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How to choose a northern Minnesota resort as your wedding site

There are hundreds of resorts in the Arrowhead Region and many of them are excited to host your wedding. In making your wedding plans, the first step may be to decide where you would like to have your wedding. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:29 PM

Things to keep in mind when considering a destination wedding

According to a study from XO Group Inc., creator of wedding websites and, 350,000 destination weddings take place annually. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:29 PM

Brides-to-be may consider hand-me-down gowns

Brides-to-be devote plenty of time to thinking about their wedding gowns, and some women spend months scouring stores for their ideal designs. But what if the perfect gown is already tucked away in a family member’s closet? More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:29 PM

Bridal showers:

Did you know?

The modern bridal shower may trace its origins the 1890s. “The Old Farmer’s Almanac” says the first bridal shower hostess filled a paper parasol with small presents and turned it over the head of the bride-to-be. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:29 PM

Pets and weddings: Did you know?

Pets play important roles in their owners’ lives and are increasingly included in more activities, such as vacations, dining out and even weddings. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:29 PM

Symbolism: Did you know?

Symbolic gestures are commonplace during wedding ceremonies. The exchange of rings, stomping on a glass and lighting of candles are each among the various traditions associated with different faiths. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:29 PM

Modern trends in wedding videography

A couple’s wedding day is often a whirlwind for the bride- and groom-to-be. Happy couples hope to remember every little detail, but that can be difficult when so much is going on. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:29 PM

Good luck charms for wedding bliss

Couples’ wedding days are special moments, ones they hope pave the way to a life filled with happiness and good fortune. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:30 PM

Responsibilities of bridal party members

Being asked to join a bridal party is both an honor and a responsibility. 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

A mom's reminder of life's frailty

Every day I reflect on my role as a mother. Mother’s Day forces me to write it down. This is how I’m feeling about it all these days. More...

Posted 5/7/2015 08:35 PM

The right engagement ring: One step closer to yes

There are a few big purchases in life that you really don’t want to mess up—a first house, a health care plan, a new car, and especially, the engagement ring for your loved one. More...

Posted 5/7/2015 08:35 PM

Tips for stress-free air travel

(NewsUSA) – Man-made and natural disruptions to air travel are all-too-often the norm. Not only can weather delay take-offs and landings, but new airline rules can also keep planes grounded. More...

Posted 5/7/2015 08:35 PM

Destination wedding might be an affordable choice

Tying the knot isn’t what it used to be. More...

Posted 5/7/2015 08:36 PM

Fiancé and finances

Five questions to ask before marriage

(Family Features) - Marriage is a milestone in life; yet, many enter into the next phase without asking their spouse some vital questions about money. If you are among the soon-to-be wed, consider starting a conversation using the questions below. More...

Posted 5/7/2015 08:36 PM

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VFD fire and rescue training

VIRGINIA – The Virginia Fire Department members hosted numerous training events in 2015. Our mutual aid departments were invited and trained with our members. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:30 PM

Virginia Fire Department

Run Report: April 25 – May 1

VIRGINIA – During the week of April 25 – May 1, the Virginia Fire Department responded to a total of 75 calls – six fire calls and 69 EMS calls. The EMS calls are split between 9-1- 1 calls (45) and transfers (24). More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:30 PM

The Ed Ride 2016:

The memorial gets bigger and better

CHISHOLM – Approximately 340 ATVs paraded across the Longyear Lake bridge in Chisholm at noon on Saturday, April 30, under blue skies and mild temperatures. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:30 PM

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#ilooklikeanengineer event introduces high school girls to engineering

VIRGINIA – Iron Range Engineering (IRE) hosted an activity-packed, 2-day event for high school girls from northern Minnesota on Feb 19 – 20 to learn about engineering. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 11:38 PM

South Africa, Papua New Guinea, Vancouver, Hoyt Lakes

Growing up around the world

I’ve often been asked how I ended up here in northern Minnesota. More...

Posted 2/25/2016 11:38 PM

Reflections of a metallurgical engineer

The beginnings More...

Posted 2/25/2016 11:38 PM

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Our local “shifting” market


Posted 12/15/2015 09:20 AM

Ad hoc committee sought to facilitate Olcott Park fountain restoration

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

Posted 3/5/2015 10:35 PM

JPJ Engineering has new office location

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

Posted 12/24/2014 09:31 PM

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

Posted 5/5/2016 11:30 PM

Good Soil

It is important to understand the structure of your garden soil and what can be done to improve it. Once you understand how it holds fertilizer and water, you can work to change it. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:30 PM


Decorator Secret: What’s your style? Let’s explore traditional … How To: Traditional style is warm, cozy and expected. More...

Posted 4/28/2016 10:54 PM

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What is a mental disorder?

In my years of experience working with things called “disorders”- specifically mental health disorders - I’ve noticed a variety of definitions for mental health disorders. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:30 PM

Restoring a diverse gut biome; exercise can counteract the health risks from a sedentary job

Q: My wife says that when I was growing up, Cheez Whiz must have been considered a vegetable in my house. That’s true, but I’ve worked hard to change my diet. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:30 PM

Viking purchases Coca-Cola of Virginia

ST. CLOUD – Viking Coca- Cola today announced it purchased the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Virginia, Minnesota to expand their distribution territory in Minnesota. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:29 PM

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Stress: Everyone has it

To quote my husband, regarding stress: “Oh yes, everyone has it and everyone deals with it in their own way.” Isn’t that the truth? More...

Posted 4/28/2016 10:53 PM

Should I use heat or ice?

Heat or ice - the great dilemma. Which should you use when you have an injury, strain, sprain or bruise? It all depends on when the injury happened. Just now, or three days ago? More...

Posted 4/14/2016 09:32 PM

Massage is a great complement

Massage really works well with stretching, rehabilitation or as part of a fitness maintenance program; like a hand in a glove. I have recently been reminded of this fact with several of my clients. More...

Posted 3/31/2016 10:36 PM

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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

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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

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Eveleth Knights of Columbus support UWNEMN

John Stanaway (left) from the Eveleth Knights of Columbus is shown presenting Elizabeth Kelly, United Way of Northeastern Minnesota Buddy Backpack coordinator, with a check for $300 to support the Bu More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:30 PM

Range Engineering Council recognized by Hibbing Foundation

The Range Engineering Council recently received an award from the Hibbing Foundation recognizing the work the council does in promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in t More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:30 PM

Minnesota is poised to be among the top 10 solar states in 2016

One of the high points on the state’s environmental landscape this year is the dramatic growth expected in solar energy, with Minnesota poised to climb into the top 10 states for annual solar installations from its 25th rank in 2015. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:30 PM

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Container gardener demonstration

April 12 in Eveleth

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

Posted 3/29/2011 03:53 PM

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Container Gardening Demonstration

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

Posted 3/29/2011 03:45 PM

Container Gardening Demonstration

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

Posted 3/29/2011 03:41 PM

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1962 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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

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

Posted 11/23/2011 02:49 PM

1967 Chevrolet El Camino

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

Posted 10/13/2011 06:55 PM

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Defining Friendly Customer Service -

what it is and what it isn’t

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

Posted 2/17/2011 11:02 PM

How to sell money at a discount

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

Posted 2/10/2011 08:19 PM


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

Posted 2/3/2011 10:42 PM

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5th Annual Let’s Take a Kid Fishing on Lake Vermilion event slated for July 16

COOK—Keep the momentum going. Those four words are a good way to summarize the volunteers who work tirelessly in doing their part to introduce youth to the sport of fishing. More...

Posted 6/19/2014 09:18 PM


For a number of years it’s been my tradition, the night before Minnesota’s fishing opener, to get a Dave’s pizza and a cold can of pop, drive to the mall parking lot where I can watch the steady parade of cars and trucks heading nor More...

Posted 5/31/2012 09:29 PM

Lake Vermilion Resort Association Fish Report

All fish were released. The Lake Vermilion Resort Association supports the Catch and Release Program. Week of August 21-27, 2011 More...

Posted 9/1/2011 05:47 PM

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Insurance matters

The health insurance maze

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

Posted 9/27/2012 07:49 PM

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Bring It On Home To Me

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

Posted 8/8/2013 07:11 PM

2013: What would Woody Guthrie do?

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

Posted 1/3/2013 09:23 PM

Father knows best

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

Posted 12/27/2012 09:18 PM

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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

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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

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Bugs get spring fever, too

Spring fever is hard to resist on mild late winter days! We are not the only ones getting spring fever it seems; some animals are afflicted as well, even bugs! More...

Posted 3/11/2016 12:48 AM

Scary! Flesh-eating plants of the Northwoods

To most of us, carnivorous plants are just curiosities of nature. To many bugs, however, carnivorous plants represent unimaginable horrors! Scary stuff! To the bugs the scenarios they present are as horrifying as any Halloween legend. More...

Posted 10/22/2015 09:51 PM

March of the ladybugs

Fall is a season with distinctive traditions. During the fall we think of football, hunting, and Halloween. Add a new one to this list: the march of the ladybugs. Even if we have not seen a ladybug all summer, suddenly they are everywhere! More...

Posted 10/15/2015 10:47 PM

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“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

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LEO (July 23 to August 22) Do something different for once -- compromise. A stubborn stand on an important issue proves counterproductive. You need to be open to new ideas. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:30 PM

Charitable athletic events—how to stay on course

Charitable athletic events—like walkathons, races, and mud runs—may allow donors to both help a good cause and have the gratification of competing at an athletic event. But not all events are the same. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:29 PM

Mesabi is Magic

Community building is top of mind on the Range

There’s been a lot of activity in the area of community-building recently: Recharge the Range events, “Cool and Creative,” even the series by Minnesota Public Radio and their forum on ideas for bringing new life to our towns. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:29 PM

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20 Gal. Glass Aquarium: Ex. cond., includes black metal stand, LED lighted hood, pumps & replacement filters, instructions, nets & fool, $100 Firm. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:30 PM


ATVS 60” Moose ATV Plow for Yamaha Big Bear. $350 OBO. 218-780-2985 2004 Polaris Ranger 500: 4x4, one owner, full cab & more, 520 Hrs., $5,700. 218-780-3937*** More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:30 PM


AUTOS DODGE 2004 Dodge Stratus: 140K mi., good cond., PL/PW, $2,500. 218-780-1381 More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:30 PM

Proposals, weddings and honeymoon tales shared by friends

I asked my Facebook friends last week what their proposals, weddings and honeymoons were like. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:29 PM

Harris and Judy Youngquist’s 1945 wedding story

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from the book Life’s Journey, an autobiography co-authored by Harris and Judy Youngquist of Cook, MN, and printed in 2014. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:29 PM

Preparation and planning are key to a successful outdoor wedding

Outdoor weddings are romantic when done right, and a growing number of couples are exchanging vows amid an expansive garden or with the splendor of the pounding surf providing a picturesque backdrop. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:29 PM

Tips for a do-it-yourself wedding

Those thinking about tying the knot in the months to come may be discouraged by how expensive weddings can be. But with a little ingenuity and a hands-on approach, couples can have a wedding that is inexpensive and memorable at the same time. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:29 PM

Make-your-own wedding invitations

Cost-conscious couples today seek different ways they can reduce expenses on their weddings. Do-it-yourself weddings have grown in popularity, and creating personalized wedding invitations is one way to save money and dream up something special. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:29 PM

Honeymoons: Did you know?

There are various theories as to the origin of the word “honeymoon.” One such theory suggests the word traces its origins to the Old English phrase “hony moone,” which suggests the honeymoon was initially steeped in cynicism. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:29 PM

Ceremonies: Did you know?

Though many couples still tie the knot in traditional religious ceremonies officiated by a minister, priest, rabbi or other religious leader, more couples are embracing less traditional ceremonies that can be officiated by secular officiants. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:29 PM

Month of June: Did you know?

Historically, June has been the most popular month for getting married. But some numbers now indicate that July and even October have begun to edge out June as the most popular months to tie the knot. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:29 PM

Creating a wedding registry now easier than ever

While many once popular wedding traditions might have fallen by the wayside, many others have withstood the test of time. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:29 PM

Marriage equality in today’s day and age

The face of marriage and weddings has changed over the years. The enactment of marriage equality laws has opened doors for same-sex couples who had been at the center of a long, controversial and decidedly dividing battle for many years. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:29 PM

Tips for taming wedding day nerves

When couples tie the knot, many changes are in store, many compromises will be made and many lasting memories will be created. 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 ‘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

Three secrets to creating the shabby chic wedding of your dreams

(BPT) - Wedding trends come and go, driven by many cultural influences, but few are as enduring and romantic as shabby chic/shabby glam. More...

Posted 5/7/2015 08:35 PM

Tips to plan a socially conscious wedding

The selfish bridezilla might soon face extinction – many blushing brides now plan weddings that benefit others. More...

Posted 5/7/2015 08:35 PM

My beautiful (newlywed) daughter

To my daughter, I love you so. You are so special, I hope you know. Love shines through you for all to see. I’m in awe that you’re part of me. More...

Posted 5/7/2015 08:36 PM

Tips for planning your wedding photos

(NewsUSA) – With everything that goes into your wedding day, those once-in-a-lifetime moments will go by in a blur, which is why hiring a professional wedding photographer is a must. More...

Posted 5/7/2015 08:36 PM

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

Posted 8/21/2015 08:10 AM

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

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City of Gilbert commends lifesaving efforts

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

Posted 4/28/2016 10:54 PM

Memorial Blood Centers blood drives in May

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

Posted 4/28/2016 10:53 PM

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

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

Posted 4/28/2016 10:53 PM

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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

Take a kid fishing and fish free June 5-7

STATEWIDE – Minnesotans age 16 or older don’t need a fishing license to take a child age 15 or younger fishing on Friday, June 5, to Sunday, June 7, during Take a Kid Fishing Weekend. More...

Posted 5/28/2015 09:37 PM

Minnesota state parks and trails launch new statewide geocaching challenge

STATEWIDE – Everyone is invited to celebrate Earth Day by answering “the call of the wildflowers” by participating in a new statewide geocaching adventure that began on April 22. More...

Posted 4/23/2015 10:16 PM

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Pointers for apartment dwellers who want pets

Animal lovers who want to welcome pets in their homes may be hesitant to do so while renting. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:29 PM

The truth about cats and dogs

Pets are good for mental health of everyday people

Pets can serve as important sources of social and emotional support for “everyday people,” not just individuals facing significant health challenges, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. More...

Posted 4/28/2016 10:53 PM

How dogs benefit from daily walks

Dog owners with fenced-in backyards may think their furry friends are getting all they need during their nightly exercise sessions in the backyard. More...

Posted 4/28/2016 10:53 PM

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A Bit of a Legend in these Parts

- The Life of Betty Berger Lessard

Dear Readers, More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:29 PM

A Bit of a Legend in these Parts

- The Life of Betty Berger Lessard

Dear Readers, More...

Posted 4/28/2016 10:53 PM

A Bit of a Legend in these Parts

- The Life of Betty Berger Lessard

Dear Readers, Today we share the first excerpt in a four-part series that was graciously submitted by author Neil McQuarrie, from his book, A Bit of a Legend in these Parts, about the fascinating life of Betty Berger Lessard. More...

Posted 4/21/2016 09:28 PM

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Healthy for Life

Happy May and Mother’s Day!

It’s May, can you believe it? What a fabulously packed month full of pleasant surprises and celebrations. The sun is shining and it’s time to shed some light and renew the spirit to prepare us for another new season. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:29 PM

Healthy for Life

Nature’s calling

Hello, you’re back! It is wonderful to see you once again. Your wide open lakes are waving with mirrored reflections. Loons are swooning, ducks are quacking and the geese are gaggling. More...

Posted 4/28/2016 10:53 PM

Healthy for Life

To friends, family, neighbors and Hometown Focus!

Welcome to the Healthy for Life column #386 and Hometown Focus’s 8th Anniversary Edition. Being involved with Hometown Focus as a reader and a columnist has provided me with valuable life experiences. More...

Posted 4/21/2016 09:28 PM

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Mother’s Day brunch ideas

Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 8 this year. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:29 PM

Eat your vegetables to help fight cancer

If you’re looking for foods that may help fight cancer, look to a group of vegetables called cruciferous. More...

Posted 4/28/2016 10:53 PM

Let's have sandwiches!

By Kirsten Reichel HTF Staff Writer More...

Posted 4/21/2016 09:28 PM

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Blue Devils beat Alexandria 4-3 at state

Exhale, Blue Devils fans. Your team finally won a hockey game at state. More...

Posted 3/11/2010 10:13 PM

i on Local Sports

The moment I will remember most from Wednesday’s Section 7A Boys Hockey Championship Game, won 3-0 by Virginia/ MI-B over Hibbing/Chisholm, is not the jubilant celebration after back-to-back title wins - though the Blue Devils’ smiles wer More...

Posted 3/4/2010 11:50 PM

Charlotte Overbye

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

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Mt. Iron Merritt Days Lions Pancake Breakfast

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

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

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Spies in Steel


Posted 6/24/2011 10:22 AM

Classic Car Talk  Free Access 


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

Posted 8/9/2012 10:14 PM

1969 Chevrolet CORVETTE ZL1

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

Posted 4/20/2012 12:28 AM


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

Posted 2/3/2012 03:29 AM

Earth Fest 2010  Free Access 

Conservation Tips From Minnesota Power

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

Posted 4/15/2010 08:16 PM

Iron Range Earth Fest 2010 SPEAKERS SCHEDULE

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

Posted 4/15/2010 08:16 PM


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Focus On Veterans  Free Access 

Several pledge to donate their brains to VA-lead TBI research program

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. More...

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Future site of VA national archives announced

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that the Dayton VA Medical Center has been officially selected as the site for the National Department of Veterans Affairs Archives. Secretary Robert A. More...

Posted 5/5/2016 11:29 PM

Minnesota Guardsman finds new passion through advocacy

Sgt. 1st Class John Thompson sits by his phone, ready to respond at a moment’s notice. More...

Posted 4/28/2016 10:53 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...

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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 


Our cruise vacation: Buffets the size of a football field!

Greetings and Sallytations! More...

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Bon voyage! A girdle- and cellphonefree cruise is on the horizon

Greetings and Sallytations! More...

Posted 4/21/2016 09:28 PM


Condiment hoarding and new uses for clothes dryer sheets

Greetings and Sallytations! More...

Posted 4/14/2016 09:32 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

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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

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