I hope that everyone has found some aspect of your life that has made a positive change. More...

Posted 10/6/2017 12:15 AM

Healthy for Life

Recapping summer and addressing autumn

Salutations to everyone as we say so long to our summer season as we officially usher in the autumn aura. This past summer was definitely filled with multitudes of activities and festivities to choose from.  More...

Posted 9/21/2017 11:54 PM

Healthy for Life

Some September provisions as we ease into a new season

Hello everyone! It’s time for many to get back on track – whether it be behind the desk, the wheel or a ball – and try to be more flexible for whatever conditions may come your way. More...

Posted 9/7/2017 11:55 PM

Hometown Recipes

Soups with a hearty blend of vegetables

The following are from a book I have used before for soup recipes called, The Book of Soups by Lorna Rhodes. More...

Posted 10/19/2017 11:42 PM

Wild rice: A very versatile grain

Wild rice season is upon us. From what I understand, the yield has been pretty decent this year. I try to get about 20 pounds each season to make sure there is enough to last to the next year (or have a stash in case there is a bad year for rice). More...

Posted 10/12/2017 11:47 PM

Redefining after-school snacks

With school back in session, it’s time to plan for after-school snacks.  For kids and many adults, snacking is necessary to meet our daily needs for vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. More...

Posted 10/6/2017 12:15 AM

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


Its Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a great time for both citizens and businesses to take stock of their online security measures. More...

Posted 10/19/2017 11:42 PM

Northland Foundation awards 69 grants totaling $544,099 for July – September

NORTHEASTERN MINNESOTA – In the third quarter of 2017, the Northland Foundation approved $544,099 in grant awards to nonprofit organizations, schools, and community groups serving northeastern Minnesota. More...

Posted 10/19/2017 11:42 PM

Minnesota has 122,900 job vacancies in second quarter 2017, up 26 percent

STATEWIDE –Minnesota employers reported more than 122,900 job vacancies in the second quarter of 2017, indicating the state labor market is extremely tight as baby boomers retire from the workforce and moderate job growth continues, according t More...

Posted 10/12/2017 11:48 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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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



Life is fleeting: How would you want to be remembered?

Greetings and Sallytations!   I took a week off last week as I had nothing to say. I'm serious – I had writer's block. I had so many meetings and commitments and the sun was in my eyes. More...

Posted 10/19/2017 11:42 PM


Dining out and hoarding cords: Such difficult decisions!

Greetings and Sallytations!   More...

Posted 10/6/2017 12:15 AM


Worry less and enjoy the good things in life

Greetings and Sallytations!   More...

Posted 9/29/2017 12:00 AM

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 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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