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Fairview Range earns Governor’s Safety Award

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Angel Fund honored with Rural Health Team award

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Report highlights healthcare delivery issues in MN’s rural communities

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Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Essentia Health, HealthPartners work together to prevent diabetes

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Northern Pines Care Center receives highest rating in care

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Heart program gives patients peace of mind and independence

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Patients can now see caregiver notes in medical record

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Going forward in reverse Surgery option provides relief to arthritis sufferers

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Telehealth appointments help reach rural families

Essentia Health psychiatrist works with children and teens

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Medicare & Medicaid: keeping us healthy for 50 years

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Multiple chemical sensitivity

Do fragrances and scented products make you sick?

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Concussions a health concern in school sports

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Sports and recreation safety fact sheet (2015)

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

FOCUS: Taking care of athletes

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

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

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

Combatting sex trafficking in the Northland

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

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM

Native women and sexual assault

Speak the truth so healing may begin

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

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM

Local advocacy group supports victims, educates communities

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

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM

Susan’s story:

Breaking the silence on her journey to recovery

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

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM

Oral health may be an early indicator of osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is often considered a “silent” disease — one that is associated with few warning signs in the early stages. However, do you know that the early signs of osteoporosis may be able to be seen in the mouth? More...

Posted 1/29/2015 08:48 PM

The human side of hearing: don’t let your hearing loss control your life

As human beings, feelings and emotions make us what we are. And, as human beings, each of us reacts differently depending on how we cope with the negative impact that things have on us, including hearing loss. More...

Posted 1/29/2015 08:48 PM

Essentia Health Medical Equipment offers a variety of aids for daily living

BABBITT – Cliff Horgen likes his tidy, onestory home in Babbitt. It’s filled with good memories from his 63-year marriage to his late wife, Eleonore. A corner wall displays trophies won during a lifetime of trap-shooting competitions. More...

Posted 1/29/2015 08:47 PM

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Mystery Item Contest

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

Posted 7/14/2015 08:25 AM

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

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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

Mining Features

1 jobseeker per job vacancy More job openings in region, according to DEED

DULUTH – Despite layoffs at area mining companies, Northeast Regional Analyst Erik White of DEED says that there are still job openings in our region. More...

Posted 5/28/2015 09:37 PM

The History of Erie Mining Company

A project to document the history of the pioneering research, preliminary pilot plant, and construction and operation of the world’s first completely integrated taconite mine.

In early 2014, a team of willing and dedicated former Erie Mining Company/ LTV Mining employees began meeting monthly at the Hoyt Lakes City Hall. More...

Posted 5/28/2015 09:37 PM

Duluth Seaway Port Authority

Iron ore accounts for 40 percent of Duluth port’s business

DULUTH - Iron ore from the Mesabi Range accounts for 40 percent of the 38 million short tons of bulk material moved through the Duluth-Superior Port each year. Some portrelated statistics: More...

Posted 5/28/2015 09:37 PM


Snake bytes: Caring for a corn snake

If you’re thinking that corn snakes are snakes made of corn, we’ll give you points for imagination, but unfortunately, you are wrong. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

Area’s largest dog sporting event held at DECC

DULUTH – The largest dog sporting event in northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin was held at the DECC in Duluth last weekend. More...

Posted 7/16/2015 09:01 PM

Steps for introducing your cat to a new home

Most cats are not big fans of change. If they could chose, they would prefer to stay where they’re already comfortable and settled in. But, at some point in their lives, most cats must move on to a new location. More...

Posted 7/9/2015 08:53 PM

Range History

The Great Stink Of 1858

Dear Readers, It’s not Range History, but this piece about The Great Stink of 1858 in London was so compelling a read that I thought you would enjoy it More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

One man’s legacy yet to be fulfilled

Mt. Iron’s spectacular pink granite quarry

The Mt. Iron Granite Quarry was purchased in 1902 by W. Wright from Duluth. Mr. Wright purchased the 40-acre site speculating that it might be a site for iron mining. The 40 acres was a bust. The huge hill was nonferrous granite. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

The Overfors Family Homestead in Shaw, MN

Dear Readers, So, the other day I read in a local paper (not Hometown Focus) about the annual luncheon of the Northeastern Minnesota Swede-Finn Historical Society, to be held next month in Hibbing. What? More...

Posted 7/16/2015 09:00 PM

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

Playing for keeps

Hey, kids (and parents, too)…I hope that you are all enjoying some fun, some work and some relaxation before school begins again. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Healthy for Life

Feel better in just five minutes

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Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

Healthy for Life

Creatures of balance

I see many people doing the same exercises and using the same equipment over and over for their workouts. More...

Posted 7/16/2015 09:01 PM

Hometown Recipes

Why salt enhances the flavor of food

Editor’ note: I don’t have a “sweet tooth” but I sure do like my salt. I found this article about salt at the website Today I Found Out, and thought I would share it in this week’s recipe section. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

All I want to do is eat

Our raspberry garden is insane. Every day we pick and it seems that two hours later it needs to be picked over again! So we’ve been eating them, freezing them, giving them away. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:42 PM

Why NOT grill your cabbage?

Okay folks, I went out on a limb this week and made something new: ricotta cheese gnocchi. It was so good! Rich, yes, but good. Don’t ask me what possessed me; I saw the recipe and had to try it. More...

Posted 7/16/2015 09:01 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...

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3/13 - Virginia Area USBC Annual Mixed Association & Hall of Fame Banquet

The Virginia Area USBC Annual Mixed Association and Hall of Fame Banquet will be held Saturday, March 13 at the Virginia Elk's Club. Happy Hour is at 5:30 with dinner to be served at 6:30. The cost is $15. More...

Posted 2/22/2010 02:54 PM

2/13 - Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing

Saturday, February 13 through Monday, February 15th. 1-800-MINN-DNR More...

Posted 2/5/2010 03:21 PM


Crystal Spawn receives Ted Jones Entrepreneurial Award

VIRGINIA – Crystal Spawn of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Virginia recently won the firm's Ted Jones Entrepreneurial Award for her exceptional achievement in building client relationships. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Auto recycling business eyes Nashwauk location

NASHWAUK – At last week’s meeting of the Nashwauk City Council, officials voted to explore options with regard to taxforfeited property that could be developed for commercial use. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Interior designer Julie Spiering named partner at DSGW Architects

DULUTH – DSGW Architects has named associate and long-time staff interior designer Julie Spiering a partner in the firm. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 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...

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Focus On Veterans

Health, Education, Accountability, Responsibility, and Tradition

Bred with H.E.A.R.T., an American Kennel Club Program

The American Kennel Club (AKC®) continues its long-standing commitment to advance the health and welfare of all dogs with the launch of its new program Bred with H.E.A.R.T. (Health, Education, Accountability, Responsibility and Tradition) More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Veterans’ StandDown events scheduled around MN

ST. PAUL – Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) will be holding the 23rd annual Metro Area Veterans’ StandDown Tuesday and Wednesday, August 4 and 5, at the Boy Scout Base Camp at Fort Snelling. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

VFW elects new national commander

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) concluded its 116th National Convention by electing Pittsburgh-native John A. Biedrzycki Jr. as its new national commander. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 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



Coffee in the fast-food drive-thru: NOT

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM


Jam, jam, jam and jam; thanks, Mom

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM


Beware a three-bean Sambuca, and Mt. Iron is 125 years old!

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 7/16/2015 09:01 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

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

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Learn to assist others with heath care directives

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Fairview Range passes Joint Commission survey

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

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

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Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Hibbing resident grateful for orthopedic care at Fairview Range

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Mesabi YMCA now offers Sports Conditioning program

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

MDH study yields estimate of potentially preventable health care events

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Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Life coaching

Break through barriers to the life you desire

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Essentia Health-Virginia Foundation receives historic donation

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

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

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Essentia Health’s colon cancer screening saves lives

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Five summer tips to prevent asthma attacks

Summer break in Minnesota is a great time for children to recharge and play outdoors. But it is definitely not a good time to take a break from asthma medications and asthma management. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Making Medicare make sense

Answers to some of the most commonly asked Medicare questions

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Ely doctors trained in Duluth residency program

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Basic knowledge and common sense will help keep athletes safe

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Physical therapist and coach Rick Flatley:

Year-round cross-training is key to injury prevention

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

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

National Infant Immunization Week April 18-25 Calling the shots: the importance of infant immunization

Parents agree that feeding and sleep schedules are important to help keep their children healthy. The same goes for childhood immunizations. More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM

Elder Care program brings health care to seniors’ homes

VIRGINIA – When Arnold Santi has a question about his health – perhaps about his breathing or how his skin is doing – he no longer has to leave his home and venture out into the cold. More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM

More on child sex trafficking

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

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM

R. S.’ s story:

Former boyfriend became her worst nightmare

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

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM


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

Posted 4/23/2015 10:15 PM

Volunteers are vital to the Fairview Range community

We don’t always remember faces and names, or even what was said. But we always remember how we were treated. More...

Posted 1/29/2015 08:48 PM

Do it your way:

Maintaining personal choice through end of life decisions

It is one of the values we cherish as Americans – freedom. We believe that people ought to be free to live, work, speak their minds, and worship as they wish, as long as they do not harm others. More...

Posted 1/29/2015 08:48 PM

Like all nursing homes, St. Michael’s faces constant change

VIRGINIA – Nursing homes continue to evolve as the industry faces changes in funding and as the needs of those who utilize the services change. At St. More...

Posted 1/29/2015 08:48 PM

Probate is usually required when assets do not transfer upon death

Probate is the legal process of identifying the assets of someone who is recently deceased and distributing the remaining property. More...

Posted 1/29/2015 08:47 PM

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Bridal Features

Tips for planning your wedding photos

(NewsUSA) – With everything that goes into your wedding day, those once-in-a-lifetime moments will go by in a blur, which is why hiring a professional wedding photographer is a must. More...

Posted 5/7/2015 08:36 PM

Fiancé and finances

Five questions to ask before marriage

(Family Features) - Marriage is a milestone in life; yet, many enter into the next phase without asking their spouse some vital questions about money. If you are among the soon-to-be wed, consider starting a conversation using the questions below. More...

Posted 5/7/2015 08:36 PM

Destination wedding might be an affordable choice

Tying the knot isn’t what it used to be. More...

Posted 5/7/2015 08:36 PM


$30 million available to government entities from MnDOT, DEED

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Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Katherine’s House to offer many women’s services

EVELETH – For over a hundred years, the imposing wooden framed structure at 426 Monroe Street in Eveleth has stood head and shoulders above its neighbors on the block just up the hill from Eveleth’s main street, Grant Avenue. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

The Semicolon Project: Your story isn’t over yet

AURORA – Shhhh. Don’t tell my mom, but I may have gotten another tattoo. However, even though she would shake her head, roll her eyes and say, “Okay, Barbara,” she probably would like the message of this one. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 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

Take a kid fishing and fish free June 5-7

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

Posted 5/28/2015 09:37 PM

Minnesota state parks and trails launch new statewide geocaching challenge

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

Posted 4/23/2015 10:16 PM

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

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Urban Trees

Trees help improve property values. Unfortunately, stressors such as drought, heat, storms, and insects have negatively affected approximately 30% of urban trees. 1 large shade tree can reduce home heating costs by $30 every year. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM


Decorator Secret: Bedrooms… How To: Busy lives have turned bedrooms into round-theclock retreats. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:03 PM


Trauma, effects and treatment

Trauma is defined by the American Psychological Association (APA) as the emotional response someone has to an extremely negative event. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

The mouse and the fruit fly; true comfort foods

Q: Why do scientists use mice and fruit flies in lab experiments for testing toxins, drugs and other things? Rodents and insects are so different from humans! -- Jeremy R., Bellevue, Washington More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Unlicensed butt augmentation; now testing male contraception

Q: My best friend wants to get a procedure that would give her a shapelier backside, but she isn’t willing to pay for it through a plastic surgeon. I am desperate to talk her out of going to this local spa place for it. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

Massage for Your Health

Neuromas and neuropathy

Hello! My last article covered neuromas, what they are, and discussed whether massage can help. I wanted to do a follow up article about neuromas and thought I would also include neuropathy. They share similar symptoms yet have different causes. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:02 PM

Neuromas and massage

What exactly are neuromas? I first heard the word years ago when I had a roommate who had been plagued with them. More...

Posted 7/9/2015 08:54 PM

The transforming power of massage

Even though I have been a massage therapist many years, the power of how massage can transform people’s lives continues to amaze and thrill me. More...

Posted 6/25/2015 08:48 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

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

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


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

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


I considered saving this topic for Halloween, because it sounds like something Edgar Allen Poe would have dreamed-up. But it is too cold by Halloween, and the topic is an insect that one has the best chance of seeing during spring or summer. More...

Posted 5/21/2015 07:40 PM

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


“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


CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Don’t let your pride get in the way of checking into what could be a great new opportunity. Get the facts first, and worry about procedure and protocol later. More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM

Star Trek’s ‘Redshirts’ didn’t LL&P

It’s a long-standing source of amusement among “Star Trek” fans: crew wearing red uniforms – the ‘redshirts’ – rarely lived long and prospered, many falling victim to a speedy on-screen demise during the orig More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:40 PM

Draggin’ Wagons F Arrow-Headers F Cellar Dwellers

Do you remember these car clubs from days gone by?

VIRGINIA – I am over 60 years old and have lived my whole life on the Iron Range. Until recently I didn’t know that at one time there was a car club in Virginia called the Draggin’ Wagons. More...

Posted 7/23/2015 09:03 PM




Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM


AUTOS BUICK 1999 Buick Riveria: 214K mi., good running car. $3,100 OBO. 218-780- 8924 or 218-744-4395 2003 Buick Century: Silver, Good Shape, $4,500. 952-843-8486 More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM


2 Large Dog Kennels: $25/ea. 218- 256-3838 All Purpose Saddle: 16 ½” seat, $125 OBO. 218-744-4395 or 218- 780-8924 Small Horse/Stock Trailer: Ramp load, $500 OBO. 218-744-04395 or 218-780-89244 More...

Posted 7/30/2015 08:41 PM


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Posted 6/23/2015 11:34 AM

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Posted 1/10/2014 11:54 AM

Top DVD Rentals and Sales

Top 10 Video Rentals 1. Cowboys and Aliens (PG-13) Daniel Craig 2. The Hangover Part II (R) Bradley Cooper 3. The Help (PG-13) Viola Davis 4. Mr. Popper’s Penguins (PG) Jim Carrey 5. Super 8 (PG-13) Kyle Chandler 6. More...

Posted 12/29/2011 09:49 PM

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