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IRE graduates land local engineering jobs

VIRGINIA - Mesabi Range College in Virginia became the home of Iron Range Engineering (IRE) in January of 2010, an innovative industry and educational partnership that provides upper-division students with the opportunity to participate in and even t More...

Posted 9/5/2013 09:37 PM

A family divided, sort of

Raise your hand if you support clean water

My daughter is an environmental activist and student at Northland College in Ashland, WI, where she’s one semester shy of receiving a degree in Sustainable Community Development. More...

Posted 9/5/2013 09:37 PM

Shotguns and Labor Day

For many Americans Labor Day is a laid back kind of holiday where one is surrounded by family, fun, and franks. Our large family is no different, except that we change it up a bit and bring out the shotguns! More...

Posted 8/29/2013 08:34 PM

Coming soon! HTF’s special Pet Edition

HTF’s Adopt-a-Pet special edition is coming! On September 20, Hometown Focus will dedicate its entire issue to pets. More...

Posted 8/29/2013 08:34 PM

Lightning calls us out . . . again

Late on Saturday evening, July 6, lightning struck Zion Lutheran Church in tiny Finland, Minnesota. By the time the fire was noticed and fire trucks arrived, it was too late to save the building, too late to save anything in it. More...

Posted 8/22/2013 09:56 PM

Aurora targeted for R100 national archery shoot

Astrology. Mythology. Ancient empires and dynasties across the globe. Archery is part of it all. Until the Chinese invented gunpowder in the 9th century and firearms a few centuries later, the bow and arrow was king. More...

Posted 8/22/2013 09:56 PM

Folk art on wheels

Fine art leans heavily on aesthetics. Aesthetics is the essence of fine art. Conversely, folk art is, at its core, utilitarian. Traditional rules that guide the creation of fine art are pretty much tossed out the window when creating folk art. More...

Posted 8/15/2013 09:41 PM


ELY – The Boundary Waters Blues Fest (BWBF) is back this year, to its roots on Fall Lake in Winton, Minnesota. Yep, just a mere 3.9 miles the other side of Ely. I’m happy as a clam about this, and I know local blues fans are as well. More...

Posted 8/8/2013 07:11 PM


Excuse the pun, but it’s appropriate for Hometown Focus’s upcoming Mining Edition. It’s going to be a BLAST to read, to share, and to treasure. More...

Posted 8/1/2013 09:14 PM

Habitat for Humanity raises funds on the Mesabi Trail

Watching the cyclists on the Mesabi Trail, you think, “Oh, that’s nice. Some friends out for a little bike ride.” More...

Posted 8/1/2013 09:14 PM

Everclear headlines Merritt Days

MT. IRON – The most exciting week of the year for Mt. Iron is here! More...

Posted 8/1/2013 09:14 PM

Sand Lake Shuffle: Be a part of it!

BRITT -The Sand Lake Shuffle, one of the area’s most successful and heart-warming fundraising events, will be held August 9-10 at Voyageur’s Resort, on the Britt By Pass north of Virginia. More...

Posted 8/1/2013 09:14 PM

Florida musician, a Britt native, performs in the northland

Editor’s note: My friend Pete Bertolas told me More...

Posted 7/25/2013 08:58 PM

When everyone becomes family BOUNDARY WATERS BLUES FEST: good vibes

ELY - I have often described the Boundary Waters Blues Fest as having a backyard blues party atmosphere. And off the top of my head, I can think of over a half dozen past performers who refer to us (at the event) as “Family.” More...

Posted 7/18/2013 09:57 PM

Mississippi Melodie Showboat

One of the gems of Itasca County

Vaudeville, considered the heart of American show business a hundred years ago, makes an annual visit to Grand Rapids when the Mississippi Melodie Showboat paddles around a bend in the river and docks before the outdoor amphitheater that sits above t More...

Posted 7/18/2013 09:57 PM

My sister, my inspiration

In 2003, a sixth grader read the Tom Clancy novel The Hunt for Red October - and became inspired. At the age of 14, the young teen attended a summer softball camp at the University of Michigan. At that point, for her, it clicked. More...

Posted 7/11/2013 08:50 PM

Chicago’s “Chainsaw” Dupont coming to Ely’s Blues Fest

ELY - In the HTF issues leading up to the August 15-17 Boundary Waters Blues Fest, I would like to showcase some of the main stage artists and give you a little background on how they were chosen. More...

Posted 7/11/2013 08:49 PM

Mighty Molly: My favorite girl

Dave Barker’s extra special companion

Pets. They’re all special. And, generally speaking, each pet we own is our favorite. But every now and then that favorite pet is SPECIAL with capital letters. They are the favorite of all of your favorites. More...

Posted 7/11/2013 08:49 PM

Wudinich officially inducted as Eveleth Postmaster

EVELETH – Brenda Wudinich was officially inducted as Eveleth Postmaster at a ceremony June 21, 2013, at the Eveleth Post Office, where she has served as Postmaster since October 6, 2012. More...

Posted 7/3/2013 03:56 PM

Wild about AFRICA

I can honestly say, “If you have been to South Africa, once is not enough.” I first visited this amazing country two years ago and was awed by its incredible beauty, its amazing animals, and its warm and friendly people. More...

Posted 7/3/2013 03:56 PM

A flashback concert at Fortune Bay: You’ll know all the words

Editor’s note: I’m of an age that I know all the artists and songs featured in the Sail Rock 2013 tour More...

Posted 6/27/2013 11:31 PM

Northern Lights International Music Festival

AURORA – Music lovers rejoice! Twenty days of classical music concerts and opera by international artists and students kicks off July 1 with venues in six Iron Range communities: Chisholm, Virginia, Gilbert, Biwabik, Aurora and Ely. More...

Posted 6/27/2013 11:31 PM

Remembering a friend and car enthusiast extraordinaire

This is a story about a very good friend of mine whose life was cut short. He turned 60 last year before passing away in September. I got to know him when we both worked for the same employer. More...

Posted 6/20/2013 09:06 PM

Rotary Kids’ Fishing Contest was a blast!

VIRGINIA – The bass were biting like crazy at the 38th annual Rotary Kids’ Fishing Contest which was a blast for kids and adults alike. More...

Posted 6/13/2013 11:05 PM

Special Sections

Obituaries  Free Access 

Janet Marie Lundmark - 2014-04-18
Daniel Lee Greiner - 2014-04-18
Sigrid E. Gabrielson - 2014-04-18
Melba Prelesnik - 2014-04-11
Florence Ranta - 2014-04-11
Thomas V. Saranpaa - 2014-04-11
Linda Viita - 2014-04-11
Bruce L. Krensing - 2014-04-11
Norman F. Carlson - 2014-04-11

Mining Features


Every American uses an average of 40,000 pounds of new minerals each year. Mining has touched less than onequarter of one percent of all the land in the U.S. More...

Posted 2/20/2014 08:37 PM

Study finds no substitutes for important metals

The National Mining Association recently highlighted a study from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies that analyzed potential substitutes for 62 different metals and their major uses. More...

Posted 2/20/2014 08:37 PM

Metals essential to everyday lives

Found in everything from wind turbines to diabetes test strips, the copper, nickel and platinum group metals that exist in NE Minnesota are essential to our everyday lives. More...

Posted 2/20/2014 08:37 PM

Real Estate

Tips for preparing your lake home or cabin for sale

Have you been thinking about selling your lake home or cabin? Perhaps you’ve wondered how the market is or what steps you can take to maximize More...

Posted 4/17/2014 06:57 PM

The Range’s real estate market: On the upswing

It seemed like not too long ago, being a realtor on the Iron Range was a job for anyone who enjoyed a lot of spare time. More...

Posted 3/13/2014 09:15 PM

To real estate and associated professionals, and readers!

Today, Hometown Focus and DiscoverMN is publishing a special section focusing on Real Estate opportunities and the professional services associated with Real Estate (contractors, insurance agents, attorneys, financial services and more). More...

Posted 2/14/2014 11:28 AM

Home & Garden Tips  Free Access 

Easter lillies

Easter lilies (Lilium longiflorum) have trumpet shaped flowers that symbolize purity, innocence, hope, peace and life. This plant has Biblical connections to Christ’s resurrection signifying rebirth and new beginnings. More...

Posted 4/17/2014 06:58 PM


Decorator Secret: Outdoor Spaces. Making them comfortable with practicality is a priority to ensure that your outside space is laid back and welcoming. How To: More...

Posted 4/17/2014 06:58 PM


Decorator Secret: Balance of Power! More...

Posted 4/10/2014 09:18 PM

Range History  Free Access 



A s community and high school bands were a part of my growing up years in Buhl, I wanted to include them in the memoirs I was writing for my children. More...

Posted 4/17/2014 06:58 PM

Winton’s timber industry of old


Two men stretching their arms from hand to hand could not reach around the girth of some of them, those ancient white pines. More...

Posted 4/10/2014 09:18 PM


Silent reminders of an earlier time are all around us

Dear readers, This week we’re taking a look at remains of the past – silent reminders from the early years of the Vermilion, Mesabi and Cuyuna ranges – that include prehistoric burial mounds at Esquagama More...

Posted 4/3/2014 08:37 PM

Massage for Your Health  Free Access 

When you think you just can’t do something

Have you ever been in a situation where you think, “I could never do that?!” - for whatever reason. And you know you are justified in your beliefs. Well, I encountered that very scenario with two people at the same event. More...

Posted 4/10/2014 09:18 PM

Are you stuck?

As we get older, life certainly can throw curve balls at us. And what I mean by curve balls is we injure ourselves easier, do not have the same muscle strength to open those jar of pickles like we used to, and our body parts start to wear out, etc. More...

Posted 3/27/2014 07:31 PM

Physical response to decreasing stress

We know receiving a massage can help lower stress levels. Did you know that if you lower your stress by making good decisions in your life that it can magnify the benefits of getting a massage? More...

Posted 3/13/2014 09:15 PM

Sports  Free Access 

Cherry manages to kick off softball season

A little more white stuff this week which means it feels just like hockey weather, and since you mentioned it, the MN Wild are in the playoffs for the second year in a row. The Wild, with the 7th seed, takes on Colorado in a best of 7 series. More...

Posted 4/17/2014 06:58 PM

The Wild are in the playoffs and the Twins at home!

Spring has finally sprung in the northland. As we enjoy seeing streams of water run across the road and snowbanks shrinking day by day, we also know that spring high school sports are here as well. More...

Posted 4/10/2014 09:18 PM

It’s Final Four time…and more

It's an exciting time to be a sports fan. This weekend will be Final Four time and last weekend there was still the possibility of 3 of the 4 teams being from the Big 10. Instead just Wisconsin was able to crack the big show. More...

Posted 4/3/2014 08:37 PM

Sports Events  Free Access 

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

Business  Free Access 



If I ask if you’ve been to the Range Recreation Civic Center (RRCC), would you know what I’m talking about? Chances are you might have to think about it. Where is the Range Recreation Civic Center? More...

Posted 4/3/2014 08:37 PM

Local employers can register for job fair

VIRGINIA – The 15th annual Iron Range Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, Mar. 19, at the Thunderbird Mall in Virginia. More...

Posted 2/14/2013 09:42 PM

Employment law seminar to be held at MDC

CHISHOLM – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development – Business Services, area Chambers of Commerce and the Arrowhead Human Resources Association are offering an informative seminar on the latest legal issues faced b More...

Posted 2/14/2013 09:42 PM

Fresh Stuff  Free Access 

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  Free Access 

Back in time... 1960’s Drag Racing

Sheldon Konblatt’s funny cars were never the normal run of the mill machines. The first one had to be the strangest. The “Peanuts” Galaxie was unique at best. More...

Posted 1/6/2012 01:13 AM

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

Back in time...

1960’s Drag Racing

Eddie Pauling was never afraid to try something different. His first two funny cars were both of the rear-engine variety. More...

Posted 11/23/2011 02:49 PM

Conducting Commerce  Free Access 

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

Fishing  Free Access 


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

LV fishing slow and erratic

Hello everybody, More...

Posted 8/11/2011 10:13 PM

Insurance Matters  Free Access 

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

In Your Words  Free Access 

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  Free Access 

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

Sallyworld  Free Access 


Spring = potholes and coffee spills

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 4/17/2014 06:57 PM


The Minnesota Good-Bye takes the cake…or, the sandwich loaf

Greetings & Sallytations! Observations: Minnesotans have sometimes been noted for their “Minnesota Nice” attitude, a positive reputation. But, I think more than the Minnesota Nice reference, the “Minnesota Good-bye” tops alls. More...

Posted 4/10/2014 09:18 PM


An $11 slice of banana crème pie, transferred instantly to my thigh

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 4/3/2014 08:37 PM

Website Wisdom  Free Access 

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

Obituaries  Free Access 

Sigrid E. Gabrielson

  Sigrid E. Gabrielson, 91, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Burnsville, Minn. More...

Posted 4/16/2014 04:12 PM

Daniel Lee Greiner

Daniel Lee Greiner, age 59, longtime resident of rural Eveleth and formerly of Hibbing, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in his home following a 5 year battle with cancer. He was born December 7, 1954, in Virginia, MN to Robert L. More...

Posted 4/16/2014 04:07 PM

Janet Marie Lundmark

Janet Marie Lundmark, age 88, a longtime Virginia resident, died Saturday, April 12, 2014, in the Chestnut Grove Residence in Virginia. More...

Posted 4/16/2014 04:00 PM

Classifieds  Free Access 


LINE DANCE CLASS will be meeting at the Cherry School in the old gym starting Sunday, April 13th, 6-8 P.M. Bring dancing shoes. No street shoes in gym. $1 a class.Open to all ages.Questions contact Jeanne @ 218-929-0652 More...

Posted 4/17/2014 06:58 PM


LIVESTOCK WWBoven’s Browns Pullets: 19-22 weeks old, just starting to lay. Beef by the Quarter or Half. Pork – half or whole. Farm raised chickens. Call Joe Sopp @ 218-290-1024**** More...

Posted 4/17/2014 06:58 PM


ATVS Polaris 5 ft. Snow Plow: has its own winch, good condition, $250 OBO. 218-753-7760 or 218-248- 0788 2001 Honda Sportrax 250 EX: $1,500. 218-969-7712 More...

Posted 4/17/2014 06:58 PM

Volunteers needed for Buddy Backpack program

CHISHOLM – Volunteers are being sought to join United Way of Northeastern Minnesota in packing food kits for the Buddy Backpack program during the upcoming school year. Fall dates established for packing food kits are: • Tuesday, Sept. More...

Posted 9/5/2013 09:37 PM

Iron Range Engineering receives accreditation

VIRGINIA – Iron Range Engineering (IRE) has earned accreditation from the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET). The accreditation is being retroactively applied to all previous IRE graduates. More...

Posted 9/5/2013 09:37 PM

American Legion Legacy Run

Scholarship money raised for children of fallen servicemembers

More than 220 motorcycles traveling across five states and 1,500 miles have raised more than $334,000 for college scholarships for the children of U.S. servicemembers killed on or after Sept. 11, 2001. More...

Posted 9/5/2013 09:37 PM

Local exporters

Mining-related businesses grow beyond the Iron Range

Expansion of mining-related business outside the Range area provides stability within the Iron Range economy. As mining on the Iron Range developed, many spin-off businesses began to provide services and products to support the mining industry. More...

Posted 9/5/2013 09:37 PM

Lahti Farms:

82 years of making hay

It’s Minnesota State Fair time! And you know what that means. No, I’m not talking about food on a stick, grandstand entertainment featuring big-name performers, or the new Riptide Roller Coaster ride on the Mighty Midway. More...

Posted 8/29/2013 08:34 PM

74th Annual

Embarrass Region Fair is August 24-26

EMBARRASS – There’s just something down-home and good about the Embarrass Region Fair. More...

Posted 8/22/2013 09:56 PM

Local archers bring home awards

Straight Thru Archery is located at 315 Main Street in Aurora. They have a pro shop with experienced bow mechanics and a 20 lane, 30-yard indoor range with both dot and 3D targets. League shooting starts in December. More...

Posted 8/22/2013 09:56 PM

Equestrian Jessica Foschi of Virginia wins talent search

WELLINGTON, FL – Equestrian and national dressage competitor Jessica Foschi of Virginia, Minn. recently took first place in the Custom Saddlery’s Young Ambassador Talent Search. More...

Posted 8/15/2013 09:41 PM

These businesses support the Boundary Waters Blues Festival!


Posted 8/8/2013 07:11 PM

“Saving face” in Thailand a challenge

Editor’s Note: In our May 17, 2013 edition of Hometown Focus, we ran an introductory story by Iron Ranger Marie Shanks about her experience as a newly-arrived Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand. More...

Posted 8/8/2013 07:11 PM

Thank you! Thank you all so much!

BABBITT - Sunnie Hardy of Babbitt is a lucky lady. More...

Posted 8/1/2013 09:14 PM

Gear up for the August 15-17 return to Winton!


ELY - In my last HTF blues update, I wrote about how the Boundary Waters Blues Fest has a warm, friendly, family sort of vibe to it. More...

Posted 8/1/2013 09:14 PM

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Merritt Days 2013

Mountain Iron

Saturday, Aug. 3 • 10 a.m. 3RD ANNUAL CO-ED KICK BALL TOURNAMENT (at the South Grove fields) “Kick-off” Merritt Days with some old fashioned fun! Sunday, Aug. 4 – Friday, Aug. 9 More...

Posted 8/1/2013 09:14 PM

My introduction to opera: Bravo!

I love life! I want to go everywhere, do everything and meet everyone. I want it all. More...

Posted 7/25/2013 08:59 PM


This week I write about the awesomeness of men. More...

Posted 7/25/2013 08:58 PM

Visit the fabulous

Mineview in the Sky and The Shop at the Top

VIRGINIA – A visit to Mineview in the Sky, just south of Virginia off Hwy. 53, with its scenic vistas of three mines, and an up-close view (literally right over the edge) of Rouchleau Pit, is a truly unique experience. More...

Posted 7/18/2013 09:57 PM

Bess Metsa Memorial Garden Bailey's Lake Virginia, Mn

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Posted 7/11/2013 08:50 PM

Goats and gardens, by golly

Although it recently feels warm, I'm still living with a hangover from the late spring. Because the cold lasted so long, getting baby chicks was delayed, which set back the baby turkeys who follow after the chicks. More...

Posted 7/11/2013 08:50 PM

Transit driver Tim McQueen aids rider with stroke symptoms

For Arrowhead Transit driver Tim McQueen, emergencies had been part of his daily routine. So on Monday afternoon, July 1, when one of his riders appeared to be having a stroke-like symptoms, McQueen immediately took action. More...

Posted 7/11/2013 08:49 PM

Bess Metsa Memorial Garden

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Posted 7/11/2013 08:49 PM

Woo hoo! Boundry Waters Blues Fest is returning to Winton

Editor’s note: Hometown Focus is pleased to announce our sponsorship of this year’s Boundary Waters Blues Festival to be held August 15-17, 2013, in Winton, MN. More...

Posted 7/3/2013 03:56 PM

Free health care clinic coming to Virginia

VIRGINIA- The Project Care Free Clinic is coming to Virginia in August, and a public informational meeting will be held July 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Miners Memorial. More...

Posted 7/3/2013 03:56 PM

STEM Camp at MRC: Preparation for the future

Students navigate the world of robotics

Science. Technology. Engineering. Math. You hear these terms often. Frequently they are mentioned when talking about the future of our country and maintaining our preeminent status in the world. More...

Posted 6/27/2013 11:31 PM

Orchestra students receive creative writing award

Seventh grader Jasmine Jam and eighth grader Kaitlyn Rigstad recently won a creative writing contest sponsored by the Mesabi Symphony Orchestra as part of the MSO’s annual Young People’s Concert. More...

Posted 6/20/2013 09:06 PM

On Waldënën Pond:

Gramma Lina and Grampa Verne’s House on Ely Lake

Fayal Township is the archetype of northern Minnesota’s bucolic communities. Named after the Azorean island of Faial, it has few climatic similarities to its namesake but is equal in pastoral charm. More...

Posted 6/20/2013 09:06 PM



Operation Round Up gives more than $41,000 to community programs

GRAND RAPIDS – Lake Country Power’s Operation Round Up® participants are committed to lending a helping hand to the communities and residents of northern Minnesota. More...

Posted 1/16/2014 08:50 PM

Wide Open Services to host Open House

PIKE TOWNSHIP – There’s a new business in Pike Township and they’re having an Open House on Friday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 18 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. More...

Posted 1/16/2014 08:50 PM

Gov. Dayton releases bonding proposal

ST. PAUL - Today, Governor Mark Dayton unveiled a $986 million statewide bonding proposal designed to create over 27,000 jobs and improve Minnesota’s public infrastructure. More...

Posted 1/16/2014 08:50 PM

News Briefs  Free Access 

Rummage sale proceeds benefit Kaleva Hall

VIRGINIA – The Kaleva Corporation will hold a rummage sale on Saturday, Apr. 26, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Kaleva Hall, 125 3rd St. North in Virginia. Proceeds from the sale will be used for the maintenance of the historic Kaleva Hall. More...

Posted 4/17/2014 06:58 PM

Wirtanen Pioneer Farm annual meeting to be held

MARKHAM – The Wirtanen Pioneer Farm annual meeting will be held on Sunday, Apr. 27, at 3 p.m. at Colvin Town Hall in Markham. Lunch in the Finnish tradition will follow the meeting. Pam Brunfelt will be the guest speaker. More...

Posted 4/17/2014 06:58 PM

Non-fiction books on sale at Eveleth library

EVELETH – The Eveleth Public Library is spotlighting a variety of non-fiction books for this month’s book sale. Included are cookbooks, inspirational books, self-help books, biographies, how-to books and books with sports topics. More...

Posted 4/17/2014 06:58 PM

Pets  Free Access 

ASPCA reveals top animal poison concerns

Human medications cause most problems for pets

NEW YORK—In a new report released in March by the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), the Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) reveals that human medications once again tops the list of toxins most commonly i More...

Posted 4/17/2014 06:57 PM

IRDTC congratulates Kyle Skinner and Ashton Contented Critters

VIRGINIA – A huge congratulation goes out from the Iron Range Dog Training Center (IRDTC) to Kyle Skinner and his dog, Ashton. More...

Posted 4/10/2014 09:18 PM

Go ORANGE for animals in April

ASPCA’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

One of the ASPCA’s most important events is the celebration of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. More...

Posted 4/3/2014 08:37 PM

Health  Free Access 

Generic drug safety; attack on sat-fat off target

Q: What’s the Food and Drug Administration doing about assuring the safety of generic drugs? -- Randy P., Flemington, N.J. More...

Posted 4/17/2014 06:57 PM

Why belly size, more than weight, is your red-flag warning; clowning docs

Q: I’m not THAT overweight, but I have a big gut. My doctor says I have to lose my belly, but I shouldn’t lose much weight overall. How does that work, and why does it matter? -- Joseph L., Asbury Park, N.J. More...

Posted 4/10/2014 09:18 PM

Dangerous advice: Never let them see you sweat

Have you ever felt that nagging pressure to do it all BY YOURSELF and to keep a smile on your face even when you just can’t stand to show those pearly whites (or yellows) any longer? Where does this pressure come from? More...

Posted 4/3/2014 08:37 PM

Healthy for Life  Free Access 

Healthy FOR Life

Holy and happy sweetness, it’s Easter time!

I trust everyone is feeling their spirits rise as we celebrate new beginnings that are never-ending. And I can only imagine what you may be filling your Easter baskets and bellies with. More...

Posted 4/17/2014 06:57 PM

Healthy FOR Life

The Importance of Friends

Hello and Happy Anniversary to Hometown Focus! More...

Posted 4/10/2014 09:18 PM

Healthy FOR Life

Hello there everyone and everybody! Let’s try to welcome in April’s showers, the melting and dripping and blowing snow, which will continue on its course unconditionally More...

Posted 4/3/2014 08:37 PM

Hometown Recipes  Free Access 

Creative breakfast recipes and

a flat bread too good for words

This week we feature five great recipes from my friend Nancy Sertich of Chisholm. I’m trying to get those Chisholmites to contribute more often to HTF and Nancy was nice enough to respond to my request. More...

Posted 4/17/2014 06:57 PM

Snow bird shares recipes from Florida

Florida! What a happy state I’m in – literally! My friends in Minnesota hang up on me when I call, but they will get over it. Three friends rented a cottage in John’s Pass and we call it our “Mama Mia Cottage.” More...

Posted 4/10/2014 09:18 PM

Cookin’ with Cheryl Aluni:

My friend Cheryl Aluni of Virginia is a terrific cook. I have personally dined at Cheryl’s table many times and can attest to her talents. I always thought she could make a career of it! More...

Posted 4/3/2014 08:37 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

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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

Back in time... 1960’s Drag Racing

Junior Brogdon’s “Phony Pony” ran under various guises, including single engines and twin engines, both blown and unblown. The unruly car ran its best times of 8.36 at 165 with a single blown 289 Ford small block. 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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Focus On Veterans  Free Access 

Adaptive housing grant eligibility now automatic for Veterans with ALS

WASHINGTON- Veterans and active-duty military personnel with service-connected amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, are now presumed medically eligible for grants up to almost $68,000 to adapt their homes More...

Posted 4/17/2014 06:57 PM

Disability claims backlog reduced by 44 percent

WASHINGTON – One year after the backlog of pending disability compensation claims peaked at over 611,000 in March 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has reduced that number by approximately 44 percent to 344,000 claims – a redu More...

Posted 4/17/2014 06:57 PM

Focus Veterans

Wear purple on April 15! Recognizing military-connected youth

There are several programs in place to give our nation’s “Hidden Heroes” the recognition they deserve. More...

Posted 4/10/2014 09:18 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

Saying goodbye is one of the toughest things to do in life. More...

Posted 4/17/2014 06:58 PM

Out of the Blue

I have a soft spot for mad Russians. You know the kind that speak an endearing sort of broken English with a thick accent and call you “Meeler”? You don’t know? More...

Posted 4/10/2014 09:18 PM

Out of the Blue

Arvaa kuka tuli takaisin? Jälkeen neljän kuukauden tauolle, jonka aikana tämä kirjailija tuli sujuvasti suomea, Tyhjästä tuottoa kaikissa kirkkaimmillaan. Tai häiritsevän sen puutteesta. More...

Posted 4/3/2014 08:37 PM

Outdoors by Jerry McCormick  Free Access 

Signs of spring in evidence now

Spring is sounding very, very appealing about now, to most of us anyway. Many are looking and searching for those first signs of spring. More...

Posted 1/24/2013 09:26 PM


Cute but stinky

Editor’s note: Jerry was concerned that I waited too long to publish this column about ladybugs. But I told him that just in the last couple of weeks I have noticed, and still have, ladybugs in our house. More...

Posted 11/29/2012 08:36 PM

Why leaves fall in the fall

The most common question about trees in the fall is, “Why do the leaves change color?” But there are other questions about seasonal changes, like “Why do trees shed their leaves?” I don’t think that question is asked ver More...

Posted 10/4/2012 08:43 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 


ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You might need to do a bit more investigating before making a career move. You do best when you come armed with the facts. A personal matter still needs tending to. More...

Posted 4/17/2014 06:58 PM

Basic tips to keep your PC running well

Check RAM for errors, and replace modules if needed. More...

Posted 4/17/2014 06:57 PM


ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You’re doing better on the flexibility issue, but you still need to loosen up a bit to show you can be less judgmental and more understanding about certain sensitive matters. More...

Posted 4/10/2014 09:18 PM

Community Videos  Free Access 

Pike River Swampers

from CommunityTV, Virginia Community Access Television


Posted 5/19/2010 11:29 AM

Channel 5 LIVE!

Click here to watch Virginia Public Access Channel 5 Live More...

Posted 4/1/2010 12:12 PM

Channel 5 TV: Virginia Public Access More...

Posted 3/31/2010 12:58 PM

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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


Virginia • Mountain Iron-Buhl Eve leth-Gilbe rt Wee k of JANUAR Y 1st, 2011

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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