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Eveleth native David Ferroni wins dx2015 Jim Chapman Award for excellence

AVONDALE, Ariz. – David Ferroni, who has been involved in motorsports for 30 years and currently is media representative for Furniture Row Racing and driver Martin Truex Jr. More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:25 PM

Hunters register nearly 120,000 deer through second weekend

Minnesota firearms hunters registered 118,599 deer through the second weekend of firearms deer season, up from 104,785 from the same period in 2014, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

Virginia Fire Department

Run Report: Nov. 9 – 15, 2015

VIRGINIA – During the week of November 9 – 15, 2015, the Virginia Fire Department responded to a total of 47 calls; 29 were 911 EMS calls, 11 were transfers to a higher level of care, and seven were fire-related calls. More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

Bradsgiving at The Shop Coffeehouse Nov. 27 Friends of Brad event benefits young musicians

VIRGINIA – The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation (FOBMF) is organizing a merry post-Thanksgiving celebration with music, a silent auction, and bake sale. More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

Other November events in Ely

Holiday Show& Bake Sale Saturday, Nov. 2110 a.m. – 3 p.m.First Presbyterian Churchof ElyHome-based businesseswill be showcased; bakedgoods for sale; lunchavailable for purchase.Proceeds will benefit youth More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

Holiday fantasy welcomes visitors at Miners Dry

ELY – Children’s eyes light up with delight when they walk into the Miners Dry House and see all the lights and holiday decor. And it’s free to visit on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

Movie music! Out of this world pictures! A (scale model) solar system!

The Mesabi Symphony Orchestra is pleased to join forces with the Minnesota Astronomical Society this weekend to present “Music of the Spheres.” The orchestra performs “The Planets,” Gustav Holst’s magnificent seven-part More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

Bonus recipe! Diet can help reduce chronic inflammation

While genetics and lifestyle choices play key roles in chronic inflammation, what we eat also plays a part. Some foods, such those rich in anti-oxidants and Omega 3 fatty acids, act as fire extinguishers. More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

Candy Cane Craft and Gift Fair on Dec. 6

GILBERT – The Candy Cane Craft and Gift Fair will be held on Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Gilbert VFW from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

Gov. Dayton declares “Get Smart – Know When Antibiotics Work Week” in Minnesota

State health officials are asking Minnesota residents to “Get Smart” about antibiotics in order to keep them working to fight serious bacterial infections. More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

December ceremonies of remembrance

Angel of Hope – Virginia Annual Candlelight Service Sunday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

Coping with the loss of a loved one

As a parent, the thought of losing a child is incomprehensible to me. One imagines there can be no greater anguish. But I know that all of Trevor Reichel’s family members, and his young friends, are suffering, as well as his parents. More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

In the blink of an eye, a life is over

Our HTF family was stunned by the death of 19-year-old Trevor Reichel of Cook in a tragic accident last Friday, Nov. 13. Trevor is the son of Kirsten Reichel, HTF staff writer, and her husband Fred Reichel. More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

Violinist Sarah Pajunen to perform free, multimedia concert

HIBBING – Hibbing Community College is hosting a performance of violinist Sarah Pajunen’s Laatikko/Box, a multimedia musical performance reflecting upon the immigrant journey, on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. More...

Posted 11/13/2015 12:24 AM

Day of the Dead celebrated by students at Mesabi East Schools

AURORA – Every fall, Mrs. Prazak’s Spanish III students at Mesabi East Schools observe the Mexican celebration of Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). It is a day to celebrate and remember loved ones who have passed on. More...

Posted 11/12/2015 10:32 PM

The old Saturday morning cartoon lineup

In the late fifties and early sixties, millions of baby boomers and I were glued to TV sets every Saturday morning for a very different lineup of programs than what is offered today. More...

Posted 11/12/2015 10:31 PM

HTF’s Pet Photo Contest winners announced!

We had a lot of fun with our first Instagram Pet Photo Contest here at Hometown Focus! Stay tuned for future photo contests – you could be one of our next winners. More...

Posted 11/12/2015 10:31 PM

Annual candlelight service to be held at Children’s Memorial Park

VIRGINIA – The 7th annual Angel of Hope candlelight service at Children’s Memorial Park in Virginia will be held on Sunday, Dec. 6. Participants will meet between 6:30 – 7 p.m. at Peace United Methodist Church (located at 303 S. More...

Posted 11/12/2015 10:31 PM

Support MDHA’s Hides-for-Habitat Program

The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association’s Hides-for-Habitat Program, in its 30th year, is designed to take donated deer hides provided by deer hunters and market those hides. More...

Posted 11/12/2015 10:31 PM

Sustainable deer hunting discussion planned

VIRGINIA – The Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability invites the public to join the conversation on Sustainable Deer Hunting on Tuesday, Nov. 17, as part of the monthly Sustainability Matters series. More...

Posted 11/12/2015 10:31 PM

Kunnari Country Meats: Processing hundreds of deer

FAYAL -The Kunnari name is familiar to those in the area for their greenhouse and farmers market and, more recently, Kunnari’s Kitchen & Coffee House in Virginia. More...

Posted 11/12/2015 10:31 PM

Gov.'s Deer Opener draws hundreds

MT. IRON – Photographer Paul Pluskwik was on hand at the Minnesota Governor's Deer Hunting Opener events held last Thursday at the Mountain Iron Community Center. He took this week’s cover photo, and the photos on this page. Thanks, Paul! More...

Posted 11/12/2015 10:31 PM

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Posted 8/21/2015 07:10 AM

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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 07:25 AM

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Posted 1/26/2015 12:08 PM

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MSHA training for mine, quarry employees

DULUTH – MSHA 8-hour Annual Refresher Training (ART) courses are being held at the Tech Center in Duluth on the 2nd Monday of each month. The next session will be held on Monday, Sept. 14. Class hours are 8 a.m. More...

Posted 9/3/2015 09:56 PM

MN iron, steel products exports up 2 percent

ST. PAUL – Minnesota businesses exported $5.2 billion worth of agricultural, mining and manufactured products in the second quarter, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). More...

Posted 9/3/2015 09:56 PM

Portion of County Road 715 closed September 1

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – With the coming extension of the ArcelorMittal mine pit, an approximately one-mile segment of County Road 715, also known as Pike River Drive and Whiskey Road, closed indefinitely beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1. More...

Posted 9/3/2015 09:56 PM

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Posted 12/15/2015 08:20 AM

Ad hoc committee sought to facilitate Olcott Park fountain restoration

As a young child growing up in Virginia, one of my fondest memories was when my parents would take my siblings and me to Olcott Park in Virginia. To me, it was a huge parcel of land that contained many wonders. More...

Posted 3/5/2015 09:35 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 08:31 PM

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Decorator Secret: Using color to set the mood! Let’s start with green… How To: More...

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Safer salt substitutes

Living in NE Minnesota with freezing rain means coping with dangerously icy stairs and walkways. Most of us don’t keep plain sand, ashes, sawdust or catbox filler on hand to reduce those hazardous icy patches. More...

Posted 2/4/2016 08:48 PM


Decorator secret: Incorrect use of lighting or underutilizing lamps How To: Often clients tell me they need to paint their room a light color because it is in the lower level or the room doesn’t have many windows. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 11:00 PM

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Addressing physical and emotional overstress; surgical guidelines for the elderly

Q: I hear that too much stress can change your cells so you develop serious health problems. How does that work, and how do I avoid it? -- Chris V., Manchester, New Hampshire More...

Posted 2/4/2016 08:47 PM

International medical marijuana research center announced

Members of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), KOPAC and Dioscorides Global Holdings (DGH) were joined by the Minister of Health for the Czech Republic recently to announce the establishment of a new research center, the International Cannabis and Canna More...

Posted 1/29/2016 12:04 AM

New MDH report finds health costs eight times higher for those with chronic disease

A new report by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) finds that having a chronic disease can be costly for Minnesotans. Insured residents who have one or more chronic diseases spent an average $12,800 a year on health care services in 2012. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 11:00 PM

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Good idea:

Chair massage at pool tournaments

Oh my, seriously! It turns out that offering chair massages at pool tournaments is a perfect way to offer relaxation and help the players increase their game productivity! More...

Posted 2/4/2016 08:47 PM

Brrrr, it’s chilly outside!

Have you ever noticed whenever you go outside, no matter how many layers you have on, you still hunch your shoulders instinctively to keep the cold out? More...

Posted 1/21/2016 09:07 PM

Will massage become regulated in 2016?

Getting massage state regulated in Minnesota is high on the agenda for the Alliance for Legislation of Massage Therapy (ALMT). More...

Posted 1/7/2016 09:46 PM

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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 08:52 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 06:54 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 06:54 PM

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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 01:54 PM

2/13 - Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing

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

Posted 2/5/2010 02:21 PM

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Sherry Rodriguez re-affirmed as SLC Veterans Service Officer

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – St. Louis County Commissioners recently unanimously approved the re-appointment of Sherry Rodriguez as the county's Veterans Service Officer. Rodriguez has served in that role since 2012. More...

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Honor Flight dance at VFW

GILBERT – An Honor Flight Northland fundraiser dance will be held at the Gilbert VFW on Friday, Feb. 26, from 6 – 10 p.m. Music for dancing will be provided by Pinecone. More...

Posted 2/4/2016 08:48 PM

Essentia Health-International Falls Clinic offers new services

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – Doctors use a wide range of diagnostic imaging, including CT and MRI scans, to look inside the body for clues about medical conditions. More...

Posted 2/4/2016 08:48 PM

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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 02:53 PM

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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 02:45 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 02:41 PM

Auto Focus Tips  Free Access 

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...

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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 01:49 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 05:55 PM

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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 10:02 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 07:19 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 09:42 PM

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5th Annual Let’s Take a Kid Fishing on Lake Vermilion event slated for July 16

COOK—Keep the momentum going. Those four words are a good way to summarize the volunteers who work tirelessly in doing their part to introduce youth to the sport of fishing. More...

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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 08:29 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 04:47 PM

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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 06:49 PM

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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 06:11 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 08:23 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 08:18 PM

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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 06:48 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 08:40 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 09:04 PM

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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 08:57 PM

Out of the Blue

The Wild limped into the playoffs. More...

Posted 5/9/2013 06:52 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 07:56 PM

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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 08:16 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 4/5/2012 11:51 PM

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 01:47 AM

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Nicknames, paper towel trauma, and spuds for Super Bowl

Greetings and Sallytations! More...

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Battle of the sexes continues: ‘Momma didn’t raise no slurper’

The tread marks on me and the exhaust fumes surrounding my head are the result of Sally once again throwing me under the bus last week. Now I realize that usually she does this on a weekly basis, but last week was especially egregious. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 10:59 PM


The duffel bag fiasco, the big red bowl, and grocery cart secrets

Greetings and Sallytations! More...

Posted 1/21/2016 09:07 PM

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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 09:27 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 10:08 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...

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Posted 1/10/2014 10:54 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 08:49 PM

Learning the art

Dear Readers, I’m thankful that we managed to get this edition of Hometown Focus out. I kid you not. But I know that even if we hadn’t, the sky would not have fallen. More...

Posted 11/25/2015 07:44 PM

Give blood and ride into the New Year

IRON RANGE – Memorial Blood Centers is partnering with Polaris Industries to give one lucky person the chance to ride into the New Year on a brand new ATV. More...

Posted 11/25/2015 07:44 PM

MN Iron Range Photographers Exhibit and Sale planned on Small Business Saturday

MT. IRON – Mark your calendars for a unique event that will support local small businesses in our area. More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:25 PM

State loses 1,700 jobs in October

The Minnesota unemployment rate fell 0.1 percent in October to a seasonally adjusted 3.7 percent, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The U.S. More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

November quilt on display at Virginia library

VIRGINIA – Collaboration between the Virginia Public Library and the Going to Pieces Quilt Guild continues with a selection that welcomes winter. More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

“The Music Man” casting call slated for November 21 – 22

GRAND RAPIDS – The Grand Rapids Players will hold a casting call for their production of Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man.” The casting call will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

Access road work in Rouchleau pit continues on Hwy. 53 relocation project

VIRGINIA – Construction crews began longer shifts Monday, Nov. 16, to haul rock to construct an access road in the Rouchleau mine pit as part of the Highway 53 relocation project. More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

Ely Chamber hosting Mrs. Claus party

ELY – The Ely Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the annual Mrs. Claus Party on Saturday, Dec. 12, starting at 1 p.m. Mrs. Claus and Santa will be present to greet Elyarea youth at Amici’s Event Center. More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

Will Steger Wilderness Center completes stand-alone, carbon-free power system at retreat center

ELY – The Will Steger Wilderness Center announced a major milestone toward opening its unique leadership retreat center with the completion of a fully stand-alone, carbon-free power system to provide electricity to buildings and workshops on th More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

Zentangle illustrations by Eveleth artist on display at Virginia library

VIRGINIA – Fairytale Beauty and the Beast Zentangle pen and ink illustrations are on display at the Virginia Public Library during November. More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

Free Thanksgiving Day community dinners

ORR –A community Thanksgiving dinner will be held on Thursday, Nov. 26, from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Orr American Legion. This homemade traditional meal will be offered at no charge. Meals are available to eat on site, to go, or for delivery. More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

Between the turkey and pumpkin pie, talk about your health history

Most families look forward to sharing good times and good food around the dinner table on Thanksgiving. More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

The Christmas Box Angel, with hope in its wings

VIRGINIA – On the shore of Virginia’s Bailey’s Lake sits the magnificent Iron Range Veterans Memorial at Veterans Memorial Park. More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

Remembrances Trevor Reichel

July 24, 1996 – November 13, 2015

Trevor was my best friend. He helped me with wakeboarding and snowmobiling. Even though I am only 12 he was always there to talk to for help. I will miss him. – Carter Hegg More...

Posted 11/19/2015 09:24 PM

IRYAI plan Cardboard Box City fundraising event

BIWABIK – Mesabi East Iron Range Youth ini Action (IRYA) is conducting a fundraising eventessf to support and serve local families who struggle to make ends meet. More...

Posted 11/13/2015 12:25 AM

State wraps up 2015 road construction season

Those traffic headaches Minnesotans may have experienced this summer are now paying off as many of the state’s 290 construction projects wrap up for the season, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. More...

Posted 11/13/2015 12:22 AM

Start of Highway 53 relocation project in Virginia marked

VIRGINIA – Minnesota Lt. Governor Tina Smith and other state and local officials officially marked the start of the Highway 53 relocation project last week. More...

Posted 11/12/2015 10:31 PM

Mountain Iron meeting notice

MT. IRON – The Mountain Iron City Council will meet on Monday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Mountain Iron Room of the Mountain Iron Community Center. More...

Posted 11/12/2015 10:31 PM

Frandsen Bank holds breast cancer fund drive

Frandsen Bank & Trust employees and customers of the Virginia and Tower offices ended their fourth successful year in support of October’s annual breast cancer fund drive. More...

Posted 11/12/2015 10:31 PM

DNR offers peek at interactive deer map

Hunters now can preview an interactive deer information tool being developed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at More...

Posted 11/12/2015 10:31 PM

Crypticon event well attended by horror film fans

The power of media is amazing. More...

Posted 11/12/2015 10:31 PM

United we made it happen; a 10- year anniversary celebration

EVELETH – Anniversary celebrations are a festive time when people come together to celebrate a milestone in their shared experience. More...

Posted 11/12/2015 10:31 PM

Hunters register 68,401 deer first weekend

Minnesota firearms hunters registered 68,401 deer during the first three days of firearms deer season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. More...

Posted 11/12/2015 10:31 PM

Local deer hunters succeed first week of season!

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Deer processors in the area

Our (surely incomplete) list of deer processors in the area:

Mark’s Country Market in Angora – deer processing. Kunnari Country Meats in Fayal – deer processing. Zup’s markets in Ely, Cook and Babbitt – deer processing. More...

Posted 11/12/2015 10:31 PM

Mark’s Country Market: Processing meat for 32 years

ANGORA – Mark’s Country Market, located in Angora, MN, is a bustling meat processing shop that has been in business since 1983 and in its current building since 1986. More...

Posted 11/12/2015 10:31 PM

Hunting shack tales How I was "voted in" to the family

The Reichel shack, inappropriately dubbed “Caesar’s Palace,” is a one-room building. More...

Posted 11/12/2015 10:31 PM

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Jeanne Franson - 2016-02-05
Ina Erickson - 2016-02-05
Duane A. Palmer - 2016-02-05
Kenneth Arthur Olsen - 2016-01-29
Hanna M. Benoit - 2016-01-29
Helmi Koski - 2016-01-29
Ruth C. Jacobson - 2016-01-29
Dennis L. Winger - 2016-01-29
Barbara J. Lofgren - 2016-01-22
Darlene J. Hackley - 2016-01-22
James Allan Patton - 2016-01-22

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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 07:36 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 07:36 PM

Destination wedding might be an affordable choice

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

Posted 5/7/2015 07:36 PM

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$48M saved on health insurance premiums

MNsure announced Minnesotans enrolled in qualified health plans through the state marketplace saved an estimated $48,306,315 in health insurance premiums in 2015. More...

Posted 1/29/2016 12:01 AM

For senior adults, exercise really is a big deal

You don’t have to imitate a weight lifter or even a clinical exercise physiologist, both of which sound a bit pretentious. Especially if all you’re interested in is a solid exercise program. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 11:33 PM

MN lauded as leader in mental health reform

Minnesota was one of only two states recognized by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) as a national leader for mental health reform for the second year in a row. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 11:00 PM

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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 08:37 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 08:37 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 09:16 PM

Pets  Free Access 

ASPCA’s winter weather pet safety tips

The ASPCA would like to remind pet parents that cold weather conditions can be particularly dangerous for pets. Below are safety tips pet parents should keep in mind as the temperature drops and the snow piles up: More...

Posted 2/4/2016 08:47 PM

Precious Paws appoints volunteer shelter manager

CHISHOLM – Precious Paws Humane Society of Chisholm has appointed Karen Marino as the new volunteer shelter manager. A retired registered nurse, Marino has been a lifelong resident of Chisholm and a lifelong lover of animals. More...

Posted 2/4/2016 08:47 PM

Come meet Remington, Pistol, Colt, Smith & Wesson

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – Remington, Pistol, Colt, Smith and Wesson, the kittens recently rescued by Paws & Claws Koochiching County, will be participating in the “Love Small” Vendor Blender at Consultants Connections, 328 Third St. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 10:59 PM

Range History  Free Access 

Tales from northside:

A lesson in trespassing and the art of swearing

So, I’ve been married now to the beautiful, brilliant Hometown Focus editor for over three years and I’ve yet to write a story for her readership. More...

Posted 2/4/2016 08:48 PM


On a snowy winter afternoon in late January, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Joyce (Rajala) Wrobleski and she shared with me what life was like growing up in a mining location northeast of Virginia known as Minorca. More...

Posted 2/4/2016 08:48 PM

Scenic Rivers Health Services

Serving rural communities in Northern Minnesota

REGIONAL - Scenic Rivers Health Services has been serving northern Minnesota since 1979 and currently serves six medical clinics and three dental clinics within an 8,300 square mile service area, stretching over four counties. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 11:00 PM

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Healthy for Life

Fun and sun in February

What a gracious ending to January filled up some good doses of sunshine and vitamin D! After taking a winter’s day hike I decided to sprawl out on the deck - in my down jacket of course. More...

Posted 2/4/2016 08:47 PM

Healthy for Life

Flexibility and tea

Life begins day in and day out, morning, noon and night. Up and down, side to side, back and forth we go. Steady as it goes, on an even plane, going with the flow and here we go again. How flexible are you? Flexibility is a wonderful asset to have. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 10:59 PM

Healthy for Life

Change in time

Good day to everyone as we continue to plug into the New Year and hopefully the brighter light will keep igniting our way. More...

Posted 1/21/2016 09:07 PM

Hometown Recipes  Free Access 

Game Day Appetizers and Snacks

Super Bowl weekend is upon us and, while the game supposedly takes center stage, it’s more likely that the advertisements, half-time entertainment, the beverages and, of course, the food provided, will be more memorable than the game itself. More...

Posted 2/4/2016 08:47 PM

Ham and eggs for breakfest, and icky Hot Dish

We had ham and eggs for breakfast this morning. It was a delightful meal with the ham fried to a nice crispness and the egg yolks perfectly gooey. Even better than eating the food was the memory the meal evoked. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 10:59 PM

Finnish recipes (and other gems) from 1911

I recently discovered, deep on one of our bookshelves, the 1976 Suomalais Ameriikkalainen Keittokirja (Finnish-American Cookbook) put out by Alice Kivi of the Nik Nak Nook Gift Shop in Aurora. More...

Posted 1/21/2016 09:06 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 09:13 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 10:50 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 12:04 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 01:38 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 08:15 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 01:56 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 04:03 PM

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Spies in Steel


Posted 6/24/2011 09:22 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 09:14 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 4/19/2012 11:28 PM


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 02:29 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 07:16 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 07:16 PM


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Focus On Veterans  Free Access 

A Britt man’s heartwarming trek to Arlington National Cemetery

Kenneth “Butch” Panula of Britt felt honored and privileged to participate in the 2015 Wreaths Across America event. More...

Posted 2/4/2016 08:47 PM

Fairview Range Home Care and Hospice recognized as Level 2 “We Honor Veterans” partner

HIBBING – Fairview Range Home Care and Hospice was recently recognized as a Level 2 “We Honor Veterans” partner for its organizational capacity to provide quality care for U.S. military veterans. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 10:59 PM

We Honor Veterans celebrated five year anniversary

Of all the Americans who will die this year, one in four will be a Veteran. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 10:59 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 4/19/2012 11:28 PM

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 09:58 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 01:04 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 08:54 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 09:05 PM

Senior Legal Line: Can I get out of this contract?

A legal question and answer line for Seniors


Posted 2/10/2012 01:04 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 07:55 PM

Out of the Blue  Free Access 

Out of the Blue

Everyone has had that moment in life. Think about it. That moment where it seems like everything has finally worked itself out. All the blood. All the sweat. All the tears. All the sleepless nights. All the work. All the patience. More...

Posted 1/14/2016 08:50 PM

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 07:38 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 07:25 PM

Outdoors by Jerry McCormick  Free Access 

Scary! Flesh-eating plants of the Northwoods

To most of us, carnivorous plants are just curiosities of nature. To many bugs, however, carnivorous plants represent unimaginable horrors! Scary stuff! To the bugs the scenarios they present are as horrifying as any Halloween legend. More...

Posted 10/22/2015 08:51 PM

March of the ladybugs

Fall is a season with distinctive traditions. During the fall we think of football, hunting, and Halloween. Add a new one to this list: the march of the ladybugs. Even if we have not seen a ladybug all summer, suddenly they are everywhere! More...

Posted 10/15/2015 09:47 PM

Tansy: The yellow menace

From a distance it looks pretty, just one of the bright yellow flowers of summer. The closer you get, and the more you learn, however, the less attractive it gets. The plant under discussion in my column this week is common tansy. More...

Posted 8/13/2015 07:44 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 05:58 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 08:40 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 09:05 PM

Guest Columnists  Free Access 


LEO (July 23 to August 22) It’s a love fest for Leos and Leonas this week. Paired Cats might expect to be purrfectly in sync. More...

Posted 2/4/2016 08:48 PM


LEO (July 23 to August 22) An upcoming move holds both anticipation and anxiety for Leos and Leonas who have some big decisions to make. Advice is plentiful, but it’s up to you to decide which way you want to go. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 11:00 PM

DIY: How to get exercise without exercising

Exercise is a wonderful thing. It keeps all of our body systems in balance and working together smoothly. It keeps muscles and joints flexible, and helps us to control our weight. It helps us to look better and feel better. More...

Posted 1/28/2016 10:59 PM

Classifieds  Free Access 


AUTOS BUICK Priced to SELL 2004 Buick Rainier CXL V-8 One owner, good running and in fair condition, leather seats, all wheel drive, loaded. Book $4,125 sale price $3,375 218-750- 8100 More...

Posted 2/4/2016 08:49 PM


AKC Black and Yellow Purebred Lab Pups: Champion hunt/field trial pedigrees w/both parents titled & health clearances, $200 deposit to hold pick, ready to go home mid February w/1st shots, deworming, dewclaws removed, & 30 month health guaran More...

Posted 2/4/2016 08:49 PM


ATVS 2002 Yamaha Raptor 660R: Ex. Cond., Nerf Bars, FMF Exhaust, Brush Guard, ProTaper Handle Bars, $2000. 218-969-7653. Honda 125 4 Trax ATV, $117. 218- 410-6111 More...

Posted 2/4/2016 08:49 PM

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