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Mesabi Musical Theatre: It’s what’s for dinner

MMT switches gears with production of “Xanadu” at the Androy

Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 1797 poem "Kubla Khan" describes Xanadu, the Edenlike palace of Mongol ruler Kublai Khan. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Blandin Foundation awards 49 grants totaling $4.4 million

GRAND RAPIDS – During their recent summer meeting, Blandin Foundation trustees awarded grants that strengthen rural Minnesota communities, including 23 grants totaling $3.1 million to continue efforts of Grand Rapids and Itasca County area lead More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Finnish music performances July 16, 17 and 18

HIBBING/COOK/GRAND RAPIDS – The Newlands Coop (Sara Pajunen and Vidar Skrede) will be performing in Hibbing, Cook and Grand Rapids on July 16 – 18. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Basic information about private water wells

Over 15 million U.S. households (approximately 15 percent of Americans) rely on private water wells for drinking water. Private water wells should be protected from contamination.  More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Concrete business diversifies with innovative laser artistry

EVELETH – To say that Clark Blackwood is exuberant about his business, Blackwood’s Concrete & Creations, would be an understatement. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

My Tattoo

This tattoo belongs to Ashley Allan of Zim. The butterfly and rose design are in memory of her grandmother. Ashley said, “She loved the colors purple and blue so I chose those as the main theme colors. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

U of M Gopher hockey facility to be renamed 3M Arena at Mariucci

ST. PAUL – The University of Minnesota and 3M announced a new sponsorship on Monday, the latest in a 90-year relationship between two of the state’s largest institutions. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM


A four-day festival of fun for all ages

HOYT LAKES – The first homes were built in Hoyt Lakes in 1954 as Erie Mining Company brought in employees for the new mining operation. In the fall of 1955 residents gathered together at Birch Cove on Colby Lake for a city picnic. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Driver and vehicle services limited during computer upgrades

STATEWIDE – Minnesotans who need to renew license plate tabs, transfer titles or complete other transactions will need to be aware of limited services July 17 – 24 when the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Super Saturday Market event in Hibbing July 15

HIBBING – The Hibbing Farmers Market is having their Super Saturday Market this Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. across from the Mc- Donald’s in Hibbing (1309 E. 49th St.). More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM


VIRGINIA – About six weeks from now, the new—and yet unnamed—Highway 53 relocation project bridge will be open for traffic. On Sunday, Aug. 20, at 4 p.m. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:09 PM


Submissi on deadline : July 15

What’s this bridge going to be called? YOU get to help decide! Send the Bridge Daze committee your best ideas for bridge names. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:09 PM

I’Falls celebrates the 4th

Bagpipes, watermelon and fun in Smokey Bear Park

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – A fully-lined 3rd Street was the setting for the July 4th celebration parade in International Falls. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:09 PM

Mt. Iron parade:

Kids, cars, candy and flags
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Added to National Register

VA’s Olcott Park fountain deemed historic

VIRGINIA – The National Park Service listed the Olcott Park Electric Fountain and Rock Garden in the National Register of Historic Places on June 5, 2017, confirming what local residents have known for years: that the place is special.  More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

ASV eyes Grand Rapids distribution center

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids-based ASV, a designer and manufacturer of compact construction equipment, hopes to move its out-of-state distribution operations closer to home.  More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Ways to improve your mobile phone etiquette

Mobile phones have had a major and largely positive impact on 21st century society. From facilitating communication to improving access to information, mobile phones have affected how human beings live their lives in myriad ways. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Eveleth fireworks

“My daughter, Ellie, watching the fireworks for the first time on the 3rd of July at the Eveleth baseball fields.” Photo by Matt Herberg. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

A Tradition of Excellence

"Thanks for a Great Year!"
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“An Inside View”

Advice for Parents Dr. Noel Schmidt, Superintendent

From an intellectual and learning point of view, which are better for my child? Video games or board games?  More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Ely on the 4th A boundary water area celebration

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Extra speed enforcement July 7 – 23

Higher speeds invite bigger problems during summer travel season

STATEWIDE –White-knuckle winter driving may be a distant memory for Minnesotans in July, but the dangers of speeding should be top-of-mind during the 100 deadliest days of summer. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:11 PM

4th of July: The flag and all things red, white and blue

The Ely Klown Band fire truck, Tower parade. Photo by Cindy Kujala. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:11 PM

Leonidas: Tiny city to celebrate centennial

Former mining location began in 1909 incorporated in 1917

LEONIDAS – When you think of Leonidas, you might think of the Spartan king of that name and his warriors and the Battle of Thermopylae which were immortalized (and fictionalized) in the film “300.” Or you might think of Leonidas Mer More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:07 AM


Health Features

Nicotine poses serious health threat to youth and pregnant women

E-cigarette and other nicotine product use rises rapidly in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health this week reissued its nicotine heath advisory to inform parents and health care providers about the health dangers of nicotine for children, teens, and pregnant women. More...

Posted 5/11/2017 11:04 PM

Minnesota awarded $5.4 million federal grant to combat opioid addiction

Minnesota has been awarded $5.4 million in federal grants to combat opioid addiction in the state. The Opioid State Targeted Response Grant, awarded by the U.S. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:47 PM

Fairview Range welcomes pediatrician to Hibbing clinic

HIBBING – Fairview Range welcomes board certified pediatrician Lisa Buenger, M.D. to its medical staff at Fairview Mesaba Clinics-Hibbing. She brings experience and compassion as a pediatrician for 16 years in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Dr. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:47 PM


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

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

Posted 6/2/2016 10:21 PM

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

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

Posted 6/2/2016 10:21 PM

Youth Energy Summit (YES!) awards energy action projects

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

Posted 5/28/2015 09:37 PM

Bridal Features

Casual weddings are gaining popularity; throw one to remember

Elegant, lavish weddings provide moments couples will remember for years to come. But while such storybook ceremonies and receptions remain popular, casual affairs are gaining popularity.  More...

Posted 5/4/2017 10:43 PM

Incorporate flowers into your wedding; they add beauty and ambiance

Weddings are special moments for couples and the guests they invite to share their happiness on their big days. More...

Posted 5/4/2017 10:43 PM

Consider the pros and cons of Friday weddings

Couples give a great deal of thought to the day they choose to get married. Many engaged couples are more attached to a particular season than a specific day, but some couples will consider any time of year to say "I do."  More...

Posted 5/4/2017 10:43 PM


Quirky fun facts about companion animals

Think you know everything there is to know about your favorite furry, finned or feathered friend? Chances are there are some interesting facts that even the most ardent animal-lover may be surprised to learn.  More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

How to determine if owning a pet is for you

Buying or adopting a pet is a big decision that requires careful consideration of a host of factors. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Cats meow to show their love

Animal verbalize in many different ways to communicate. One thing cat owners may notice is that cats have a tendency to meow as a form of speaking with humans. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Range History


The school, the cemetery, the homestead, the swinging bridge


Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

The Laaksonens of Fairbanks: “One must expect disappointments”


Part 2 of 2 EDITOR’S NOTE: This story and photos originally appeared in the Spring 2008 edition of Minnesota History Magazine. Reprinted with permission (sources omitted). More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

The Laaksonens of Fairbanks: “One must expect disappointments”


EDITOR’S NOTE: This story and photos originally appeared in the Spring 2008 edition of Minnesota History Magazine. Reprinted with permission (sources omitted). –Cindy Kujala, HTF Interim Editor More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:07 AM

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

Appreciating the month of July, independence and chillin’ out

Hello everyone! Can you believe it? Here we are entering the glorious month of July— it is a month we might dream about on the coldest of winter days. More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:07 AM

Healthy for Life

A tribute to June bugs, June brides and June graduates

Welcome everyone to the generous multifaceted month of June. Here’s to embarking on some wonderful days of summer ahead with gratitude and plenty of rays of praise. More...

Posted 6/8/2017 11:09 PM

Healthy for Life

Celebrating Memorial Day and the green grass of home

Hello to everyone as we shift our focus on the back door of May, entering into a glimpse of summertime. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

Hometown Recipes

Mexican Food: Good eating any time

I’m a Mexican food fan and could eat it just about every day. Here are a couple of recipes I found that sounded good. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Enjoying the taste of the tropics on the mainland

Aloha to all! I had the privilege of spending the past week on the island of Oahu with my family and am still in vacation mode, albeit a bit jet lagged and have household chores yet to take care of (laundry) since returning. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM


These recipes come from the Le Cordon Bleu Home Collection Vegetables book. While many of the gardens in our area haven’t produced yet, this would be a good column to hang on to for when the veggies do start to ripen. More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:07 AM

i On Sports

Blue Devils beat Alexandria 4-3 at state

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

Posted 3/11/2010 10:13 PM

i on Local Sports

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

Posted 3/4/2010 11:50 PM

Charlotte Overbye

i On Local Sports Spotlight

bio: Charlotte Overbye, a junior at Mountain Iron-Buhl, became the all-time leading scorer in school history, surpassing former boys basketball standouts Steven Golobich and DJ Winfield earlier this season. More...

Posted 2/19/2010 01:04 AM


Mt. Iron Merritt Days Lions Pancake Breakfast  Free Access 

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

Posted 8/10/2010 02:38 PM

Local Events

Hometown Calendar

Friday, April 23 YMCA Black & White Event Mesabi YMCA, Mt. Iron Silent & Live Auction, Entertainment, Plated Dinner, 6:00 p.m. More...

Posted 4/22/2010 09:15 PM

3/11 - Book Lover's Tea at Library

The Friends of the Virginia Public Library will sponsor a Book Lover's Tea on Thursday, March 11th at 12:00 in the library auditorium. More...

Posted 3/4/2010 02:56 PM

3/6 City of Mt. Iron 2010 Winter Carnival

City of Mt. Iron 2010 Winter Carnival will be held at the South Grove Recreation Complex, 8766 Mud Lake Road on Saturday, March 6th. Come and enjoy some fresh air and old fashioned family fun for all. Hot dogs, chips and hot cocoa will be available. More...

Posted 3/3/2010 05:03 PM

Classic Car Talk


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

Posted 8/9/2012 10:14 PM

Custom Paint

Only rarely was the grill of one make of car replaced by another one. One exception was the 1937 Buick Grille, often used on a Ford in the 50’s & 60’s. The grille swap of choice was the ’53 DeSoto. More...

Posted 12/9/2010 11:40 PM

Iron Range Classic Car Talk

Lloyd Bachman’s 1967 Chrysler Newport Custom

It has only 53,000 original miles. It is in super condition, no body work or rust. This car is his pride and joy! More...

Posted 2/12/2010 12:32 PM

Earth Fest 2010

Conservation Tips From Minnesota Power

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

Posted 4/15/2010 08:16 PM

Iron Range Earth Fest 2010 SPEAKERS SCHEDULE

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

Posted 4/15/2010 08:16 PM


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

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

Posted 6/19/2014 09:18 PM


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

Posted 5/31/2012 09:29 PM

Lake Vermilion Resort Association Fish Report

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

Posted 9/1/2011 05:47 PM

High Heels and Handbags

Spring Closet Cleaning 2012:

Phase Two—Shoes

Well readers, I did it. I am writing Part 2 of this spring saga after the Great Pants Massacre of 2012. There were many casualties, but the survivors were real winners, destined to become fashion rock stars of the season. More...

Posted 4/20/2012 12:28 AM

Spring closet cleaning 2012: Phase one - pants

I went to work today in an ill-fitting pair of pants. I know now where the term came from: the fit literally makes you ill. Every step that I took, every accidental glance in the mirror made me sick to my stomach. More...

Posted 3/22/2012 10:58 PM

Flowers and a candy heart world

My friends and readers of this column know all about my CRAZY LOVE for Valentine’s Day. More...

Posted 2/10/2012 02:04 AM

In Our Words

Point of pride for Minnesota

St. Paul College and two-year campuses in Greater MN dominate ‘Best Community Colleges in U.S.’ rankings

Some refreshingly good news about the quality of our public education system almost got out last week, but was mostly overlooked or underplayed by mainstream media.   More...

Posted 9/16/2010 09:54 PM

In Your Words

A Letter of Thanks

Over the past six months, I have been on quite the journey and touched by such wonderful care and generosity of so many people that I want to write this letter to express my thanks and to let everyone know how much it is all appreciated.   More...

Posted 8/4/2011 07:48 PM

Are trees on the Iron Range in peril?

Scientists like Janine Bloomfield, Ph.D.*, believe that global warming will have an effect on tree species. Dr. More...

Posted 9/23/2010 09:40 PM

Letter to my neighbor

Editor’s note: The author of the following letter requested to remain anonymous, and we have granted the request. - Jean Dear Neighbor,   More...

Posted 9/9/2010 10:04 PM

Ojibwe Reflections

Out of the Blue

Today was one of just two days out of the year that is major sporting event-free. The other was Monday. More...

Posted 7/18/2013 09:57 PM

Out of the Blue

The Wild limped into the playoffs. More...

Posted 5/9/2013 07:52 PM

Cheeseburgers for breakfast

Our mother, Pat, has always been a true believer in the value of a good breakfast and, in the winter, the nutrition, economy and staying power of a warm bowl of Quaker Oats. More...

Posted 3/18/2010 08:56 PM

Nature's Why and How

Why are there so many types of insects?

Have you ever stepped outside on a beautiful summer morning only to be bombarded with dozens of types of insects? More...

Posted 7/26/2012 09:16 PM

The scoop on poop:

Why it’s important to pick up after your dog

Anyone with young children knows the hazards of a pile of dog feces left in the park. Unpleasantness aside, pet waste can have a tremendous effect on plants and other organisms in both parks and natural ecosystems. More...

Posted 4/6/2012 12:51 AM

Nature’s WHY AND HOW

Salty road blues

For anyone travelling during the recent snowstorms, you may have salt to thank for the passable roads. Many tumbles down icy stairs are avoided every year because of salt. More...

Posted 3/9/2012 02:47 AM



Being mindful of chickens, haircuts, infomercials and big bowls of ice cream

Greetings and Sallytations!   Well, I took a week off last week during the 4th of July festivities. I have to work on the fourth and handle all the events for Mt. Iron. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM


Kids in the car (Are we there yet?) Talking life plans or muffin flavors, hmmm?

Greetings and Sallytations!   I took two of my grandchildren, ages 6 and 4, to the cabin last weekend. I totally blanked out how stressful a car ride is for two hours with small children. More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:07 AM


The woes of interrupting Wild and Wacky Wednesday

Greetings and Sallytations!   As many of you may know I work at the Mt. Iron Public Library. During the summer, I'm quite busy with our unique reading program called Wild and Wacky Wednesday. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

Website Wisdom

Canoe drummers

I’d be lying if I told you we always catch fish whenever we go fishing. More often than I care to admit, I simply write off the fishless days as pleasant outings and a chance to go exploring. More...

Posted 6/6/2013 10:27 PM

Optimize your site to bring more phone calls

Editor’s note: This is the last Website Wisdom column we will be running, as Sean’s growing business is taking more of his time. We thank him for his contributions this past year! More...

Posted 6/24/2010 11:08 PM

Give Your Website Some Personality

Giving your web presence a “fun factor” is no doubt beneficial to your business, no matter what industry you’re in. More...

Posted 6/18/2010 08:57 AM

The Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary

The opportunities and challenges of feeding the bears

ORR – A common slogan widely promoted by wildlife educators and managers is “A fed bear is a dead bear.” The idea is based on the belief that providing bears with human foods leads to nuisance encounters and the ultimate deaths of t More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Local churches host Hog Roast and Concert Vespers benefit on July 19

MT. IRON – Local churches are coming together to raise money to offer scholarships and debt relief for new pastors. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Northland Foundation approves 35 grants, $342,700

NORTHEASTERN MN – The Northland Foundation announced that 35 grants were approved between April 1 and June 30, 2017. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Artist reception to be held at Borealis Art Guild

HIBBING – The Borealis Art Guild is hosting an artists’ reception to feature the July Artists of the Month. The community is invited to meet the artists currently displaying their talents at the Borealis gallery. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

I discovered a very good way to test your home’s well water

GILBERT – If your home has a deep well or a shallow well from which you get your drinking water, for your own safety and the safety of your visitors, that water should be tested on a regular basis. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

July quilt on display at Virginia library

VIRGINIA – The quilt selected for display at the Virginia Public Library in July is a cheerful creation made by local quilter Betty Soderberg of Going to Pieces Quilt Guild. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Ruffed grouse counts up, sharp-tailed similar to last year

(MN DNR) – Minnesota’s ruffed grouse spring drumming counts were up 57 percent statewide this year compared to last year, according to a survey conducted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM


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Virginia Fire Department Run Report: July 3-9 , 2017

During the week of July 3-9, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 55 times; ten fire calls and 45 EMS calls. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Itasca County Board passes new ATV ordinance

ITASCA COUNTY – At the Itasca County Board meeting on June 27, officials voted unanimously to adopt a new ATV ordinance, which will allow ATVs to ride on the rightof ways of all county roads beginning July 15.  More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Name — Walk — Celebrate THE BRIDGE

Sign up for the Bridge Daze Community Walk

The new Highway 53 relocation project bridge in Virginia is slated to open in about six weeks. Submitted photo. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:09 PM

Tower-Soudan: Fun on the 4th

Floats, bands, Shriners, an Olympian and so much more

Kids and their wheels decked out in red, white and blue. Photos by Cindy Kujala. Box Kar, the clown. Embarrass royalty are sitting pretty. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:09 PM

NRRI publishes guide to manage young red pine

DULUTH – With some 630,000 acres of red pine in Minnesota supporting a robust wood products industry, managing our forest resources right will help sustain them for future generations.  To do that, NRRI forest experts asked the state&rsquo More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:09 PM

IDEA Drilling announces its new president/CEO

VIRGINIA – IDEA Drilling, which offers surface coring, underground coring, environmental, sonic, and RC (Q3 2017) drilling services announced the appointment of Julian Collins as president/CEO. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:09 PM

Andrew Peterson and Michelle Anderson are judicial candidates

The Commission on Judicial Selection announced it is recommending three candidates to Governor Mark Dayton for consideration to fill the current vacancy in Minnesota’s Sixth Judicial District. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Medical cannabis registration for Minnesota patients with PTSD underway

STATEWIDE – As of July 1, Minnesota patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can register to receive medical cannabis through the state’s medical cannabis program.  More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

NWFA announces winners of Take Your Best Shot photo contest

COOK – Take Your Best Shot photo contest winners were announced at Northwoods Friends of the Arts Gallery in Cook during the closing reception held Friday, June 30, celebrating the 7th annual Spring Art Expo. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Happy birthday, USA!

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Weekly taconite plant tours offered at Hibbing Taconite

CHISHOLM – Weekly tours of Hibbing Taconite are this summer being offered to the public. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Superhero Poster Essay

In this project we picked two superheroes a man and a woman. We had to connect their superpowers and create a baby. The baby had both of the parents superpowers. The baby’s name was Razum, for the parents we picked Spider-Man and Rogue. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Best of Random Hallway Moments (‘16-’17) - from the Superintendent

While walking through the high school halls, a student stopped me in the hallway and asked a question. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

My Tattoo

This tattoo belongs to Patricia May of Coleraine.  The rose and thorn pattern represents to her that she went through some difficult things but came out stronger as a result. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:11 PM

Clowning around in Ely and Eveleth on the 4th of July

An Eveleth clown band trumpet player in the Eveleth parade. Photo by Katie Packa. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:11 PM

Annual Bear River Fair seeks vendors, exhibitors and volunteers

BEAR RIVER – This August marks the 107th anniversary of the harvest exposition held in Bear River in 1911. And all these years later, people still gather. This year’s Bear River Fair will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19 and 20.  More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:11 PM

Fourth of July memories: No one does the Fourth of July like the Iron Range

I have lived in Minneapolis, Kenosha, Wisconsin and now Duluth (which comes close!), but there is something to be said about a small town celebration with swimming, meat grilled over an open flame, friends and family, and of course, fireworks!  More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:07 AM

Mining Features

Great Lake iron ore trade up in April

CLEVELAND – Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 5.8 million tons in April, an increase of 8.8 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments topped the month’s 5-year average by nearly 21 percent.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

Road Machinery & Supplies celebrates 25 years with Iron Mining Association

VIRGINIA – The Iron Mining Association of MN (IMA) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The association represents Minnesota’s iron mines and more than 150 businesses that supply goods and services to the industry.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

Minnesotans are supportive of iron mining

DULUTH – Ninety-three percent of Minnesotans believe the state should continue to mine iron ore, according to results from the 2016 Minnesota State Survey.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

Real Estate

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. More...

Posted 12/24/2014 09:31 PM




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Posted 8/21/2015 08:10 AM

What IS This?  Free Access 

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!  Free Access 

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Home & Garden Tips

MPCA’s yard and garden tips: There are many benefits to a healthy lawn

For many of us Minnesotans, summer means getting out in the yard and garden. Here are a few tips to help give your lawn and garden an environmentally friendly boost this year.  More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Tips for staying safe when gardening in hot weather

Gardening is widely considered as relaxing a hobby as it is rewarding. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Ideas for creating more closet space

Closet space is at a premium in many homes and apartments. Many older homes were not built to accommodate large wardrobes, while rental properties are often designed to maximize living space at the expense of storage.  More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM


Quick thaw for frozen shoulder; fresh-food pharmacies for healthy diets

Q: I was told that I have frozen shoulder. It's painful and restricting. What can I do for it, and what kind of specialist should I see for effective treatment? -- Roseanna G., Atlanta More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Setting boundaries with family members

Growing up I was taught to be polite, respect my elders, and show good manners. I was also taught to stand my ground and set boundaries with others. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Important things that should be shared with your doctor

It is important to be honest with a doctor about certain health habits, but sometimes it isn't so easy to be forthcoming. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Massage for Your Health

Sore muscles? Maybe what you need is a massage

It’s summertime! Time for fun in the sun, picnics, family reunions, summer weddings and road trips to parts unknown. How much fun can all of these be?  More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Chair massage: A good introduction to the benefits of massage

What exactly is a chair massage? It is an excellent question that I was asked just last week. The person asking had read my article about giving chair massages during the graduation night event at Cherry High School. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

Graduation night: A safe festival of fun

Have you ever been to a graduation night celebration either as a graduate or a chaperone? Graduation night can appear to be organized chaos. More...

Posted 6/8/2017 11:09 PM


MI-B seventh-grade girls second at Pacesetter state tourney

MOUNTAIN IRON – The Mountain Iron-Buhl seventh-grade girls were runners-up in their division of the the Pacesetter Minnesota Youth Basketball State Championships on Sunday.  The top two teams at the state tournament qualify for the Paceset More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:08 AM

Area schools participated in Arrowhead Grand Prix archery event February 4

The Arrowhead Grand Prix archery event was held on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Hill City, MN. The event was hosted by Cromwell-Wright, Ely, and Northern Light Community schools. More...

Posted 2/16/2017 11:10 PM

Unique, local artwork coming to the new Vikings stadium

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. More...

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Sports Events

3/5 - Boys Basketball

All games start at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted: Cherry at Cook Ely at Mesabi Academy - 7 p.m. Eveleth/Gilbert at Duluth Marshall Mesabi East at Two Harbors Orr at Chisholm Tower/Soudan at Nashwauk/Keewatin More...

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3/13 - Virginia Area USBC Annual Mixed Association & Hall of Fame Banquet

The Virginia Area USBC Annual Mixed Association and Hall of Fame Banquet will be held Saturday, March 13 at the Virginia Elk's Club. Happy Hour is at 5:30 with dinner to be served at 6:30. The cost is $15. More...

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2/13 - Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing

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

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Fairview Range earns Governor’s Safety Award for superior performance

HIBBING – Fairview Range of Hibbing was recognized for superior performance in workplace safety and health at the Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon on May 18 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. More...

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Mesabi Metallics reduces workforce number by half

NASHWAUK – Mesabi  Metallics Company LLC, formerly known as Essar  Steel Minnesota, announced on July 5 that it would half its number of direct employees in anticipation of being acquired by Chippewa Capital  Partners, LLC in Mes More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Governor Dayton Proclaims July “Hire a Veteran Month” in Minnesota

Governor Mark Dayton issued a proclamation declaring the month of July to be “Hire a Veteran Month” in Minnesota. Governor Dayton and Lt. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Fresh Stuff

Minerals are vital to modern veterinary medicine  Free Access 

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

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Auto Focus Tips

1962 Chevrolet CORVETTE

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

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

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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...

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Conducting Commerce

Defining Friendly Customer Service -

what it is and what it isn’t

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

Posted 2/17/2011 11:02 PM

How to sell money at a discount

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

Posted 2/10/2011 08:19 PM


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

Posted 2/3/2011 10:42 PM

Focus On Veterans

Minnesota seeks Cyber Protection Team applicants

The application window is now open for Soldiers who are interested in joining the Minnesota National Guard's new Cyber Protection Team (CPT).  National Guard Cyber Protection Teams consist of 39 highly-trained Soldiers who conduct defensive cybe More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Veterans are first to receive advanced prosthesis

NEW YORK —Secretary of Veterans Affairs David J. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Camp Ripley to host National Guard Best Warrior Competition

CAMP RIPLEY, MN – Fourteen soldiers from 12 states, representing seven Army National Guard regions will compete July 17-20 at Camp Ripley in the Army National Guard’s Best Warrior Competition.  More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Insurance Matters

Insurance matters

The health insurance maze

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

Posted 9/27/2012 07:49 PM

Blue Guitar Highway

Bring It On Home To Me

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

Posted 8/8/2013 07:11 PM

2013: What would Woody Guthrie do?

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

Posted 1/3/2013 09:23 PM

Father knows best

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

Posted 12/27/2012 09:18 PM

Legally Speaking

Your Legal Rights: Magazine subscription solicitation

From the Office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson

People should be on guard against deceptive magazine subscription solicitations using false representations and phony claims. More...

Posted 2/23/2012 10:05 PM

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

A legal question and answer line for Seniors


Posted 2/10/2012 02:04 AM

Spousal Maintenance

(formerly known as Alimony)

In divorces, the request for payment of marital maintenance by one side will trigger apoplexy for the other side and big legal bills for everyone. Maintenance is payment of future income or earnings by one spouse to the other spouse. More...

Posted 3/24/2011 08:55 PM

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

My little brother’s birthday is July 19. He is exactly 19 months to the day younger than me as I was born on Dec. 19. We shared a room our entire lives growing up. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Out of the Blue

“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.”

Spoiled rotten.  More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:11 PM

Out of the Blue

My new Cobra King F7 driver arrived in the mail earlier this week. It received a gold medal and a place on Golf Digest’s hot list this year. More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:08 AM

Outdoors by Jerry McCormick

A nature nerd’s Florida vacation

There are many reasons people go to Florida for vacations: warmth, sunshine, beaches, golf, and sporting events, to name a few. But Florida also is a favorite of nature nerds, like me. Sometimes, in regard to travel, we are called eco-tourists. More...

Posted 11/3/2016 09:27 PM

Ladybug look-alikes

Not all orange and black beetles are ladybugs, and not all ladybugs are orange and black! There are several kinds of beetles that strongly resemble ladybugs. Also, insects that are orange and black are a very interesting bunch.  More...

Posted 9/29/2016 09:27 PM

Outdoor sounds: Chirps, trills, hisses and whisperings

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

Posted 9/1/2016 10:24 PM


“Be real careful who you tell!!”

As I sat looking out the window at the falling rain on a late September morning, the phone rang. It was a friend of mine who happens to be a well known outdoor sports writer. More...

Posted 10/14/2010 06:58 PM

Pssst! Wanna know a little secret?

Those of us who grew up on Minnesota’s Iron Range, and in the City of Virginia in particular, are very likely familiar with Canelake’s Candies. More...

Posted 9/23/2010 09:40 PM

“Look! There He Is Again!”

Summers are short in the Northland. That’s why most of us try to spend as much time enjoying the out of doors as possible even if it means just sitting in the shade.   More...

Posted 9/9/2010 10:05 PM

Guest Columnists


LEO (July 23 to August 22) A new spurt of energy sends you roaring back into that challenging work situation. But be careful not to overdo it, or your sizzle could fizzle before your task is completed.   More...

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LEO (July 23 August 22) A workplace change could lead to that promotion you’ve been hoping for. But you’ll have to face some tough competition before the Lion can claim his or her share of the goodies.   More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:11 PM

The Long Line

Goat yoga: Newest fitness trend is not a stretch

You have goat to be kidding! Goat yoga rule #1. Must be willing to share your yoga mat with furry baby goats. “Goat yoga?” you may ask. Yes! It’s really a thing, and it is not yoga for goats! More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:11 PM



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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...

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