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Eshquaguma CC to celebrate centennial in 2014-15

Eshquaguma is the Ojibwe word for “the last water,” fitting, since our lake is the last in a chain of lakes starting at Embarrass Lake. More...

Posted 5/22/2014 07:43 PM

Lyric Art Volkswalk to be held in Virginia

VIRGINIA – The Lyric Art Volkswalk, a three-mile community walk for art and health, will be held on August 14. Registration and start-time will be between 4:30 – 6 p.m. at the Iron Range Veterans Memorial. More...

Posted 5/22/2014 07:43 PM

Paying it forward

Shirley Savela: “It’s a labor of love”

No, these aren’t the lyrics to a popular song, it’s one of the responses to my question, “Why?” that I posed to Parkville resident, Shirley Savela, on the telephone this morning. More...

Posted 5/22/2014 07:43 PM

Judy Garland’s birthplace to celebrate 75 year OZ anniversary

Somewhere over the rainbow on the west end of the Iron Range, all of the magic of the Emerald City will be found if you follow the yellow brick road to the birthplace of Judy Garland, who played Dorothy Gale in the 1939 version of The Wizard of Oz. More...

Posted 5/22/2014 07:43 PM

St. Michael’s staff receives cutting-edge medical training

VIRGINIA Licensed nurses from St. More...

Posted 5/15/2014 07:55 PM

Free program offered on solar power

HIBBING - A free program about powering your home or business with solar energy will be offered Tuesday, May 20, at Hibbing Community College, Room B-119, from 6-7 p.m. More...

Posted 5/15/2014 07:55 PM

Pay it forward:

A tribute to Sand Lake Shuffler Dennis Parson

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of “Pay it forward” stories that Charlene Luoma of Britt, MN, will share about special Sand Lake Shufflers. More...

Posted 5/15/2014 07:55 PM

Is Matt Damon an Iron Ranger?

VIRGINIA - Is the acclaimed actor Matthew Paige (“Matt”) Damon an Iron Ranger? Some say “yes!” More...

Posted 5/15/2014 07:55 PM

Tidbits from the Finnish American Reporter

I had a lot of fun reading the copy of The Finnish American Reporter newspaper that Jimmy Johnson gave me. Here are a few take-aways: An ad for Kuuma Vapor-Fire wood stoves, manufactured by Lamppa Manufacturing in Tower, MN. More...

Posted 5/15/2014 07:55 PM

Skip the jet lag Tuscany comes to Virginia!

Spend an evening in Tuscany at the Virginia Elks Club on Friday, May 16. From 7 to 9 p.m., join the Mesabi Symphony Orchestra for its premier fundraising event. More...

Posted 5/8/2014 07:24 PM

My mother was always too busy to help me

Left to my own devices I get into trouble. I need to be watched or I wander off, talk to strangers and make bad choices. The bad choices are usually when I am left alone in men’s stores to buy an essential piece of clothing. More...

Posted 5/8/2014 07:24 PM


Editor’s note: This spring (March 7,2014 edition) HTF featured a story about Gus Hakala, the fisher poet from Markham. More...

Posted 5/8/2014 07:24 PM

The specialness of being a grandma

I am a mother. I am also a grandmother. These two things define who I am today. I am other things in life but all of them take second fiddle to being a mom and a Nana. More...

Posted 5/8/2014 07:24 PM

Strangers no more: A benefit for Ashley Leisen

I met Ashley Leisen before she became a nurse, and before she became a volunteer caregiver to orphans and abandoned children in Romania. More...

Posted 5/1/2014 06:51 PM

Wowza! Silver Lake waterfowl report

Last spring was an amazing time on Silver Lake. The late ice-out across the state turned our city’s always-open lake into the waterfowl mecca of the north. More...

Posted 5/1/2014 06:51 PM

DNR test netting

Vermilion has heftiest population of jumbo walleye in years

Anglers heading out on Lake Vermilion for the walleye opener on May 10th will find one of the heftiest populations of jumbo walleye in years according to the latest fish survey conducted by the DNR. The results come from test netting done last fall. More...

Posted 5/1/2014 06:51 PM

Mother’s Day present:

Take a Mom Fishing Weekend

Any mother who is a resident of Minnesota can fish without a license on Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11 during Take a Mom Fishing Weekend, which coincides with the 2014 walleye and northern pike fishing opener, and Mother’s Day on Sunday. More...

Posted 5/1/2014 06:51 PM

Children’s Memorial Park accepting tile orders

VIRGINIA – The Angel of Hope Children’s Memorial Park is accepting orders for memorial tiles. Orders placed by May 15th will be installed later this year. Orders received after May 15th will be installed in 2015. More...

Posted 5/1/2014 06:51 PM

Engineering students fix museum’s washing machine

VIRGINIA - As a docent at the Heritage Museum, I was giving a tour when I lamented over the fact that our washing machine had broken down. This important artifact had been donated in 1994 by Dr. Jonas Strouth. More...

Posted 5/1/2014 06:51 PM

Judy Busse wraps it up

30-year career at Ben Franklin

VIRGINIA - Judy Busse, one of the smiling, cheerful people who greet you the minute you step in the Ben Franklin Store on Chestnut Street in Virginia, is retiring. More...

Posted 5/1/2014 06:51 PM

Gilbert artist Don Pirius:

Painting with love

Life offers few rewards greater than meeting someone for the first time and realizing that though you’ve never communicated before you are not strangers. Past experiences, insights, and even dreams merge into an immediate friendship. More...

Posted 5/1/2014 06:51 PM

Roller Derby: Flat track fun arrives on the Iron Range

When the words roller derby come up, they are likely to raise curiosity and misconceptions. In reality, roller derby is a legitimate sport that combines skill, endurance and strength in a fun and exciting atmosphere. More...

Posted 4/24/2014 05:57 PM

Shock subsides into determination

A family’s journey with diabetes

Teagan is pretty much your average three-year-old. She’s smart. She’s funny. She’s wild and so full of life. You wouldn’t know it just by looking at her but Teagan has type 1 diabetes. More...

Posted 4/24/2014 05:57 PM

Young thespians enjoy being Small Parts Players

Since 2001 Small Parts Players Regional Children's Theater Company has been providing kids ages 7 – 18 with amazing opportunities for acting. More...

Posted 4/17/2014 05:57 PM

Special Sections

Mining Features

How to apply for a job at local mining companies

ArcelorMittal Minorca Mine More...

Posted 8/28/2014 07:20 PM

Wrangling at the Effie Rodeo

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

Posted 8/28/2014 07:20 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 07:20 PM

Real Estate

MPR Connects! presents Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis

DULUTH – Join Stephanie Curtis on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 6 – 7 p.m. at Teatro Zuccone in Duluth as she talks about the changing state of Hollywood and how to improve your experience as a film-goer. More...

Posted 10/23/2014 08:15 PM

Your Legal Rights

How to spot a scam

Scammers are constantly reinventing new ways to perpetrate old ploys. Whether you’re contacted by phone, mail, email, text, or inperson, the following tips provide advice on how to spot a scam. Look for these telltale red flags More...

Posted 10/16/2014 06:02 PM

Traditional Scandinavian music planned at The Loft

VIRGINIA – Lyric Center for the Arts announced that Vestafor, a group made up of three American musicians specializing in traditional Scandinavian music and dance, will be performing at The Loft in Virginia on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. More...

Posted 10/2/2014 09:15 PM

Pets  Free Access 

Arthritis in pets: A painful but manageable condition

It’s normal for our dogs and cats to slow down a bit as they age. More...

Posted 11/13/2014 07:12 PM

ASPCA announces 2014 Humane Awards winners

NEW YORK, NY – A group of outstanding animals and people – including a therapy cat, a 10-year-old girl with a special wish, a twelve-term Congressman and a resilient pit bull – will be honored at this year’s ASPCA® (The Americ More...

Posted 11/6/2014 08:42 PM

Canine CPR methods: artificial respiration for dogs

Artificial respiration is a lifesaving technique that is performed when a dog has stopped breathing. The heart, meanwhile, may or may not be beating. More...

Posted 10/30/2014 07:56 PM

Range History  Free Access 

Visiting the Agawa Canyon

Our adventure takes us into the Canadian wilderness where no roads exist

The first part of this story was published in the history section of last week’s Hometown Focus and shared information about St. More...

Posted 11/20/2014 08:43 PM

Our Soo Locks and St. Marys River adventure

The Iron Range and Twin Ports connection to the other Great Lakes

I’m not real big on taking shortcuts. I don’t like Google trying to guess what I want to look for as I’m typing in the search box. I also don’t like my smart phone anticipating the next word of my text message. More...

Posted 11/13/2014 07:12 PM

Rosie the Riveters

A search for women who worked on the home front during WWII was publicized this fall in newspapers across the U.S., including Hometown Focus. More...

Posted 11/6/2014 08:42 PM

Healthy for Life  Free Access 

Healthy For Life

A day of praise and love

Every day should be celebrated. Be thankful for what keeps us trying to be the best we can be for one another, even those days or events that may bring out our worst. More...

Posted 11/20/2014 08:42 PM

Healthy for Life

Living every breath

Heated greetings to everyone during our nippy November. Ice is on the pumpkin and the lake while the wind tends to be a bit biting. As I recall last year at this time there was a warm wispy wind and someone was sailing on the lake. More...

Posted 11/13/2014 07:12 PM


November’s warm blessings

November’s warm blessings More...

Posted 11/6/2014 08:42 PM

Hometown Recipes  Free Access 

Faggots, mash and mushy peas, OH MY!

It was a trip of a lifetime. Nineteen days in Europe. I flew into London and my cousin Frank from Stoke Gifford (near Bristol) picked me up for the two hour drive to his house. Arriving at 10:00a.m. More...

Posted 11/20/2014 08:42 PM

In search of the perfect macaroni and cheese dish

This week’s recipes all feature pasta of one kind or another. And, please forgive me, but there are two mac and cheese recipes here. I can’t help it, I am continually in search of the perfect mac and cheese recipe. More...

Posted 11/13/2014 07:12 PM

Al's tour through Al’s ground old some recipes stomping unearths some recipies

If you are in the area of Lengby, MN, the VFW there has a real great fish fry every Friday night. It’s reasonably priced, the baked potatoes are great and if fish isn’t your favorite there are other choices. More...

Posted 11/6/2014 08:42 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 04:10 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 01:54 PM

2/13 - Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing

Saturday, February 13 through Monday, February 15th. 1-800-MINN-DNR More...

Posted 2/5/2010 02:21 PM

Business  Free Access 

W.A. Fisher welcomes Ashley Holm

VIRGINIA – W.A. Fisher welcomes Ashley Holm to their award-winning team. A native of Cotton, Minnesota, Holm joined the crew at W.A. Fisher Advertising & Printing in early November 2014. More...

Posted 11/20/2014 08:43 PM

Wilderness Health formed to improve patient quality and outcomes in rural areas

cu. ft. Capacity & Pictured (l. to r.) are CassandraTV Elements Beardsley, executive director of Wilderness Health; cleaningDr. David Spoelhof, medical director of Wilderness Health; John Strange, president/ St. More...

Posted 11/20/2014 08:43 PM

Two local health care professionals receive Nurse of the Year awards

HIBBING – Two Fairview Range employees were recently honored by the March of Dimes for their dedication to their patients and the profession. At its annual Nurse of the Year awards gala Oct. More...

Posted 11/20/2014 08:43 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 02:53 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 02:45 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 02:41 PM

Auto Focus Tips  Free Access 

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 12:13 AM


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 01:49 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 05:55 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 10:02 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 07:19 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 09:42 PM

Focus On Veterans  Free Access 

USW Local 1938 provides sponsorship to tell the story of the Iron Range Veterans Memorial

VIRGINIA – The Iron Range Veterans Memorial at Veterans Memorial Park in Virginia received financial assistance from United Steelworkers Local 1938 in Virginia this month. More...

Posted 11/20/2014 08:42 PM

"Support Our Troops" license plate

Drive home your support for Minnesota Military members, Veterans and their families by purchasing a Support our Troops (SOT) license plate for your car or motorcycle. More...

Posted 11/20/2014 08:42 PM

Vermont Teddy Bear launches new line of bears to help American Legion programs

The Vermont Teddy Bear Company, the nation’s largest producer of handcrafted teddy bears, is showing its patriotic colors with the introduction of a new line of limited edition bears to support The American Legion. More...

Posted 11/13/2014 07:12 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 4/19/2012 11:28 PM

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 09:58 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 01:04 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 08:54 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 09:05 PM

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

A legal question and answer line for Seniors


Posted 2/10/2012 01:04 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 07:55 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 07:25 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 06:28 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 07:55 PM

Outdoors by Jerry McCormick  Free Access 

Ladybug palettes and patterns

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

Posted 10/2/2014 09:15 PM

It’s a bug eat bug world

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

Posted 9/18/2014 05:23 PM

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 10:25 AM

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 05:58 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 08:40 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 09:05 PM

Guest Columnists  Free Access 


SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Your reluctance to act in a current situation could be traced to your inner self advising you to take more time to study its complexities before you attempt to deal with it. Good luck. More...

Posted 11/20/2014 08:43 PM

And the Oscar went to … Maureen O’Hara!

Despite roles in over 50 feature films spanning five decades, including big screen classics such as “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1939), “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947), and the original “The Parent Trap” (1961), More...

Posted 11/13/2014 07:12 PM


SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Encouraging a friendlier environment in the home could go a long way to help dissipate anger and resolve problems, especially those affecting children. It won’t be easy, but you can do it. More...

Posted 11/13/2014 07:12 PM

Community Videos  Free Access 

Pike River Swampers

from CommunityTV, Virginia Community Access Television


Posted 5/19/2010 10:29 AM

Channel 5 LIVE!

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

Posted 4/1/2010 11:12 AM

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Posted 3/31/2010 11:58 AM

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Posted 1/10/2014 10:54 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 08:49 PM


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

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

Posted 12/29/2011 08:49 PM

TRITEC secures ESCO orders, hiring more

VIRGINIA - TRITEC has recently secured purchase orders for ESCO Corporation’s 240 ton truck box bodies and abrasion resistant steel lining packages, according to Mitch Robertson, TRITEC president. More...

Posted 5/29/2014 10:58 PM

East Range Garden Club to hold spring sale

BIWABIK – The East Range (formerly Biwabik) Garden Club will hold their annual Spring Plant and Rummage Sale on Thursday, May 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Park Pavilion in Biwabik. Drawings for raffle prizes and door prizes will be held. More...

Posted 5/22/2014 07:43 PM

The Slamming Doors to release CD at the Sawmill

VIRGINIA – The Sawmill Saloon will present The Slamming Doors CD release show on Saturday, May 31, at 9 p.m.. The event features Jillian Rae, Big Wave Dave & The Ripples and The Slamming Doors. More...

Posted 5/22/2014 07:43 PM

Third weekend in June . . .

means Land of the Loon

The Land of the Loon Festival Banners are up, adorning the City of Virginia. Which means only one thing. More...

Posted 5/22/2014 07:43 PM

2014 Festival schedule

The Judy Garland and Children’s Discovery Museums

75th Anniversary Wizard of Oz Festival Grand Rapids, MN Tuesday, June 10:• 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Grand Rapids Day at the museums.See new Oz display. Grand Rapids residents get in free!• 7 p.m. More...

Posted 5/22/2014 07:43 PM

A tribute to our veterans

Veterans and elected officials all have one thing in common: Upon entering service, both took an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” and to “bear true faith a More...

Posted 5/22/2014 07:43 PM

Babbitt kickboxers compete in Miracle Network fundraiser

BABBITT – Iron Range Kickboxing Academy (IRKB), the small martial arts school in Babbitt, has done it again. With total student enrollment of less than 25, the academy competed against the “big boys” and did very well. More...

Posted 5/15/2014 07:55 PM

MIB 10-year-old archer competes at national competition in Kentucky

Our 10-year-old granddaughter, Lauren Maki, lives in Buhl and attends Merritt Elementary School in Mt. Iron. The school offered a five-day event for students to try archery. Lauren went to the event and decided to sign up for the MIB archery team. More...

Posted 5/15/2014 07:55 PM

Matt Damon makes headlines in Finland

Ties to the Iron Range uncovered

The Finns are always happy when a Hollywood star comments on Finland in interviews. It has been reported many times that Oscar-winning actor Matt Damon has Finnish ancestry and that he would like to visit the country some day. More...

Posted 5/15/2014 07:55 PM


Fishing Opener is almost here! Tips from a LV pro

Hello everybody! It appears that after what, for most of us, was the longest winter in memory, spring has arrived in the northland. More...

Posted 5/8/2014 07:24 PM

Up On The Roof with Grandmother

While observing the recent lunar eclipse, I reflected back to a time that I had shared a similar celestial event with my grandmother. More...

Posted 5/8/2014 07:24 PM

Five generations of Kesanens

A family returns to ancestral home

What is the difference between a house and a home? More...

Posted 5/8/2014 07:24 PM

I support Medical Cannabis

Angie Weaver and her daughter Amelia of Hibbing have spent the last 6 months testifying at the MN State Capitol in an effort to get medical cannabis legislation passed. More...

Posted 5/8/2014 07:24 PM

Mother, Mom, Mama, Mommy, Ma

This year is the 100th Anniversary of Mother’s Day!

Yes, it is that special day of the year again! A day set aside to honor Mothers. Actually, we should take time every day to honor our Mother. More...

Posted 5/8/2014 07:24 PM

All mom's jobs are not created equal

I remember something my mother said once, years ago, when I was feeling haggard and exasperated with the demands of mothering three small children. Having raised six children herself, she sometimes was less than sympathetic when I waxed pathetic. More...

Posted 5/8/2014 07:24 PM

Opening day tips for Minnesota anglers

Minnesota’s interstates, highways, and county roads will fill with anxious anglers in anticipation of the May 10 fishing opener. The Department of Natural Resources has some tips to anglers for a safe and enjoyable experience. More...

Posted 5/1/2014 06:51 PM

No-fail early season walleye locations

Under the gunmetal skies of an overcast, early-season morning, two classic v-hulled walleye boats rock in the chop over a promising reef. More...

Posted 5/1/2014 06:51 PM

Will the show go on? Grand Rapids Showboat needs volunteers

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids Showboat, the summertime variety show held on the banks of the Mississippi, has been a mainstay of outdoor entertainment in Grand Rapids for over five decades. More...

Posted 5/1/2014 06:51 PM

New building bears his name

Rukavina honored by Iron Range Engineering

Editor’s note: Marshall Helmberger has graciously allowed us to publish his story on the Tom Rukavina Engineering Center. More...

Posted 5/1/2014 06:51 PM

Virginia and Eveleth-Gilbert school boards nix Joint Powers Agreement

VIRGINIA and EVELETH – The school boards of the Virginia and the Eveleth-Gilbert school districts on Monday evening voted down approval of the Joint Powers Agreement (JPA), a document pertaining to a proposal for a new, $110+ million co-located More...

Posted 5/1/2014 06:51 PM

A former Giant returns to HL and falls in love with the MN Iron Rangers

In sports, there are lines that separate worlds: home team and away team, players and fans, coaches and parents, winners and losers. There is another line that is lesser known and it pertains to past and future. More...

Posted 5/1/2014 06:51 PM

Livin’ the life on Mr. Ed’s Farm

Spring brings birth and renewal

HIBBING - Unlike the majority of my generation who grew up on farms, I still farm. I retired from a regular job two years ago so I could farm even more. More...

Posted 5/1/2014 06:51 PM

Jeffrey Spenner is MSO's third conductor candidate

Don’t miss Mesabi Symphony Orchestra’s spring concerts

Your Mesabi Symphony Orchestra is pleased and excited to announce our spring concert cycle. Our program is centered around Beethoven's Sixth Symphony, the Pastorale. More...

Posted 4/24/2014 05:57 PM

Iron mining and the environment: Reclaiming the land

Before the first shovel can dip into the ground for the first time, iron mining facilities undergo an extensive environmental permitting process that reviews and sets parameters on water use, wetland mitigation, dust control, erosion prevention, over More...

Posted 4/17/2014 05:58 PM

Background on the Cross of the Messiah

The Messiah Lutheran Church dedicated the Cross of the Messiah, the processional cross that now leads us into worship, on December 1, the first Sunday of Advent. It was given in loving memory of Peggy Mattila by her husband Jack. More...

Posted 4/17/2014 05:57 PM

Obituaries  Free Access 

Donald E. Murray - 2014-11-21
John A. Trenti - 2014-11-21
Glenda Kaye Hokkanen - 2014-11-21
Mary E. Krall - 2014-11-21
Louis Begich - 2014-11-14
Doris Anna Lehman - 2014-11-14
Ronald Lang - 2014-11-14
Dennis D. Hendrickson - 2014-11-07
Jeralyn Lempia - 2014-11-07
Carole L. Cicmil - 2014-11-07
Miriam Ruth Overfors - 2014-11-07
Nancy Margaret Norberg - 2014-11-07


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Find the Clue Prizes & Cash to WIN!

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

Posted 10/20/2014 02:18 PM

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

Posted 10/20/2014 02:17 PM


Find the Clue Gift Certificates to WIN!

The third week of every month Hometown Focus holds Facebook Contests. Go to our Facebook page and Like & Share to WIN or Comment & Share to WIN. Winners will be chosen randomly and posted on our Facebook page. More...

Posted 10/20/2014 02:16 PM


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

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

Posted 1/16/2014 07:50 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 07:50 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 07:50 PM

News Briefs  Free Access 

Trentini Christmas party planned in Chisholm

CHISHOLM – The Trentini Christmas party will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, beginning at 12 noon at Valentini's Supper Club in Chisholm. Reservations must be made by calling Linda at 218-262-5184 no later than Sunday, Nov. 30. More...

Posted 11/20/2014 08:43 PM

MNSure Q&A planned at the Gilbert library

GILBERT – Health Access Worker Meredith Erickson will be at the Gilbert library on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 5:30 p.m. to answer questions about MNSure. More...

Posted 11/20/2014 08:43 PM

Holiday choir concerts planned at VHS

VIRGINIA – Virginia High School will present the Junior High Choir's holiday concert on Monday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. in Goodman Auditorium. More...

Posted 11/20/2014 08:43 PM

Home & Garden Tips  Free Access 


Decorator Secret: Bathroom Mirrors Choices: Behind every great bathroom sink and vanity…or somewhere close, at least… you should find a stylish mirror. Mirrors are especially important in small baths. More...

Posted 11/20/2014 08:43 PM

Early Winter!

There is still time to attend to last minute gardening chores that did not get completed before winter weather hit. Trees are one of the best investments a homeowner can make. There are a few tips to keep in mind. More...

Posted 11/20/2014 08:43 PM


Decorator Secret: Table décor…or as it is referred to in the interior design field…Tablescapes! Choices: More...

Posted 11/13/2014 07:12 PM

Health  Free Access 

Treating depression in cancer patients; teach children manners and kindness

Q: My husband was diagnosed with early-stage melanoma, and while the prospects for his recovery look good, he seems to be getting more and more depressed. Is it just a passing phase that all cancer patients go through? More...

Posted 11/20/2014 08:42 PM

The advantages of forgiveness in your life

When you think about the topic of forgiveness, what comes up for you? More...

Posted 11/13/2014 07:12 PM

Sticky issue of nonstick pans; reducing stroke risk

Q: My mom gave me a set of nonstick pans for my first apartment, but my roommate won’t eat anything cooked in them. What’s the story? Are they really toxic? -- Greta F., Nashville, Tennessee More...

Posted 11/13/2014 07:12 PM

Massage for Your Health  Free Access 

The power of touch

Have you ever witnessed someone trying something new, something that they never thought they could do and see the wonder on their face after they have tried it? More...

Posted 11/20/2014 08:42 PM

Why do my muscles burn?

Have you ever just been going along in life, minding your own business, using your body for whatever activity you need to use it for, and all of a sudden you have a muscle that starts to burn? More...

Posted 11/6/2014 08:42 PM

What type of massage is best for you?

You have many options out there for massage and it can be mind boggling at times to figure out what will benefit you most. I read that there are over 80 different types of massage available for anyone looking to get a massage. More...

Posted 10/23/2014 08:14 PM

Sports  Free Access 

High school alpine ski racing season begins

VIRGINIA – The Virginia Area Alpine Ski Team (VAAST) reminds all area high school alpine skiers that the 2014-15 ski season begins November 10. More...

Posted 10/23/2014 08:15 PM

Iron Rangers’ Millis named Amyotte’s Awards & Promotions Player of the Week

THUNDER BAY, ONT. – The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced today that Minnesota Iron Rangers forward Drew Millis has been named the Amyotte’s Awards & Promotions Corp. player of the week for the period ending Oct. More...

Posted 10/16/2014 06:02 PM

Babbitt renames arena in Ron Castellano’s honor

BABBITT - The City of Babbitt, along with the Babbitt Blue Line and the Babbitt Figure Skating Club, is proud to announce a dedication and renaming of the Babbitt Arena in honor of Ron “Sonny” Castellano. More...

Posted 10/16/2014 06:02 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 09:13 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 10:50 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 12:04 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 01:38 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 08:15 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 01:56 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 04:03 PM

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Posted 6/24/2011 09:22 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 09:14 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 4/19/2012 11:28 PM


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 02:29 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 07:16 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 07:16 PM


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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 08:18 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 08:29 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 04:47 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 06:49 PM

Blue Guitar Highway  Free Access 

Bring It On Home To Me

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

Posted 8/8/2013 06:11 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 08:23 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 08:18 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 06:48 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 08:40 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 09:04 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 08:57 PM

Out of the Blue

The Wild limped into the playoffs. More...

Posted 5/9/2013 06:52 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 07:56 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 08:16 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 4/5/2012 11:51 PM

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 01:47 AM

Sallyworld  Free Access 


Dejunking drawers, hoarding pens, wrinkles, and shopping local

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 11/20/2014 08:42 PM


Ice scrapers, laundry baskets, piano lessons, and Cinderella shoes!

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 11/13/2014 07:12 PM


Shower cleaning tips, movie theater antics, tales from the scales

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

Posted 11/6/2014 08:42 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 09:27 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 10:08 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 07:57 AM

Obituaries  Free Access 

John A. Trenti

John A. Trenti, 87, died Tuesday, November 18, 2014. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, November 21, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 5:00 PM with visitation beginning at 3:30 PM. Fr. Brandon Moravitz will officiate. More...

Posted 11/20/2014 12:57 PM

Donald E. Murray

Donald E. Murray, 86, of Mountain Iron, died Friday, November 14, 2014 at Cornerstone Villa in Buhl. Funeral Services will be held Friday, November 21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.with visitation one hour prior at Range Funeral Home in Virginia. More...

Posted 11/20/2014 12:47 PM

Mary E. Krall

Mary E. Krall, 94, Virginia, formerly of Greaney, died on Sunday,  November 16, 2014, at St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia. More...

Posted 11/20/2014 12:06 PM

Classifieds  Free Access 


Looking for a variety of vendors who do crafts, baked goods or other goodies for Fall Bazaar to be held at the Buhl Public Library, November 1. Call 258-3391 for more information. More...

Posted 11/20/2014 08:43 PM


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

Posted 11/20/2014 08:43 PM


ATVS 2004 Bombardier (CanAm) Outlander Max: 400 ATV, 2 up, 1,200 mi., winch, windshield, $3,450 OBO. 218-750-3758 or 218-262-4769 More...

Posted 11/20/2014 08:43 PM

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