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St. Luke’s to host end-of-life care documentary

DULUTH – St. Luke’s is holding a free, community screening of the PBS documentary “Being Mortal” on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in St. Luke’s Auditorium in Duluth. More...

Posted 10/13/2016 09:54 PM

MNsure urges Minnesotans to shop, compare and save on health insurance

As final 2017 individual market health insurance rates were released by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, MNsure is encouraging Minnesotans to learn about important cost-saving opportunities available only through the state’s online health More...

Posted 10/13/2016 09:54 PM

Winners of HTF Instagram photo contest

Congratulations winners! Thanks to all who took part in the #HTFBestSummerShot contest.

Pick up your prizes at Hometown Focus, 401 6th Ave. N. in Virginia, or call 218-741-0106. Watch for the next HTF Instagram photo contest. Maybe the next winning photo will be yours!   More...

Posted 10/13/2016 09:54 PM

Beatrice Ojakangas event at Irma’s Finland House on October 22

VIRGINIA – Irma’s Finland House in Virginia is hosting Beatrice Ojakangas at their store in Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. More...

Posted 10/13/2016 09:54 PM

Minnesota Corn Growers set sustainability goals

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) announced Thursday its intentions to implement an ambitious set of initiatives with the goal of making Minnesota corn farmers the most sustainable and environmentally responsible in the United States.&nbs More...

Posted 10/13/2016 09:54 PM

Visiting the Field of Dreams

There really is much more to Iowa than just corn (but there’s lots of corn, too)

In September my husband and I took a road trip. We put on 1,245 miles in five days and spent the night in four different cities, three in Iowa and one in Winona, MN. More...

Posted 10/6/2016 09:54 PM

Musical happening event at Kaleva Hall, Oct. 15

Remember When: Features the sights and sounds of the 50s, 60s and 70s

VIRGINIA – Remember When, a musical happening of the sights and sounds of the 50s, 60s and 70s with Pat and Donna Surface and the Boundary Water Boys, will take place at Kaleva Hall in Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. More...

Posted 10/6/2016 09:54 PM

Annual Octoberfest Bazaar at St. Joseph’s Church

CHISHOLM – St. Joseph’s Church in Chisholm will be holding their annual Octoberfest Bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church social hall. More...

Posted 10/6/2016 09:54 PM

Rachel’s Challenge coming to Eveleth, Mesabi East

EVELETH/AURORA – Rachel’s Challenge day events will be held at the following schools with an additional evening event as noted:  • Eveleth High School, Wednesday, Oct. More...

Posted 10/6/2016 09:54 PM


Candidates invited to submit statements

Candidates for all local elected offices, including school boards, are welcome to submit statements introducing themselves to the community, sharing their backgrounds, qualifications, and their reasons for running for office.  All submissions sh More...

Posted 10/6/2016 09:55 PM

Election Day preparation for voters

Election Day gives voters throughout the United States a chance to participate in their government. The right to vote is something to cherish, as many people across the globe do not get a chance to elect the officials who govern their countries. More...

Posted 10/6/2016 09:55 PM

The Great American Milk Drive raises needed milk for the Northland

NORTHLAND – Childhood should be filled with playing, learning and growing. More...

Posted 10/6/2016 09:55 PM

My Tattoo

This tattoo belongs to Masha Chebotayeva, who is originally from Russia but now resides in Minneapolis, MN. I met Masha at the Renaissance Festival in Shakopee recently and this is what she says her tattoos mean to her. More...

Posted 10/6/2016 10:12 PM

Memorial tiles placed at Angel of Hope Children’s Memorial Park in Virginia

VIRGINIA – New memorial tiles were placed on the Wall of Love that surrounds the Angel of Hope statue in Children’s Memorial Park in Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 1. More...

Posted 10/6/2016 09:55 PM

Lookout Mountain bike trails now

open, and man, are they cool!

VIRGINIA – What I know about mountain biking and fat tire bicycles you can put on the head of a pin. More...

Posted 9/29/2016 08:26 PM


Candidates invited to submit statements

Candidates for all local elected offices, including school boards, are welcome to submit statements introducing themselves to the community, sharing their backgrounds, qualifications, and their reasons for running for office.  All submissions sh More...

Posted 9/29/2016 08:26 PM

Did you know?

Wyoming was not only the first state to grant women the right to vote, but it also was the first state to elect a female governor, electing Nellie Tayloe Ross to that post in 1924. More...

Posted 9/29/2016 08:26 PM

Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association offering 15 scholarships

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – Sheriff Ross Litman of St. Louis County announced Wednesday the commencement of the Law Enforcement Scholarship Program for 2016. More...

Posted 9/29/2016 08:26 PM

Fall means FOOTBALL… and MIB Football Hall of Fame inductions

MOUNTAIN IRON – While the Mountain Iron-Buhl varsity football team watched from the sidelines, a new group of eight former football players and one former coach were inducted into the Mountain Iron-Buhl Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. More...

Posted 9/29/2016 08:26 PM

Open House October 1-2

New Vermilion Park Inn opens in Soudan

SOUDAN – The new Vermilion Park Inn has always been a place to provide care and comfort. More...

Posted 9/29/2016 08:27 PM

NWFA announce Festival of the Arts in Cook

COOK – October is time for the annual Festival of the Arts members’ show which features all new artwork and crafts created by members of Northwoods Friends of the Arts. The Festival of the Arts show will fill the NWFA gallery at 210 S. More...

Posted 9/29/2016 08:27 PM

Senators seek support for students defrauded for-profit college group

As Minnesota’s Attorney General cracks down on Globe University and Minnesota School of Business, a for-profit college group that was found to be defrauding students, U.S. Sens. More...

Posted 9/29/2016 08:27 PM

AARP Smart Driver courses help boost safety awareness, improve driving skills

The mission of the AARP Driver Safety Program is to provide “engaging instructional program for all drivers, using research based safety strategies. More...

Posted 9/29/2016 08:27 PM

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Health Features

Coffee and colon health: Studies indicate coffee may be protective agent

Coffee compels many people to rise out of bed every morning. While individuals have many reasons to drink caffeinated beverages, the most notable is often the pep such beverages provide. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:48 PM

Medica, Essentia collaborate on health plan: Essentia ChoiceCare

For the first time in this area, a health care provider and an insurance company are working jointly to provide a group plan between a commercial insurer and an Accountable Care Organization.   More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:48 PM

Minnesotans can start using MNsure plan comparison tool

MNsure announced last week that the online plan comparison tool is now available with updated 2017 plan information. This tool will allow Minnesotans to shop and compare plans in advance of open enrollment. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:48 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 09:21 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 09:21 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 08:37 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 10:30 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 10:30 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 10:30 PM


PetMD offers 8 tips for caring for your pet in winter

Unless you’re one of the lucky ones living in one of the balmier states, you’ve felt the cold chill of winter arrive.  More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:38 PM

How to have a happy, healthy and humane Thanksgiving with your pets

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and while this food-filled holiday is a joyous time spent with family and friends, you don’t want to forget your furry family members. More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:38 PM

Senior pets for senior pet lovers

Precious Paws program pays pet deposit for adopters

CHISHOLM – Pairing senior pets with senior pet lovers has long been a dream of Precious Paws Humane Society of Chisholm because we know the benefits to both the animal and the adopter.  More...

Posted 11/17/2016 10:48 PM

Range History

Deck the halls (and know the reason why !) this holiday season

This Week in Range History

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all the other tales we tell at Christmas. They’re good stories and the basis of our holiday traditions. Or so we think. More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:39 PM

Tales from northside Virginia

There’s a man upstairs!

This Week in Range History   More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:39 PM

The myserious Timpano Crypy in North Hibbing Cemetery

This Week in Range History

HIBBING – This is the incredible story of the old Timpano Crypt in the North Hibbing Cemetery and Tony Timpano’s peculiar and touching manner of remembering and honoring his loved ones.  More...

Posted 11/17/2016 10:49 PM

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

December’s spirit of miracles

Welcome to the twelfth month of the year that encircles celebrations and appreciation. December brings us the time to revive our spirit and our hearts. It is an extraordinary time for giving as well as receiving. More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:38 PM

Healthy for Life

Here we go with the snow!

Hey there snow peeps…it has finally arrived and our world has turned white once again! It was nice having that extra month of no snow and plenty of sunshine to go around. More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:39 PM

Healthy for Life

Seasonal motivation: Give a little bit

Greetings to everyone! I hope that everyone has been keeping the faith and if you haven’t that you may be motivated to pray and find it. It is a wonderful time to be connected with those who share their bright lights. More...

Posted 11/17/2016 10:49 PM

Hometown Recipes

Sweet and salty hits the spot

Our editor, Jean Cole, was able to wrangle most of these recipes from some of her neighbors. A good combination of sugary and salty recipes to suit a variety of appetites. More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:38 PM

Our family recipe ideas

As has been the tradition over the last many years, my husband’s cousin, Loretta, hosts the Thanksgiving family meal and we host the Christmas family meal at our home. More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:39 PM

Venison recipes to wrap up the season

This is the third and last week of the website recipes. These that we have presented the last three weeks are just a handful of many recipes on the website. More...

Posted 11/17/2016 10:49 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 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


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

Fresh Stuff

Minerals are vital to modern veterinary medicine

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 09:20 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 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

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 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


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

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 06:49 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 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

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 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

Out of the Blue

Dipping into the (ink)well of love

I was overly optimistic when I volunteered to write a column this week for Valentine’s Day – my last one three years ago was so wildly successful that since then I have remained single on this special holiday celebrating commercialism rom More...

Posted 2/11/2016 08:57 PM

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

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 08:27 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 08:27 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 09:24 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 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


LEO (July 23 to August 22) The upcoming holiday season gives the Big Cat much to purr about. Relationships grow stronger, and new opportunities loom on the horizon, just waiting to be pounced on. More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:39 PM

Lost life insurance? New online search tool helps find lost insurance policies

Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced that Minnesotans now have access to a new online service they can use to help locate lost life insurance policies or annuity contracts that belonged to a deceased family member.  More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:38 PM

The benefits of umbrella insurance policies include excess liability coverage

Insurance policies come in various forms. There is a type of insurance to cover everything from motor vehicles to personal health to apartment dwellings. More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:38 PM



Missing Yorkie Puppy: Her name is Mollie, Pumpkin & Golden Brown, 10 lbs., 7 mo. Old., Sadly missed by two little girls. Last seen November 22 on East Leander Road, Cook. More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:39 PM


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Posted 12/1/2016 11:39 PM


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

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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

State’s transportation plan may be road to stronger community health

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently released a new Health Impact Assessment (HIA) that looks at how proposed changes in the state’s master transportation plan may affect the health of Minnesota communities. More...

Posted 10/13/2016 09:54 PM

Prayer service for infant loss at Resurrection Church Oct. 15

EVELETH – A prayer service and candle-lighting for miscarriages and infant loss will take place at Resurrection Church in Eveleth on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m. Resurrection Church is located at 301 Adams Ave. in Eveleth.  More...

Posted 10/13/2016 09:54 PM

Northland Foundation shares in 2016 Responsive Philanthropy Award

NORTHEAST MN – The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits presented the Responsive Philanthropy Award to the Northland Foundation and other five Minnesota Initiative Foundations (MIFs) at its annual conference held on October 7, 2016. More...

Posted 10/13/2016 09:54 PM

New energy action plan offers roadmap to reach Minnesota’s energy goals

A newly-released 2025 Energy Action Plan lays a path for Minnesota to meet or exceed its renewable energy and energy efficiency goals, while boosting the state’s economy.  More...

Posted 10/13/2016 09:54 PM

Data privacy and what it means to your business, both large and small

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and every business – large or small – should have data privacy on their radar as a front and center concern. More...

Posted 10/13/2016 09:54 PM

Deer-car collisions: Do you know what your insurance will cover?

It’s that time of year again when deer are on the move, leaping across streets and highways and sometimes crashing into car and truck traffic. More...

Posted 10/13/2016 09:54 PM

My Tattoo

This tattoo belongs to Megan Sheley from Eden Prairie, MN. I met her at the Renaissance Festival in Shakopee. More...

Posted 10/13/2016 09:54 PM

Virginia Fire Department

Run Report: October 3 – 9

VIRGINIA – During the week of Oct. 3 – 9, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 84 times, with 12 fire calls, 26 transfers, and 46 EMS 911 calls. More...

Posted 10/13/2016 09:54 PM

The lost art of a good story

This is Grandpa’s tree. That’s what the Reichel family has called this majestic white pine for as long as I have been part of the family, and years before. It sits on the curve by the entrance to Polley’s Resort along Hwy. More...

Posted 10/6/2016 09:54 PM

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council awards grants

ARROWHEAD REGION – Local Iron Range artist and orchestra were awarded grants from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council on September 15, 2016.  More...

Posted 10/6/2016 09:54 PM

Lake Country Power sponsoring Rachel’s Challenge in Gilbert

GILBERT – Each day 160,000 students do not go to school because they are bullied, teased and harassed. More...

Posted 10/6/2016 09:54 PM

Fun with Phenology: Study nature, explore the outdoors

EVELETH – Fun with Phenology has returned for its third season at the Eveleth Public Library, with the next program being on October 18th. More...

Posted 10/6/2016 09:55 PM

Melissa Roach vying for ISD 2142 school board seat

I am Melissa Roach and I am running for a seat on the St. Louis County District 2142 School Board, representing North Woods School, District 1.  More...

Posted 10/6/2016 09:55 PM

Rob Farnsworth running for state representative

On November 8th, Iron Rangers have a chance to elect a representative with a fresh vision for our region. If we continue to send the same people to St. Paul, we will get the same results. More...

Posted 10/6/2016 09:55 PM

Wildlife at the Virginia Golf Course

Tim Kuzma of Britt, MN, brought this photo to Hometown Focus. It was taken at the Virginia Golf Course. Were these two looking for some errant golf balls? More...

Posted 10/6/2016 09:55 PM

BBB seeks to stamp out reshipping schemes; beware of suspect job offers

Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota ® (BBB) warns hopeful job seekers to watch out for shady employment offers designed to ensnare them in reshipping schemes. More...

Posted 10/6/2016 09:55 PM

Virginia Fire Department

Run Report: September 26 – October 2

VIRGINIA – During the week of Sept. 26 – Oct. 2, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 93 times: 63 EMS 9-1-1 calls, 21 transfers and nine fire calls. More...

Posted 10/6/2016 09:55 PM

Steven Johnson: Candidate for Virginia City Council

My name is Steven B. Johnson. I am running for one of three open seats on the Virginia City Council. I am a lifelong Virginia area resident. I graduated with honors from Virginia High School. More...

Posted 9/29/2016 08:26 PM

Share with care: Know the risks before you share a home or ride

Every day, more Minnesotans are participating in the “sharing economy,” where individuals buy, sell or rent goods and services from one another, often through an online platform.  According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Cent More...

Posted 9/29/2016 08:26 PM

St. Louis County hosts 34th annual event

Health and Human Service Conference set for Oct. 13-14

DULUTH – An award-winning playwright and storyteller and a local musician who gained national recognition for winning the NPR Tiny Desk Contest will headline the opening ceremony at the 34th annual St. More...

Posted 9/29/2016 08:26 PM

Hwy. 21 re-opens following bridge replacement project

BABBITT – Highway 21 northwest of Babbitt has reopened to traffic, now with a new bridge spanning the Birch River. The new bridge is a single span concrete beam bridge measuring approximately 80-feet long. More...

Posted 9/29/2016 08:26 PM

The Long Line

Think girls with guns are scary? Tell that to Annie Oakley and Machine Gun Mary

“Girls with guns scare me.” That’s what a bachelor friend of mine told me earlier this week when I told him I was going to deer hunt this year. More...

Posted 9/29/2016 08:26 PM

Microwave Massacre producer to attend Crypticon convention

VIRGINIA - Another year and I’ll be a guest again for the biggest horror/fantasy convention in the Midwest. Crypticon is back, October 14-16, in Bloomington, MN, at the Crown Plaza Hotel. More...

Posted 9/29/2016 08:27 PM

A story of survival: I made the call to make things better

EDITOR’S NOTE: Scott Geiselhart, whose story is shared below, will be a guest speaker at the October meeting of the Iron Range Mental Health Task Force. More...

Posted 9/29/2016 08:27 PM

Olcott Park Fountain Restoration progress report

As we work our way toward our ultimate goal of achieving $400,000 in private contributions, we are very encouraged by the support we’ve received in our first 12 months of fundraising. More...

Posted 9/29/2016 08:27 PM

Fourth annual BradtoberFest celebrates local music and craft beer

DULUTH – An offbeat fall festival in the community-minded spirit of Germany’s Oktoberfest tradition will be held in Duluth on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. The BradtoberFest Run/Rawk/Crawl is a one-of-a-kind event. More...

Posted 9/29/2016 08:27 PM

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Mining Features

Joy Global announces agreement to be acquired by Komatsu in $3.7 billion

Joy Global Inc., a worldwide leader in high-productivity mining solutions, announced in July that its Board of Directors unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement under which Komatsu America Corp., a subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd., will acquire More...

Posted 8/25/2016 09:21 PM

PolyMet project update at shareholders’ meeting

PolyMet Mining Corp. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 09:21 PM

Sen. Franken calls U-Tac's "Project Mustang" great news for Iron Range workers and communities

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said that the Aug. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 09:21 PM

Real Estate

Our local “shifting” market


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. More...

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Posted 8/21/2015 07:10 AM

What IS This?

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

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

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Posted 1/26/2015 12:08 PM

Home & Garden Tips


By Rosie Gams  Common space mistake:  Not creating or ignoring a focal point. It’s important to give the eye something to focus on.  The fix:   More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:39 PM

December is here

Winter is overdue in the Northland. There may be outdoor tasks left undone. Trees, shrubs, conifers, and perennials will benefit from heavy watering. Empty the rain barrels and water collection units onto those plants.  More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:39 PM


Common Problem: Arranging a bedroom  The Fix:   More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:39 PM


How to mentally prepare for the holidays

Thanksgiving starts the holiday season and a roller coaster of emotions. When I walk into the store and hear Christmas music I feel warm and cozy. I instantly want sugar cookies.  More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:38 PM

How women can lower their cancer risk; limit your exposure to hormone disruptors, and fight for their regulation

Q: With cancer rates are on the rise, especially the ones that affect women, what can I do to protect myself? -- Michelle S., Walnut Creek, California   More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:38 PM

What happens to meds that get recycled; new warnings about testosterone supplements

Q: There's a big push in my community to take old, unused meds to a designated pharmacy or police station for disposal. But what do they do with them? Is it any better than throwing them in the trash at home or flushing them down the toilet? More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:39 PM

Massage for Your Health

Patronizing small, local businesses

It certainly does my heart good to do business with small businesses. If you think about it that’s how this country was started. It was founded on small businesses. More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:39 PM

Massage is good medicine

I am amazed and pleased at how massage can help people with aches and pains. More...

Posted 11/10/2016 09:47 PM

All things cozy in Palo, MN

Well the leaves have fallen, trees are bare and outside temperatures are slowly dropping, in anticipation of winter on its way. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 08:47 PM


Unique, local artwork coming to the new Vikings stadium

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. 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

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 04:10 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 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


Trina Hoff named as successor to retiring NCCYou president/CEO

DULUTH/VIRGINIA – Northern Communities Credit Union (NCCYou) announced that President/CEO Larry Champeaux will retire December 2, 2016. More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:39 PM

Essar wins latest battle over mineral leases

A federal bankruptcy judge in Delaware has denied a state of Minnesota request to separate state controlled mineral leases from Essar Steel Minnesota's bankruptcy proceedings. More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:39 PM

County Board schedules public meetings on budget

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – The St. Louis County Board will hold two public meetings to receive comments on its 2017 proposed tax levy and operating budget. The first meeting took place Dec. 1, in Virginia. More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:39 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 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

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 09:14 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 10:40 PM

A countdown of the Top 50 cars of the 60's & 70's

1966 Plymouth Satellite Engine: 425 HP 426 Hemi 4 Speed Transmission & 3.55 Rear Drag Test Car And Driver 4/66 Quarter Mile: 13.81 @ 1041968 Dodge Coronet R/T Engine: 375 HP 440 4 Barrel 4 Speed Transmission & 4.10 Rear Drag Test Super Stock More...

Posted 5/27/2010 06:41 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 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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Posted 4/15/2010 07:16 PM

Focus On Veterans

The National WWII Museum named No. 4 museum in the United States

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana was recognized as a winner in the 2016 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice™ awards for museums, ranking No. 4 in the nation and No. 11 in the world. More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:38 PM

Veterans History Project highlights veteran artists with new web feature

The Veterans History Project (VHP) has launched “Art of War,” the latest installment in its online “Experiencing War” website series at html. More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:38 PM

75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor event

There will be a program to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m. at the Minnesota Historical Society, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. in St. More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:38 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 4/19/2012 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

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

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 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

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 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

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 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



Turkey gravy and holiday gift tips

Greetings and Sallytations!   More...

Posted 12/1/2016 11:38 PM


Thanksgiving! What are you grateful for?

Greetings and Sallytations!   More...

Posted 11/23/2016 10:39 PM


Aging happens, oh my! Indecision equals indifference

Greetings and Sallytations!   More...

Posted 11/17/2016 10:49 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 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...

Posted 6/18/2010 07:57 AM

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