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Fountain project anonymous donor to match donations

VIRGINIA – The time to give to the Olcott Park Fountain Restoration Project is NOW. On Monday afternoon Rudy Harvey, Executive Director at the Virginia Community Foundation, received a call from  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:28 PM

St. Luke’s receives stroke treatment award for quality achievement

DULUTH – St. Luke’s has earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® -Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and has also been named to the list of Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:28 PM

Quilt by Debra Wiitanen on display at Virginia library

VIRGINIA – The May quilt on display at the Virginia Public Library is a multi-purpose work by local quilter Debra Wiitanen. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

12-week 2017 Summer Day Camp starts June 5 at

VIRGINIA – The “best summer ever” is right around the corner and the Mesabi Family YMCA is offering Summer Day Camp to make sure kids and teens on the Iron Range are adventurous, active and healthy this summer. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

Pole testing being conducted on LCP substations

GRAND RAPDIS – In the interest of public safety and service reliability, Lake Country Power has hired Osmose Utilities Services Inc., to test the cooperative’s poles in central parts of its distribution system. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

The history behind the observation of Memorial Day

Though many people are quick to refer to Memorial Day as the unofficial beginning of summer, the day is much more than that. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

Multiple theories, but what is the origin of the 21-gun salute?

The 21-gun salute that we know today has its roots in the ancient tradition of warriors demonstrating their peaceful intentions by resting the point of their weapons on the ground.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

Sisu the Traveling Sauna spreads warmth, goodwill

U.S. tour celebrates 100 years of Finnish independence

EMBARRASS – Sisu the Traveling Sauna is going to be exhausted by the time this year is over.  More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:52 PM

The sauna: A revered and important Finnish cultural tradition

“The Erick and Kristina Nelimark Sauna is historically significant under National Register Criterion-A [agriculture] because it is associated with the efforts by Finnish immigrants to transform the cutover area of northeastern Minnesota into pr More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:52 PM

Ray’s Sport and Marine in Grand Rapids plans to expand and relocate

GRAND RAPIDS – Dave Hernesman, owner of Ray’s Sport and Marine, was already planning the demolition of his existing store in Grand Rapids when a streak of luck opened up the possibility to expand his business on a lot not too far away.&nb More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:52 PM

Summer Reading Program starts at VPL

VIRGINIA – Summer is here, and with it the Virginia Public Library Summer Reading Program! From May 30 to August 11, the library will have free events and activities for anyone who wants to have fun. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

In Hungary: The story of “When the boys bring the water”

MT. IRON – My husband I recently returned from a wonderful tour of Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Thanks to a terrific tour guide and an excellent bus driver, we were kept safe at all times.  More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

Olcott Park Fountain Restoration Committee gives progress report

VIRGINIA – The Olcott Park Fountain Restoration Committee continues to work its way toward its ultimate goal of collecting $400,000 in private contributions. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

Growing Together: 70 garden plots available in Virginia

VIRGINIA – When my wife Sara and I bought our house on the north side of Virginia in the winter of 2014, it took me a little while to get my bearings and to figure out what was what in the neighborhood. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

One Vegetable, One Community Program to begin

VIRGINIA – Virginia will kick off a local One Vegetable One Community (OVOC) program on Thursday, June 1. The vegetable this year is peas. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

Mt. Iron meeting notice

MT. IRON – The regular meeting of the Mountain Iron Utility Advisory Board, scheduled for Tuesday, May 23, has been canceled.   More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

VFD makes donation to hospital foundation

Essentia Health-Virginia Regional Medical Center Foundation received a donation from the Virginia Fire Department in the amount of $1,030.02 for the Liz Prebich Cancer Center fund. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

Ceremony at The Wall will honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) and the National Park Service (NPS) will host the annual Memorial Day Observance at The Wall on Monday, May 29, at 1 p.m., during which changes to The Wall will be commemorated and all members of America&rsqu More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:54 PM

VFW sponsors a Patriotic Art Contest

EVELETH/GILBERT – The VFW American creative Patriotic Art Contest is an art scholarship contest open to students in grades 9 – 12. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:54 PM

Youth Energy Summit (YES!) teams compete for awards at spring event

NORTHEAST MINNESOTA – Four of the six northeast regional Youth Energy Summit (YES!) teams competed in the third annual Spring Judging event held on Tuesday, May 2. YES! More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:54 PM

The sun is shining bigger and brighter on Minnesota’s solar energy growth

On a bright, sunny Minnesota spring day, with solar panels in the background, Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced that the state is enjoying dramatic growth in solar power, adding nearly as much new solar capacity in just the first More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:54 PM

Hwy. 2 project open house in Deer River on May 22

DEER RIVER – The public is invited to attend an informational meeting on Monday, May 22, to learn more about this summer’s Highway 2 project in Deer River.  The open house will be held from 4 – 6 p.m. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:54 PM

Inseparable sisters become mothers on same day

EDITOR’S NOTE: My aunt and uncle, Rachel and Brackett Paine of Palo, MN, had six children – three boys and three girls. Their younger girls, Joslynne and Joleanna, were two peas in a pod growing up. More...

Posted 5/11/2017 11:04 PM

The great privilege of motherhood

He raises the poor out of the dust, And lifts the needy out of the ash heap, That He may seat him with princes—With the princes of His people. He grants the barren woman a home, Like a joyful mother of children. Praise the LORD! More...

Posted 5/11/2017 11:04 PM

It’s called fishing and not catching

FAYAL TOWNSHIP – I’d like to give a quick shoutout to all of the mothers out there who are still fishing: Keep up the good work, ladies. You’re teaching those kids so much more than how to cast or bait a hook. More...

Posted 5/11/2017 11:04 PM

Celebrate all military this Memorial Day

Memorial Day is celebrated each May to commemorate the people who died in service of the United States of America.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:28 PM

My Tattoo

It was nine years ago yesterday – May 25, 2008 – on the Sunday morning before Memorial Day, that it seems my world diverged from reality. I say that because in the reality I prefer, my little brother Jonathan is still alive. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

Minnesota Sings calls on cities to host competitions for amateur vocalists

ST. PAUL – The fourth annual Minnesota Sings event will be held on Sunday September 24, at Hotel Metro in St. Paul. Minnesota Sings is a competition between cities throughout Minnesota that is designed for amateur vocalists ages 15 – 25. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

Virginia Fire Department Run Report: May 15 – May 21, 2017

VIRGINIA – During the week of May 15 – May 21, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 77 times: five fire calls, 17 transfers and 55 EMS 9-1-1 calls. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

Insurance tips for preparing for severe weather

With recent damage caused by severe storms in Minnesota and neighboring states, Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman is offering a quick checklist of insurance precautions and preparations to help Minnesotans plan ahead in the event that disa More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

REAL ID compliancy will available to Minnesotans beginning next year

Minnesotans will be able to get REAL ID compliant driver’s licenses and ID cards next year under a law signed by Gov. Dayton last week.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

American flag etiquette: Respect is key

The Flag Code formalizes and unifies the standards of respect that must be given to the American flag, even containing specific instructions regarding how the flag should not be used. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

Embarrass hosts fourth annual National Sauna Day on June 3

EMBARRASS – Finnish residents here in Embarrass are accustomed to taking a hot steamy sauna on Wednesday or Saturday nights. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:52 PM

EMS Week: Honoring those who serve our communities

VIRGINIA - National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week will be held from May 21 – 27.It is a time set aside to honor the men and women who work in our nation’s emergency medical field and their dedication as public servants, whether it More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:52 PM

$50,000 anonymous donation made to Olcott Park Fountain Restoration Fund

VIRGINIA – Terri Holcomb, administrative assistant for the Virginia Community Foundation, was opening the mail on May 11, like any other day. But in the mail she found an unexpected surprise. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

Hibbing Dylan Project celebrates Bob Dylan’s birthday; murals installed

HIBBING – Hibbing’s downtown corridor has a new look to it thanks to the Hibbing Dylan Project. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

Lyric Center hosting Now What Theatre Company

VIRGINIA – The Lyric Center for the Arts will host Now What Theatre Company in residence during May and June, 2017. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

Northern Lights Music Festival announces expanded season

IRON RANGE – With Tchaikovsky’s opera, Eugene Onegin, as its centerpiece, the Northern Lights Music Festival announces its 14th season, with classical music and opera presented through the month of July in six Range cities—Aurora, C More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

Lake Vermilion Cultural Center’s 2017 Gala June 17

TOWER – The Lake Vermilion Cultural Center has announced the details for this year’s Midsummer Gala. The annual fundraiser will be held at a new location, the Tower-Soudan School Auditorium, so more guests can attend this popular event. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

Temporary summer employees hired; West Two Rivers Campground now open

From the City Council:   ACTION TAKEN AT THE MAY 1, 2017, MEETING:  Authorized staff to send a letter to the Plaza 53 West owners strongly encouraging them to upgrade the Plaza 53 West retail parking lot due to safety concerns.  More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

Virginia Fire Department Run Report: May 8 - May 14, 2017

During the week of May 8-14, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 84 times: 56 9-1-1 EMS calls, 19 transfers and nine fire calls. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

EGHS Honor Society to present 19th annual Memorial Day Program

EVELETH – The 19th annual Memorial Day Program, sponsored by the Eveleth Gilbert Honor Society, will be held on Thursday, May 25, at 7 p.m. in the Eveleth-Gilbert High School gymnasium.  More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:54 PM

VFW Auxiliary student coloring contest

EVELETH/GILBERT – The Eveleth Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary sponsored a coloring contest at Eveleth-Gilbert’s Franklin Elementary School. A flag coloring contest was held for students in grades 1 and 2. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:54 PM

William Kerzie and Jean Scholar elected to lead VFW, VFW Auxiliary

GILBERT/HOYT LAKES – Iron Range residents William "Bill" Kerzie of Gilbert and Jean Scholar of Hoyt Lakes have been elected to lead the District 8 Veterans of Foreign Wars and Auxiliary for 2017-18.  More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:54 PM

Public comment sought on draft EIS of Enbridge Line 3 pipeline project

Under the authority of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the State of Minnesota’s draft environmental impact statement for Enbridge’s proposed Line 3 pipeline project was issued on Monday. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:54 PM

MN Commerce Department warns about unclaimed property scams

Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman is warning Minnesotans to be on guard against fraudulent phone calls, emails and letters offering unclaimed property that belongs to them.  These scammers typically ask for an upfront payment or perso More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:54 PM

Franken’s staff to lead constituent services events

GRAND RAPIDS/VIRGINIA – U.S. Sen. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:54 PM

Josy and Jo recount growing up together, unforgettable June 12

If I had to pick one person in my whole life that I’ve always looked up to, it would be my sister Joslynne. More...

Posted 5/11/2017 11:04 PM

A mother-daughter(s) Kentucky Derby experience

Jill Matkovich grew up watching and loving the Kentucky Derby and longing to be there at least once for “The Run for the Roses.” Though the weather didn’t exactly cooperate, it all came together last weekend for the Mountain Iron re More...

Posted 5/11/2017 11:04 PM

A letter to my daughter

(while I can still snuggle her)

NOTE: I wrote this letter to my daughter five years ago when she was just four. More...

Posted 5/11/2017 11:04 PM

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