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Dream Machines Car Club holding raffle

VIRGINIA – The Dream Machines Car Club is currently selling $5 raffle tickets. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Olcott Park Fountain Project and the MS Foundation. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:45 PM

Northern Cruisers Car Club hosting 33rd Annual Weekend of Wheels

GRAND RAPIDS – In the early 1970s, about a dozen guys from the Grand Rapids area were definitely into cars. They talked cars and they had cars. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:45 PM

“Minnesota steel makes Chevy muscle”

Car club’s international meet set for Hibbing in July

HIBBING – The Chevrolet Impala was the bestselling automobile in America – ever, in a single year – in 1965, selling an astounding 1,046,514 cars, including the Impala SS.  Mike Philippi owns one of them, an artesian turquoise More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:45 PM

Civic pride: Finding the Olcott Park Fountain in Paris

“We are going to Paris in May.” That’s what my wife, Roxanne, told me in November 2016. My wife is not a “high-maintenance” woman, so I was a bit surprised by her statement. “Really?” I replied. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:45 PM

Summer theatre kids camp performances Friday and Saturday

Two productions, 65 local thespians take to stage in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS – The Grand Rapids Players presents this year’s summer theatre kids camp performances of “The Reluctant Dragon” and “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.,” both made popular by Walt Disney. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

Exploring the classic/historical car hobby; it’s rewarding for many

Car enthusiasts appeared as soon as the automobile was introduced to the general public in the 18th and 19th centuries. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

Historical scrapbooks can honor older relatives

There are so many different and creative ways for families to showcase their heritage and honor a grandparent or other special senior. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

White Community Hospital Foundation donates AEDs to communities

EAST RANGE – The communities of Aurora, Biwabik, Hoyt Lakes, and Town of White were recently on the receiving end of a life-saving donation. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

Virginia Fire Department Run Report: June 12-18, 2017

During the week of June 12-18, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 97 times: 21 transfers, 27 fire calls, and 49 EMS 9-1-1 calls. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

Ten communities selected for 2018 training in Blandin Leadership Programs

GRAND RAPIDS – As part of its commitment to strengthening rural communities, Blandin Foundation has named 10 communities where it is making available Blandin Leadership Program training in 2018.  More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

Local artist, organizations receive funding from regional arts council

IRON/ELY – Nathan Bray of Iron was awarded a $7,000 Artist Fellowship Grant to help develop new large-scale indoor and outdoor sculptures including wheel thrown and assembled sculptural forms. Some of the new works will incorporate lighting. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

Change Within Reach donation made to Dustin Damm Memorial Fund

Customers of Natural Harvest Food Co-op in Virginia donated $1,614.12 to the Dustin Damm Memorial Fund in April through the Change Within Reach program. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:47 PM

Hearing reveals strong divisions about Enbridge Line 3 replacement project

A public hearing at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College on June 13, suggested the American Indian community does not support the Line 3 replacement proposed by Enbridge Energy Partners.  More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:47 PM

New study: Economic impact of Enbridge Line 3 will be massive

The Enbridge Line 3 replacement project will create approximately 8,600 jobs and will represent an investment of more than $2 billion in the 15-county study area of Minnesota according to a new economic impact study.  More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:47 PM

My Tattoo

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Posted 6/22/2017 11:47 PM

Dad, teacher, coach: Making the most of the “Summer of DAD”

VIRGINIA – I teach third grade and coach three sports. A great deal of my time is spent with everyone else’s kids – nine months out of the year. More...

Posted 6/15/2017 11:49 PM

Father and sons each score a hole-in-one at Vermilion Fairways

COOK – The seventh hole on Vermilion Fairways golf course in Cook has proven to be a lucky spot for three members of the Frazee family of Cook.  More...

Posted 6/15/2017 11:49 PM

School is out… but there are still chores to be done

BRITT – School's out! For many teenagers, summer is the season of freedom and fun, at least in theory. More...

Posted 6/15/2017 11:49 PM

Global leaders in service: Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion

For people around the world, Lions clubs answer the question: Who can we get to help us? More...

Posted 6/15/2017 11:50 PM


SERVING YOUTH: Babbitt Lions Club (chartered in 1973) assist youth by putting together school supplies for Head Start through 6th grade students. Submitted photo. More...

Posted 6/15/2017 11:50 PM

Bigfork Valley Clinic breaks ground on $1.2 million, 3,200 sq.-ft. expansion

BIGFORK – Bigfork Valley Clinic in Bigfork is expanding its clinic space with a $1.2 million addition this summer.  With roots going back to 1941, Bigfork Valley Hospital and the facilities on its campus serve the Northern Itasca Hospital More...

Posted 6/15/2017 11:50 PM

Museum Summer Concert Series begins June 22

Building community through music at Minnesota Discovery Center

“It’s not sometimes all about the music as much as… being in a place together and that creates massive amounts of energy. More...

Posted 6/15/2017 11:50 PM

Kids summer theatre features performances of two Disney favorites

GRAND RAPIDS – The Grand Rapids Players present this year’s summer theatre kids camp performances of “The Reluctant Dragon” and “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.,” both made popular by Walt Disney. More...

Posted 6/15/2017 11:50 PM


Health Features

Being a blood donor could be your ticket to saving lives

IRON RANGE – Memorial Blood Centers (MBC) is currently facing an urgent need for blood – particularly types O negative (O-), B negative (B-), and A negative (A-). More...

Posted 7/27/2017 11:00 PM

MBC: The gift of life-saving blood, generously given

DULUTH – Volunteer blood donors helped save the life of Sully, born with a congenital heart defect.  When Courtney and Rob Kile learned they were having a baby—after trying for two years—they were over the moon. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 11:00 PM

DEED publishes a free guide on starting a family child care business

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is offering a free manual on how to start a family child care business.  More...

Posted 7/27/2017 11:00 PM


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




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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 

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Posted 1/26/2015 01:08 PM

Home & Garden Tips

Contemplating antiques? Here’s how to buy

Antique furnishings, decor, coins, and toys remain popular among consumers. More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:52 PM

Time for a little more planting

While you may be busy harvesting those onions, tomatoes, peas and peppers, now is the perfect time to hit the greenhouses. They will have a variety of late bloomers (mums, asters) to add vibrant color to the landscape. More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:52 PM

Simplifying: I can help you organize

VIRGINIA – When we need help with burst pipes, we call a plumber. When we need help removing a tree, we call a tree service. So why not call a professional organizer when you need help with organizing and decluttering your home? More...

Posted 8/10/2017 10:03 PM


$1,000 Close to Home campaign donation made by Cap Baker Lions Club

Representing the Cap Baker Lions Club, Debbie Vergin (left), president, and Kim Geislinger (right), first vice president, presented a gift of $1,000 in support of the Close to Home capital campaign f More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

Grand Itasca’s Close to Home campaign receives $300,000 IRRR grant

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital recently received a $300,000 grant for the Close to Home capital campaign for cancer and infusion care from Iron Range Resource & Rehabilitation.  More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

Coach Tom's Corner

Use it or lose it: Build muscle with resistance training

I am battling a condition called sarcopenia. The scientific literature I’ve read suggests I’ve had this for 18 years or so. Now don’t hold a spaghetti feed for me just yet! More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

Massage for Your Health

Stretches that can help eliminate sciatic pain

In my last article I talked about sciatic pain and how to determine if the pain going down your leg originated from your lower back or your gluteus (butt) muscles. Following is a quick review of the difference.  More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

True sciatica or pseudo-sciatica – which do you have?

I get a fair number of people who talk to me about their sciatic pain. One of my first questions for them is if they know what is causing their sciatic pain. More...

Posted 8/3/2017 10:26 PM

Detoxifying your body through massage

You may be wondering why you would even need to detoxify your body since our bodies are made to detoxify on their own. Sometimes life gets hectic and our bodies are unable to keep up with everything we are throwing at them.  More...

Posted 7/20/2017 11:12 PM


MI-B seventh-grade girls second at Pacesetter state tourney

MOUNTAIN IRON – The Mountain Iron-Buhl seventh-grade girls were runners-up in their division of the the Pacesetter Minnesota Youth Basketball State Championships on Sunday.  The top two teams at the state tournament qualify for the Paceset More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:08 AM

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

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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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

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

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”

“I am convinced that love is the most durable power in the world. It is not an expression of impractical idealism, but of practical realism. More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:52 PM

Out of the Blue

Where we never fabricate, rarely recriminate, occasionally objurgate, sometimes speculate, usually obfuscate and always ameliorate.

I’d like to thank Bartolo Colon for making me feel young. More...

Posted 8/10/2017 10:03 PM

Out of the Blue

“If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently”

There are two trillion galaxies, give or take a dozen, in the observable universe. More...

Posted 8/3/2017 10:27 PM

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

The Long Line

A family tradition to treasure

WRITER’S NOTE : In my last The Long Line article, I wrote about being berry, berry crazy for blueberries. This week I thought I would share a family blueberry story from my 20 year-old daughter’s perspective as a followup to mine. More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:52 PM


LEO (July 23 to August 22) A colleague might try to goad you into saying or doing the wrong thing. It’s best to ignore the troublemaker, even if he or she riles your royal self. Your supporters stand with you.   More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:52 PM

Whitewater rafting: See the river, feel the river, ride the river

ST. LOUIS RIVER – Guests are guaranteed to get wet when they participate in one of the newer outdoor attractions the Duluth area has to offer, rallying on to become the outdoor capital of the Midwest.  More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:52 PM



ATV  2004 Polaris 330 Magnum 4x4: VERY low mi., ex. cond., $2,600 OBO. 218-780-7863  Wanted: 4 Wheeler w/plow. Must be in good condition & reasonable. 218-750-0300   More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:52 PM


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

Posted 8/17/2017 11:52 PM


The Club (Senior Widowed Persons Grief Support Group) meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the Nichols Town Hall in Parkville from 10 to 11:30 a.m. More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:52 PM

St. Louis County Board votes to allow Sunday liquor sales as of July 2

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – St. Louis County commissioners voted to amend the County’s liquor license ordinance to allow Sunday liquor sales beginning Sunday, July 2. The vote allows for the sale of off-sale intoxicating liquor between 11 a.m. More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:08 AM

Lemon laws offer new car buyers sweet protection

Paying a hefty price for a new vehicle only to discover that it doesn’t live up to promised standards can be frustrating. Fortunately for consumers, all states have a lemon law in place to help those who purchase new cars with unfixable flaws. More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:08 AM

Squires Car Club of Hibbing: 60th anniversary was celebrated in 2016

HIBBING – The Squires Car Club was originally organized in 1956 by a bunch of teenagers not only trying to keep their cars running, but also trying to help others who encountered trouble on the road. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:45 PM

Chisholm’s car club revisited: The Road Knights cruise again

CHISHOLM – We didn’t plan this edition of Hometown Focus looking at classic car clubs to coincide with the 44th Annual Back to the Fifties Weekend at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, it just happened that way—a happy coincidence you More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:45 PM

Run Rampage at the Ridge extreme 5K to benefit Iron Range veterans

BIWABIK – As we celebrate the Fourth of July and our country’s independence, we also keep in mind our veterans and current members of the armed forces. They fought for and continue to fight for our freedom. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:45 PM

Gracie’s Bears bring comfort during a time of tragedy

HIBBING – For Talia and Dan Sandys of Side Lake, the weeks leading up to the birth of their daughter at Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing were a blur of worry, heartache and tears.  More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

Lyme disease: What you don’t know could hurt you

A week ago I woke up not feeling well. I found myself drenched in sweat, lying on the floor after almost passing out. My daughter, Emma, had been home from college and not felt well. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

LCP’s Operation Round Up ® gives more than $39,000 to community programs

GRAND RAPIDS – Through the assistance of Lake Country Power's participating members, the Operation Round Up® Trust Board recently approved $39,700 in contributions to local community programs during its quarterly meeting.  More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

June quilt selection on display at Virginia library

VIRGINIA – The quilt selected for June display at the Virginia Public Library was designed by local quilt artist Barbara Tupy of Going to Pieces Quilt Guild. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

UWNEMN President’s Corner: Wild About Reading is free fun for families

CHISHOLM – One of the reasons I love United Way of Northeastern Minnesota (UWNEMN) is that it is an independent nonprofit organization that can address community needs and be flexible to create unique programs and events for our area. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

Climbing wall opens to public at Giants Ridge; special offer in June

BIWABIK – Feel like climbing the wall? A 32-foot tall climbing wall, the only of its kind in northeastern Minnesota, is open to the public at Giants Ridge. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

June is proclaimed Finland 100 Month; celebrate the 4th of July in Mt. Iron

From the City Council:   ACTION TAKEN AT THE JUNE 5, 2017, MEETING:  Proclaimed the month of June 2017 as “Finland 100 Month,” honoring Finland’s 100 years of independence as a country, as well as recognizing the large Fin More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

Spring Art Expo reception to be held at NWFA Gallery on June 30

COOK – A reception will be held at the Northwoods Friends of the Arts Gallery in Cook on Friday, June 30, at 5:30 p.m. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

CCF plans July 31 annual golf outing

CHISHOLM – The Chisholm Community Foundation will hold its 22nd annual golf outing on Monday, July 31, at Mesaba Country Club in Hibbing. Registration will take place at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at 12 p.m. The entry fee is $90 per person. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:47 PM

Highway 53 relocation project progresses well in final months

VIRGINIA – Work continues at a steady pace in the final two months for the Hwy 53 relocation project.  More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:47 PM

RAMS stands with Enbridge on Line 3 replacement project

The RAMS (Range Association of Municipalities & Schools) board of directors stands with Enbridge on the validity and need for the Line 3 replacement project. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:47 PM

Three ways aging drivers can see better at night

Many drivers are less comfortable driving at night than during the daytime. Despite the fact that far more vehicles are on the road during the daytime than at night, studies have shown that approximately 65 percent of accidents occur at night.  More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:47 PM

A dad’s extreme lessons for his sons: Work hard, don’t ever give up

Last fall I was abandoned in the wild as part of a reality survival show called The Wheel. The challenge was to survive in six different eco-zones in South America over 60 days. More...

Posted 6/15/2017 11:49 PM

Readers share stories, memories of dads for Father’s Day

Sacrificing dreams: It’s what a father does

When we are young we don’t know what we don’t know. This becomes more apparent as we grow older and begin to walk down a similar path to that of our parent(s). More...

Posted 6/15/2017 11:49 PM

Father’s Day, Fatter’s Day and my life with frogs

We lived in many places around the world as I was growing up due to my father’s service in the military and his career in the mining business. More...

Posted 6/15/2017 11:49 PM

Parade, Saturday at 9 a.m.

Land of Loon celebrates 41 years of fun

VIRGINIA – The third full weekend of every June brings the festival—Land of the Loon.  More...

Posted 6/15/2017 11:50 PM

Cook Lion Mark Eyre is newly elected district governor

COOK – Lion Mark Eyre of Cook was recently elected and will be formally inducted as Governor of Lions Clubs International District 5M-10 during the 100th International Lions Clubs Centennial Convention in Chicago, June 30 – July 4, 2017.& More...

Posted 6/15/2017 11:50 PM

State of Minnesota recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

STATEWIDE – In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, the Minnesota Department of Commerce is reminding financial professionals of the importance of safeguarding Minnesota’s senior population by keeping a watchful eye More...

Posted 6/15/2017 11:50 PM

Bob Dylan tribute concept and site at HHS approved

HIBBING – The Hibbing School Board approved of the concept and site location for the Hibbing Dylan Project’s public work of art honoring Bob Dylan at their meeting held June 7.  More...

Posted 6/15/2017 11:50 PM

About The Pines, Minnesota-based indie folk group

CHISHOLM – Minnesota-based indie folk group The Pines will be performing in Chisholm on Thursday, June 22, at the Minnesota Discovery Center. Atmospheric and poetic, The Pines are touring for their acclaimed album, Above the Prairie.  More...

Posted 6/15/2017 11:50 PM

Manufacturer MDI breaks ground on 35,000 square-foot facility in Hibbing

HIBBING – A local manufacturer, MDI, broke ground on a new 35,000 square-foot plant that will replace their existing 100-yearold building in Hibbing. More...

Posted 6/15/2017 11:50 PM

Mining Features

Great Lake iron ore trade up in April

CLEVELAND – Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 5.8 million tons in April, an increase of 8.8 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments topped the month’s 5-year average by nearly 21 percent.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

Road Machinery & Supplies celebrates 25 years with Iron Mining Association

VIRGINIA – The Iron Mining Association of MN (IMA) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The association represents Minnesota’s iron mines and more than 150 businesses that supply goods and services to the industry.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

Minnesotans are supportive of iron mining

DULUTH – Ninety-three percent of Minnesotans believe the state should continue to mine iron ore, according to results from the 2016 Minnesota State Survey.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

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

Bridal Features

Casual weddings are gaining popularity; throw one to remember

Elegant, lavish weddings provide moments couples will remember for years to come. But while such storybook ceremonies and receptions remain popular, casual affairs are gaining popularity.  More...

Posted 5/4/2017 10:43 PM

Incorporate flowers into your wedding; they add beauty and ambiance

Weddings are special moments for couples and the guests they invite to share their happiness on their big days. More...

Posted 5/4/2017 10:43 PM

Consider the pros and cons of Friday weddings

Couples give a great deal of thought to the day they choose to get married. Many engaged couples are more attached to a particular season than a specific day, but some couples will consider any time of year to say "I do."  More...

Posted 5/4/2017 10:43 PM


Tips for raising a healthy and happy kitten

New pets can make life at home more exciting. Cats are popular pets because of their curiosity, playfulness and size, which make them great pets in private homes and apartments big and small.  More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

Madison meets Bitsy: Two peas in a pod

Paige and Matt Bisbee, owners of Black Beaver Creek Farm & Kennel in Gheen, MN, where they breed dachshunds (doxies), found themselves in a bit of a dilemma several months ago. More...

Posted 8/10/2017 10:02 PM

Fun, music, dogs and a BBQ in the park

Last year’s BBQ in the Park was a fun for the whole family, with great food and great music. Photos by Marcus Bustamante.   More...

Posted 8/3/2017 10:26 PM

Range History

Itasca County Fair celebrates

125 years of gathering


Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

The Timpano Family: The early years


HIBBING – Antoinette “Toni” Anderson, welcomed my daughter Mia and me into her home on July 10, 2017, to share the story of her great-uncle Tony Timpano coming to America and becoming established. More...

Posted 8/10/2017 10:02 PM

The Timpano Family:

There’s more to the story


Posted 8/3/2017 10:27 PM

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

Taking time for inspiration

Hello one and all!  It is still summer but the precious time seems fleeting through our fingertips.  More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

Healthy for Life

August is here: I’m sensing something to smile about!

Hello people and welcome to the month of August – our big, bold and beautiful summer month. I hope everyone may capture the essence and auspicious aura that August expresses. More...

Posted 8/3/2017 10:26 PM

Healthy for Life

Making time for balance

Hello to everyone as we slip into the heart of our heated summertime season experience. As life carries on many of us may find ourselves trying to maintain or find that perfect balance. More...

Posted 7/27/2017 10:59 PM

Hometown Recipes

Remembering Aiti

Ladies of Kaleva Soinnuttaren Tupa #32

Finnish Table Prayer Käy siunaamaan, Käy siunaamaan, Käy Jeesus Siunaamaan. Sun lapsesi, Sun lahjasi Käy Jeesus siunaamaan. Amen More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie…

Once again I have been saved by our HTF assistant office manager, Idell Henderson. Not only did she provide the great recipes that follow, they were typed up and emailed to me, which made the recipe column for this week a cinch for to do. More...

Posted 8/10/2017 10:02 PM

Fluffernutrter new on the list for the Great Minnesota Get-Together

August is fair month in Minnesota. More...

Posted 8/3/2017 10:26 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


St. Luke’s vascular surgeon to see patients in Hibbing, Virginia

HIBBING/VIRGINIA – St. Luke’s Hibbing Family Medical Clinic and Laurentian Medical Clinic in Virginia announced that Dr. Duangnapa Cuddy with St. Luke’s Vascular Surgery Associates is now seeing patients at those clinics.  More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:52 PM

General surgeon begins monthly outreach services at Hibbing clinic

HIBBING – Dr. Jennifer Witt, a general surgeon with St. Luke’s Surgical Associates, is now seeing patients at St. Luke’s Hibbing Family Medical Clinic once a month. Talk with a primary care provider for a referral.  More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:52 PM

Entrepreneurs on Tap forum to be held at MDC

CHISHOLM – The second in a series of small business forums is planned for Thursday, Aug. 31 at Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm. Entrepreneurs on Tap is being hosted by the Recharge the Range Small Business Strategies Action Group.  More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:52 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...

Posted 1/6/2012 01:13 AM


The 1970 Dodge Dart lineup returned with Swinger 340 and Dart GTS trim lines. All Darts had new front and rear styling. The Swinger 340 was available for $2,808 but now included a three-speed manual as standard. More...

Posted 11/23/2011 02:49 PM

1967 Chevrolet El Camino

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

Posted 10/13/2011 06:55 PM

Conducting Commerce

Defining Friendly Customer Service -

what it is and what it isn’t

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

Posted 2/17/2011 11:02 PM

How to sell money at a discount

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

Posted 2/10/2011 08:19 PM


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

Posted 2/3/2011 10:42 PM

Focus On Veterans

Wounded warriors empowered by camaraderie of ruck march

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and partner Team RWB (Red, White & Blue) joined forces recently for a ruck march in Jacksonville Beach.  More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

Minnesota National Guard may deploy to Southwest Asia

ROSEMOUNT, MN – More than 500 soldiers from the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division headquarters have been notified of a possible deployment to Southwest Asia beginning in the fall of 2018.  More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM

VA staffing new White House hotline principally with veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the U.S. More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 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

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



Anniversary trip a success with carts piled high at Costco

Greetings and Sallytations!   I mentioned a few weeks back it was our third wedding anniversary and my husband had planned a surprise anniversary gift – a trip to Costco. More...

Posted 8/17/2017 11:51 PM


He said, she said: Mark and Sally verbally spar

This week’s column is going to be a little departure from what normally appears in this space. More...

Posted 8/10/2017 10:02 PM


Exploding dough and a trip to Costco

Greetings and Sallytations!   I'm back! Much thanks to my pinch hitter, Mark Yuccas, for writing for me last week.  More...

Posted 8/3/2017 10:26 PM

Website Wisdom

Canoe drummers

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

Posted 6/6/2013 10:27 PM

Optimize your site to bring more phone calls

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

Posted 6/24/2010 11:08 PM

Give Your Website Some Personality

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

Posted 6/18/2010 08:57 AM


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Posted 6/23/2015 11:34 AM

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Posted 1/10/2014 11:54 AM

Top DVD Rentals and Sales

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

Posted 12/29/2011 09:49 PM

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