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Wuori T-Ball 2014 White Team

Pictured, back row (l. to r.) are: Trey Niska, Rylen Niska, Natalie Parks, Alex Long, Sophia Today, Grace Redmond, Jonathan Malich, Heith LaMourea, Hannah Redmond and Coach Ryan Ganyo. Front row (l. More...

Posted 9/18/2014 06:22 PM

The small, rural township where youth baseball is a BIG deal

Township’s youth baseball claims two championships in 2014

Baseball is as American as apple pie. All over the country in small towns to large cities baseball is there rooted deep with history and stories. More...

Posted 9/18/2014 06:22 PM

Your Legal Rights

Beware of text message phishing—or “smishing”—scam

Call back now to reactivate your credit card. Be the first person to visit this link and win a free gaming system! More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM

The 100-Mile Harvest Meal will be held on September 21

Iron Range Harvest Festival: Highlighting our local food systems

If you were to ask someone what comes to mind when they think of northern Minnesota, their description may include fishing, hunting, the Boundary Waters and, of course, long winters. More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM

The universe = change = love

What neutrinos mean to artist Joseph Giannetti

Particle physics and neutrinos can be difficult for a layperson to understand. More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM

Return to the Quetico is a reminder that we are guardians of a treasure

My wife Kristin and I recently did a six-day paddling trip in the Quetico. The last time we traveled there was 31 years ago, in the summer of 1983. More...

Posted 9/4/2014 07:59 PM

Musician Sara Pajunen to perform at area libraries

MOUNTAIN IRON – The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present artist and musician Sara Pajunen. In her Laatikko/ Box project, she brings a sampling of the University of Minnesota’s Finnish-American archives to the public. More...

Posted 9/4/2014 07:59 PM

Honoring 150 years of Finnish immigration to North America

FinnFest USA 2014 – A celebration of “Finnish-ness” (sisu) in Minneapolis

On August 9 and 10, I was fortunate to be able to attend the FinnFest, an annual festival and conference attended by Finnish- Americans, Finns from Finland and other interested parties. More...

Posted 9/4/2014 07:59 PM

Fall field day planned at Mr. Ed’s Farm Sept. 6

Mr. Ed: Why I live (by choice) on a horse-powered farm

Seventy five years ago no one would have stopped on a country road to see a team of draft horses cutting hay. Back then horses were an integral part of the American farm scene. More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:19 PM

The Sounds of Science:

More Music To You from the DSSO!

The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra is bringing two more Music to You programs to the area! On Wednesday, Aug. More...

Posted 8/21/2014 09:49 PM

Vocational training in Haiti shows promise for those in need

Editor’s note: Today we are sharing a series of updates from Edward Addy on his vocational training (basic electricity classes) in Haiti through his organization, the North American Center for Emergency Communications (NACEC), which we have fea More...

Posted 8/21/2014 09:49 PM

A day outing from Fenske Lake to Bass (Dried Up) Lake

Canoeists and kayaking enthusiasts living in northern Minnesota don’t have far to go to enjoy their chosen sport. Lakes and navigable rivers are never far from one’s doorstep. More...

Posted 8/14/2014 08:27 PM

Mounted shooting cowboy style Shooting event comes to the Range

Have you ever watched an old Western movie where the hero gallops his horse across the screen with reins in one hand, firing shots off with the other? Ever wished you were that hero? Well then, Cowboy Mounted Shooting may be just the sport for you. More...

Posted 8/14/2014 08:27 PM

Evinrude Outboards: 100+ and still going strong

The year 2009 marked the 100th anniversary of the outboard motor known as Evinrude. The humble beginning of this business is also a love story. After spending a number of years working throughout the Midwest, Ole Evinrude came to Milwaukee in 1900. More...

Posted 8/14/2014 08:27 PM

Music To You program brings DSSO to area libraries in August

MT. IRON – Music To You brings a variety of Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra classical musicians into our communities and to those who might not otherwise have an opportunity to hear live classical musicians. More...

Posted 8/7/2014 07:56 PM


WINTON - We bought our tickets for this year’s Boundary Waters Blues Fest during last year’s festival. Finally the day is almost here to use them! We always have a great time at this event. More...

Posted 8/7/2014 07:56 PM

K-9s have their paws in law enforcement around the state

Editor Jean Cole and I were having a lot of fun learning about our area’s trusty K-9s and their work with law enforcement or search and rescue. We kept coming up with one more question for Dana Kazel, St. More...

Posted 8/7/2014 07:56 PM

Paying it forward through the passion of Peanuts

Editor’s note: This is the last in a series of “Paying it Forward” stories by Charlene Luoma, in association with the annual Sand Lake Shuffle fundraiser for local cancer patients. More...

Posted 7/31/2014 09:18 PM

What’s Comin’ Up!

Summers are short, but sweet, and our communities jam a lot of festivities into a few months! Land of the Loon, Fourth of July, and the Ely Blueberry Festival are all behind us now, but fair season is upon us (see stories p. 4-8)! More...

Posted 7/31/2014 09:17 PM

Going to the fair – a family tradition

The fair, oh the fair. Time to plan what to enter. More...

Posted 7/31/2014 09:17 PM

“What is the difference between a fair and a festival?”

In 1884 in Duluth, a group of farmers and business-people got together and decided to hold a fair. The fair was held on October 9 and 10 at the Vineyard in Duluth. More...

Posted 7/31/2014 09:17 PM

Rebirth of the birthplace at St. Mary’s Medical Center

Across the country, expectant moms are expecting more from their maternity wards, and Essentia Health-St. Mary’s is meeting that demand with a new and beautifully remodeled space – The Birthplace at St. Mary’s. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 08:39 PM

Edgewood Vista of Virginia receives National Quality Award

VIRGINIA - Edgewood Vista in Virginia, MN has been recognized as a 2014 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 08:39 PM

Where lives are saved: Essentia’s award-winning Cath Lab

During a heart attack, you’re rushed to the hospital’s emergency department. But what television dramas like Grey’s Anatomy and Chicago Fire don’t show, is that from the ER, you’re rushed to the cath lab. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 08:39 PM

Side Lake resident is a 40-year blood donor

ST. PAUL – “I’ll keep donating as long as I’m eligible. It’s a painless way to help others!” Loyal blood donor Larry Olson of Side Lake, MN, is committed to saving lives one blood donation at a time. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 08:39 PM

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Volunteers are vital to the Fairview Range community

We don’t always remember faces and names, or even what was said. But we always remember how we were treated. More...

Posted 1/29/2015 08:48 PM

Oral health may be an early indicator of osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is often considered a “silent” disease — one that is associated with few warning signs in the early stages. However, do you know that the early signs of osteoporosis may be able to be seen in the mouth? More...

Posted 1/29/2015 08:48 PM

Do it your way:

Maintaining personal choice through end of life decisions

It is one of the values we cherish as Americans – freedom. We believe that people ought to be free to live, work, speak their minds, and worship as they wish, as long as they do not harm others. More...

Posted 1/29/2015 08:48 PM


Operation Round Up gives more than $41,000 to community programs

GRAND RAPIDS – Lake Country Power’s Operation Round Up® participants are committed to lending a helping hand to the communities and residents of northern Minnesota. More...

Posted 1/16/2014 08:50 PM

Wide Open Services to host Open House

PIKE TOWNSHIP – There’s a new business in Pike Township and they’re having an Open House on Friday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 18 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. More...

Posted 1/16/2014 08:50 PM

Gov. Dayton releases bonding proposal

ST. PAUL - Today, Governor Mark Dayton unveiled a $986 million statewide bonding proposal designed to create over 27,000 jobs and improve Minnesota’s public infrastructure. More...

Posted 1/16/2014 08:50 PM

News Briefs

First vessel of 2015 season departs Duluth

TWIN PORTS – The John G. Munson on Monday became the first laker to depart the port of Duluth-Superior for the 2015 maritime shipping season. The John G. Munson left its winter berth at Fraser Shipyards in Superior on Monday, Mar. 21. More...

Posted 3/26/2015 09:20 PM

Spring burning restrictions begin in Minnesota

The Department of Natural Resources will restrict debris burning in many northwestern, southern and central Minnesota counties this week, beginning Wednesday, March 25, and in other parts of the state beginning in April. More...

Posted 3/26/2015 09:20 PM

Mesabi Nugget, Mining Resources make a big splash at UWNEMN’s polar plunge fundraising event

HOYT LAKES – The numbers tell an impressive story: 12 jumpers from Mesabi Nugget and Mining Resource plunged into the ice-covered waters of Lake Vermilion on February 14, to raise $18,803 for children in need. More...

Posted 3/26/2015 09:20 PM

Home & Garden Tips

Seed starting tips

The seed catalogs arriving in the mailbox contain all the pertinent successful growing information for each variety. Reading these catalogs will educate novice gardeners for success. The seed packets contain all the information for that variety. More...

Posted 3/26/2015 09:20 PM


Decorator Challenge: Furniture in front of the window? Remedy: More...

Posted 3/26/2015 09:20 PM

Grow lights

The first day of spring excites everyone’s Green Thumbs. Mild temperatures are ideal for pruning around the garden. Pruning helps control pests and pathogens in our landscapes. More...

Posted 3/19/2015 09:12 PM


The comparison game

How often have you caught yourself looking at the long list of status updates from all of your friends on Facebook? Daily, multiple times a day, or weekly? Have you sat there thinking to yourself, when is my life going to start looking like that? More...

Posted 3/26/2015 09:19 PM

Marijuana munchies; cancer biopsy safety

Q: Now that marijuana is legal in some states, can we have a frank discussion about what causes the munchies? -- Timothy L., Nederland, Colorado A: Nederland, eh? You’re up even higher than Boulder ... but back to the point: Why the munchies? More...

Posted 3/26/2015 09:19 PM

Meditation as medicine; Alzheimer’s care innovations

Q: I know that meditation makes people feel better, happier and calmer, but is there a scientific explanation of why it works? -- Keith G., Carbondale, Illinois More...

Posted 3/19/2015 09:11 PM

Massage for Your Health

Self-massage for TMJ pain

As I promised in my previous article, I am sharing today the steps to follow to alleviate some of the pain that accompanies temporomandibular joint (TMJ). First, a quick review of the causes and symptoms of TMJ pain. More...

Posted 3/19/2015 09:11 PM

Causes and pain patterns of TMJ

Jaw pain, headaches, sinus pain? You may have trigger points in your jaw muscles. More...

Posted 3/5/2015 10:35 PM

Upper back pain and connective tissues

Have you ever had a dull ache or maybe an intense burning / stabbing pain between your shoulder blades? It can be caused by injury / trauma, lack of muscle strength, sports injury, car accident or repetitive motion. More...

Posted 2/19/2015 09:56 PM


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

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


Co-ops keep members informed about water heating ban

GRAND RAPIDS – Many cooperative members have taken a keen interest in the Department of Energy's plan to ban large-capacity water heaters. More...

Posted 3/26/2015 09:20 PM

St. Luke’s Hibbing Family Medical Clinic welcomes ophthalmologist

HIBBING – St. Luke’s Hibbing Family Medical Clinic welcomes ophthalmologist Dr. Charlie Ahrens. Dr. More...

Posted 3/26/2015 09:20 PM

Experts team up to answer MNsure questions, assist with enrollment

ST PAUL – Minnesotans who need help figuring out if they are eligible for MNsure’s special enrollment period can get free, in person assistance across the state starting this week. More...

Posted 3/26/2015 09:20 PM

Fresh Stuff

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

Auto Focus Tips

1962 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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

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

Posted 11/23/2011 02:49 PM

1967 Chevrolet El Camino

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

Posted 10/13/2011 06:55 PM

Conducting Commerce

Defining Friendly Customer Service -

what it is and what it isn’t

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

Posted 2/17/2011 11:02 PM

How to sell money at a discount

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

Posted 2/10/2011 08:19 PM


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

Posted 2/3/2011 10:42 PM

Focus On Veterans

Groundbreaking device being tested by VA may put end to pressure ulcers

Pressure ulcers (commonly known as bed sores) are one of the most troublesome and painful complications for patients during a long hospital stay, but a joint project between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Innovation and General El More...

Posted 3/26/2015 09:19 PM

VA works to expand Veterans Choice Program eligibility


Posted 3/26/2015 09:19 PM

Calculation would change to driving distance

One of the current eligibility criteria for the Veterans Choice Program is based on the distance calculation using the straight line distance from a Veteran’s home to the nearest VA medical facility. More...

Posted 3/26/2015 09:19 PM

Insurance Matters

Insurance matters

The health insurance maze

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

Posted 9/27/2012 07:49 PM

Blue Guitar Highway

Bring It On Home To Me

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

Posted 8/8/2013 07:11 PM

2013: What would Woody Guthrie do?

First of all, I would like to thank Scott and Jeff Asbach, Jean Cole, and the staff at Hometown Focus for letting me share my column Blue Guitar Highway with you over the last year. More...

Posted 1/3/2013 09:23 PM

Father knows best

I am always amazed at how close my friends from Virginia and I have stayed over the years. Most of these friendships started in grade school, junior high, or high school and remain strong to this day. More...

Posted 12/27/2012 09:18 PM

Legally Speaking

Your Legal Rights: Magazine subscription solicitation

From the Office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson

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

Posted 2/23/2012 10:05 PM

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

A legal question and answer line for Seniors


Posted 2/10/2012 02:04 AM

Spousal Maintenance

(formerly known as Alimony)

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

Posted 3/24/2011 08:55 PM

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

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

Out of the Blue

It happens every four years. An event so huge and suspenseful, it holds the whole world hostage. A group of zombies in a thrall as we wait to see what happens. The result leaves millions laughing and leaping for joy. More...

Posted 7/10/2014 08:25 PM

Out of the Blue

Little boys like to brag about their dad. “My dad is (fill in the blank) than your dad.” I’m not so little anymore, but I still have that little boy inside me that is proud of his dad. My dad may not be bigger than your dad. More...

Posted 6/12/2014 07:28 PM

Outdoors by Jerry McCormick

The magic of snow fleas

What is a snow flea? Turns out, that is an interesting question. They are not true fleas, that much is certain. And, over the years biologists have argued whether or not they are insects. More...

Posted 3/5/2015 10:35 PM

Ladybug palettes and patterns

What does a ladybug look like? Everyone knows what a ladybug looks like! That seems like a simple question. Unfortunately, the answer turns out to be a long one, like lots of answers to questions about things in nature! More...

Posted 10/2/2014 10:15 PM

It’s a bug eat bug world

Some bugs wants to eat us, we know that! Other bugs want to eat our vegetable gardens or flower gardens. But, there are lots and lots more bugs out there. What do they eat? More...

Posted 9/18/2014 06:23 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


CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) A family matter is given to you to resolve because you have the gift for bringing quarrelsome kinfolk together. But while you’re playing Dr. Phil, don’t neglect your career obligations. More...

Posted 3/26/2015 09:20 PM

The new Microsoft Windows 10 operating system

What’s going on in the world of upgrades for Microsoft’s current operating system Windows 8.1? More...

Posted 3/26/2015 09:20 PM


CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Although you like things done your way, this is a good time to listen to ideas from others. You might even find yourself agreeing with one or more of their suggestions. More...

Posted 3/19/2015 09:12 PM


To Trust a Stranger

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22nd Annual Dream Machines

Fuzzy Dice Car Cruise 2014
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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


Virginia • Mountain Iron-Buhl Eve leth-Gilbe rt Wee k of JANUAR Y 1st, 2011

Breakfast MON DAY: Choice of Breakfast Cereal & Graham Crackers or Hot Oatmeal & Graham Crackers or Yogurt & Graham Cracker. More...

Posted 12/29/2011 09:49 PM

Little League baseball is 75 years old

The idea for Little League, an organized baseball league for boys, came about in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1938. More...

Posted 9/18/2014 06:22 PM

Wuori T-Ball 2014 Red Team

Pictured, back row (l. to r.) are: Coach Jeremy Koski, Gavin Flannigan, Kaelan Kimball, Tucker Gustafson, Colten Frederick, Makenzie Bernard, Joey Kapella, Coach Kyle Flannigan, Justin Lutes, Jada Deutsch, Rylan Jesme and Coach James Bernard More...

Posted 9/18/2014 06:22 PM

Central Range: New youth traveling team wins championship

New to youth baseball in the area this summer was a traveling team of players organized under the name of Central Range. Traveling teams are used as a developmental level of baseball for those players preparing for a higher level of play. More...

Posted 9/18/2014 06:22 PM

Isabella hosted annual, 24-hour amateur radio field day event

ISABELLA - Ely area resident John Larson was a participant in the June 28 – 29, 2014, amateur radio field exercise at the Isabella Community Center. More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM

Oh, the joy of receiving a LETTER in the U.S. mail

My father was a shoemaker. During World War II, this was an essential occupation so he was not drafted. More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM

Soudan underground mine experiments


SOUDAN - Physicists and research scientists from around the globe have been seeking the answer to what makes the universe tick for more than three decades at the Soudan Underground Physics Laboratory. More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM

Veterans feted by Vermilion fishing guides

TOWER – Dozens of veterans participated in the first annual Wounded/Senior Veterans Fishing Day held Thursday, August 28 at Fortune Bay Resort and Casino on Lake Vermilion. More...

Posted 9/4/2014 07:59 PM

The Fiddlin’ Fifty Gravel Grinder: Embracing the joy of rural bicycle riding

Gravel Grinders are grassroots bicycle events that celebrate the joy of riding. Many have no entry fees and no support. Each rider is given a start time and a set of cue sheets to navigate by. More...

Posted 9/4/2014 07:59 PM


Parade, cornerstone, time capsule to mark September 10 ceremony

For more than a century, the beautiful St. Louis County District Courthouse in Virginia has proudly faced Fifth Avenue as a testament to the progress and accomplishments of the Mesabi and Vermilion iron ranges. More...

Posted 9/4/2014 07:59 PM

Iron Range Miners’ Expo:

See all the hot new mining stuff in Chisholm

CHISHOLM - The third annual Iron Range Miners’ Expo, to be held September 10-11 at Minnesota Discovery Center, is expected to be bigger and better than ever. More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:19 PM

Claire Sayers claims top honors at MN State Old Time Fiddle Championships

The 33nd annual Minnesota State Old Time Fiddle Championships were held on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Merritt Elementary School Auditorium in Mountain Iron. This is the third year in this new venue; the contest had previously been held in Cotton. More...

Posted 8/21/2014 09:49 PM

Saving the world one connection at a time

Cook petting zoo and farm to open Labor Day weekend

COOK – “I love it here,” said Lois Pajari, shielding her eyes with her hand as she gazed out over open fields rimmed by the boreal forest. She is the fourth-generation of her family to live on this homestead just north of Cook, MN. More...

Posted 8/21/2014 09:49 PM

Sally (and Mark’s) world

Public nuptials make history in Mt. Iron

MT. IRON - When I saw Sally Peterangelo walk down the steps of the Mt. More...

Posted 8/14/2014 08:27 PM

The last reunion of the school that once was?

Timber Hall was host to Embarrass High School’s 2014 all-class reunion

More than 400 Embarrass High School alumni and guests gathered at Timber Hall in Embarrass on Saturday, Aug. 2, for what could possibly be the last reunion of Embarrass High School graduates. More...

Posted 8/14/2014 08:27 PM

Where wood is good, and glass is class

Lake Vermilion boat show brings out the classics

I travel several thousand miles every summer attending boat shows. That’s why I’m so appreciative of having a show so close to my hometown of Ely. The Lake Vermilion Antique & Classic Boat Show will be held Sunday, Aug. More...

Posted 8/14/2014 08:27 PM

Tower Soudan Historical Society is busy with train restoration projects

TOWER – The Tower Soudan Historical Society has had a busy summer so far, with more planned. More...

Posted 8/7/2014 07:56 PM

Lyric Volkswalk: Take a walk on the art side

VIRGINIA - When the Laurentian Arts and Cultural Alliance (LACA) purchased the Lyric Building in downtown Virginia in 1998, the nonprofit organization created the following mission statement: “To provide artistic and educational opportunities f More...

Posted 8/7/2014 07:56 PM

New K-9s at work Serving St. Louis County

Highly driven. Eager to work. Methodical. With references like that, Louie, Diesel and Ted sound like ideal candidates for just about any job. More...

Posted 8/7/2014 07:56 PM

Power boat races and Voyageur Days

CRANE LAKE - Crane Lake is a vibrant small town nestled on the southern shore of Minnesota’s famous Voyageurs National Park. More...

Posted 7/31/2014 09:17 PM

The Bear River Fair: A tradition for more than 100 years!

In 1911, the hardy pioneers of the booming valley of Bear River, Minnesota assembled for an "exposition" of their harvest. More...

Posted 7/31/2014 09:17 PM

August is FAIR month!

From Bear River up north to Meadowlands at the southern reaches of the Iron Range area, and from Embarrass at the east end to Grand Rapids 80 miles to the west and Chisholm smack in the middle of our Iron Range universe, you can’t go too far in More...

Posted 7/31/2014 09:17 PM

“Bone cement” offers immediate relief to back pain sufferers

DULUTH - A unique technology to treat patients suffering from back pain caused by osteoporosis, compression fractures or spinal bone cancer is now being offered by Essentia Health- St. Mary’s Medical Center. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 08:39 PM

Cataracts—what are they, and what causes them?

....VIRGINIA - The most common cause of loss of vision in people over the age of 40 is cataracts. In fact, according to Prevent Blindness America (PBA) over half of all Americans will have cataracts by the time they are 80 years old. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 08:39 PM

Minnesota officials investigating 13 cases of E. coli

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is investigating 13 cases of foodborne illness associated with a type of E. coli bacteria known as E. coli O111. This form of E. coli is in the same family as the more well-known E. More...

Posted 7/24/2014 08:39 PM


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

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Mobile Man

Find the Clue Prizes & Cash to WIN!

Download our Discover MN app from iTunes or Google Play and click the WIN button. Every Friday marks a new contest, new prize and new clue. Mobile Man will be hidden in one of our advertisers in the app, ready for you to find him. More...

Posted 10/20/2014 03:18 PM

Bumper Sticker

Find the Bumper Sticker Gift Certificates to WIN!

Listen, Find, Call, Win! Listen to the WEVE Morning Show weekdays to learn what WEVE and Hometown Focus are giving away! Find the Weve got Focus! More...

Posted 10/20/2014 03:17 PM

Mining Features

I’Falls business offers Registered Yoga Teacher Training

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – Replenish Yoga and Wellness, a yoga studio located in downtown International Falls, MN, is offering Registered Yoga Teacher Training 200 (TT200) certification recognized by the national Yoga Alliance beginning in March. More...

Posted 2/19/2015 09:56 PM

Returning to U.S. roots is best option, Cliffs’ CEO Goncalves says

Two years after the top execs at Cliffs Natural Resources heralded China as their place of future growth, the company’s new leader said returning to the company’s domestic roots is the best course. More...

Posted 2/19/2015 09:56 PM

Pro Blast welcomes Wayne Bruns to company

KEEWATIN - Pro Blast is pleased to announce the addition of Wayne Bruns as the company’s new Business Manager. Bruns comes to Pro Blast after working at Grand Rapids State Bank for the past 12 years as their Vice President of Business Banking. More...

Posted 2/19/2015 09:56 PM

Real Estate

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

Minnesota snowmobile season and weekly trail reports begin

ST. PAUL – Snowmobilers can legally ride any of the more than 22,000 miles of Minnesota’s state and grant-in-aid snowmobile trails, from Dec. 1 through the end of March, according to the Department of Natural Resources. More...

Posted 12/4/2014 09:36 PM


ASPCA guide to pet-safe gardening

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) experts field tens of thousands of calls each year involving animal companions who’ve had potentially hazardous contact with insecticides, weed killers and pet-toxic plants. More...

Posted 3/26/2015 09:19 PM

Springtime pet safety tips from ASPCA

Spring has sprung, and with the change of season, our thoughts inevitably turn to Easter celebrations, spring cleaning and much-needed home improvement projects. More...

Posted 3/19/2015 09:11 PM

Vet students urge Congress to act on higher education issues


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Range History

Historic commercial, emergency and miscellaneous vehicles on the Iron Range

I’ve been an old car, truck and tractor enthusiast ever since I can remember and I’ve been an Iron Range Historical Society member for several years. More...

Posted 3/26/2015 09:20 PM

The Bohemian National Hall

A Meadowlands legacy from Czech immigrants

MEADOWLANDS – When the Czechoslovakians immigrated to Meadowlands in the early 1900s, like folks from other countries they gathered together often, keeping some of their home country traditions alive. More...

Posted 3/19/2015 09:11 PM

Industrialization and the Iron Range

America’s rise to world economic supremacy in the twentieth century occurred because of the vast quantities of iron ore in Minnesota. It is that simple. Industrialization is a process. It is also revolutionary. More...

Posted 3/12/2015 08:46 PM

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

Raise your palms

Greetings to everyone! Hopefully in this, our awakening season, we may strive to recognize every day as a spiritual adventure towards everlasting peace. The end of this week notes Palm Sunday which begins Holy Week. More...

Posted 3/26/2015 09:19 PM

Healthy for Life

Bringing in Spring

Welcome everyone as we admire the spectacular sights and sounds of Mother Earth as she unveils herself with the grand opening of Spring. Water is glistening and dripping and memories of warm scents and colors are awakened in us. More...

Posted 3/19/2015 09:11 PM

Healthy for Life

Hello, are you feeling lighter? The warmth and brightness that March has been providing should allow our spirit and soul to flourish while releasing layers of winter attire and attitudes. More...

Posted 3/12/2015 08:45 PM

Hometown Recipes

Easter ideas:

Fresh ham with maple- balsamic glaze and roasted coconut carrots

My family had a Thanksgiving reunion a few years ago at my sister and brother-in-law’s on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. More...

Posted 3/26/2015 09:19 PM

Tower woman makes Finnish squeaky cheese DVD

TOWER - The first time Diane (Syrjanen) Childs made juustoa (Finnish squeaky cheese), it was a frustrating experience. More...

Posted 3/19/2015 09:11 PM

Linda Cook’s friendship quilt on display at Virginia Public Library during March

VIRGINIA – A quilt by artist Linda Cook is now on display in the lobby of the Virginia Public Library. More...

Posted 3/12/2015 08:45 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

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

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

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

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



Free coffee pot costs $120: Read the fine print

Greetings & Sallytations! There is no such thing as a free coffee pot. I received a card in the mail from a Minnesota casino that I had won a “free” Keurig coffee pot More...

Posted 3/26/2015 09:19 PM


Essential oils revive voice, washed car brings rain, and garden plans

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 3/19/2015 09:11 PM


A cold, a cooking collaboration, and an open invite to the movie crew

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 3/12/2015 08:45 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


Adeline Catherine Pratt

Adeline Catherine Pratt, age 87, of Virginia and formerly of Parkville and Tower, died Monday, March 23, 2015, at Chestnut Grove in Virginia.  She was born July 2, 1927, in Virginia the daughter of Fredrick and Sarah (Roses) Limmer.  She gr More...

Posted 3/26/2015 09:48 AM

Joanne Donald (Zaa We Bi Ne Siik “Yellow Bird”)

Joanne Donald (Zaa We Bi Ne Siik “Yellow Bird”) passed on to the spirit world on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Joanne was born on November 2, 1935 and raised on the Nett Lake Indian Reservation (Bois Forte). More...

Posted 3/26/2015 09:43 AM

Clara A. McGleno

Clara A. McGleno, 63, Nett Lake, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth. Clara was born on May 21, 1951, in Virginia, Minnesota, to Edward and Flora Skinaway. More...

Posted 3/24/2015 09:54 AM



JOB SEEKERS Winter is coming! Don’t wait to have your car tuned up or have someone to take care of your snow removal or whatever it be you need done. Reasonable rates and quality work. CALL JON @ 218-256-9382. More...

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AA Meeting: Babbitt Tuesday Night Big Book, 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Presbyterian Church, Central & Acacia, Babbitt More...

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