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OUR IRON ORE: A BILLION YEARS OLD MOUNTAINS, VOLCANOES, SEAS, AND ICE SHEETS!,

Editor’s note: When I was in college, majoring in English, my father insisted I also major in geology. He suspected I would end up on the Iron Range and I suppose he thought geology might be a better career move than, well, reading books. More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:19 PM

Trout fishing bolstered in mine pit lakes

A change in the fisheries management strategy in Kinney Pit Lake near Buhl and a partnership with the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) are returning rainbow trout fishing to High Lake near Ely, according to the Minnesota Departme More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:19 PM

UTac operations seen from Mineview in the Sky

United Taconite mining operations can be seen from Mineview in the Sky along Highway 53 between Eveleth and Virginia, MN. Photo by Larry Aho. More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:19 PM

Sulfate reduction testing shows promise; funding is expanded

Editor’s note: In our Sept. 9, 2013 Mining Edition, we featured a story by Ranae Hanson about a biological sulfate-reduction process being studied on the Iron Range. This is a follow-up on how those studies are progressing. – Jean Cole More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:19 PM

Erickson to be honored by Quad Cities Tennis

VIRGINIA – Tennis enthusiast and philanthropist George Erickson will be honored by Quad Cities Tennis for All on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 3:40 p.m., when Court 1 will be named in his honor. More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:19 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

Twin Metals project validated by Pre-Feasibility Study

Editor’s note: While this news release notes the Pre-feasibility Study is based on a 30- year underground mine plan, I confirmed that the expected life span of the mine is much longer. More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:19 PM

Iron ore and steel factoids

Iron Ore is the world's most widely used metal, and its consumption grows nearly 10% each year. The automobile industry uses 17% of the over 90 million tons of steel produced in the U.S. annually. More...

Posted 5/29/2014 11:58 PM

MINING FACTOIDS

Every American uses an average of 40,000 pounds of new minerals each year. Mining has touched less than onequarter of one percent of all the land in the U.S. More...

Posted 2/20/2014 08:37 PM

Mining Process 101

PolyMet project primer

Using advanced technology and modern mining methods, the PolyMet project near Hoyt Lakes in NE MN will produce copper, nickel and other important metals and meet environmental standards that protect our region’s air and water quality. More...

Posted 2/20/2014 08:37 PM

BEDROCK CORE DRILLING:

Mineral Exploration in Minnesota

Diamond Core Drilling Process Steps in the Process More...

Posted 2/20/2014 08:37 PM

IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT MINING

The Wild Rice Sulfate Standard: Enormous implications for entire state

Minnesota has had a rule on the books since 1973, submitted under the then-new federal Clean Water Act, which limits the amount of sulfate in waters used for the production of wild rice. More...

Posted 2/20/2014 08:37 PM

Iron Range well represented at Heart of the Continent meeting

DULUTH – Representatives of tourism, public lands, government agencies, private business and nonprofits met recently in Duluth to learn more about a regional geotourism collaboration with National Geographic. More...

Posted 2/20/2014 08:37 PM

MINING FOR GROWTH

High paying mining jobs anchor the NE MN labor market

Editor’s Note: This is the latest analysis of NE MN’s mining sector conducted by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, prepared for their January 2014 edition of Minnesota Employment Review. More...

Posted 2/20/2014 08:37 PM

Miners’ Expo at MDC Year two was even bigger and better

The second annual Iron Range Miners’ Expo Tool & Equipment Showcase at the Minnesota Discovery Center (MDC) in Chisholm took a major step forward as a premier, regional event this year. More...

Posted 9/26/2013 07:24 PM

Transforming pits and piles for future use

EVELETH - “Transforming pits and piles into living lakes and landscapes” is the mission of Laurentian Vision Partnership. More...

Posted 9/5/2013 09:37 PM

These women miners loved their jobs

VIRGINIA – I got a call one day from Sharon Morcom of Virginia. She had read in Hometown Focus that we were looking for interesting stories about mining for our upcoming Mining Edition. More...

Posted 9/5/2013 09:37 PM

Minnesota Power and its mining customers

Here are some fast facts about MN Power and their mining customers. More...

Posted 9/5/2013 09:37 PM

Advanced Minnesota: Training for trades and technology

Their mission is to be the educational machine behind the most highly-skilled workforce in Minnesota. More...

Posted 9/5/2013 09:37 PM

Special Protection Funds

Within the taconite production taxes are two entities we often hear about – the Douglas J. Johnson Economic Protection Fund and the Taconite Environmental Protection Fund. More...

Posted 9/5/2013 09:37 PM

The Importance of Minerals and Mining

Let’s start on a Monday morning. It’s 6:00 a.m.. Time to get up! ELECTRICITY to run your alarm clock comes through COPPER WIRES. More...

Posted 9/5/2013 09:37 PM

An underground misadventure

The Soudan Underground Mine is a great place to learn about our mining history. I must admit, I had never been interested in touring the mine. More...

Posted 4/26/2013 09:39 AM

Special Sections

News

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 

New church year to start at Mesabi Unitarian Universalist Church

VIRGINIA – Rev. Eric Northard will welcome back the congregation of Mesabi Unitarian Universalist Church after the summer break on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 10:30 a.m. Rev. More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:20 PM

A library card is your child’s ticket to academic achievement

GILBERT – Every parent wants their child to succeed, and one of the simplest ways you can ensure your child’s academic success is by making a quick trip to the library. More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:20 PM

Old speakeasy in Bovey to be open on August 29

BOVEY – The old speakeasy in the tunnel under Annabella’s Antique Mall in Bovey will be open for the night on Friday, Aug. 29, beginning at 6 p.m. More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:20 PM

Home & Garden Tips  Free Access 

SpaceLIFT

Common Space Mistake: Creating a room that is “off balance.” If you place all the large heavy pieces on one side of the room and the smaller pieces on the other side, the room feels off balance. More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:20 PM

Fall lawn care

Late August/early September is the best time to start lawn seed since it is a coolseason plant. Each seed must come into contact with the soil in order to sprout. More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:20 PM

SpaceLIFT

Decorator Secret: Using color to set the mood! RED… How To: More...

Posted 8/21/2014 09:50 PM

Health  Free Access 

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

Is this the year to face your fears?

Today I am writing about one of my favorite books that I recently reread after pulling it off the shelf of my overstuffed bookcase. The book, My Year with Eleanor: A Memoir, is written by Noelle Hancock. More...

Posted 8/21/2014 09:49 PM

Home testing for sleep apnea; follow-up HPV vaccinations

Q: I have trouble sleeping because I snore so much. My wife says I could have sleep apnea. I just read an article about at-home testing kits. Are any of them any good? I really don’t want to go to a sleep clinic (it sounds creepy). Any advice? More...

Posted 8/21/2014 09:49 PM

Massage for Your Health  Free Access 

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

Massage and hospice care

As some of you may be aware, massage has fast become an accepted form of pain relief for many different health issues that people may experience in their lifetime, and end of life illnesses are no exception. More...

Posted 7/31/2014 09:17 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

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

WILL SMARTPHONE SCANNER APPS SOUND THE DEATH KNELL FOR SMALL BRICK AND MORTAR RETAILERS?

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

FISHING OPENER ROWDS? NOT WHERE I GO!

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

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

DEAR SENIOR LEGAL LINE: More...

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 

SALOME'S STARS

VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Take some time out from your many tasks and see if someone might be trying to reach out to you. You could be surprised to learn who it is and why you might want to reciprocate. More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:20 PM

An overview of web browsers

A web browser, commonly referred to as an internet browser, is a program used to access the internet for retrieving and presenting information in its many formats on the World Wide Web. More...

Posted 8/14/2014 08:27 PM

SALOME'S STARS

LEO (July 23 to August 22) Sometimes a workplace colleague can’t be charmed into supporting the Lion’s position. That’s when it’s time to shift tactics and overwhelm the doubter with the facts. More...

Posted 8/7/2014 07:56 PM

Community Videos  Free Access 

Pike River Swampers

from CommunityTV, Virginia Community Access Television

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Posted 5/19/2010 11:29 AM

Channel 5 LIVE!

Click here to watch Virginia Public Access Channel 5 Live

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Posted 4/1/2010 12:12 PM

Channel 5 TV: Virginia Public Access

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Posted 3/31/2010 12:58 PM

Misc  Free Access 

Weather widget

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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

SCHOOL MENUS

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

How to apply for a job at local mining companies

ArcelorMittal Minorca Mine 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

When the digging’s done

Mine pits to tourist attractions

Mining has been happening in northern Minnesota for over 100 years but what’s most surprising about the Iron Range, at least to a nonnative, is the extent of mine reclamation that’s taken place. More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:19 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

Iron Range Engineering expands; 100% job placement

All four years of degree now offered on Mesabi campus

VIRGINIA - Iron Range Engineering is now starting the sixth year of offering the final two years of a bachelor’s degree in engineering on the Virginia campus of Mesabi Range College. More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:19 PM

Iron Range Engineering

Student profile: Inventor Travis Eddy

Travis Eddy of Virginia, MN, is a senior in the Iron Range Engineering Program at Mesabi Range College. More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:19 PM

PolyMet’s long and winding road to (possible) permitting

HOYT LAKES – Twenty-five long years ago, in 1989, PolyMet Mining leased NorthMet mineral rights from U.S. Steel. More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:19 PM

Water, food and shelter:

Human dependence on mining

The world population in 2013 was about 7.1 billion and is projected to grow to 9 billion by 2050. Fifty-two percent live in cities, but less than 40% in Sub Saharan Africa and over 80% in northern America. More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:19 PM

Advanced MN on pace to provide MSHA training to 8,000 people

HIBBING - Ever since 1977, the Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) through the United States Department of Labor requires that every new miner complete 24 hours of safety training before beginning to work for any company that steps foot on More...

Posted 5/29/2014 11:58 PM

Iron Range businesses operating globally

Following are short profiles of some local mining-related businesses on the Iron Range that are exporters and/or have international presences (this is not a complete list by any means). Iracore International Inc. Hibbing, MN More...

Posted 5/29/2014 11:58 PM

Study finds no substitutes for important metals

The National Mining Association recently highlighted a study from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies that analyzed potential substitutes for 62 different metals and their major uses. More...

Posted 2/20/2014 08:37 PM

Metals essential to everyday lives

Found in everything from wind turbines to diabetes test strips, the copper, nickel and platinum group metals that exist in NE Minnesota are essential to our everyday lives. More...

Posted 2/20/2014 08:37 PM

Did you know?

IRON ORE FACTS

About 98% of iron ore is used to make steel - one of the greatest inventions and most useful materials ever created. More...

Posted 2/20/2014 08:37 PM

ADVANCED MN

OFFERS LEAN SIX SIGMA GREEN BELT TRAINING TO BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY

Grant Opportunities Currently Available for Manufacturing More...

Posted 2/20/2014 08:37 PM

EYES WIDE SHUT

Wastewater treatment produces one of the same pollutants as mining, but with no state regulations

Editor’s Note: This article, written three months ago, explores some of the complications that have arisen in the implementation of the current sulfate standard for wild rice waters in Minnesota. More...

Posted 2/20/2014 08:37 PM

USS Minntac gets state expansion permits

MOUNTAIN IRON, Minn. — United States Steel Corp. has now received the state permits it needs to expand its Minntac mine at Mountain Iron but is waiting on one remaining federal permit. U.S. More...

Posted 2/20/2014 08:37 PM

Employment agencies: Options for employers and job seekers

HIBBING - When it comes to employment, there are two sides of the story. More...

Posted 2/20/2014 08:37 PM

Welcome to Mining: It’s a Blast

Dear Readers, Welcome to our special mining edition! More...

Posted 2/20/2014 08:37 PM

Big Brother at United Taconite oversees dispatch

EVELETH – At the United Taconite (UTAC) plant in Eveleth, Matt Caple, Dispatch Engineer, and Terry Pogorels, Dispatch Coordinator, oversee a Big Brotherlike GPS dispatch system that maintains constant surveillance of every piece of production e More...

Posted 9/5/2013 09:37 PM

Sulfate-reducing bacteria at work

Mine water restoration research ongoing

Northeast of Aurora a collaborative demonstration project is testing the use of natural processes to reduce the sulfates in the water from an iron mine pit waters. More...

Posted 9/5/2013 09:37 PM

The Post-Mining Alliance

101 things to do with a hole in the ground

The Post-Mining Alliance, among other things, works with industry partners to find positive solutions for the regeneration of former mining sites to the benefit of the local communities and the natural environment. More...

Posted 9/5/2013 09:37 PM

Heavy equipment simulators prepare students for the real thing

HIBBING - The visitor enters a small conference room at Hibbing Community College (HCC). Taking up most of the space is a compartment with what looks to be a small theater with the best driving video game console a player could ever desire. More...

Posted 9/5/2013 09:37 PM

HibbTac’s constructed wetlands tour an eye-opener

HIBBING – It was a beautiful spring day, June 3, and I was looking forward to spending the morning visiting some wetland mitigation projects at Hibbing Taconite. More...

Posted 9/5/2013 09:37 PM

Mining taxes support us all

It’s not possible to talk about iron mining without talking about taxes. As sure as ore is coming out of the ground, profits are being made and taxes are being paid on the ore produced. More...

Posted 9/5/2013 09:37 PM

Having a blast at United Taconite

EVELETH – The “blasting guy” at United Taconite (UTAC) in Eveleth gave me a little primer in mine explosives. Mike Indihar, Drilling and Blasting Mine Engineer, has been blasting rock for years. More...

Posted 9/5/2013 09:37 PM

My dad: Frankie Nemanich, Iron Range miner

The mine My father was born in Aurora, MN in the fall of 1910. His parents were Slovenian immigrants and he grew up bilingual More...

Posted 6/13/2013 11:05 PM

Mining in Potosi, Bolivia, ca. 2005: PICKAXES, SHOVELS, SLEDGEHAMMERS, AND $5 A DAY

Editor’s note: This week we share Part 1 of 2 in a series of stories about underground mining in the city of Potosí, Bolivia, which author Tom Mattson of Biwabik has visited several times. More...

Posted 1/24/2013 09:26 PM

Obituaries  Free Access 

Virginia G. Johnson - 2014-08-29
Lyna Helen Lamppa - 2014-08-29
Jon Henry Larson - 2014-08-22
Leroy Brandenburger - 2014-08-22
Robert Louis Johnson - 2014-08-22
Duane E. Enger - 2014-08-22
Sanford Salo - 2014-08-22
Karen E. Glumack - 2014-08-15

Features  Free Access 

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

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

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

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 

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

Ready to get your feet wet as a first-time fishkeeper?

Congratulations, you’re going to be a fish parent! More...

Posted 8/21/2014 09:49 PM

Polly want a cracker? The 10 most amazing “talking” pet birds

Some people want a pet that they can exercise and play with, and some people want a pet that will help keep them warm at night. More...

Posted 8/14/2014 08:27 PM

Range History  Free Access 

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

My Innocent Years IN THE QUEEN CITY

Part 4 of 5

EXPERIENCES TRAFFICKING IN SKIN WHEN I WAS 3, DAD HOISTED ME ONTO HIS SHOULDERS as he and Grandpa Barfknecht headed into the winter woods to, as Grandpa put it, “pick off a few rabbits for dinner.” For the next several winters, I accompanied Grandpa More...

Posted 8/21/2014 09:49 PM

My Innocent Years IN THE QUEEN CITY

Part 3 of 5

EXPERIENCES AS A 9-YEAR OLD in June 1954, I had no idea I was about to experience the remarkable rebirth of both a town and an industry. More...

Posted 8/14/2014 08:27 PM

Healthy for Life  Free Access 

HEALTHY4LIFE

’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

HEALTHY4LIFE

Happy Is as Happy Does - A Robin’s Tale (Part II)

Last week I wrote about a robin who has nested on or around our home for many years now. It seemed to be struggling to get a large worm from our yard. More...

Posted 8/21/2014 09:49 PM

HEALTHY4LIFE

Happy is...as happy does

It is another fine August day as I watch the morning robin playing tug-of-war with a worm tightly nestled deep in the dewy ground. More...

Posted 8/7/2014 07:56 PM

Hometown Recipes  Free Access 

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

It's tomato-time! (And cucumber time. And zucchini-time. And...)

• 1/2 c. stir-fry sauce• 1 med. onion• 3 stalks celery• 1 med. tomato• 1 to 2 c. asparagus• 4 c. mostaccioli pasta• 1 tsp. soy sauce• 1 Tbsp. bacon• 2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese More...

Posted 8/21/2014 09:49 PM

How to recondition your (fabulous) cast iron skillet

Reconditioning a cast iron skillet The cook is: Julie, www.ibelieveicanfry.com Editor’s note: We use our cast iron skillets every day. They are great “finds” at garage sales or thrift shops. More...

Posted 8/14/2014 08:27 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 www.dnr.state.mn.us More...

Posted 2/5/2010 03:21 PM

Business  Free Access 

Joe Leoni of Trenti Law Firm selected to 2014 Minnesota Super Lawyers list

VIRGINIA – Joe Leoni from the Trenti Law Firm has been selected to the 2014 Minnesota Super Lawyers list. More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:20 PM

Northland Volunteer Center honored volunteers and announced 28th Annual Hall of Fame Award winners

VIRGINIA – The 28th Annual Northland Volunteer Center Hall of Fame Awards event was held at the Iron Range Rehab Center in Virginia on August 15. More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:20 PM

Dr. Jeffrey Copeman granted Hospice Medical Director Certified credential

HIBBING – Jeffrey Copeman, MD, HMDC, at Fairview Mesaba Clinics and Fairview Range Home Care and Hospice, was recently granted the Hospice Medical Director Certified™ credential by the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board. Dr. More...

Posted 8/21/2014 09:49 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

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Posted 6/24/2011 10:22 AM

Classic Car Talk  Free Access 

DREAM MACHINES CAR CLUB MEMBERS REMINISCE

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

Exhibitors/Vendors

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Posted 4/15/2010 08:16 PM

Focus On Veterans  Free Access 

Project conserves wildlife habitat, honors military veterans

New, 604-acre Veterans State Wildlife Management Area opens near Clearwater

CLEARWATER, Minn. – More than 600 acres in Minnesota’s Stearns and Wright counties have been permanently conserved in honor of Minnesota’s military veterans. More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:19 PM

The Blue Angels: The United States Navy’s flight demonstration squadron

The Blue Angels is the United States Navy’s flight demonstration squadron. More...

Posted 8/21/2014 09:49 PM

All VFW posts are encouraged to participate

VFW joins Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative Partner Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The VFW is asking all VFW Posts to participate in the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative Partner Program. More...

Posted 8/14/2014 08:27 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

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 

SALLYWORLD: WEEK 202

History buff husband accuses Sally of histrionic behavior

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:19 PM

SALLYWORLD: WEEK 201

Wedding parade venue came off without with a hitch

Greetings and Sallytations, from the “Mrs.”! Well, we did it! We were married on August 9 right during the middle of the Merritt Days Parade in downtown Mt. Iron. More...

Posted 8/21/2014 09:49 PM

SALLYWORLD: WEEK 200

Groom-to-be gives bride-to-be a week off from writing her column

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 8/7/2014 07:56 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 

Virginia G. Johnson

Virginia G. Johnson, 83, of Virginia passed away Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Chisholm. More...

Posted 8/28/2014 10:53 AM

Angelo Frank “Za” Poaletti

Angelo Frank “Za” Poaletti, age 66, of Lake Vermilion and formerly of Mt. More...

Posted 8/28/2014 10:48 AM

Lyna Helen Lamppa

Lyna Helen Lamppa, 90, of Virginia and formerly of Embarrass, died on Sunday, August 24, 2014.  Lyna was born on December 10, 1923 to Emil and Hulda (Perttu)  Niemi of Florenton.  She graduated from the Virginia High School in 1942.&nb More...

Posted 8/28/2014 10:42 AM

Classifieds  Free Access 

WHEELS

AUTOS BUICK 1999 Buick Century Custom: 173K mi., new tires, brakes, rotors, plugs & wires. Runs great. $1,000 OBO. 218-290-0608 More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:20 PM

JOBS

JOB SEEKERS Will Do Small Roofing & Repair Jobs on garages, porches or other small bldgs. 25 years experience. 218-248-5581 or 218-461-5223 More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:20 PM

STUFF

ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES Antique Mantel Clocks from Early 1900’s. $600/4. 218-404-6656 More...

Posted 8/28/2014 08:20 PM



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