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Basketball at North Woods School

North All together, now! First through 12th grade participants in the Woods School basketball program. Photo submitted by North Woods Coach Will Kleppe. More...

Posted 1/19/2017 11:28 PM

Range freshmen lawmakers have ambitious goals for 2017 legislative session

IRON RANGE – Heading into the 2017 Minnesota legislative session, the region’s freshman legislators are setting their sights on some ambitious goals.  Representative Sandy Layman, (R) – District 5B, says her committee assignmen More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:51 PM

Minnesota Power earns Emergency Recovery Award for storm restoration efforts

DULUTH – The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) on Wednesday, Jan. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:51 PM

Icebox Days returns to I’Falls for the 37th year

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – Icebox Days in International Falls, MN is an annual event that draws many visitors to this northern border city. This year, Icebox Days run from Wednesday, Jan. 18 through Sunday, Jan. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:52 PM

$34 million in grants for 42 broadband projects in Greater Minnesota announced

Lt. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:52 PM

Range Center announces a promotion and hiring

CHISHOLM – Range Center, Inc. of Chisholm announced the promotion of Tamra Erickson to the position of associate residential program supervisor. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:52 PM

Draft horse association to hold annual meeting

CHISHOLM – The North Star Draft Horse Association will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Valentini’s Supper Club in Chisholm. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:52 PM

Local donations help Virginia apartment fire victims

VIRGINIA – A Virginia apartment complex of nine units was destroyed by fire on Dec. 19, leaving 10 people displaced and everything they owned gone. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:52 PM

New Year, new goals, new family member

World Heritage Student Exchange Program, a non-profit, public-benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school boys and girls from Scandinavia, France, Germany, Italy, Thailand, China, South Korea and the former Soviet Republics. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:52 PM

Grand Rapids Players call for auditions, Jan. 16 – 17

GRAND RAPIDS – The Grand Rapids Players will hold auditions for their upcoming original production, The Legend of Newton Badger. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:52 PM

Remembering the fabulous Francine York

My boss and publisher, Scott Asbach, had a special friendship with film and TV star Francine York. He met her when he was a young man selling advertising at Mesabi Daily News and she was promoting potica sold by Italian Bakery in Virginia, MN.  More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:52 PM

My Tattoo

This tattoo belongs to Melody Hanson of Virginia, MN. Melody says, “I found this picture three years ago and kept it until I decided where I wanted to have it tattooed. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:53 PM

I’m retiring from HTF

Come on, baby, do the loco-motion with me

I take a deep breath as I sit down to write today. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 10:05 PM


We try to keep track of the “kudos” we receive. Many of them get lost in the shuffle, but here are some (mostly emails) we’ve managed to save from the past year. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 10:05 PM

Merry (Orthodox) Christmas – again!

Just when you thought Christmas was over

“Is that like Jewish Christmas?”  More...

Posted 1/5/2017 10:05 PM

January 7 Christmas around the world

Belarus: Families eat pancakes and fish on Christmas Eve from tables with straw between the table and tablecloth.  More...

Posted 1/5/2017 10:05 PM

Total MN road fatalities in 2016 approaching 400

The preliminary number of 397 traffic fatalities last year is a sad reminder that Minnesotans must recommit to safe choices both behind the wheel and on the street if tragedies are to decrease. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 10:06 PM

Jugovich sworn in as St. Louis County commissioner; Jewell chosen as 2017 board chair

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – St. Louis County commissioners on Tuesday selected Commissioner Frank Jewell to serve as County Board Chair for 2017. Commissioner Keith Nelson was selected Vice Chair.  More...

Posted 1/5/2017 10:06 PM

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday 2017 celebration activities announced

ST. PAUL – The Governor’s Council on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday will hold “A Day of Service and Celebration in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 10:06 PM

Luke Soderling, ultimate survivor: A solo challenge in six climates, 60 days

Luke Soderling of Gilbert has faced challenges before. His latest challenge was participating in The Wheel, an ultimate survival challenge for a reality TV show that premieres on the Discovery Channel on Friday, Jan. 13. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 10:06 PM

Paws to Read begins at the VPL

VIRGINIA – Paws to Read is back again at the Virginia Public Library. Starting Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 2 p.m. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 10:07 PM

A winter’s landscape

Winter sunset over Whiteface River, Makinen, MN. Photo by Paul Pluskwik. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 10:07 PM

A walk down memory lane: Reflections on 2016 at HTF

I wish I had some profound thoughts to share as we wrap up another year – something inspirational, insightful or especially meaningful. More...

Posted 12/30/2016 12:18 AM

From Cook to Northome and back

Mookie returns home for Christmas

COOK - The Doug Watt family of Cook received a special Christmas miracle gift this past week when their dog, Mookie, was found after being missing for almost a month. However, the circumstances of his disappearance still remain a mystery. More...

Posted 12/30/2016 12:18 AM


Health Features

Personalized medicines may be the future of healthcare

When a person feels ill, his or her doctor may assess any symptoms and then prescribe a particular medication to treat or alleviate those symptoms. More...

Posted 3/16/2017 10:01 PM

Study finds that viruses, bacteria may be found in some public water supply wells

One year into a two-year study requested by the state Legislature, scientists with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) report finding evidence of genetic material, like DNA, from viruses and bacteria in water from some of the state’s publi More...

Posted 3/16/2017 10:01 PM

March is National Kidney Month

Kidney stones don’t always go with the flow

March is National Kidney Month and most people forget that they even have kidneys until there is something wrong with them. More...

Posted 3/10/2017 12:00 AM


Governor Dayton approves $2.6M for UMD's Natural Resources Research Institute

The Supplemental Budget approved by Governor Mark Dayton Wednesday included $2.6 million for the Natural Resources Research Institute at the University of Minnesota Duluth. More...

Posted 6/2/2016 10:21 PM

Open house to be held on June 15 for Hwy. 38 project north of Grand Rapids

MARCELL – Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend an open house on Wednesday, June 15, to learn more about the 2017 resurfacing project on Highway 38 between Itasca County Road 19 near Pughole Lake to Marcell. More...

Posted 6/2/2016 10:21 PM

Youth Energy Summit (YES!) awards energy action projects

BRITT – Four teams participating in the Youth Energy Summit (YES!) presented their work on energy action projects to a panel of judges on May 11. More...

Posted 5/28/2015 09:37 PM

Bridal Features

The ‘something old, something new’ tradition

Wedding day tokens of good luck come in many forms, but “the something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue (a sixpence in your shoe)” adage remains one of the most popular luck-enhancing wedding traditions. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:30 PM

Customize your ceremony for a unique touch

Steeped in tradition, weddings have featured many of the same components for centuries. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:30 PM

The basics of shopping for wedding rings

Engagement ring purchases are usually a solo endeavor, with the groom having an idea of the ring style and color his bride-to-be prefers. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:30 PM


Fascinating facts about our feline friends

Many cat owners are fascinated by their feline friends. Cats can be quirky, and their behavior often amuses their owners.  But there is more to cats than their quirky personalities. More...

Posted 3/23/2017 10:56 PM

It’s Mighty Mutts time! Annual wing and beer fundraiser

HIBBING – The Mighty Mutts 7th Annual Wing and Beer Tasting Event will be held on Wednesday, March 29, from 5 – 7:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory in Hibbing. More...

Posted 3/23/2017 10:56 PM

ASPCA announces the Top Pet Toxins of 2016

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) is your best resource for animal poison-related emergencies— 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. More...

Posted 3/16/2017 10:01 PM

Range History


Disciple of the social gospel on Minnesota’s iron ranges


Posted 3/23/2017 10:57 PM


Disciple of the social gospel on Minnesota’s iron ranges


Posted 3/16/2017 10:01 PM

From beading to drums, leather, wood, metal and more

Originality is the hallmark of true artisans and craftsmen

ITASCA COUNTY – I apologize. For years I’ve said I can’t stand arts and crafts. I think it’s because I always considered them to be synonymous with knick-knacks and trinkets (which I still can’t stand!). More...

Posted 3/10/2017 12:01 AM

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

Shining in spring: a time for renewal

Welcome spring! Let us awaken into the renewal of the season. This is an opportune time in life to experience new beginnings and an awareness of ourselves and our surroundings. More...

Posted 3/23/2017 10:57 PM

Healthy for Life

Going with the flow

Hello everyone and welcome to, hopefully, seeing blue skies, more sunshine and light throughout our February days while also recognizing that the clouds and the darkness can shed light and beauty in their own way. More...

Posted 2/16/2017 11:09 PM

Healthy for Life

Moving forward with love

Here’s to love, and happy, healthy hearts for everyone. The heart should be recognized daily by beneficial breathing, nourishment, touching, emotions, movement and healing. Here are a few suggestions on moving forward with love in mind:   More...

Posted 2/9/2017 11:47 PM

Hometown Recipes

Round two of recipes from the 7th Annual MN Congressional Delegation Hotdish Off

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second week HTF is presenting recipes from the Hotdish Off competition. You can find these and other recipes from this annual event at www.franken. - Kirsten Reichel, HTF Staff Writer. More...

Posted 3/23/2017 10:56 PM

Recipes from the 7th Annual Minnesota

“Working together to improve the lives of Minnesotans, one hotdish at a time.” -   More...

Posted 3/16/2017 10:01 PM

Recipes that carry on family traditions

The following recipes are courtesy of Bob Henderson of Virginia. More...

Posted 3/10/2017 12:00 AM

i On Sports

Blue Devils beat Alexandria 4-3 at state

Exhale, Blue Devils fans. Your team finally won a hockey game at state.   More...

Posted 3/11/2010 10:13 PM

i on Local Sports

The moment I will remember most from Wednesday’s Section 7A Boys Hockey Championship Game, won 3-0 by Virginia/ MI-B over Hibbing/Chisholm, is not the jubilant celebration after back-to-back title wins - though the Blue Devils’ smiles wer More...

Posted 3/4/2010 11:50 PM

Charlotte Overbye

i On Local Sports Spotlight

bio: Charlotte Overbye, a junior at Mountain Iron-Buhl, became the all-time leading scorer in school history, surpassing former boys basketball standouts Steven Golobich and DJ Winfield earlier this season. More...

Posted 2/19/2010 01:04 AM


Mt. Iron Merritt Days Lions Pancake Breakfast  Free Access 

Mt. Iron Merritt Days Lions Pancake Breakfast Mt. Iron Senior Center 7:30 a.m. More...

Posted 8/10/2010 02:38 PM

Local Events

Hometown Calendar

Friday, April 23 YMCA Black & White Event Mesabi YMCA, Mt. Iron Silent & Live Auction, Entertainment, Plated Dinner, 6:00 p.m. More...

Posted 4/22/2010 09:15 PM

3/11 - Book Lover's Tea at Library

The Friends of the Virginia Public Library will sponsor a Book Lover's Tea on Thursday, March 11th at 12:00 in the library auditorium. More...

Posted 3/4/2010 02:56 PM

3/6 City of Mt. Iron 2010 Winter Carnival

City of Mt. Iron 2010 Winter Carnival will be held at the South Grove Recreation Complex, 8766 Mud Lake Road on Saturday, March 6th. Come and enjoy some fresh air and old fashioned family fun for all. Hot dogs, chips and hot cocoa will be available. More...

Posted 3/3/2010 05:03 PM

Classic Car Talk


Members of the Virginia Dream Machines Car Club answered some questions about their memories revolving around their first car. More...

Posted 8/9/2012 10:14 PM

Custom Paint

Only rarely was the grill of one make of car replaced by another one. One exception was the 1937 Buick Grille, often used on a Ford in the 50’s & 60’s. The grille swap of choice was the ’53 DeSoto. More...

Posted 12/9/2010 11:40 PM

Iron Range Classic Car Talk

Lloyd Bachman’s 1967 Chrysler Newport Custom

It has only 53,000 original miles. It is in super condition, no body work or rust. This car is his pride and joy! More...

Posted 2/12/2010 12:32 PM

Earth Fest 2010

Conservation Tips From Minnesota Power

Deciding to make your home more energy efficient is easy. Knowing where to begin is the hard part. Do you start with new windows and doors? Replace your furnace? Install solar panels on your roof? More...

Posted 4/15/2010 08:16 PM

Iron Range Earth Fest 2010 SPEAKERS SCHEDULE

Mt Iron Community Center - Mt Iron Room 10:00 - 10:45 Creating a Healthy Home with Feng Shui - More...

Posted 4/15/2010 08:16 PM


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Posted 4/15/2010 08:16 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

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



Spring is in the air! Get pep in your step and reduce stress

Greetings and Sallytations!   More...

Posted 3/23/2017 10:57 PM


Do you know the Muffin Man? Time to start baking

Greetings and Sallytations!   More...

Posted 3/16/2017 10:01 PM


Seven days of paradise: Yah man! No worries, no problems, life is good.

Greetings and Sallytations!   Trip tales! I just returned from Jamaica. I love the spirit of the Jamaican people, "No worries, no problems, life is good." Yah man!  More...

Posted 3/10/2017 12:00 AM

Website Wisdom

Canoe drummers

I’d be lying if I told you we always catch fish whenever we go fishing. More often than I care to admit, I simply write off the fishless days as pleasant outings and a chance to go exploring. More...

Posted 6/6/2013 10:27 PM

Optimize your site to bring more phone calls

Editor’s note: This is the last Website Wisdom column we will be running, as Sean’s growing business is taking more of his time. We thank him for his contributions this past year! More...

Posted 6/24/2010 11:08 PM

Give Your Website Some Personality

Giving your web presence a “fun factor” is no doubt beneficial to your business, no matter what industry you’re in. More...

Posted 6/18/2010 08:57 AM

Blandin Foundation awards $3.4M in community strengthening grants

GRAND RAPIDS – During their winter meeting in December, Blandin Foundation trustees awarded grants that strengthen rural Minnesota communities, including 30 grants totaling $2 million for a range of efforts of Grand Rapids and Itasca County are More...

Posted 1/19/2017 11:28 PM

Energy Assistance Program offers help for low-income households; apply by May 31

The Minnesota Department of Commerce wants to remind low-income Minnesotans on how to get help paying their heating bills through the state’s Energy Assistance Program.  More...

Posted 1/19/2017 11:28 PM

Range Schools Photo Page


Posted 1/19/2017 11:28 PM

72 years later:

Family of WWII MIA veteran George Minerich finally receives Purple Heart in Christmas Day ceremony

CLOQUET – Lil (Minerich) Twomey remembers the last time she ever saw her big brother Georgie. She was six years old, and George was 21. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:51 PM

U. S. Congressman Nolan’s staff to hold “Congress Comes to You” meetings

IRON RANGE – U.S. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:51 PM

2017 FIRST® Robotics competition season kickoff held worldwide

Inventor and FIRST® Founder Dean Kamen launched the 2017 FIRST® Robotics Competition season on Saturday [Jan. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:52 PM

Nominate those who dared to dream for 25th annual Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards

DULUTH – The UMD Center for Economic Development (CED) is now seeking nominations for the 25th annual Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards, which will be presented during an April 26 luncheon at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Cente More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:52 PM

CMMF is seeking 2017-18 scholarship applications

HIBBING – The Central Mesabi Medical Foundation (CMMF) is currently seeking applications for a variety of scholarship opportunities for the 2017-2018 academic year. The application deadline is March 17, 2017.  More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:52 PM

Guatemala Mission Team presentation in Tower

TOWER – The Guatemala Mission Team will give a two presentations on Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Tower Civic Center in Tower. The presentations will be held at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.  More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:52 PM

Up North Dental adds Virginia location

VIRGINIA/NASHWAUK - With a dental clinic she originally established in Nashwauk, Dr. C.J. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:52 PM

IRRRB programs to boost quality of life projects

Several new or expanded IRRRB community development programs in 2017 are targeted at improving quality of life in northeastern Minnesota communities.  More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:52 PM

January quilt displayed at Virginia Public Library

VIRGINIA – The January's quilt selection on display at the Virginia Public Library was created by Cindy Lind of the Going to Pieces Quilt Guild. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:52 PM

Francine York, fellow Ranger, and my friend

The passing away of the iconic screen beauty, Francine York, hit home with me. Francine had an amazing career dating back to 1959 and she worked right until her death this month in Van Nuys California. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:52 PM

Aurora’s silver screen girl

Francine York: Still going strong in Hollywood

From the small mining town of Aurora, Minnesota, to the glitter and glamour of Hollywood, actress Francine York has had a fascinating career and life. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:53 PM

Governor Dayton, Lt. Governor Smith propose tax cuts for over 450,000 Minnesotans

ST. PAUL – Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:53 PM

I LOVE Hometown Focus. I LOVE the Iron Range. GOODBYE!

I LOVE you ALL. (I’ll be BACK.)

Dear Readers,   I’m retiring from Hometown Focus (see story p. 4). I honestly don’t know how to say goodbye – to my family of co-workers, our contributors, our readers, our supporters across the Iron Range.  More...

Posted 1/5/2017 10:05 PM


In 2016 we averaged two new contributors per week. In 2015, we averaged one new contributor per week. If I know my math, that means we doubled the rate of new contributors in the past year. Thank you, thank you, thank you! – Jean   More...

Posted 1/5/2017 10:05 PM

Traditional Orthodox Christmas recipes

CESNICA (Chesneetsa)

Christmas bread with a coin.  •. 1 pkg. dry yeast ½ c. butter, softened • ½ c. warm water 1½ c. water (room temp) • 3 eggs 5½-6 c. flour • 1 tsp. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 10:05 PM

Governor Dayton and Lt. Governor Smith propose jobs bill to create more than 22,950 Minnesota jobs

ST. PAUL – Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 10:06 PM

Chisholm plays host to the fair, a festival and all-class reunion in August

CHISHOLM – With the 133rd St. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 10:06 PM

Minnesota State’s chancellor comments on Governor’s Bonding Bill

ST. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 10:06 PM

Lake Country Power honors Touchstone Energy Community Award winner

GRAND RAPIDS – Lake Country Power selected the Itasca County Volunteers for the Handicapped Association of Grand Rapids, Minn., as the winner of its annual Touchstone Energy Community Award. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 10:07 PM

My Tattoo

These tattoos belongs to Kaiti Clark, currently living in Cook, MN, but originally from Walker, MN. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 10:07 PM

Silver Lake stunners

You can tell which way the wind’s blowing if you can see the steam plant on Silver Lake in Virginia, MN. Photo by Floyd Luomanen. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 10:07 PM

Seeds: Speak peace to hate

Editor’s note: Gayle Streier recently posted this piece on her Facebook page, in the shadow of the recent presidential election, the dark, SAD days of winter, and her December 1st birthday. More...

Posted 12/30/2016 12:18 AM

Mining Features

NRRI patents filtering product to remove cadmium with peat-based technologies

DULUTH – A technology to maximize the potential of locally sourced peat to remove a heavy metal pollutant from industrial waste water received a patent and is being licensed in northern Minnesota. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:50 AM

Itasca County: Lore, pine, ores and plenty of mining history too

ITASCA COUNTY – There has long been a question for those who live in Itasca County. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:50 AM

The Mountain Iron Pioneer Cemetery: In the midst of mines, an old cemetery sits

EDITOR’S NOTE: The information below is from an old document in the possession of Ed Roskoski. – Cindy Kujala, HTF interim editor  Mountain Iron Old Cemetery: 1892 – 1900  Buried: 12 Names known: 7   More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:50 AM

Real Estate

Our local “shifting” market


Posted 12/15/2015 09:20 AM

Ad hoc committee sought to facilitate Olcott Park fountain restoration

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

Posted 3/5/2015 10:35 PM

JPJ Engineering has new office location

HIBBING – JPJ Engineering, Inc. More...

Posted 12/24/2014 09:31 PM




Follow @Hometownfocus for more contests. Win cash & prizes! INSTAGRAM PHOTO CONTEST! #HTFILoveMyPet / Oct. 9 – Nov. More...

Posted 8/21/2015 08:10 AM

What IS This?  Free Access 

Mystery Item Contest

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

Posted 7/14/2015 08:25 AM

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

Click here to see. More...

Posted 1/26/2015 01:08 PM

Home & Garden Tips


Decorator Secret:  Accessorizing your rooms  How To:   More...

Posted 3/23/2017 10:57 PM

Stay out of the garden!

The most difficult thing to do at this time of the year is to stay off the lawn and out of the garden. The temps may be rising and the snow (or ice!) may be melting, but it’s best not to test Mother Nature. More...

Posted 3/23/2017 10:57 PM


Decorator Secret:  Furniture planning secrets…  How To:   More...

Posted 3/16/2017 10:02 PM


Kids’ meltdown behavior can be eased with communication, validation

The snow isn’t the only thing melting down lately. I would like to blame daylight saving time or the change in seasons, but I am sure it is my own stress levels causing the increase in meltdowns with my kiddos. More...

Posted 3/23/2017 10:57 PM

At-home genetic testing; there are many factors to kids’ obesity epidemic

Q: I'm thinking about using one of those mail-in genetics tests. Are they reliable? -- Gini W., Brooklyn, New York   More...

Posted 3/23/2017 10:57 PM

Pros and cons of testosterone therapy; can pain cause hypertension?

Q: My husband, 76, is on testosterone therapy and says he feels great. But I heard there was a new study that was negative about the side effects of the therapy. What's the real deal? -- Gladys F., Plano, Texas   More...

Posted 3/16/2017 10:01 PM

Massage for Your Health

Massage and lifestyle changes can help reduce stress

Do you have tight muscles in your neck, shoulders, or back? If so, does the pain keep you from getting a good night sleep or functioning normally? More...

Posted 3/16/2017 10:01 PM

Repetitive hand movement can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome

By Susan Santi  HTF Columnist   More...

Posted 3/3/2017 12:09 AM

Anatomy of a knotted muscle

Have you ever been asked something and were surprised that you didn’t know the answer? More...

Posted 2/16/2017 11:09 PM


Area schools participated in Arrowhead Grand Prix archery event February 4

The Arrowhead Grand Prix archery event was held on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Hill City, MN. The event was hosted by Cromwell-Wright, Ely, and Northern Light Community schools. More...

Posted 2/16/2017 11:10 PM

Unique, local artwork coming to the new Vikings stadium

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. More...

Posted 1/15/2015 09:52 PM

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

Sports Events

3/5 - Boys Basketball

All games start at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted: Cherry at Cook Ely at Mesabi Academy - 7 p.m. Eveleth/Gilbert at Duluth Marshall Mesabi East at Two Harbors Orr at Chisholm Tower/Soudan at Nashwauk/Keewatin More...

Posted 2/25/2010 05:10 PM

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

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

Posted 2/22/2010 02:54 PM

2/13 - Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing

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

Posted 2/5/2010 03:21 PM


MN Business Snapshot data is available for purchase

Secretary of State Steve Simon announced last week that 115,227 businesses to date have participated in the Minnesota Business Snapshot—a new initiative designed to better serve Minnesotans and advance economic development by providing the publ More...

Posted 3/23/2017 10:57 PM

IRS reminds taxpayers of April 1 deadline to take required minimum retirement plan distributions

The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers who turned age 70½ during 2016 that, in most cases, they must start receiving required minimum distributions (RMDs) from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and workplace retirement plans by Saturday, More...

Posted 3/23/2017 10:57 PM

Strong growth for majority of Minnesota is predicted by 4th quarter regional economic reports

The majority of Minnesota is expected to experience strong economic growth over the next several months, according to new economic reviews and forecasts released this month by Secretary of State Steve Simon and the St. More...

Posted 3/23/2017 10:57 PM

Fresh Stuff

Minerals are vital to modern veterinary medicine  Free Access 

You may be aware of how critical minerals are to modern medical technologies that keep you and your family healthy. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

Auto Focus Tips

1962 Chevrolet CORVETTE

The most noticeable style changes for 1962 were the removal of the side cover chrome trim, a blacked-out grille and ribbed chrome rocker panel molding leaving this model almost completely devoid of chrome. More...

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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 02:49 PM

1967 Chevrolet El Camino

Ten of the 15 colors offered for the 1967 Chevrolet El Camino were new. A black vinyl roof covering available with all exterior colors was added to the options list.  More...

Posted 10/13/2011 06:55 PM

Conducting Commerce

Defining Friendly Customer Service -

what it is and what it isn’t

A few days ago I attended a community planning meeting for my adopted hometown of Orr, Minnesota. The meeting was the first in a series to develop a long term plan for the future of our town and surrounding area.   More...

Posted 2/17/2011 11:02 PM

How to sell money at a discount

Although I didn’t realize it until 30 years later, my first real job in the sales profession was all about selling money at a discount. More...

Posted 2/10/2011 08:19 PM


For several years I had a framed copy of Mark Twain’s quotation: “I am an old man and have known a great many problems, but most of them never happened” hanging on the wall in my office. More...

Posted 2/3/2011 10:42 PM

Focus On Veterans

Defense department announces the launch of “,” an experiment in open source

The Department of Defense (DoD) announced the launch of, an open source initiative that allows software developers around the world to collaborate on unclassified code written by federal employees in support of DoD projects.  More...

Posted 3/23/2017 10:56 PM

April is the Month of the Military Child; show your support on Purple Up Day

Recognizing the contribution that the military child makes as their parent or parents serve our nation, it is during April of each year that all branches of service provide special days and events to honor the family and their children.  Events More...

Posted 3/23/2017 10:56 PM

Sen. Franken seeks entrants to poetry contest for Minnesota students

In recognition of the Month of the Military Child and National Poetry Month in April, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced that he is hosting his sixth annual poetry contest for Minnesota students. More...

Posted 3/16/2017 10:01 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

In January, I noticed an ad for a short story contest, the day before it was to begin. On a whim, I entered, even though short stories aren’t my thing. More...

Posted 3/23/2017 10:57 PM

Out of the Blue

Where we never absquatulate, rarely excoriate, intermittently interpolate, sometimes scintillate, often obfuscate, usually fantasticate and always nictitate.

It is St. Urho’s Day as I write this. More...

Posted 3/16/2017 10:02 PM

Out of th Blue

Ooksi kooksi coolama vee Santia Urho is ta poy for me! He sase out ta hoppers as pig as pirds. Neffer peefor haff I hurd tose words! More...

Posted 3/10/2017 12:01 AM

Outdoors by Jerry McCormick

A nature nerd’s Florida vacation

There are many reasons people go to Florida for vacations: warmth, sunshine, beaches, golf, and sporting events, to name a few. But Florida also is a favorite of nature nerds, like me. Sometimes, in regard to travel, we are called eco-tourists. More...

Posted 11/3/2016 09:27 PM

Ladybug look-alikes

Not all orange and black beetles are ladybugs, and not all ladybugs are orange and black! There are several kinds of beetles that strongly resemble ladybugs. Also, insects that are orange and black are a very interesting bunch.  More...

Posted 9/29/2016 09:27 PM

Outdoor sounds: Chirps, trills, hisses and whisperings

Summer nearly is over. Have you been listening? One clue about the passage of the season is that most birds have gone silent. During late summer, with the lack of birds singing, it sometimes seems deathly silent in the fields and woods. More...

Posted 9/1/2016 10:24 PM


“Be real careful who you tell!!”

As I sat looking out the window at the falling rain on a late September morning, the phone rang. It was a friend of mine who happens to be a well known outdoor sports writer. More...

Posted 10/14/2010 06:58 PM

Pssst! Wanna know a little secret?

Those of us who grew up on Minnesota’s Iron Range, and in the City of Virginia in particular, are very likely familiar with Canelake’s Candies. More...

Posted 9/23/2010 09:40 PM

“Look! There He Is Again!”

Summers are short in the Northland. That’s why most of us try to spend as much time enjoying the out of doors as possible even if it means just sitting in the shade.   More...

Posted 9/9/2010 10:05 PM

Guest Columnists


LEO (July 23 to August 22) It’s time to stop licking your wounds from past mistakes. Get up and get going toward your future. Loyal friends will be there to help the Lion get back into riproaring shape.   More...

Posted 3/23/2017 10:57 PM


LEO (July 23 to August 22) Put the lessons you learned from past disappointments to work in planning your future. The way ahead opens to opportunities “purrfectly” suited to the adventurous Lion. More...

Posted 3/16/2017 10:02 PM

The Long Line

Local girl chooses loss to gain a greater life

Angela Larson began to play hockey when she was four years old. Her parents had given her the option of figure skating or hockey. She chose hockey. She wanted to be just like her big brother. More...

Posted 3/16/2017 10:02 PM



ATV  2013 Polaris Razor RZR Trail Side by Side: 5,400 mi., heated seats, xm radio, navigation, plow, winch and more, $11,500. 218 969-1192 or email   More...

Posted 3/23/2017 10:57 PM


AUTOS BUICK  2009 Buick Lucerne: 56K mi., loaded, like new, $12,000. 218-262- 3056***  AUTOS CHEVY   More...

Posted 3/23/2017 10:57 PM


PTSD Support Group will be meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, beginning April 12 at Project Care Free Clinic in Hibbing.   More...

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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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