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John Bachman honored with donations

Olcott Fountain Restoration Project report

VIRGINIA – As the fountain restoration committee works toward their ultimate goal of achieving $400,000 in private contributions, they are very encouraged by the support received in the first 10 months of fundraising. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

Minnesotans encouraged to stay cool this week, avoid heat-related illness

While storms and floods may get more attention, in a typical year extreme heat kills more people in the U.S. than any other weather phenomenon. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

University of Minnesota honors farm families: Maple syrup, apples, berries and beef

Eighty-one Minnesota families are being honored as 2016 Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota. The farm families will be recognized in ceremonies beginning at 1:15 p.m., Thursday, Aug. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

Q. and A. with Jenni Smith of Smith’s Infusion

Q.: Please tell me a little about your background. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

University of Minnesota to test prototype greenhouse for year-round crop production

GRAND RAPIDS – The University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP), along with the Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR) at the University of Minnesota College of Design will partner with Organic More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

In Ely, the winter (festival) never stops!

ELY – Just because we’re busy mowing and weeding instead of shoveling snow doesn’t mean we aren’t thinking about winter and the upcoming 2017 Ely Winter Festival. We started work on it in April. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

BayView Lodge: Boats, brunch, and Bloody Marys

TOWER – The BayView Lodge bar and restaurant on Lake Vermilion reopened earlier this summer after a two-year hiatus, much to the delight of local and visiting patrons. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:19 PM

My Tattoo

This tattoo belongs to Karl Reichel of Cook to celebrate the birth of his son, Konnor. It runs down the side of his rib cage and has Konnor’s name and birth date spelled out in the blocks. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:19 PM

Pickleball popularity is growing on the Range, free instruction offered

IRON RANGE – In 2008 pickleball was introduced on the Iron Range. Since then many areas have caught the “bug” and the sport continues to grow. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:19 PM

Roller derby girls get their game on

OUR COVER PHOTO: The Dirty Ores roller derby team. Front row, l. to r.: Winter is Coming/Emily Quick, Daisy Doom/Hannah Barnes, Rowdy RiRi/Sheariah Prout, Bombshell/Nikole Baudek, Angel von Maidenhell/ Angela Aaseng, Roni Ramjet/Veronica Johnson. More...

Posted 7/14/2016 09:45 PM

Ely Area Food Shelf donations matched in July

ELY – Ely is known for being many things, such as the “Gateway to the Boundary Waters,” and home of the International Wolf Center and North American Bear Center, to name just a few. More...

Posted 7/14/2016 09:45 PM

Summer Theatre Kids Camp: A Thousand Cranes & The Jungle Book

GRAND RAPIDS – The Grand Rapids Players announces their 10th annual Summer Theatre Kids Camp performances, Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23, on the main stage at the newly renovated Reif Center in the Wilcox Theatre in Grand Rapids. More...

Posted 7/14/2016 09:45 PM

Passing on a musical tradition

We all love music. For me it has been more than turning on the radio on the drive to work or sharing favorite songs with friends at gatherings and weddings. For me music is a tradition, a lifestyle, a way to convey feelings. It has been my legacy. More...

Posted 7/14/2016 09:45 PM

Cliffs unveils plans for DRI at Essar site; Goncalves vows to fight Essar in court

NASHWAUK – Cliffs Natural Resources President, Chairman and CEO Lourenco Goncalves on Tuesday announced his company’s intention to build the first direct reduced iron (DRI) facility on the Mesabi Range. More...

Posted 7/14/2016 09:46 PM

Parties scramble to decide who gets ore at former Butler mine site

NASHWAUK – Just days after Essar Steel Minnesota LLC (ESML) lost its right to mine the former Butler iron ore deposit, state officials and mining executives are scrambling to decide who will be allowed to extract those minerals and possibly dev More...

Posted 7/14/2016 09:46 PM

Release show Friday night in Hibbing

Average Mammals release Petrichor album on July 15

HIBBING – Average Mammals – Grant Hagen, Josh Lubovich and Ryan Mulner – a 3-piece rock band will be playing their hometown on Friday evening, July 15. They are also releasing a new EP on that date titled Petrichor. More...

Posted 7/14/2016 09:46 PM

My engineering life

Cold War missiles, NASA’s lunar landers, floating cabins, cryogenic scalpels and film stardom

EDITOR’S NOTE: Stan Hendrickson has had a very interesting career as an engineer working on Cold War U.S. missile sites, on lunar spacecraft at Cape Canaveral, and other interesting ventures. More...

Posted 7/7/2016 10:09 PM

Nolan reports productive conversation on Superior National Forest issues

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Posted 7/7/2016 10:09 PM

Manmade and Mother Nature’s fireworks

Fireworks over Silver Lake Fireworks from downtown Virginia Nature’s fireworks over Silver Lake More...

Posted 7/7/2016 10:10 PM

A post-Father’s Day tribute

Growing up with a special Dad

Today was Father’s Day, 2016, and we had the usual houseful of guests, as my husband and I host most holidays and our traditional Sunday dinners. Today was extra special because my dad attended. More...

Posted 7/7/2016 10:10 PM

Lake Country Power’s western service area hit by fast moving storm

Tuesday evening’s fast moving thunderstorm packed a powerful punch of damages to the western parts of Lake Country Power’s service area. More...

Posted 7/7/2016 10:10 PM

Rain or shine, Cook Area Farmers Market is open each Saturday

COOK – Rain or Shine. That is the motto of the Cook Area Farmers Market. More...

Posted 7/7/2016 10:10 PM

St. Louis County names interim public health director

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – The St. Louis County Board has given preliminary approval to appointing Linnea Mirsch as interim director of the Public Health and Human Services Department. More...

Posted 7/7/2016 10:10 PM

Operation Round Up® gives more than $46,000 to community programs

GRAND RAPIDS – Through the assistance of Lake Country Power's participating members, the Operation Round Up® Trust Board recently approved $46,250 in contributions to local community programs during its quarterly meeting. More...

Posted 7/7/2016 10:10 PM

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Health Features

Fairview to offer tobacco cessation classes

HIBBING – Fairview Range will be offering the American Cancer Society’s Freshstart tobacco cessation support classes starting September 12, 2016 for anyone who wishes to quit using tobacco. More...

Posted 7/28/2016 10:39 PM

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) The goal of NIAM is to increase awareness about immunizations across the lifespan, from infants to the elderly. More...

Posted 7/28/2016 10:39 PM

Statewide hotline takes reports of vulnerable adult abuse

Starting this summer, Minnesotans will be reminded that they could make the difference in stopping maltreatment of vulnerable adults. More...

Posted 7/28/2016 10:39 PM


Governor Dayton approves $2.6M for UMD's Natural Resources Research Institute

The Supplemental Budget approved by Governor Mark Dayton Wednesday included $2.6 million for the Natural Resources Research Institute at the University of Minnesota Duluth. More...

Posted 6/2/2016 10:21 PM

Open house to be held on June 15 for Hwy. 38 project north of Grand Rapids

MARCELL – Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend an open house on Wednesday, June 15, to learn more about the 2017 resurfacing project on Highway 38 between Itasca County Road 19 near Pughole Lake to Marcell. More...

Posted 6/2/2016 10:21 PM

Youth Energy Summit (YES!) awards energy action projects

BRITT – Four teams participating in the Youth Energy Summit (YES!) presented their work on energy action projects to a panel of judges on May 11. More...

Posted 5/28/2015 09:37 PM

Bridal Features

The ‘something old, something new’ tradition

Wedding day tokens of good luck come in many forms, but “the something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue (a sixpence in your shoe)” adage remains one of the most popular luck-enhancing wedding traditions. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:30 PM

Customize your ceremony for a unique touch

Steeped in tradition, weddings have featured many of the same components for centuries. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:30 PM

The basics of shopping for wedding rings

Engagement ring purchases are usually a solo endeavor, with the groom having an idea of the ring style and color his bride-to-be prefers. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:30 PM


When traveling with pets, make safety a priority

Do you know the best place for your dog or cat in your car? The safest way for your dog to travel in the car is in a crate that has been anchored to the vehicle using a seatbelt or other secure means. More...

Posted 9/22/2016 08:19 PM

Pets can cause distracted driving

Do you ride with your pets in your car on a regular basis? Do they crawl in your lap or distract you while you are driving? More...

Posted 9/22/2016 08:19 PM

Protect Our Paws Burger Bash Fundraiser in Chisholm

CHISHOLM – Precious Paws Humane Society of Chisholm will be holding a Protect Our Paws Burger Bash Fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic church, 113 S.W. 4th St. in Chisholm. More...

Posted 9/15/2016 10:40 PM

Range History

The origin of the red state/blue state dichotomy

So ubiquitous in today’s political discourse, many assume that the red state/blue state distinction has been around as long as we have had Republicans and Democrats. More...

Posted 9/22/2016 08:20 PM

This Week in Range History

How a donkey and an elephant came to represent Democrats and Republicans

The donkey is stereotypically bumbling, slow, and stubborn; the elephant– big and clumsy. Being compared to one of these animals is not exactly flattering in this sense. More...

Posted 9/22/2016 08:20 PM

CASH plays Eveleth, 1958

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Posted 9/15/2016 10:41 PM

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

Capturing autumn’s offerings

Hi everybody! It’s that whimsical time of year to take in our new autumn season. May everyone enjoy and embrace the beginning of another change. More...

Posted 9/22/2016 08:20 PM

Healthy for Life

To curve or not: It’s in your hands

Hello everyone! After reading about the cursive debate regarding children being taught cursive writing in school, or not, in last week’s Hometown Focus, I wanted to share my experience in learning cursive writing and typing. More...

Posted 9/15/2016 10:40 PM

Healthy for Life

A lovely September to remember

Hello everyone! More...

Posted 9/8/2016 10:56 PM

Hometown Recipes

Benny (again) Crocker

My favorite recipe contributor has done it again and provided us with some more of his tasty recipes. We saw him quite a bit this summer and were treated to his over-the-top spring rolls and homemade sushi one night. More...

Posted 9/22/2016 08:20 PM

Backwoods Home dishes it up

The recent ORR Center Sustainability Expo held on August 20 and 21, at what was previously the Orr High School, brought in hundreds of visitors and was deemed a success by the ORR Center organizers. More...

Posted 9/15/2016 10:40 PM

Stress Free

You may have noticed since I started working on the recipe section that, other than some cookie recipes, I have not been heavy on the baking recipes. The truth is, I hate to bake. More...

Posted 9/8/2016 10:56 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...

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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


Competitive rates approved for Minnesota Power industrial customers

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) last week approved lower electric rates for 11 critical industrial companies in northeastern Minnesota uniquely exposed to global competition. More...

Posted 9/22/2016 08:20 PM

Minnesota awarded $2.5 million to improve opportunities for people with disabilities

Minnesota was one of six states selected for federal grants totaling $14.9 million to improve employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities. More...

Posted 9/22/2016 08:20 PM

Joe Leoni reappointed to Supreme Court Committee Task Force

VIRGINIA – Joe Leoni of Trenti Law Firm has been reappointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure for a term the ends on June 30, 2019. More...

Posted 9/22/2016 08:20 PM

Fresh Stuff

Minerals are vital to modern veterinary medicine

You may be aware of how critical minerals are to modern medical technologies that keep you and your family healthy. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

Auto Focus Tips

1962 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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

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

Posted 11/23/2011 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


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



Fall cleaning techniques, missing socks syndrome

Greetings and Sallytations! More...

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A fall down stairs onto concrete = one banged up body

Greetings and Sallytations! More...

Posted 9/15/2016 10:40 PM


Convenient colon crisis, banana pudding and Chili Cook-Off

Greetings and Sallytations! More...

Posted 9/8/2016 10:56 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


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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

Minnesota establishes new Office of Enterprise Sustainability

Demonstrating the State of Minnesota’s continued commitment to tackling climate change, Lt. Governor Tina Smith announced Wednesday the creation of the new Office of Enterprise Sustainability. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

The Long Line

The Blueberry Picking Club

There is a joke that goes like this: In Alaska they say you know you are in grizzly territory because you can find their scat with bits of bells and whistles in it! More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

Rom and Val Amistadi, 60 years

A surprise wedding anniversary celebration

CHISHOLM – Some might think it’s hard to be married for six decades. In the case of Rom and Val Amistadi of Chisholm, the hard part was throwing a surprise celebration in honor of their 60th wedding anniversary. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

Water wells affected by floods should be tested

After heavy rains and flooding impacted communities in parts of the state, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is urging Minnesotans to test their private drinking water wells if the wells may have been impacted by flood waters. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

What is Smith’s Infusion?

VIRGINIA - What is Smith’s Infusion? I’ve heard that question a few times within our first month of being open. We are a boutique that sells only handmade art and craft made by Minnesota artists, as well as vintage finds and furniture. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

$10,000 Grand Prize at stake for MN State Fair Amateur Talent Contest

The Minnesota State Fair’s Amateur Talent Contest showcases Minnesota’s top talent and most outstanding performers. The deadline to register for auditions is 4 p.m. Monday, July 25. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

Snowmobile H2O racing in Ely: A wild and wet weekend

ELY/WINTON – The International Watercross Association is coming to Ely on August 13 – 14. The IWA is a non-profit racing organization founded by, and owned by its membership. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

We Support Mining rally held in Ely; Twin Metals leases discussed

ELY – The U.S. Forest Service hosted a public listening session in Ely on Tuesday, July 19, and a We Support Mining rally was held in conjunction with that listening session. A pre-event gathering took place at Whiteside Park. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM

Meet Diane Netzloff: Beading on the Iron Range

CHERRY – Diane Netzloff is one of those people you look forward to meeting at craft fairs. With her friendly smile and easy style, she happily shares her knowledge. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:19 PM

Matt LaMourea claimed 3rd place on Pro motocross track in Michigan

EVELETH – Matt LaMourea, age 12 of Eveleth, raced the Redbud National motocross event in Buchanan, Michigan on Sunday, July 3, 2016, the amateur day on the track. He raced the 85cc Junior and 85cc Open classes. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:19 PM

Virginia Fire Department

Run Report: July 11 – July 17

VIRGINIA – During the week of July 11 – 17, the Virginia Fire Department responded to a total of 65 incidents: seven fire calls, 20 transfers, and 38 EMS 9-1-1 calls. More...

Posted 7/21/2016 10:19 PM

Farmers’ market to open in Babbitt

BABBITT - This past spring the leadership at Woodland Presbyterian Church was reflecting on possible avenues to help build community in Babbitt. One of the ideas that struck a chord was coordinating a local farmers’ market. More...

Posted 7/14/2016 09:45 PM

Local and L.A. talent

Local film company in post-production on documentary

When I moved out to Los Angeles from Virginia, Minnesota in 1977 after receiving degrees from the University of Minnesota in Journalism/Theater/Film, my life has gone as much full circle as one could imagine. More...

Posted 7/14/2016 09:45 PM

Madame Butterfly dress rehearsal

Opera season in the northland kicks off this weekend with the Northern Lights Music Festival’s production of Madama Butterfly, with performances in Aurora at the Mesabi East Auditorium, Friday, July 15; at Chisholm High School Auditorium, Sunda More...

Posted 7/14/2016 09:45 PM

Pyrography on the Iron Range by artist Karen Spotts

CHISHOLM – Those of us who go to summer craft fairs on the Iron Range have undoubtedly seen beautiful pieces of wood burned art – most of it generated by Karen Spotts. More...

Posted 7/14/2016 09:46 PM

Nonferrous mineral leases public meeting in Ely

ELY – The U.S. Forest Service will host a public listening session from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on July 19 at the Ely Memorial High School in Ely. A session was also held in Duluth on July 13. More...

Posted 7/14/2016 09:46 PM

My Tattoo

This tattoo belongs to Jordan Goedderz from Babbitt, a wildlife enthusiast who has this tattoo of a snapping turtle, inked by tattoo artist Matt Jedlinski. Matt is a tattoo artist at Angel Rose Tattoo and Piercing in Hibbing. More...

Posted 7/14/2016 09:46 PM

Virginia Fire Department

Run Report: July 4 – July 10

VIRGINIA – During the week of July 4 – 10, the Virginia Fire Department responded to a total of 77 calls: seven fire calls, 25 transfers, and 45 9-1-1 EMS calls. More...

Posted 7/14/2016 09:46 PM

July 23: Tori, music, picnic and more

Finnish Music Dance Festival to be held at Mesaba Co-op Park

HIBBING – Imagine a dance hall here on the Iron Range where – way back when – they sold 1,028 tickets to a Saturday night dance and the place was so crowded the dancers had to take turns dancing in shifts. More...

Posted 7/7/2016 10:09 PM

Clancy shares some Graham family history

VIRGINIA – In the early 1900s my grandfather, Clarence. A. Graham, Sr., met Pauline Ulick in Virginia, MN. She was a waitress. They were married and started the Graham Funeral Home. At that time the business was on Chestnut Street. More...

Posted 7/7/2016 10:10 PM

Messiah Lutheran hosting fire recovery benefit

MT. IRON – A fire recovery benefit event for Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Duluth will be held on Wednesday, July 13, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Mt. Iron. More...

Posted 7/7/2016 10:10 PM

Minnesota Power crews working to restore power after severe summer storms

Minnesota Power line crews are restoring power as quickly and safely as possible after severe storms blew through the region Tuesday night. More...

Posted 7/7/2016 10:10 PM

Minnesota DNR offers advice for dealing with storm damaged trees

Cleanup following a storm can be an overwhelming task for homeowners. Knowing which trees to save and which to remove can impact safety and the survival of remaining trees, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. More...

Posted 7/7/2016 10:10 PM

Essentia Health seeks people at risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis

Researchers with Essentia’s Institute of Rural Health (EIRH) have begun a three year clinical trial to prevent the onset of rheumatoid arthritis. More...

Posted 7/7/2016 10:10 PM

2016’s Eveleth Clown Band

Every year the Eveleth Clown Band has its portrait taken. We're happy to see the band is thriving with an active membership! Photo by Paul Pluskwik. More...

Posted 7/7/2016 10:10 PM

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Mining Features

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

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

Posted 8/25/2016 10:21 PM

PolyMet project update at shareholders’ meeting

PolyMet Mining Corp. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:21 PM

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

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

Posted 8/25/2016 10:21 PM

Real Estate

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Posted 12/15/2015 09:20 AM

Ad hoc committee sought to facilitate Olcott Park fountain restoration

As a young child growing up in Virginia, one of my fondest memories was when my parents would take my siblings and me to Olcott Park in Virginia. To me, it was a huge parcel of land that contained many wonders. More...

Posted 3/5/2015 10:35 PM

JPJ Engineering has new office location

HIBBING – JPJ Engineering, Inc. has moved its Hibbing office to a new location at 425 Grant Street. More...

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

Posted 8/21/2015 08:10 AM

What IS This?

Mystery Item Contest

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

Posted 7/14/2015 08:25 AM

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

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Posted 1/26/2015 01:08 PM

Home & Garden Tips


Decorator Secret: Choosing the perfect area rug. FIBERS… How To: Rugs are made of several different fibers that determine their appearance and performance. Natural fiber such as wool, cotton and silk are soft and come in low luster colors. More...

Posted 9/22/2016 08:21 PM

Emerald ash borer alert

Virginia, MNThe Minnesota Department of Agriculture has issued an emergency quarantine to include all of southeast St. Louis County. Infestation has been confirmed on private property. More...

Posted 9/22/2016 08:21 PM


Decorator challenge: Patterns – Large scale How to: From large scale florals fabrics to subtle speckled work surfaces, patterns bring movement to a room scheme and even the smallest or slightest pattern makes a contribution to the overall look More...

Posted 9/15/2016 10:41 PM


Understanding and dealing with loss

Understanding and dealing with loss can be difficult for anyone. As humans we naturally form bonds with other people, and even places and things. Losing someone or something can have a dynamic impact in our lives. More...

Posted 9/22/2016 08:20 PM

HPV vaccine: mandatory or not?; chronic sinusitis

Q: My daughter’s school advocates her getting an HPV vaccine. She is only 12 and infection with HPV isn’t really an issue for her, is it? -- Miriam P., Portland, Oregon More...

Posted 9/22/2016 08:20 PM

Contending with Alzheimer’s disease; college debt and mental-health problems

Q: I just read that they’ve reversed Alzheimer’s disease symptoms with some kind of standard pain reliever. Can it cure my mom? -- Sandy D., Lebanon, New Hampshire More...

Posted 9/15/2016 10:40 PM

Massage for Your Health

Massage therapy and Parkinson’s disease

I have a client whose spouse has Parkinson’s and they passed along some information to me about the benefits of massage for those with Parkinson’s. More...

Posted 9/15/2016 10:40 PM

Massage at the Embarrass Fair

It’s fair time and you know what that means; a fun time in many different ways. We’ve had the St Louis Co. Fair come and go, the Minnesota State Fair is in full swing as I write this and will finish up Monday of Labor Day weekend. More...

Posted 9/1/2016 10:23 PM

What statistics reveal about massage

I strongly believe in the power of healing touch from receiving a massage. And I don’t hesitate to encourage people to get one, especially when they are hurting. The statistical numbers are now backing what I have seen for myself. More...

Posted 8/18/2016 10:47 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

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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Posted 4/15/2010 08:16 PM

Focus On Veterans

VFW remembers America’s heroes who didn’t return

POW/MIA fullest possible accounting mission reaffirmed

National POW/MIA Recognition Day was observed on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. This annual event honors our missing service members and their families, and highlights the government’s commitment to account for them. More...

Posted 9/22/2016 08:20 PM

Proposed memorial would be exempt from 30-year-old law

VFW pledges its full support to Global War on Terror Memorial Act

The National Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., Brian Duffy, has pledged the full support of the VFW and its auxiliary organization’s nearly 1.7 million members to the Global War on Terror Memorial Act. More...

Posted 9/22/2016 08:20 PM

It is Suicide Prevention Month: #BeThere

September is Suicide Prevention Month and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is asking for the entire nation’s help in reducing veteran suicide. More...

Posted 9/15/2016 10:40 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

Dipping into the (ink)well of love

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

Posted 2/11/2016 09:57 PM

Out of the Blue

Everyone has had that moment in life. Think about it. That moment where it seems like everything has finally worked itself out. All the blood. All the sweat. All the tears. All the sleepless nights. All the work. All the patience. More...

Posted 1/14/2016 09:50 PM

Out of the Blue

The year was 2007, and I found my life crumbling around me. What started as a few itty-bitty snowflakes was now the verge of an avalanche which threatened to bury me, my hopes and my dreams. I was aghast. Not long ago, I had the world by a string. More...

Posted 2/26/2015 08:38 PM

Outdoors by Jerry McCormick

Outdoor sounds: Chirps, trills, hisses and whisperings

Summer nearly is over. Have you been listening? One clue about the passage of the season is that most birds have gone silent. During late summer, with the lack of birds singing, it sometimes seems deathly silent in the fields and woods. More...

Posted 9/1/2016 10:24 PM

The bee deception

At first glance it looked like the biggest, baddest hornet in the northwoods! It looked absolutely fearsome! But, upon further inspection, it looked somewhat odd. The giveaway was the antennae. It had odd club-shaped antennae. More...

Posted 8/4/2016 09:53 PM

The drama of dragonflies

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

Posted 7/21/2016 10:18 PM


“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


LEO (July 23 to August 22) The pace of activity that had slowed last week now begins to pick up. This is good news for Leos and Leonas who have career-building plans that need to be put into operation. More...

Posted 9/22/2016 08:21 PM


LEO (July 23 to August 22) With things slowing down a bit this week, it would be a good time for luxury-loving Leonines to go somewhere for some well-earned pampering. Things liven up around Friday. More...

Posted 9/15/2016 10:41 PM

The Long Line

Into the Brush: Combining art and adventure in the wilderness

ELY - Just five miles from Canada, and 15 miles northeast of Ely on the Fernberg Trail, stands Red Rock Wilderness Store and Northwind Lodge, formerly known as Jasper Lake Resort. More...

Posted 9/15/2016 10:39 PM



ATV 3 ATV Tires: ½” Tread Left, Size 25x8-12, $20 ea. 218-744-4617 BOATS & WATERCRAFTS More...

Posted 9/22/2016 08:21 PM


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

Posted 9/22/2016 08:21 PM


Biwabik Open Air Market: Saturday, August 6 thru Saturday, Sept. 17. 9 – 1. West entrance of town. Info. Call: 218-865-6033 or 218-865- 4711 More...

Posted 9/22/2016 08:21 PM

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