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It’s Thanksgiving, I am thankful…

Once there was a little two year old girl who was living alone with her single mother. They lived in a large but bare apartment in the city. Her mother met a guy who loved them both more than you can imagine. More...

An old-fashioned kick-off to Christmas planned

VIRGINIA – This coming Saturday—Nov. 25—is Small Business Saturday. More...

There’s more to pumpkin than just pie

The humble pumpkin appears each fall as jack-o-lanterns on our Halloween doorsteps and in beloved pie at our Thanksgiving feasts. But there’s much more to this highly nutritious fruit. More...

MN’s new approach to antibiotic resistance shows progress

In an effort to combat antibiotic resistance and protect the health of people, animals and the environment, three state agencies are working together with statewide partners to increase public and professional awareness of responsible antibiotic use. More...

Hibbing set to connect heart of downtown to the Mesabi Trail in spring

HIBBING – When bicycle season begins next spring, cyclists will enjoy new architecturally clever bike racks, signage and pavement stencils to safely guide them from the Mesabi Trail into the center of downtown Hibbing.  More...

Homestead Mills remains a thriving small-town business

COOK – Homestead Mills has been a physical presence in Cook since it was first established in 1929 as the Arrowhead Seed Growers Co-op. More...

Virginia High School 2017-18 Quarter 1 Honor Roll

“A” Honor Roll  GRADE 12 Gust Alto, Carolyn Curtis, Christine Hafdahl, Madison Hokkanen, Cole Howard, William Keute, Mariah Koski, Michaela Ledoux, Cole Nelson, Grace Paulsen, Kayla Reimer, Tanner Rowe, Alli Seppala, Skyler Webb, Jad More...

IRRC has served all 50 states and more

CHISHOLM – The Iron Range Research Center (IRRC) has now—as of Sept. More...

Iron mining contributed $96 million to the region in 2017

More than $96 million from iron mining taxes went back into the communities in 2017, according to the Department of Revenue’s 2017 Mining Tax Guide which was released Monday.  More...

Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving is the time to spend  with family and friends,  and to be thankful, and happy.  It's a the time to lend a hand  All I can say is Thanksgiving is the day to   More...

October donations to Olcott fountain project are $14,700

VIRGINIA – The Olcott Park Fountain Restoration Project received donations in October in the total amount of $14,700, bringing the total contributions to the project to-date to $481,532.90.  Phase 2 funding relies heavily on grants, but pr More...

Virginia Fire Department

Run Report: Nov. 13 – Nov. 19, 2017

VIRGINIA – During the week of Nov. More...

My Tattoo

This tattoo belongs to Nate Schrecengost of Cook. Nate said, “I have many tattoos and consider each one a souvenir that I collect in my travels. More...

Preliminary 2018 maximum property tax levies released

The Minnesota Department of Revenue annually releases a list of the preliminary maximum property tax levies that have been reported by local governments and have been passed by local school referenda on Nov. 7, 2017.  More...

A shopping bonanza on Nov. 24

BBB offers consumers some Black Friday shopping tips

Black Friday, which falls on Nov. 24, promises to be a bonanza for retailers and consumers. The recent trend of stores closing for Thanksgiving or offering limited shopping hours could boost traffic on the Friday after Thanksgiving. More...

Shuster rink heading to South Korea in 2018

Shuster rink to represent U.S. at Olympic Winter Games

OMAHA, NE – John Shuster set the tone early in the game that he was not going to be denied a fourth trip to the Olympic Winter Games.  More...

National Thanksgiving Turkey pardoning ceremony

President Donald J. Trump pardoned the National Thanksgiving Turkey in a ceremony in the Rose Garden on Tuesday. This year, the President celebrated the 70th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation.  More...

Obituaries

Beverly Ann Fosso - 2017-11-24
Robert William McBride - 2017-11-24
Audrey Jean Daniels - 2017-11-24
Wallace Edwin Sten - 2017-11-24
Alvin Clyde Lamppa - 2017-11-24
Franz Olaf Keller - 2017-11-24
Roy A. Koski - 2017-11-24
Elizabeth F. Rodorigo - 2017-11-24
Kurt Roger Krenz - 2017-11-17
Gloria Mae Strand - 2017-11-17
Corwin Maurice Johnson - 2017-11-17
Vladomeer M. Bukvich - 2017-11-17
Katharina Pennala - 2017-11-17
Curtis Ronald Strand - 2017-11-10
Karen Jean Leiviska - 2017-11-10
Crescence P. Zollar - 2017-11-10
Janice Mae Kintner - 2017-11-10
Susan Kay Damson - 2017-11-10
Lorraine Sarah Wallin - 2017-11-10
Kathleen Saari - 2017-11-10
Sylvia Mahovlich - 2017-11-10

Home & Garden Tips

Deck the halls with items found in nature

Thanksgiving is always a wonderful break in the school year. Students get a four-day weekend as part of the Thanksgiving tradition. Traveling to relative’s homes for traditional get togethers is sometimes impossible. More...

Festive tree-trimming tips and techniques

People have visited forests to select their Christmas trees for centuries. More...

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

Giving special thanks and brightening the spirit of the season

Welcome everyone! The holiday spirit is among us and filling our souls with light and love of the season. At this special time I want to give a gracious thank you to my friend Juanita Kleffman who adopted my pet bird cockatiel named Choo.  More...

Massage for Your Health

Parallels between gratitude and massage

Here it is already Thanksgiving week. By the time you read this, you will most likely already have had more than your share of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, yams, cranberry sauce and possibly some pumpkin pie. More...

Business

ACTIONS RESULT IN $226 MILLION IN LIFE INSURANCE PAYMENTS

Commissioner announces settlement over unpaid claims

STATEWIDE – Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced Wednesday that his department has reached a settlement agreement with a major life insurance company that owed money to Minnesotans for unpaid insurance policies, annuity contra More...

U.S.-flag Great Lakes shipping is up 7-plus percent in October

GREAT LAKES – U.S.- flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 9.5 million tons of cargo in October, an increase of 7.1 percent compared to a year ago. October’s shipments were, however, slightly behind the month’s long-term.   More...

Apprenticeship training programs: A new answer to Minnesota's skills gap

Across Minnesota, employers are worried about the shortage of job candidates with the necessary skills and abilities to enter high-demand occupations.  More...

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” . H.A. Ironside

Deadline approaches swiftly on Thanksgiving week. With that in mind, the following is a completely random list of things I’m thankful for, in no particular order of relevance. More...

It’s Thanksgiving, I am thankful…

I have a lot to be thankful for. I will have my husband around at Thanksgiving, Lord willing. It all started Sept. 28. He had a bad fall off the steps and his back was really hurting. He went to the emergency room in Aurora at 1 a.m. More...

It’s Thanksgiving, I am thankful…

It’s Thanksgiving and I am thankful for my family, friends, and health. I suppose many will be writing about a family member or friend who has been an angel on Earth, but I want to express my blessing of health insurance. More...

What’s your favorite small business, past or present?

From Greasy Steve’s to The Boom Boom Room, readers respond to question in droves

It is Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25, so I posed the following question on Facebook a couple of weeks ago: “Hi everybody. It's Small Business Saturday coming up in a couple of weekends. More...

First Sunday: A grandmother’s grateful, monthly tradition

AURORA – I am a thankful grandmother as I have all eight of my grandchildren living within a 60 mile radius of me. More...

Eveleth Elks Club dinners honor area Students of the Month

Cherry, East Range Academy, Eveleth-Gilbert, Mesabi East

EVELETH – The Eveleth Elks Club believes in creating and participating in events that support the community, with a specific focus on kids and veterans. More...

Chisholm offers 55-and-over maintenance-free townhomes

CHISHOLM – The new Nelson Addition in Chisholm is a 4-duplex, 8-unit market rate townhome development for citizens age 55 and over. Market rate housing means that the rent is not subsidized and is instead a conventional rental agreement.  More...

$12,500 private donation made to UWNEMN

Al and Erika Hodnik invest in the future of the Iron Range

CHISHOLM – United Way of Northeastern Minnesota (UWNEMN) announced a $12,500 private donation was made to the UWNEMN Building Renovation Campaign by Al and Erika Hodnik.  More...

Minnesota's minimum-wage rates change for inflation on Jan. 1, 2018

Minnesota's minimum-wage rates will be adjusted for inflation beginning Jan. 1, 2018, to $9.65 an hour for large employers and $7.87 an hour for other state minimum wages.  More...

Legends of the Wilderness free program at area libraries

MT. IRON – The Arrowhead Library System will present Homeward Bound Theatre’s “Legends of the Wilderness” with Jacques La Christian, a free program being offered for ages 8 to adult at the following dates and locations:   More...

It's Thanksgiving

It's Thanksgiving!  Everyone shouts loud and clear.  Come and see all who hear, It's colors are green, orange, and a medium red.  So don't miss this holiday by staying in your bed.  More...

Advent Spiral Service set at Messiah Lutheran

MT. IRON – An Advent Spiral Service will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 6:30 p.m., at Messiah Lutheran Church in Mt. Iron. The event is co-sponsored with Gethsemane Lutheran Church and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, both of Virginia. More...

MN’s unemployment rate falls to 3.3 percent in October

Minnesota’s unemployment rate fell 0.4 percent in October to 3.3 percent, its lowest level in 17 years, according to seasonally adjusted figures released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The U.S. More...

Hunters register 161,057 deer through third weekend of season

Minnesota firearms hunters registered 161,057 deer through the third weekend of deer season, according to the Department of Natural Resources. More...

State’s official Christmas tree harvested from state forest

A 30-foot-tall white spruce, selected as the state’s official Christmas tree, was cut down Nov. 17, in the General C.C. Andrews State Forest, near Willow River.  The tree was set up at the governor’s residence, 1006 Summit Ave., St. More...

It’s Thanksgiving and I am thankful for… by Metsa children

Emma Melody Metsa, age 4 (drawing above), is thankful for her mommy and daddy. Ezra Metsa, age 6 (top right drawing), includes great drawings of his dad, the Virginia fire house and air ambulances. More...

Grand Rapids Walmart to offer space for customer pick-up of online orders

GRAND RAPIDS – Shoppers at the Grand Rapids Walmart will soon have another option for taking home their purchases.  More...

Shop small, shop local: Nov. 25 is 8th annual Small Business Saturday

The eighth annual Small Business Saturday (SBS), which takes place on Nov. 25 this year, is a day designed to support and promote small businesses during the busy Thanksgiving holiday weekend. More...

Wishbone and Drumstick get pardoned

National Thanksgiving Turkey Flock raised in Minnesota

Governor Mark Dayton continued the time-honored tradition—dating back to the 1940s—of kicking off the Thanksgiving holiday with the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) and Minnesota Turkey Research & Promotion Council (MTRPC) More...

Pets

How to keep pets safe in winter weather

A warm coat, a cozy spot to sleep and limited time spent outdoors can keep pets safe during winter.  The arrival of cooler temperatures sparks various changes. More...

Range History

From office space to deconstruction planning

HISTORY OF A BUILDING

THIS WEEK IN RANGE HISTORY | Part 3 More...

Health

Cataract surgery and the elderly; be safe, see an allergist for testing

Q: My 87-year-old mother has a cataract in one eye and is developing another in the other. Her doctor says she should have surgery, but at her age, I'm worried about the operation. What's your advice? -- Edie C., Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania   More...

State of Minnesota launches next step in health care reform

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) last week called for feedback on health care purchasing reforms that will build upon the successful Integrated Health Partnerships (IHP) program, an initiative designed to reward providers who deliver More...

Hometown Recipes

Leftover turkey is the best,

no matter how you cook it

The following recipes come from the tasteofhome.com website and all sound delicious. I had a chuckle as I was researching leftover turkey recipes in recalling a past Thanksgiving incident. More...

Focus On Veterans

Registration is open for winter sports clinic for disabled veterans

ASPEN, CO – The participant application process for the 32nd National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic will be open until Nov. 30, 2017.  More...

Veteran credits mental health workshop for saving his life

An accident during an Army deployment to Egypt caused Thomas Holcomb’s traumatic brain injury – and the invisible wound led to multiple strokes and seizures that impact his life even today. More...

Sallyworld

SALLYWORLD: WEEK 366

Holiday decorating is for the birds – and squirrels

Greetings and Sallytations! More...

Guest Columnists

The Long Line

Below Zero: Cold weather hacks for staying warm

Winter is here, and it is here to stay!  Some of you are clapping with joy, and some of you have already gone into hibernation. As much as I love my winter hobbies, I go to extreme measures to try and stay warm. Otherwise I get a little cranky. More...

SALOME'S STARS

LEO (July 23 to August 22) Ignore a co-worker’s questionable behavior. Instead, put your energy into making your own project special. Then sit back and purr over your well-deserved applause.   More...

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