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Exhibit at MRC brings home the cost of war

VIRGINIA - “Always Lost: A Meditation on War,” an exhibit currently hosted by Mesabi Range College, honors all those who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. More...

Posted 1/9/2014 10:30 PM

The heart of a volunteer

I asked Ashley how she copes with the overwhelming conditions she deals with as a volunteer in Brasov Children’s Hospital. I asked if she ever wavered. This is what she told me: More...

Posted 1/9/2014 10:30 PM

Ashley and her orphans - the heart of a volunteer

Every night in a Romanian children’s hospital, Ashley Leisen says, “Te iubesc, noapte buna” (Good night, I love you) to helpless, sick and abandoned children she has cared for throughout the day. More...

Posted 1/9/2014 10:30 PM

Our holiday Paw Protector donations

I wrote last week’s Pet Section article, Will you be a Paw Protector too? However, I neglected to put my name on the story. My apologies if that omission caused any confusion. More...

Posted 12/26/2013 08:21 PM

Talking with Johnny

I like the name Johnny. To me it sounds edgy, it sounds serious, and it sounds like someone I could trust. Some time ago, I met a Johnny. He was blunt, honest, sarcastic, and a bit of a jackass. He reminded me of, well, myself. More...

Posted 12/26/2013 08:21 PM

Reflections and prognostications

The year that was; the year to come at HTF

Tipping the scales at 500 The past year at Hometown Focus was such a rewarding one! We tipped the scales when we hit 500 contributors in November and, though the moment passed with little public fanfare, it was very significant to us. More...

Posted 12/26/2013 08:21 PM

Tax levy approved, synthetic drugs banned, skating rinks to open

From the City Council: At its December 2 meeting, the Council approved the 2013 tax levy collectable in 2014. The levy totaled $1,206,978. This marks the fourth consecutive year with no increase in the City tax levy. More...

Posted 12/19/2013 07:47 PM

Children's Christmas Wishbook Part 2

From: CHICAGAMI TOO Virginia Tiergan, 4 I don’t have but a maybe wish not tomorrow yet I will. Sariah, 4 I wish cause I was More...

Posted 12/19/2013 07:47 PM

The Christmas puzzle

I enjoy just about everything about Christmas. My family has a lot of Christmas traditions including the Christmas puzzle. More...

Posted 12/19/2013 07:47 PM

Fortune Bay updates Tamarack Buffet

TOWER – A ride to Fortune Bay Resort and Casino on Lake Vermilion might be worth the adventure if what you like is a fabulous buffet in a beautiful setting. More...

Posted 12/19/2013 07:47 PM


As I remember it Tuesday, Dec. More...

Posted 12/19/2013 07:47 PM

My name was Bond . . .

Dougie Bond

The Maco and Granada theaters in downtown Virginia were old-fashion movie theaters with classy décor and an ambiance that modern generic box theaters can’t begin to match. More...

Posted 12/12/2013 09:44 PM

Eveleth native Jillian Rae raises our “Heartbeat” with new album release

There must be something in the northern waters of Minnesota, because so many musicians from the North Country have been writing some songs that have an everlasting quality to them in the recent years — one of those musicians being Jillian Rae. More...

Posted 12/12/2013 09:44 PM

The many layers of Christmas

It's that time of year again - the Christmas season. Time to dig out the old boxes of decorations, time to choose gifts and charities, to bake, to shop, to buy, to plan. More...

Posted 12/12/2013 09:44 PM

Creations by Juls:

“I’m a craftaholic”

Editor’s note: Last week this story was inadvertently cut after the fourth paragraph. Therefore, I am running the story in its entirety this week, with apologies to our readers and to Julie Furey. Mea culpa! – Jean Cole More...

Posted 12/5/2013 08:37 PM

For the Man Who Hated Christmas

Editor’s Note: This story was originally published in the December 14, 1982 issue of Woman’s Day magazine. More...

Posted 12/5/2013 08:37 PM

Thanksgiving, a time to serve others

We all know that Halloween passed in October and Christmas is quickly approaching in December, but what comes between those two holidays? It seems as though Thanksgiving becomes obscured with the advertising surrounding Christmas. More...

Posted 11/27/2013 03:56 PM

Creations by Juls: “I’m a craftaholic”

VIRGINIA – There’s a new business in town, and if you’re a crafter (or want to be), this is for you! More...

Posted 11/27/2013 03:56 PM

Beware of fraud during holiday season

Mountain Iron EDA expects busy 2014

From the City Council: Calendar parking in Mountain Iron is now in effect through April 1st. Please take note. Exterior renovations, consisting of a new roof, siding, and windows on the Mountain Manor Apartments have been completed. More...

Posted 11/27/2013 03:56 PM

Weekends can be long for these children

Buddy Backpack program serves 720 students in area

NOTE: Last Thanksgiving, I did a story about the Buddy Backpack program of the United Way of NE MN. The story led to many new donations for this much-needed program that serves children in our area who don’t have enough food to eat. More...

Posted 11/27/2013 03:56 PM

I’m thankful for . . .

my blessed childhood

I went for my morning walk the other day as the first snowflakes fell around me creating an enchanting aura. It is just as magical today as it was over 40 years ago. More...

Posted 11/27/2013 03:56 PM

Celebrate small businesses year-round

It’s that time of the year again: many folks are gearing up for Black Friday sales. I’m sure all of you have seen and heard numerous commercials featuring sales for the holiday season. More...

Posted 11/21/2013 10:00 PM

Dressing with Moxie

Moxie. It’s a old-fashioned word signaling sass and style. It has also inspired a modern attitude toward shopping and fashion. More...

Posted 11/21/2013 10:00 PM

A saner rat race

Small town community life has sometimes been romanticized (particularly before the advent of so many technological advances), and for good reason. More...

Posted 11/21/2013 10:00 PM


Obituaries  Free Access 

Evelyn Marie Arntz - 2014-07-25
Thomas R. Holmes - 2014-07-25
Gordon John Poirier - 2014-07-18
Gene Olan Rodberg - 2014-07-18
E. Lee Marconett - 2014-07-18


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 

Lake Country Power crews still working to restore power on Thursday

GRAND RAPIDS – Line crews from Lake Country Power, its subsidiaries and a neighboring electric cooperative continue working to restore power for members. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 08:39 PM

DEED partners with Lake Superior College to train workers

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded a $89,265 grant to Lake Superior Community College to train 50 eligible, low-income workers as aircraft support technicians. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 08:39 PM

AEOA YouthBuild Taking Applications and Setting Up Interviews for Work

Are you between the ages of 16-24 and haven’t completed your high school education or are at risk of not completing it? If so, you might qualify for YouthBuild. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 08:39 PM

Home & Garden Tips  Free Access 

Cutworm collars

The best way to avoid the devastation caused by cutworms is to plan ahead before they decimate your newly transplanted seedlings. Simply poking in several toothpicks to surround the stem will thwart those voracious pests. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 08:39 PM


Decorator Secret: Room Sizes How To: More...

Posted 7/24/2014 08:39 PM


Decorator Secret: How will your room work? How To: Start with a list of how you want to use the room and draw scale plans. Create a room that is pleasant to live in and also takes into account how it works a daily basis. More...

Posted 7/17/2014 08:52 PM

Health  Free Access 

Hibbing Family Medical Clinic introduces new NP

HIBBING - Hibbing Family Medical Clinic is pleased to welcome Christine Dworzynski, certified family nurse practitioner. Christine has over 20 years of nursing experience. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 08:39 PM

St. Luke’s awarded re-accreditation

DULUTH – St. Luke’s has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 08:39 PM

Mount Royal Clinic welcomes Dr. Robyn Gilbertson

DULUTH - St. Luke’s Mount Royal Medical Clinic is pleased to introduce Dr. Robyn Gilbertson, family medicine physician. Gilbertson is also accepting obstetrics patients. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 08:39 PM

Healthy for Life  Free Access 


Faith + love = healing

Good (relationship) vibes! To keep your relationships in a healthy groove here are a few checkpoints to keep on hand and in your mind: More...

Posted 7/24/2014 08:39 PM


Tips for achieving summertime bliss

Does your summer schedule or the weather have you in a tizzy, feeling blue or just plain bored? Here are some inspirations to help capture a sense of summertime fulfillment. Some things to do More...

Posted 7/17/2014 08:52 PM


Veggin’ out! Seek prevention, not prescription

We’re sailing through summer savoring the sweetness of its soul while satiating our senses! Veggin’ out for good More...

Posted 7/10/2014 08:24 PM

Hometown Recipes  Free Access 

Blueberry season! Enjoy the fruits of your (or someone else's labor

’Tis the season for blueberry pickin’! Since this is our Health Edition, I thought I’d focus on blueberries since they are very good for you. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 08:39 PM

Sweets for the sweet

Phew! I made it through the Fourth of July with my son, his wife, and four boys (6-16) and had a great time. Then, of course, the Hibbing All-Class Reunion. The committee did a tremendous job of organizing a very large event. More...

Posted 7/17/2014 08:52 PM

Tasty dishes, a special sauce, and wine advice for idiots like me

This week we’ve got a zingy coleslaw, a simple but delicious kale concoction, and a special sauce suitable for many dishes. Plus, a yummy marinated pork chop recipe. More...

Posted 7/10/2014 08:24 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 

MDH and MN Rural Health Association honor Duluth educator and Project Care Free Clinic

DULUTH – Honoring outstanding service to rural Minnesota communities, the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Rural Health Association presented this year’s "Rural Health Hero" and "Rural Health Team" awards at the Minnesota More...

Posted 7/3/2014 11:25 AM

Mike Reagan joins Otis-Magie Insurance Agency

DULUTH – Otis-Magie Insurance Agency, Inc. welcomes Mike Reagan to their team in the role of account executive. More...

Posted 7/3/2014 11:25 AM

Commerce Department offers license renewal reminder

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Commerce is reminding real estate professionals and debt collectors with a license expiration date of June 30, 2014, to set some time aside and submit their renewal by June 30, at 4:30 p.m. More...

Posted 6/26/2014 11:30 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 

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  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 


Mourning James Garner; life with a history buff

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 7/24/2014 08:39 PM


Kids, clothespins, and getting older: ’tis a challenge!

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 7/17/2014 08:52 PM


4th of July weekend report: long lines, farm fresh eggs, and a crockpot

Greetings & Sallytations! So, there I was in a small town grocery store in a tourist town over the 4th of July weekend. I grabbed my small basket and just needed a few items, onions, brownie mix, pop, cheese, sausage. More...

Posted 7/10/2014 08:24 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 

Rosella “Rose” Marie Wolfe

Rosella “Rose” Marie Wolfe, 85, Cook, passed away on Friday, July 11, 2014 at the Cook Nursing Home. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 12:22 PM

Thomas R. Holmes

Thomas R. Holmes, age 57, longtime resident of Virginia and formerly of Duluth and Minneapolis died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Essentia Health – St. Mary’s in Duluth.  He was born July 11, 1957, in Virginia the son of Allen E. and Marian B. More...

Posted 7/22/2014 04:31 PM

Evelyn Marie Arntz

Evelyn Marie Arntz bravely and thoughtfully said good-bye to her children and grandchildren and died peacefully on Friday, July 18, 2014, at Essentia Health – Virginia following a battle with respiratory illness. More...

Posted 7/22/2014 04:16 PM

Classifieds  Free Access 


ATVS Polaris 400 Sportsman: Camo, Extras, 775 miles, Like New. $2,950. 218-750-3432 1988 Yamaha 4 Wheeler: $500. 218-875-2831 More...

Posted 7/24/2014 08:39 PM


AUTOS BUICK 2001 Buick Centry: Newer struts, wheel bearings, exhaust system & battery. License plates good for 1 year. Some rust & dents, approx. 175K, $1,500. 2318-290-1424 More...

Posted 7/24/2014 08:39 PM


Minutes of Regular Meetingof the Board of Educationof I.S.D. #2154, Eveleth-GilbertPublic SchoolsHeld on June 23, 2014 More...

Posted 7/24/2014 08:39 PM


From the Range to Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics

Our year always starts and ends the same: with a LOT of curling. We love playing the game; we love watching the game; we love volunteering our time to the game. More...

Posted 1/16/2014 08:50 PM


Family-friendly event supports local trails

ELY - Plans are quickly falling into place for one of the Ely area’s biggest events of the winter. More...

Posted 1/16/2014 08:50 PM

Virginia High School presents Small Actors

William Shakespeare’s Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet stands the test of time. It is not only his most famous work, but perhaps the most notorious play ever written. More...

Posted 1/9/2014 10:30 PM

Eveleth church combines past with the present

EVELETH - In September of 2012, a letter arrived at United in Christ Lutheran Church, Eveleth, congratulating us on receiving the Congregational Renewal Grant, provided by the Lilly Foundation. More...

Posted 1/2/2014 09:00 PM

Virginia Rotary donates dictionaries

VIRGINIA- In this day of computers with spell check, do children really need a paperback dictionary? More...

Posted 12/26/2013 08:21 PM

Dawson’s Travel celebrates new ownership

VIRGINIA - To the best of my ability, I estimate that I have flown on an airplane 14 times in the last 30 or so years. Thirty years ago, nobody booked their own flights online. Today, many people do. More...

Posted 12/26/2013 08:21 PM

A look back at 2013 through the stories of HTF

From the Time Before History to a One-Way Ticket to Mars

We’ve covered lots of territory in one short year here at Hometown Focus. More...

Posted 12/26/2013 08:21 PM

Christmas will be different this year

Christmas will be oh so different this year for my siblings and me! Every year, from the earliest moment I can remember, I have listened in the stillness for a voice on Christmas morning calling, “HO! HO! HO! Merry Christmas!” More...

Posted 12/19/2013 07:47 PM

Long before Christmas

Long before there was Christmas our ancestors sensed the coming darkness of winter, sensed it deep in their bones. Outdoor work diminished. Food was put up for the months ahead. Fires were lit and the people gathered at the hearth. More...

Posted 12/19/2013 07:47 PM

New Year’s Eve dinner theater to die for

VIRGINIA - THUD! The body drops to the floor and lies motionless. But not to worry. More...

Posted 12/19/2013 07:47 PM

Bev's wonderland of nostalgia

COTTON - It all started with going to Grandma’s house. It all started with nostalgia. More...

Posted 12/19/2013 07:47 PM

Snowboarding: A sweet sense of awe

Imagine stepping outside in the wintertime feeling that cold breeze come onto your face when you open the door; the smell of the air is so fresh and crisp. More...

Posted 12/12/2013 09:44 PM

Children's Christmas Wishbook

Today (and next week) we are sharing local children’s Christmas wish lists. From the tiniest tots at child care centers, to fourth grade elementary students, Hometown Focus received reams of lists. More...

Posted 12/12/2013 09:44 PM

My happiest Christmas moments

The wonder of Christmas came to me not though Santa Claus, but through my grandparents. Every year Grandma and Grandpa had a huge traditional dinner in their home. This was passed down from their own parents and so on and so forth. More...

Posted 12/12/2013 09:44 PM

Is solar right for your home or business?

EVELETH – The State of Minnesota has announced a new incentive program to help homeowners and small businesses install renewable solar energy systems. More...

Posted 12/5/2013 08:37 PM

Hello, what’s your name?

When I picked up a prescription recently, another local woman’s full name was mixed up with my own. I was surprised the other name was only one letter different from my own. More...

Posted 12/5/2013 08:37 PM

Girl power got this deer

Opening season for deer hunting was a great time for me. There were slippery roads so it took us longer to get to our camp near Crookston, MN. It was snowing really hard, but that did not stop us. More...

Posted 11/27/2013 03:56 PM

Conservation helps organic industry grow


• America has more than 17,000 organic farmers, businesses and handlers.• The organic industry grew almost 9.5percent in 2011.• Organic foods continue to gain market share in the food industry, climbing to 4.2 percent of U.S. More...

Posted 11/27/2013 03:56 PM

Is solar right for your home or business?

EVELETH - It is time to stop dreaming about solar power on your home or business— it is time to act! More...

Posted 11/27/2013 03:56 PM

The Sping Wind

In our basement is a small room reserved for our electrical circuit breaker panels and our stock of light switches, breakers, wire nuts, conduit, wire, and connectors. The room is a very macho domain. More...

Posted 11/27/2013 03:56 PM

Feeling thankful this year


My daughter Katie and her friend Jenna were vacationing in the Philippines when Typhoon Haiyan struck on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. More...

Posted 11/27/2013 03:56 PM

Natural Harvest Food Co-op

We're stronger together

Like more than 2,300 others in our area, I feel like a local business owner because I am a member of Natural Harvest Food Coop. More...

Posted 11/21/2013 10:00 PM

Honoring my favorite local small business

For the last 10 years, I have had the privilege of working for a local familyowned business. More...

Posted 11/21/2013 10:00 PM

This family business owner has never looked back

When I graduated from high school, I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with my life. More...

Posted 11/21/2013 10:00 PM

Support those that support you

What goes around comes around

I absolutely love being a small business owner. I was raised by self-employed parents who had numerous small businesses throughout their lives and believed in the power of taking care of each other in their community of small businesses. More...

Posted 11/21/2013 10:00 PM

Special Sections

Mining Features

Advanced MN on pace to provide MSHA training to 8,000 people

HIBBING - Ever since 1977, the Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) through the United States Department of Labor requires that every new miner complete 24 hours of safety training before beginning to work for any company that steps foot on More...

Posted 5/29/2014 11:58 PM

Iron ore and steel factoids

Iron Ore is the world's most widely used metal, and its consumption grows nearly 10% each year. The automobile industry uses 17% of the over 90 million tons of steel produced in the U.S. annually. More...

Posted 5/29/2014 11:58 PM

Iron Range businesses operating globally

Following are short profiles of some local mining-related businesses on the Iron Range that are exporters and/or have international presences (this is not a complete list by any means). Iracore International Inc. Hibbing, MN More...

Posted 5/29/2014 11:58 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

Pets  Free Access 

Boating with your pet starts with proper planning

With boating season in high gear it’s a good time for a little refresher on pet-friendly boating to ensure your little one is safe. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 08:39 PM

Commercial dog and cat breeders to be regulated

New legal protection for dogs and cats enacted in MN

ST. PAUL – New state regulations to protect the health and safety of dogs and cats took effect Tuesday, July 1, 2014. More...

Posted 7/17/2014 08:51 PM

Seniors are among the many who benefit from pets

Just a few years ago, we’d have been astonished to see someone walking a dog down a hospital corridor. However, as with most things, circumstances regarding animals and those who are ill or injured have changed. More...

Posted 7/10/2014 08:24 PM

Range History  Free Access 

Midwifery and the immigrant cultures of the Iron Range

Dear Readers, History This Week in Range we are reprinting an article that was published in Range History, The Mesabi Perspective (a quarterly publication of the Iron Range in Gilber t) in the More...

Posted 7/24/2014 08:39 PM


Bob Keith (of Makinen, formerly of Virginia, MN) contacted me after reading Bob Hansen’s memoirs of his career in railroading (HTF, June 27 and July 4, 2014t). More...

Posted 7/17/2014 08:52 PM

Nostalgia-Gheen, Willow Valley area Logging industry hub and site of the area's first sawmill

Dear Readers, This week we’re sharing a story written by Reinhold Holmer about Gheen and the Willow Valley area that lies north of Cook about 12 miles. More...

Posted 7/10/2014 08:25 PM

Massage for Your Health  Free Access 

How to get the most bang for your buck

Have you ever gone for a massage that all day long you had been looking forward to because you really needed some down time to relax and release the tension you were feeling? More...

Posted 7/17/2014 08:52 PM

Traveling? Need a massage?

This time of year many people are traveling as they visit family, friends or are maybe taking that long awaited trip to another country. Whether your mode of transportation is plane, train, boat or car it can be a muscle-tightening experience. More...

Posted 7/3/2014 11:25 AM

Update on state registration for massage therapists

Last year I wrote about how there is no state registration for massage therapists in the state of Minnesota. This means that massage is regulated by local principalities. More...

Posted 6/19/2014 09:18 PM

Sports  Free Access 

Virginia golfer Andrew Sederlund wins state

Just one more spring high school sport finishing up, as baseball takes center stage this week. Golf was played on Tuesday and Wednesday. More...

Posted 6/12/2014 07:28 PM

Cherry Tigers advance to state semi-finals

Spring tournaments are in full swing and this week was about Cherry softball. The Tigers qualified for their 5th straight state tournament appearance with a 12-0 win over L-BF in the section championship last Thursday. More...

Posted 6/5/2014 10:26 PM

Softball section playoffs wrap-up, Twins hit rough patch

We're past Memorial Day, the weather feels like summer and the spring sports playoff season is in full swing across Minnesota. Section softball playoffs wrapped up on Thursday with section championship games in Cloquet and Cohasset. More...

Posted 5/29/2014 11:58 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

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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


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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 

Rampage at the Ridge coming August 23

Unleash your inner giant. Get ready Rampage at the Ridge, a new, extreme obstacle course challenge coming on CombineCookout”your strength, endurance,August 20 courage and- 5determination to participate in PMRampage at the Ridge. This new More...

Posted 7/24/2014 08:39 PM

United Way of NE MN’s record-breaking Ride the Range raised $19,063

CHISHOLM – The United Way of Northeastern Minnesota’s 17th annual Ride the Range took place on Saturday, July 12. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 08:39 PM

Program offers free hotel accommodations to veterans searching for jobs in MN

ST. PAUL, MN – It just got a little easier for military veterans who are looking for work, to find it here in Minnesota. More...

Posted 7/17/2014 08:51 PM

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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

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

Out of the Blue

If you’re from Minnesota, you know the feeling all too well. Everything seems to be going great and then the wheels fall off. The wind leaves the sails. The pencil runs out of lead. You’re left to wonder what might have been. More...

Posted 5/15/2014 08:55 PM

Outdoors by Jerry McCormick  Free Access 

A bee or not a bee?

It might not “bee” what you think

Do you remember the first time you got stung by a bee? I do, despite the fact that it happened over 50 years ago! A bee sting makes quite an impression. It hurts! It hurts enough that you are not going to forget about it anytime soon. More...

Posted 7/3/2014 11:25 AM

Tiger Beetles

Fastest beetles on earth

Speed and wariness are not qualities we usually associate with beetles. Neither are bright colors and calligraphic designs. Yet, some common beetles we have here in the Northwoods have these qualities. More...

Posted 6/12/2014 07:28 PM

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

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 

Lessons from turtles:

What can we learn from a plastic toy turtle? The lessons we can learn from plastic toy turtles have little to do with turtles, but a lot about human nature, and it is not all good. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 08:39 PM


LEO (July 23 to August 22) Another chance to shine (something always dear to the Lion’s heart) might be resented by others. But you earned it, so enjoy it. The weekend brings news about a family member. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 08:39 PM


CANCER (June 21 to July 22) That seemingly clear-cut agreement might not be quite so straightforward after all. Recheck for language that could make you liable for hidden costs and other unpleasant surprises. More...

Posted 7/17/2014 08:52 PM

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Pike River Swampers

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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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