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A Chestnut Street Easter egg hunt

My wife has piano and voice students and likes to decorate the mirror by the entrance they use. We try to be seasonal— flags for the Fourth, turkeys for Thanksgiving. More...

Posted 2/27/2014 07:46 PM

Workforce Center: Aiming to get you hired

HIBBING - I talked to the folks at the Minnesota Workforce Center in Hibbing about the employment and training opportunities in the mining and mining-related industries on the Iron Range, and they were pretty bullish on the opportunities available to More...

Posted 2/20/2014 08:37 PM

Folk musician Jaspar Lepak to perform at Olcott Greenhouse

Editor’s note: This very interesting piece appeared magically in my inbox last week, unsolicited. I thank Eric Krenz for taking the time to write this piece and sharing it with HTF. More...

Posted 2/13/2014 11:03 PM


VHS A Cappella Choir performs at Concordia festival

The choir room at Virginia High School was full of excitement on the morning of Friday, Jan. 24. The seventh and eighth grade choirs got a special treat. The A Cappella Choir performed their top two selections of the year for the younger students. More...

Posted 2/13/2014 11:03 PM

John and Abigail Adams

A presidential love affair

“More than kisses, letters mingle souls.” - John Donne (English poet, satirist, lawyer and cleric in the Church of England, 1572- 1631) More...

Posted 2/13/2014 11:03 PM


Birders flock to Meadowlands

MEADOWLANDS - The 7th Annual Sax-Zim Bog Winter Birding Festival will be held February 14 – 16. Registrations for the 2014 Winter Birding Festival were closed earlier than in any previous years. More...

Posted 2/6/2014 09:25 PM


VIRGINIA – In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked Apple Tree Learning Center Director Steve Johnson if they would share with our readers their children’s thoughts on love. More...

Posted 2/6/2014 09:24 PM

About AMD

February is National AMD/Low vision Awareness Month

AMD or Age-Related Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in Americans 50 years of age and older. It is estimated that as many as 11 million people in the United States have some form of AMD. More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM

Fairview Range welcomes W. Scott Carpenter, M.D.

HIBBING – Fairview Range welcomes W. Scott Carpenter, MD to its full-time medical staff as the Medical Director of the Emergency Department and Urgent Care Center. More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM

My views on the future of health care

As we are entering into this new wave of health care reform, we need to ask ourselves, what is the future of health care? Many, including myself, believe that the future is home care. More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM

Better Senior nutrition in 2014

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions to eat more healthily, but for seniors it is particularly important. More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM

Making peace with the unwanted companion-fibromyalgia

Ellen (not her real name) leads a double life. Just like Superman…well, sort of. More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM

Elder Services Expo to provide important info

VIRGINIA - Elder Services Network’s 10th annual Senior Wellness and Family Expo will be held at the Miners Memorial building on May 21, 2014. More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM

NEW! Make your doctor’s appointment via email or online

VIRGINIA - Send an e-mail to your doctor’s office. See your lab results in just a few hours. Schedule an appointment online. More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM

Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte's Web is a strain of medical marijuana processed into a marijuana extract that is high in cannabidiol (CBD) content, called Realm Oil and Alepsia. More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM

Out of options, OUT OF PATIENCE

Parents seek prohibited treatment for daughter

HIBBING – Josh and Angie Weaver and their two daughters, Amelia, 7, and Penelope, 3, live in Hibbing, MN. It’s where Josh and Angie grew up, where their parents live, and where their church and friends are. More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM


77th annual Laskiainen features Wild Goose Chase Cloggers

PALO – There’s something new afoot this year at the77th annual Laskiainen Finnish Sliding Festival in Palo, MN. The internationally known Wild Goose Chase Cloggers will perform Sunday, Feb. More...

Posted 1/23/2014 09:33 PM


1951: John Mayasich & the Eveleth High School hockey dynasty

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an excerpt from best-selling sports author Ross Bernstein’s book entitled “Sixty Years & Sixty Heroes: A Celebration of Minnesota Sports.” In it, Ross chronicles our state’s greatest s More...

Posted 1/23/2014 09:33 PM


From the Range to Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics

Our year always starts and ends the same: with a LOT of curling. We love playing the game; we love watching the game; we love volunteering our time to the game. More...

Posted 1/16/2014 08:50 PM

Exhibit at MRC brings home the cost of war

VIRGINIA - “Always Lost: A Meditation on War,” an exhibit currently hosted by Mesabi Range College, honors all those who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. More...

Posted 1/9/2014 10:30 PM

The heart of a volunteer

I asked Ashley how she copes with the overwhelming conditions she deals with as a volunteer in Brasov Children’s Hospital. I asked if she ever wavered. This is what she told me: More...

Posted 1/9/2014 10:30 PM

Ashley and her orphans - the heart of a volunteer

Every night in a Romanian children’s hospital, Ashley Leisen says, “Te iubesc, noapte buna” (Good night, I love you) to helpless, sick and abandoned children she has cared for throughout the day. More...

Posted 1/9/2014 10:30 PM

Our holiday Paw Protector donations

I wrote last week’s Pet Section article, Will you be a Paw Protector too? However, I neglected to put my name on the story. My apologies if that omission caused any confusion. More...

Posted 12/26/2013 08:21 PM

Talking with Johnny

I like the name Johnny. To me it sounds edgy, it sounds serious, and it sounds like someone I could trust. Some time ago, I met a Johnny. He was blunt, honest, sarcastic, and a bit of a jackass. He reminded me of, well, myself. More...

Posted 12/26/2013 08:21 PM

Reflections and prognostications

The year that was; the year to come at HTF

Tipping the scales at 500 The past year at Hometown Focus was such a rewarding one! We tipped the scales when we hit 500 contributors in November and, though the moment passed with little public fanfare, it was very significant to us. More...

Posted 12/26/2013 08:21 PM

Special Sections

Mining Features

How to apply for a job at local mining companies

ArcelorMittal Minorca Mine More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:20 PM

Wrangling at the Effie Rodeo

Some glimpses of the Effie Rodeo this summer. More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:20 PM

Metal munchers:

Biomining for copper

Editor’s note: I saw this little news story in MINE magazine and was intrigued. It brought to mind the bacterial sulfatereducing studies being conducted near Aurora (see story p. 19). More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:20 PM

Real Estate

Project Care Free Clinic holding free flu shot clinics

HIBBING – Project Care Free Clinic in Hibbing is offering free flu shot clinics for anyone who is uninsured. The flu shot clinics will be held during regular clinic hours, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., on the following dates: • Monday, Aug. More...

Posted 8/21/2014 09:49 PM

Hibbing/Chisholm garden tour registrations being taken

HIBBING – The Fairview Range Auxiliary, in partnership with the Hibbing Garden Club, invites the public to join them for a time of beauty and friendship on Thursday, Aug. 14, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. More...

Posted 8/7/2014 07:56 PM

Bereavement assistance group to meet August 12

VIRGINIA – The Iron Range Chapter of The Compassionate Friends (TCF) will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m. for an ice cream sundae celebration at Children’s Memorial Park located on the south shore of Silver Lake in Virginia. More...

Posted 8/7/2014 07:56 PM

Pets  Free Access 

Skin inflammation due to allergies in dogs

Atopic dermatitis is an inflammatory, chronic skin disease associated with allergies. In fact, this is the second most common allergic skin disease in dogs. More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM

Don’t choose this as an option for your pet!

The many dangers of dogs riding in pickup truck beds

You may see it quite often as you’re driving around town: dogs riding in the back of trucks. You might even know someone who does it. Why not? It seems so convenient to just load your dog up in the back and take them with you. More...

Posted 9/4/2014 07:59 PM

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in cats

Anxiety and compulsive disorders in cats

This is a behavioral disorder where a cat will engage in repetitive, exaggerated behaviors that are seemingly without purpose. More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:19 PM

Range History  Free Access 

Denial of liquor license leads to 1948 shooting rampage

The birthplace of crime fiction writer Frank Gruber and Schneiderman’s Furniture

When the first pioneers came to the area now known as Elmer Township, they found nothing but dense forests so thick the sun couldn’t shine through. There was a river by the name of St. More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM

Founders recognition and community appreciation

Pike Sandy Britt Volunteer Fire Department reaches 50 year milestone

It’s not firefighters and equipment that organize a department, but the story about the efforts and support of a community of people to provide protection and support to each other’s homes, families and their community. More...

Posted 9/4/2014 07:59 PM

My Innocent Years IN THE QUEEN CITY

Part 5 of 5

EXPERIENCES ALTERED STATES I SHOVED A DOZEN RABBIT SNARES into my parka pockets and headed out the door to start a typical winter weekend. More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:19 PM

Healthy for Life  Free Access 


Living a well-balanced day - one minute at a time

As our minutes of daylight decrease each day as we approach the new season, it is an opportune time to reflect on how valuable minutes are and how, used wisely, they can contribute to your daily life. More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM


Fall: A time of change

September seemed to subtly seep into our senses while sweeping away summer’s sound. All appears quiet on the lake as the loon takes notice with a yowl, embracing its solitude. More...

Posted 9/4/2014 07:59 PM


’Tis in the eyes of the beholder

Our eyes hold many responsibilities, they are tools in our thought process and how we may perceive, conceive or misconceive what we think we see. More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:19 PM

Hometown Recipes  Free Access 

Get ready: It’s Chili Cook Off time!

St. Michael’s Foundation is hosting our 5th Annual Chili Cook Off. An unprecedented 30 cooks from our community will come together Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Miner’s Memorial Building in Virginia. More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM

P to Z the garden: Potatoes, pickles, and zucchini

My mother-in-law, Rose (Marchetti) Lucas from Chisholm, was a great gardener, wonderful cook and expert baker. More...

Posted 9/4/2014 07:59 PM

Healthy families: Recipes offered by the MN Department of Health

This week I ran across some healthy family recipes on the Minnesota Department of Health website. More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:19 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 

Virginia attorney H. Jeffrey Peterson again named Super Lawyer in MN

VIRGINIA – H. Jeffrey Peterson, a founding partner at Cope & Peterson, Ltd. in Virginia, has once again been named a Super Lawyer in the State of Minnesota in 2014. More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM

United Taconite announces public anniversary celebration

EVELETH – United Taconite LLC is celebrating 50 years of mining and 10 years under the ownership of Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc. with a free, public anniversary event on Sunday, Sept. 14, from 12:30 – 5 p.m. More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM

Nurse practitioner Laura Sainio joins Essentia Health-Virginia Clinic

VIRGINIA – Nurse practitioner Laura Sainio has joined the Geriatrics Department at the Essentia Health-Virginia Clinic in Virginia. She will care for patients at skilled nursing facilities throughout the Iron Range. More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM

Fresh Stuff  Free Access 

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

News Briefs

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  Free Access 

Back in time... 1960’s Drag Racing

Sheldon Konblatt’s funny cars were never the normal run of the mill machines. The first one had to be the strangest. The “Peanuts” Galaxie was unique at best. More...

Posted 1/6/2012 01:13 AM

1962 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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

Posted 1/6/2012 01:13 AM

Back in time...

1960’s Drag Racing

Eddie Pauling was never afraid to try something different. His first two funny cars were both of the rear-engine variety. More...

Posted 11/23/2011 02:49 PM

Conducting Commerce  Free Access 

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

Fishing  Free Access 

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

Insurance Matters  Free Access 

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  Free Access 

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  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

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

Out of the Blue

If you’re from Minnesota, you know the feeling all too well. Everything seems to be going great and then the wheels fall off. The wind leaves the sails. The pencil runs out of lead. You’re left to wonder what might have been. More...

Posted 5/15/2014 08:55 PM

Outdoors by Jerry McCormick  Free Access 

A bee or not a bee?

It might not “bee” what you think

Do you remember the first time you got stung by a bee? I do, despite the fact that it happened over 50 years ago! A bee sting makes quite an impression. It hurts! It hurts enough that you are not going to forget about it anytime soon. More...

Posted 7/3/2014 11:25 AM

Tiger Beetles

Fastest beetles on earth

Speed and wariness are not qualities we usually associate with beetles. Neither are bright colors and calligraphic designs. Yet, some common beetles we have here in the Northwoods have these qualities. More...

Posted 6/12/2014 07:28 PM

Signs of spring in evidence now

Spring is sounding very, very appealing about now, to most of us anyway. Many are looking and searching for those first signs of spring. More...

Posted 1/24/2013 09:26 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 


VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Enjoy your well-earned plaudits for a job well done. But be aware that some people might not share your colleagues’ admiration, and you might have to work harder to win them over. More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM

Rose Marie’s nine decades of entertainment

Rose Marie may be best known as wisecracking Sally Rogers in the 60’s CBS sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” but she began performing nine decades ago at an age when most children would still be potty training. More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM


VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Unkept promises might cause plans to go awry this week. You can either grumble about people “letting you down” or find a way to make the best of it and move on. The choice is yours. More...

Posted 9/4/2014 07:59 PM

Community Videos  Free Access 

Pike River Swampers

from CommunityTV, Virginia Community Access Television


Posted 5/19/2010 11:29 AM

Channel 5 LIVE!

Click here to watch Virginia Public Access Channel 5 Live More...

Posted 4/1/2010 12:12 PM

Channel 5 TV: Virginia Public Access More...

Posted 3/31/2010 12:58 PM

Misc  Free Access 

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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

Nathan Schroeder’s Iditarod fundraising Nathan has the support of many for his Iditarod quest, including the assistance of Linda Nervick of Duluth. More...

Posted 2/27/2014 07:46 PM


Living his 1,049-mile dream in Alaska

I find myself wondering what is in the heart and soul of dogsled racers. More...

Posted 2/27/2014 07:46 PM

Organization connects businesses, job seekers

NORTHFORCE is a new organization designed to attract, place, retain and manage talented employees for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. More...

Posted 2/20/2014 08:37 PM

What are we talking about?

Usually, if you’re a jobseeker, you search for the right job, and if you’re an employer, you post jobs and hope the right people find their job posting. Finding a match means a whole lot of looking, for both job seeker and employer. More...

Posted 2/20/2014 08:37 PM

Vintage snowmobile Fun Run slated

AURORA - The Aurora Fire Department will be hosting their 3rd Annual Vintage Fun Run and Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser on Saturday, Mar. 1. Registration for the ride will begin at 10:00 a.m. More...

Posted 2/13/2014 11:03 PM

You’re going to love these Russians

ELY – Never been to an orchestra concert before? Make this one your first. It won't be your last! More...

Posted 2/13/2014 11:03 PM

Julie Adams revisits the Black Lagoon

How much mileage could a studio expect from a 1954 film starring a biologist with a fascination for a secluded fishpond? More...

Posted 2/13/2014 11:03 PM


Well we certainly are experiencing a more traditional winter this year with all the snow and bitterly cold temperatures. I have to admit that I kind of like the mild ones that we’ve had in recent years. More...

Posted 2/6/2014 09:25 PM


Valentine’s Day, both celebrating it appropriately and writing about it, is a source of anxiety for me. More...

Posted 2/6/2014 09:24 PM

Is it Alzheimer’s or just stress?

VIRGINIA - My name is Ronda “Rudy” Harvey and I work as a Marketing & Admissions Director at Edgewood Vista. Almost every day I get asked about Alzheimer’s and when is it time to put my loved one into a facility? More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM

Work-life balance key to happy employees

Gone are the days where people use money or title as a way to define career success. More and more people are using worklife balance as a way to gauge accomplishment in their career. More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM

In pain? Take a cue from your pet

When the pain is all “in your head” does it still hurt? Absolutely. More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM

DEPRESSION: From a small photograph to the big picture

It was me nine years old sitting alone in the tree house. It was me deep in the woods up in the tree house my two brothers and I built with our own hands. It was me holding my knees to my chest as I struggled to stay warm in the cool, fall air. More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM

U of M med student impressed by internship on the Range

HIBBING - When it came time for University of Minnesota medical student Katherine Weir to do a two-week internship last summer, Hibbing was one of the places she hoped to be. More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM

Nashwauk heart patient thrives after revolutionary new procedure

DULUTH - When doctors diagnosed 86-year-old Delores “Dolly” Stepan with aortic stenosis, the prognosis was grim. The disease narrows the aortic valve, and without a replacement valve, half of untreated patients die within 12 to 24 months. More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM

Medical marijuana legislation in Minnesota

Legislation to protect the seriously ill across Minnesota from arrest or prosecution for using medical marijuana with their doctors’ recommendations has been introduced into the 2013-2014 Minnesota Legislative session. More...

Posted 1/30/2014 08:52 PM

Youth bowling is a great winter activity

Three years ago some friends invited us to join the junior bowling league in Virginia, however, I could not see myself driving to Virginia from Hibbing every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. through the winter to bowl. More...

Posted 1/23/2014 09:33 PM


What goes around, comes around

EVELETH – Hockey Hall of Famer and legendary puckster John Mayasich, now 80, didn’t have much in the way of material things growing up in Eveleth. More...

Posted 1/23/2014 09:33 PM


Cletus and Carol Shoen and their 50-year polka legacy

I’ve written in these pages before about my affinity for garages, sheds, workshops, and the like. More often than not, they are the domain of men who can do things beyond my comprehension, and they fascinate me. More...

Posted 1/16/2014 08:50 PM


Family-friendly event supports local trails

ELY - Plans are quickly falling into place for one of the Ely area’s biggest events of the winter. More...

Posted 1/16/2014 08:50 PM

Virginia High School presents Small Actors

William Shakespeare’s Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet stands the test of time. It is not only his most famous work, but perhaps the most notorious play ever written. More...

Posted 1/9/2014 10:30 PM

Eveleth church combines past with the present

EVELETH - In September of 2012, a letter arrived at United in Christ Lutheran Church, Eveleth, congratulating us on receiving the Congregational Renewal Grant, provided by the Lilly Foundation. More...

Posted 1/2/2014 09:00 PM

Virginia Rotary donates dictionaries

VIRGINIA- In this day of computers with spell check, do children really need a paperback dictionary? More...

Posted 12/26/2013 08:21 PM

Dawson’s Travel celebrates new ownership

VIRGINIA - To the best of my ability, I estimate that I have flown on an airplane 14 times in the last 30 or so years. Thirty years ago, nobody booked their own flights online. Today, many people do. More...

Posted 12/26/2013 08:21 PM

Obituaries  Free Access 


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  Free Access 

DNR’s online fall color finder will help travelers with trip planning

STATEWIDE – Minnesota state park and trail visitors will soon be seeing red and orange and yellow and countless other shades of autumn as the leaves and prairies grasses put on their annual show. More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM

DNR seeks applications for committee on natural heritage

STATEWIDE – Minnesotans who would like to serve on the committee that advises the Department of Natural Resources on programs related to the state’s native prairies, forests, and wetlands and native plants and animals are invited to submi More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM

Governor Dayton reconvenes stakeholders for discussion on propane supply and demand for winter

ST. PAUL – For more than 200,000 households in Minnesota, propane is the primary source of heat. More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM

Home & Garden Tips  Free Access 


Common Space Mistake: Not creating or ignoring a focal point. It’s important to give the eye something to focus on. How To: More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM

Harvest time!

Gardeners know that the best way to keep production up is to keep picking that produce. Summer squash, cukes, and peppers will stop producing once you let them mature and go to seed. More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM

Inexpensive weed killer

Most gardens have reached the peak for harvesting the summer bounty. While preserving and pickling these treasures, a little extra effort to control weeds growing in sidewalk and patio cracks is at hand. More...

Posted 9/4/2014 07:59 PM

Health  Free Access 

New colon cancer test; vacation rewards

Q: I heard there is a DNA test for colon cancer. Can I cancel my colonoscopy? Please?! -- Stephen G., Colorado Springs, Colorado More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM

Losing eyelashes; growing pains in youth

Q: I am losing my eyelashes! It’s not like I’ve got thinning hair or any skin conditions that I know of. What could be causing this? -- Lauren J., Bakersfield, California More...

Posted 9/4/2014 07:59 PM

Stem cells for sports injuries; gastric bypass and the gut biome

Q: My daughter plays college soccer and ruptured her ACL. The coaches mentioned stem cell injections that some big-name athletes have used to recover from injuries. Should we consider them? -- Paige R., Chicago More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:19 PM

Massage for Your Health  Free Access 

Massage and heart health

We always hear about the importance of taking care of our health and one of those ways is ensuring our internal organs are in good working order. More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM

Hey! What happened to my body?

Ever have one of those days where you do your normal every day routine, only for some unexplained reason you now have this hurt in your body and you don’t understand why? You haven’t done anything different or extra in your routine. More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:19 PM

The power of stretching with massage

If you are a person who is active, stretching and massage might work very well for you. So what exactly do stretching and massage have in common? More...

Posted 8/14/2014 08:27 PM

Sports  Free Access 

Virginia golfer Andrew Sederlund wins state

Just one more spring high school sport finishing up, as baseball takes center stage this week. Golf was played on Tuesday and Wednesday. More...

Posted 6/12/2014 07:28 PM

Cherry Tigers advance to state semi-finals

Spring tournaments are in full swing and this week was about Cherry softball. The Tigers qualified for their 5th straight state tournament appearance with a 12-0 win over L-BF in the section championship last Thursday. More...

Posted 6/5/2014 10:26 PM

Softball section playoffs wrap-up, Twins hit rough patch

We're past Memorial Day, the weather feels like summer and the spring sports playoff season is in full swing across Minnesota. Section softball playoffs wrapped up on Thursday with section championship games in Cloquet and Cohasset. More...

Posted 5/29/2014 11:58 PM

i On Sports  Free Access 

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

Calendar  Free Access 

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  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

Back in time... 1960’s Drag Racing

Junior Brogdon’s “Phony Pony” ran under various guises, including single engines and twin engines, both blown and unblown. The unruly car ran its best times of 8.36 at 165 with a single blown 289 Ford small block. 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 

New mobile application to launch nationwide this fall

Defense Mobile, VFW to improve the lives of veterans and service members

KANSAS CITY, Missouri. More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM

MACV holding StandDown Court in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS – The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) is holding a StandDown Court and Legal Clinic on Thursday, Sept. 25, at the National Guard Armory in Grand Rapids. All veterans are welcome to attend. More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM

VFW applauds new military discharge upgrade decision


Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 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

In Your Words  Free Access 

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  Free Access 

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  Free Access 

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

Sallyworld  Free Access 


Bed and breakfast, Reubens and riding, and food label detecting

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM


Five-week countdown: Zip up and sit down

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 9/4/2014 07:59 PM


History buff husband accuses Sally of histrionic behavior

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:19 PM

Website Wisdom  Free Access 

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

Obituaries  Free Access 

Mildred Annette “Mertz” Elj

Mildred A. More...

Posted 9/10/2014 01:27 PM

Raymond “Bootlegger” Garrison Chrisco

Raymond “Bootlegger” Garrison Chrisco, age 44 of Hibbing died unexpectedly Tuesday, August 26, 2014 in Mt. Iron. He was born September 22, 1969 in Rochelle, IL the son of Michael and Karen Chrisco. More...

Posted 9/4/2014 01:11 PM

Betty Evelyn Muhonen

Betty Evelyn Muhonen, age 77 of Mountain Iron died Tuesday, August 26, 2014 in her home. She was born October 6, 1936 in Kinney, the daughter of Leander and Sylvia (Jutila) Johnson. More...

Posted 9/4/2014 12:31 PM

Classifieds  Free Access 


Rag rugs, table runners and placemats: Hand made on site for sale at Quad Cities Food Shelf. All proceeds used for food purchase for your neighbors in need. Hours 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wed. & Thurs. Call 741-1371 for more info. More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM


LIVESTOCK WWBoven’s Browns Pullets: 19- 22 weeks old, just starting to lay. Beef by the Quarter or Half. Pork –half or whole. Farm raised chickens. Call Joe Sopp @ 218-290- 1024**** More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM


BOATS & WATERCRAFTS 17’ Aluminum Boat w/HD Shorelander Trailer, $750 OBO. 763- 443-2335 More...

Posted 9/11/2014 08:41 PM

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