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Hungarian artist’s work at home on the Range

VIRGINIA – These fabric patchwork art pieces made by artist Ildiko Polyak of Budapest, Hungary, caught my attention at an art show held at Miners Memorial Building in Virginia in February. More...

Posted 5/26/2016 11:07 PM

City supports county ATV ordinance efforts; congratulations MI-B graduates

From the City Council: ACTION TAKEN AT THE MAY 2, 2016, MEETING: Approved and authorized the sending of a letter to the owners of Plaza 53 West requesting them to repair their parking lot. More...

Posted 5/26/2016 11:07 PM

Consumers advised to avoid ingestion of bentonite clay products

The Minnesota Departments of Health (MDH) and Agriculture (MDA) are alerting consumers to avoid ingesting products containing bentonite clay due to the possibility that the products may contain high levels of heavy metals, including lead. More...

Posted 5/26/2016 11:07 PM

Parents can help protect teen drivers behind the wheel, manage insurance costs

As teens hit the road this summer to travel to jobs and social activities, Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman urges parents to help their teens drive responsibly – both for their own safety and to keep auto insurance costs down. More...

Posted 5/26/2016 11:07 PM

Greenhouses: Family, food and flowers (local, too!)

As we’ve anxiously await warmer weather and the start of the planting season, I started looking at greenhouses around the Iron Range area. More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:45 PM

The Watering Can in Cook: Zone 3 perennials and more

COOK – The Watering Can greenhouse in Cook has been in business since 1997 and the mother and daughter owners are happy to be celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:45 PM

Fairy gardens have captured my imagination

I first became interested in fairy gardens about four years ago, or so. More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:45 PM

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Miranda: You are also my client

“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you. More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:46 PM

Eveleth-Gilbert National Honor Society to present Memorial Day Program May 26

The 18th annual Memorial Day Program, sponsored by the Eveleth-Gilbert National Honor Society, will be held on Thursday May 26, at 7 p.m. in the Eveleth-Gilbert High School gymnasium. More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:46 PM

Phenomenal growth spurs expansion for Natural Harvest Co-op

VIRGINIA – Phenomenal growth in both membership and sales has led Natural Harvest Food Co-op in Virginia to the decision to relocate and expand their operations. More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:46 PM

Lisa Bestul named dean of liberal arts at HCC

HIBBING – Lisa Bestul has been named the dean of liberal arts and student affairs at Hibbing Community College (HCC). The position is effective immediately. More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:46 PM

Better Business Bureau provides job search advice for new college graduates

There’s good news and bad news about the job market for those about to graduate from college. First, the good news: the job market is robust. The bad news? Scammers are busy online trying to mislead and defraud job seekers of all ages. More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:46 PM

DEED awards $17.87 million for small cities projects

STATEWIDE – Rehabilitation and infrastructure projects in 32 Minnesota communities were approved for $17.87 million in grants from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:46 PM

Virginia Fire Department

Run Report: May 9 – May 15

VIRGINIA – During the week of May 9 – May 15, the Virginia Fire Department responded to a total of 104 calls, 16 fire calls and 88 medical calls. The medical calls broke into two types: transfers (26) and 9-1-1 calls (62). More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:46 PM


Taxidermy preserves your fishing memories

MAKINEN – Clear blue skies, calm water, the sound of a loon calling to its mate, a perfect day to be on the lake. More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:51 PM

Duluth, Winnipeg and Pacific Railway Company

DWP passenger station in Virginia, 1913-1961

Shortly after the turn of the century, the boom town of Virginia, Minnesota, watched the construction of the DWP’s railroad passenger depot. More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:51 PM

Ways to stop mosquito bites from itching

Mosquito bites. They itch and itch and itch until you just can’t take it anymore. Itching solves one problem, yet scratching releases more histamines in the body, which makes the bite itch more. More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:51 PM

Ojibwe scholar Anton Treuer to speak at Arrowhead libraries

MT. IRON – The Arrowhead Library System will present Anton Treuer, author of Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask and Warrior Nation, free programs being offered at the following dates and locations. More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:52 PM

Garage sale signs not permitted on rights of way

Placement of garage sale signs and other unauthorized objects in state highway rights of way is not allowed under state law, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:52 PM

KMDA of Bovey serves anglers nationwide

BOVEY – Ice fishing shelters had to come off the lakes at the end of last month. If you are an ice angler, chances are you either own or at least used a product made by KMDA, Inc. of Bovey, Minn., just east of Grand Rapids. More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:52 PM

Embarrass Township fire - May 7, 2016

High winds fanned a large wildfire near Taylor Road in Embarrass on Saturday, May 7, leading to the evacuation of several families in the area of the Embarrass Town Hall. More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:52 PM

Fishing: My GPS was called “Dad”

It’s that time of year again, the spring projects are completed just in time to go fishing. Fishing opener for some is just another day on the calendar, but for the rest of us it’s a holiday. I, myself, fall into the holiday category. More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:52 PM

Fishing outlook for Vermilion/BWCAW


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City of Gilbert commends lifesaving efforts

GILBERT – I would like to take a few minutes to recognize the following Gilbert employees and volunteers for their heroic and dedicated work on two incidents. More...

Posted 4/28/2016 10:54 PM

Memorial Blood Centers blood drives in May

IRON RANGE – Memorial Blood Centers invites all eligible blood donors to roll up their sleeve and give blood. Every two seconds someone needs blood – from heart transplant and cancer patients to accident victims. More...

Posted 4/28/2016 10:53 PM

Memorial Blood Centers screens blood supply for infectious tick-borne illness

Warmer weather is fast approaching and with the increase in temperatures comes a new tick season. Memorial Blood Centers is taking extra precautions to help keep a tick-borne illness from compromising the safety of the blood supply. More...

Posted 4/28/2016 10:53 PM

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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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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

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Tips for making vet visits easier on cats

Some pets handle trips to the veterinarian better than others. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

Precious Paws people and pets say THANK YOU!

CHISHOLM – Maxwell DuChene, Abby DuChene, and Kaelana Robertson wanted to help animals after watching a sad commercial about abandoned and abused animals. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

Keep pets cool, comfortable and safe during hot weather

Summer may be a time for vacations and recreational activities for human beings, but pets may not be privy to the same luxuries. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

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Remembering northside Virginia

“Puppy love” epilogue: 59 years later

This Week in Range History EDITOR’S NOTE: Today we share an epilogue for Randy Lanquist’s piece More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

Touring Finnish heritage sites in Embarrass with a great storyteller

This Week in Range History

EMBARRASS - Has storytelling lost its place in this digital world of instant information? I thought about this when Mike Salo called me a couple of weeks ago and asked if I would like to go along on a Finnish Heritage tour in the Embarrass area. More...

Posted 7/14/2016 09:46 PM

This Week in Range History

Iron Range Independence Days, 1891- 1976

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Posted 7/7/2016 10:10 PM

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Healthy For Life

What’s sup?

Supplement awareness More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

Healthy for Life

Summertime excitement and solace

Hello July and everybody! More...

Posted 7/14/2016 09:45 PM

Healthy for Life

Time for Father and the summer moon

Season’s greetings to fathers everywhere and happy summertime to everyone! Our beautiful June is full of pleasant surprises and celebrations. More...

Posted 6/16/2016 10:28 PM

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Blueberries in muffins, salads, sandwiches, and, nachos

ELY- With the 36th annual Blueberry Festival in Ely kicking off at Whiteside Park at noon on Friday, July 29, it seems appropriate to have a blueberry-themed recipe column to celebrate all things blueberry. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

Oreos or Ores? We gotcha covered

In this weeks’ edition we have a feature on the Dirty Ores, a roller derby team from the Eveleth area (see p. 4). More...

Posted 7/14/2016 09:45 PM

Shish-kebabs in rain or shine

Through bouts of (seemingly) endless rain, summer thunderstorms, cool temps, and busy work schedules, getting outdoors to grill an evening meal has proven to be a bit of a challenge in our house this summer, especially the past handful of weeks. More...

Posted 7/7/2016 10:10 PM

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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

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

Posted 2/19/2010 01:04 AM

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Mt. Iron Merritt Days Lions Pancake Breakfast

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

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Container gardener demonstration

April 12 in Eveleth

Gail Coon, owner of Swanson’s Greenhouse on Hwy 53, South of Eveleth, will present a program on using flowers and vegetables in container gardens on April 12, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at St. More...

Posted 3/29/2011 03:53 PM

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Container Gardening Demonstration

Gail Coon, owner of Swanson’s Greenhouse on Hwy 53, South of Eveleth, will present a program on using flowers and vegetables in container gardens on April 12, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at St. More...

Posted 3/29/2011 03:45 PM

Container Gardening Demonstration

Gail Coon, owner of Swanson’s Greenhouse on Hwy 53, South of Eveleth, will present a program on using flowers and vegetables in container gardens on April 12, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at St. More...

Posted 3/29/2011 03:41 PM

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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

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Defining Friendly Customer Service -

what it is and what it isn’t

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

Posted 2/17/2011 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

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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

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Insurance matters

The health insurance maze

Addressing health insurance in a short article is similar to transporting iron ore with a pickup truck versus a yuke. It simply isn’t possible. More...

Posted 9/27/2012 07:49 PM

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Bring It On Home To Me

I have been very fortunate, some may say blessed, to have had the pleasure to play with some of the finest musicians in Minnesota. More...

Posted 8/8/2013 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

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A Letter of Thanks

Over the past six months, I have been on quite the journey and touched by such wonderful care and generosity of so many people that I want to write this letter to express my thanks and to let everyone know how much it is all appreciated. More...

Posted 8/4/2011 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

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Out of the Blue

Today was one of just two days out of the year that is major sporting event-free. The other was Monday. More...

Posted 7/18/2013 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

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Why are there so many types of insects?

Have you ever stepped outside on a beautiful summer morning only to be bombarded with dozens of types of insects? More...

Posted 7/26/2012 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

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Help teens get more sleep; better dieting (and dining) with bugs

Q: On school days, the bus picks up my 15-year-old at 6:30 a.m., and with afterschool activities and homework, he’s sometimes up until midnight. Then, on the weekends he sleeps until noon. What can I do to get him on a better schedule? More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM


Distracted driving with tacos and advice for worriers

Greetings and Sallytations! Taco Tales. Each weekend when I travel back and forth from Virginia to Leech Lake, I make a pit stop at a fast food place More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM


Who gets the “last flush” when the power goes out?

Greetings and Sallytations! More...

Posted 7/14/2016 09:45 PM

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Canoe drummers

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

Posted 6/6/2013 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 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

Fire deaths in MN jump to highest level since 2002

STATEWIDE – Fifty-seven people died last year in fires in Minnesota — the highest number of fire fatalities since 2002 when 64 people were killed, according to final numbers released this week by the Department of Public Safety State Fire More...

Posted 5/26/2016 11:07 PM

Be safe with campfires

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone to be safe with campfires this Memorial Day weekend and into the summer. More...

Posted 5/26/2016 11:07 PM

The history of Memorial Day

Though many people are quick to refer to Memorial Day as the unofficial beginning of summer, the day is much more than that. More...

Posted 5/26/2016 11:07 PM

MnDOT urges travelers to use caution in work zones over Memorial Day weekend

STATEWIDE – The Memorial Day weekend is approaching and summer construction roadwork around the state is getting into full swing. More...

Posted 5/26/2016 11:07 PM

Joseph Wilde named Cadet Jumpmaster at USAFA

Cadet Joseph Wilde of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado has been accepted into the U.S. Air Force Parachute Team. More...

Posted 5/26/2016 11:07 PM

Four generations of growers

Roots grow deep at Byrns Greenhouse of Zim

ZIM – Byrns Greenhouse of Zim was born from the ashes of a warehouse fire in 1969. Before that fire, the Byrns family grew rutabagas and carrots. More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:45 PM

Swanson Greenhouses usher in their 31st season

EVELETH - Some say they work to live and others live to work. If I had to make a guess which category Gail Koon fits into I would say that she lives, and loves, her work. More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:45 PM

Check out these area greenhouses

IRON RANGE – In keeping with garden and greenhouse theme edition this week, it is our hope to offer as much information as we could on area greenhouses stretching from I’Falls to Zim and Grand Rapids to Ely, as well as points in between. More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:45 PM

Fundraiser begun

Tiny baby Ava Grace born with medical complications

In September 2015, Kaylie (Carlson) and her husband Jesse Weiner of Cloquet were excited to receive the news that they were finally going to become parents. More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:45 PM

Veterans Service Office to host two town hall meetings in May

HIBBING/DULUTH – Military veterans looking for information, or who may have questions about their eligibility for certain benefits, will have two opportunities this month to meet and talk with a variety of experts. The St. More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:46 PM

Mesabi East first graders show support for those deployed

AURORA – Gene Pellinen, a first grader at Mesabi East School in Aurora, holds some of his father's favorite things to eat. His dad, Jerry Pellinen, was deployed to Korea in April. More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:46 PM

4th annual giveaway

June 4 = free bikes = happy kids

HIBBING – Jim McRae and Larry Moore have been collecting, refurbishing and giving away bikes to kids for the last four years. More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:46 PM

Summer Reading kicks off at the Gilbert library

GILBERT – Summer is coming! The Gilbert Public Library urges families to get ready, set, go to the library and sign up for Read for the Win! More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:46 PM

18th annual Arrowhead Arts Award recipients announced, celebration on June 3

GRAND RAPIDS – The 18th Annual Arts and Cultural Heritage Arrowhead Arts Awards celebration will take place in Grand Rapids at the Reif Performing Arts Center in the Ives Studio Theater on Friday, June 3, from 4 – 5:30 p.m. More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:46 PM

Help sought to celebrate Itasca County’s 125 years

GRAND RAPIDS – Gems of Itasca will release two new, short documentary films in June, as well as more than 20 behindthe scenes featurettes, in a special free DVD to be delivered by the Herald-Review to 25,000 homes in the region to celebrate the More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:46 PM

Mock car crash teaches students the results of distracted driving

AURORA – The Mesabi East LEO/SADD students, along with their advisors, Stacey Jasperson and Cyndi Worshek, and local agencies presented a mock car crash to show students what distracted driving More...

Posted 5/19/2016 09:46 PM

Celebrating 50 years

Northern State Bank: Character with a capital ‘C’

VIRGINIA – You have to climb 20 steps (with two landings) to get to Kurt Sundquist’s office on the second floor of Northern State Bank. It’s worth it, though. More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:51 PM

Legacy Collision: New owner, new facility

VIRGINIA – When Jim Greski and his co-workers at Legacy Collision learned that their employer, Chris Deboer, had decided to sell the business – which had to be relocated due the Hwy. More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:51 PM

Curling Night in America at Curl Mesabi rocks the house with nearly 2 million viewers

EVELETH – “Curling Night in America” television broadcasts filmed this winter on the Iron Range have helped sweep the sport to new heights. More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:52 PM

Some tips to think about when selling your home or buying another

Consumer Reports recently published an article (March 2016) on ways to increase your home’s value. Those ideas and others learned from 35 years in area real estate have led me to these conclusions: More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:52 PM

Auditor highlights programs to help with property taxes

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – For people not paying property taxes through an escrow account, the property tax payment for the first half of the year is due on Monday, May 16. More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:52 PM

Remer declares itself ‘Home of Bigfoot’

REMER – Earlier this year, the tiny town of Remer, located about 90 miles west of Duluth, declared itself the official “Home of Bigfoot” and kicked off the celebration of the trademarked title with an all-day event on April 9. More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:52 PM

2016 fishing outlook for Grand Rapids area

GRAND RAPIDS AREA – The Grand Rapids Area provides excellent walleye angling opportunities, and May and June are considered to be prime time on many of our best waters. More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:52 PM

Brookies: Just like flipping a switch

Opening day of trout season was still a week away but I couldn’t wait any longer to call Uncle Bud to see if we would be getting together again for what has become, at least for me, an annual rite of spring. More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:52 PM

No bananas allowed on a fishing boat!

With the Minnesota fishing opener just around the corner, there will be a flurry of activity among area anglers in the annual fishing ritual: prepping fishing lines and reels, figuring out the best spots to fish and what bait to use - all in an effor More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:52 PM

Spring ground-breaking

Olcott Park Fountain restoration hits milestone

VIRGINIA – What a gift spring has given us with two more Patron of the Fountain donors, along with many others, to the tune of $23, 976. More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:52 PM

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Vernon "Poncho" Palach - 2016-07-22
Reynold Samuel Rahko - 2016-07-22
Gene MacGregor Davey - 2016-07-22
Amy Marie Belluzzo - 2016-07-22
Robert D. Baldrica - 2016-07-22
Gale F. Edeen - 2016-07-22
Irene Violet Hilde - 2016-07-22
Alverna Joy Lehman - 2016-07-22
Axel John Saukko - 2016-07-15
Muriel Eleanor Salo - 2016-07-15
Michael Jay Stanaway - 2016-07-15
Brian D. Carlson - 2016-07-15
Clifford Allen Johnson - 2016-07-15
Reynold Samuel Rahko - 2016-07-15
Jeremy D. Luecken - 2016-07-08
Michael Louis Korpela - 2016-07-08
Karen A. Chrisco - 2016-07-08
Mathew Daniel Wudinich - 2016-07-08
Lorraine Mabel Olson - 2016-07-08
Raymond Elais Beckman - 2016-07-08
Edwin Kustaa Lahti - 2016-07-08
Herbert Eugene Young - 2016-07-08
Diana May Silcox - 2016-07-08

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Sunken Glory, custom art of the Mesabi Iron Range by way of Budapest

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Budapest is alluring and kind of mysterious. More...

Posted 5/27/2016 09:34 AM

MnDOT buys steel for new Hwy. 53 bridge

VIRGINIA – The first order for steel girders that will span the Rouchleau Pit as part of the Hwy. 53 Relocation Project bridge has been placed and will be delivered to the project over the summer and fall. More...

Posted 5/27/2016 09:28 AM

Great Lakes iron ore trade up 23.4 percent in April

GREAT LAKES – Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 5,355,855 tons in April, an increase of 23.4 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers' Association (LCA) said recently. More...

Posted 5/27/2016 09:27 AM

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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. has moved its Hibbing office to a new location at 425 Grant Street. More...

Posted 12/24/2014 09:31 PM

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

Posted 8/21/2015 08:10 AM

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Mystery Item Contest

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

Posted 7/14/2015 08:25 AM

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

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Posted 1/26/2015 01:08 PM

Home & Garden Tips  Free Access 


Decorator Secret: Decorative Home Accents How To: More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

Great soil fixes

Compost, compost tea, and grass clippings are readily available soil amendments. Chop leaves with the mower and let them sit for a year. Use wood ash and sawdust from non-treated sources. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM


Decorator Secret: Using what you have to get a new look! How To: More...

Posted 7/14/2016 09:46 PM

Health  Free Access 

How to apologize

I was driving home from the park when from the back seat of my car I hear the five-year old (Ben) clear his throat and spit. (Yes, you read that right, spit). More...

Posted 7/14/2016 09:45 PM

House calls; new colon cancer screening recommendations

Q: My 85-year-old aunt cannot get to her doctor’s appointments unless we drive around 50 miles to take her, and that isn’t always possible. I wish doctors made house calls these days! Is there any way to arrange that? More...

Posted 7/14/2016 09:45 PM

Foods that lower cholesterol; helping a friend diagnosed with MS

Q: I’ve been told to lower my LDL cholesterol level, but I don’t want to take a statin if I don’t have to. What foods can I eat to lower cholesterol? -- George J., Chicago More...

Posted 7/7/2016 10:10 PM

Massage for Your Health  Free Access 

What is Swedish massage all about?

I recently had a conversation with someone about Swedish massage. They believed it was only good for relaxation and they were looking for therapeutic bodywork. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

Does icing an injury really work?

Not long ago I wrote an article about heat or ice and which is best and since then I have come across newer information concerning icing that I feel compelled to share with you. More...

Posted 7/7/2016 10:10 PM

Sleeping through a massage

Have you ever slept right through your massage? Or maybe this is the very excuse you use to not get one because you are afraid you will fall asleep and “miss” the massage. More...

Posted 6/9/2016 10:36 PM

Sports  Free Access 

Unique, local artwork coming to the new Vikings stadium

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – The Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) have partnered with Sports & The Arts (SATA) to source and acquire art, graphics and photographs for the new stadium set to open in July 2016. More...

Posted 1/15/2015 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

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 07:54 PM

Sports Events  Free Access 

3/5 - Boys Basketball

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

Posted 2/25/2010 05:10 PM

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

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

Posted 2/22/2010 02:54 PM

2/13 - Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing

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

Posted 2/5/2010 03:21 PM

Business  Free Access 

BBB warns college students to beware of loan forgiveness offer

Based on a report from a Twin Cities resident, Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is issuing a warning to current and former students of community, specialty and business colleges in the region about loan forgiveness offers re More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

PolyMet outlines objectives at shareholders' meeting

PolyMet Mining Corp. (PLM) held its annual general meeting July 13 in Toronto and all motions put forward by the company were passed at the meeting. The number of directors was fixed at nine: Jon Cherry, Alan Hodnik, Matthew Daley, Dr. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

Essar Steel Minnesota names new CEO, change effective immediately

Essar Steel Minnesota LLC (ESML) announced last week that it has named Matthew Stock as its new CEO, effective immediately. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

Local Events  Free Access 

Hometown Calendar

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

Posted 4/22/2010 09:15 PM

3/11 - Book Lover's Tea at Library

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

Posted 3/4/2010 02:56 PM

3/6 City of Mt. Iron 2010 Winter Carnival

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

Posted 3/3/2010 05:03 PM

Spies in Steel  Free Access 

Spies in Steel


Posted 6/24/2011 10:22 AM

Classic Car Talk  Free Access 


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

Posted 8/9/2012 10:14 PM

1969 Chevrolet CORVETTE ZL1

The 1969 Corvette was the second production year of the 1968 - 1982 “C3” generation. The wheelbase remained the same as the C2 (1963-1967) Corvettes and must of the chassis was also the same. More...

Posted 4/20/2012 12:28 AM


NASCAR rules that required automakers to put on the street facsimiles of the racers they put on the track resulted in some extravagant muscle cars, and none was more outrageous than the 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird. More...

Posted 2/3/2012 03:29 AM

Earth Fest 2010  Free Access 

Conservation Tips From Minnesota Power

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

Posted 4/15/2010 08:16 PM

Iron Range Earth Fest 2010 SPEAKERS SCHEDULE

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

Posted 4/15/2010 08:16 PM


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Focus On Veterans  Free Access 

Statewide Veterans Conference

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities will be hosting a Statewide Veterans Conference on Friday, Oct. 7. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

Improvements made; more work needs to be done

VA schedules 2 million appointments using Veterans Choice Program

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Choice Program (VCP) has reached a key milestone in improving access to health care for veterans. More than two million appointments have been scheduled through the program. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

VA conducts nation’s largest analysis of veteran suicide

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has undertaken the most comprehensive analysis of veteran suicide rates in the U.S., examining over 55 million veteran records from 1979 to 2014 from every state in the nation. More...

Posted 7/14/2016 09:45 PM

High Heels and Handbags  Free Access 

Spring Closet Cleaning 2012:

Phase Two—Shoes

Well readers, I did it. I am writing Part 2 of this spring saga after the Great Pants Massacre of 2012. There were many casualties, but the survivors were real winners, destined to become fashion rock stars of the season. More...

Posted 4/20/2012 12:28 AM

Spring closet cleaning 2012: Phase one - pants

I went to work today in an ill-fitting pair of pants. I know now where the term came from: the fit literally makes you ill. Every step that I took, every accidental glance in the mirror made me sick to my stomach. More...

Posted 3/22/2012 10:58 PM

Flowers and a candy heart world

My friends and readers of this column know all about my CRAZY LOVE for Valentine’s Day. More...

Posted 2/10/2012 02:04 AM

In Our Words  Free Access 

Point of pride for Minnesota

St. Paul College and two-year campuses in Greater MN dominate ‘Best Community Colleges in U.S.’ rankings

Some refreshingly good news about the quality of our public education system almost got out last week, but was mostly overlooked or underplayed by mainstream media. More...

Posted 9/16/2010 09:54 PM

Legally Speaking  Free Access 

Your Legal Rights: Magazine subscription solicitation

From the Office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson

People should be on guard against deceptive magazine subscription solicitations using false representations and phony claims. More...

Posted 2/23/2012 10:05 PM

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

A legal question and answer line for Seniors


Posted 2/10/2012 02:04 AM

Spousal Maintenance

(formerly known as Alimony)

In divorces, the request for payment of marital maintenance by one side will trigger apoplexy for the other side and big legal bills for everyone. Maintenance is payment of future income or earnings by one spouse to the other spouse. More...

Posted 3/24/2011 08:55 PM

Out of the Blue  Free Access 

Out of the Blue

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 09:57 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 09:50 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 08:38 PM

Outdoors by Jerry McCormick  Free Access 

The drama of dragonflies

They are the insects that rule the sky! Dragonflies! They are fast! They can turn on a dime. They can hover. They have lightning fast reflexes and nearly 360-degree vision. If you do not believe it, just try to catch one with a net! More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

Beautiful deceptions of butterflies

When you look at the wings of butterflies what do you see? Colors and patterns? Or, do you see more? Close observations of the wings of some butterflies reveal much more. There are images on the wings of some butterflies! More...

Posted 6/9/2016 10:37 PM

The secret lives of turtles

Most of us enjoy spring. We enjoy warm sunshine and balmy breezes. But if we enjoy spring, just imagine how much turtles must enjoy spring. They persevere through winter conditions we can hardly fathom. More...

Posted 5/12/2016 09:52 PM

Storytellers  Free Access 

“Be real careful who you tell!!”

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

Posted 10/14/2010 06:58 PM

Pssst! Wanna know a little secret?

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

Posted 9/23/2010 09:40 PM

“Look! There He Is Again!”

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

Posted 9/9/2010 10:05 PM

Guest Columnists  Free Access 

The Natural Traveler: Spa day, art fair, triathlon and Wild Rice Festival

GRAND RAPIDS – This week was an exciting week for me. There were a lot of things happening and I can’t wait to tell you about it! More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:19 PM


LEO (July 23 to August 22) Aspects favor spending time with loved ones. On the job, new ideas are generally welcomed. But some demands for changes could cause problems. Be ready to defend your choices. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

Kyla Kane: The Natural Traveler

GRAND RAPIDS – Looking for inspirational travel in Minnesota? Let me introduce myself! I am Kyla Kane, also known as The Natural Traveler! More...

Posted 7/14/2016 09:46 PM

Classifieds  Free Access 


1 Brand New 10” Stainless Steel, No-Spill, dog Food Bowl, $5. 218- 749-4204 3 – 30 Lb. Sealed Bags of Eukanuba brand, large breed, senior dog food, $15. 218-749-4204 More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:19 PM


BOATS & WATERCRAFTS Antique Wooden Boat: 22’ 1941 ChrisCraftDeLuxe Utility, $41,500. 218-410-6343 For Details*** More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:19 PM


AUTOS AUDI 2002 Audi A6 Quattro: 170K mi., nice, Asking $4,000. 218-208-8620 AUTOS CADILLAC More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:19 PM

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