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Northern Belt and Conveyor: 24/7 belting for mining and more

EVELETH – They tell me it’s the largest business located north of Cotton and south of the railroad tracks that cross Highway 53 south of the Eveleth and Makinen areas. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:28 PM

NRRI demonstrates process to refine Minnesota ilmenite resources

DULUTH – The Natural Resources Research Institute announced Thursday the completion of a technical report that shows pilot-scale success at producing high quality titanium dioxide from an ilmenite deposit near Hoyt Lakes.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

Nashwauk mayor: Chippewa plan favorable for the Range

NASHWAUK – Nashwauk Mayor Ben DeNucci says that the city was pleasantly surprised by the winning bid put forth by Chippewa Capital Partner’s, LLC to take over the assets of the now-defunct Essar project.  “ERP (Chippewa) kept p More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

Komatsu completes Joy Global acquisition

Komatsu America Corp., a subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd., has completed its acquisition of Joy Global Inc., a worldwide leader in high-productivity mining solutions, it was announced in April.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

New economics study says mining and tourism complement each other

A new study on the economic realities of mining and tourism jobs finds they both have value and can co-exist. Praxis Strategy Group, however, found that mining jobs remain the cornerstone of northeastern Minnesota’s economy.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

Fayal School becomes Oliver Iron Mining’s Quality Control Laboratory

EVELETH – The former Fayal School in Eveleth was a place of both education and employment. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

1923: Oliver Iron Mining Company’s General Safety Committee

This photograph was taken in Eveleth on August 21, 1923. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

Click It or Ticket: Extra enforcement May 22 – June 4

Buckling up protects motorists from unexpected events on Minnesota roads

Looking around, it doesn’t take long to find a distracted driver drifting over the fog line. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

May is National Moving Month: BBB tips to help make your move go right

Most of us have been there: the moving van is stacked floor to ceiling with boxes and items comprising almost everything you own. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

GPM pumps designed for use in mining

DULUTH – GPM, Inc. was founded in 1978 in Duluth and is the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the GPM-Eliminator™ line of horizontal and submersible pumps. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

DNR to hold metallic minerals lease sale

The Department of Natural Resources is initiating the sale of leases for state-owned metallic minerals. Areas offered for lease are in Beltrami, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods and St. Louis counties and total 195,324 acres. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

Why we do this: Supporting miners and mining

ELY – Minnesota Miners is a non-profit, pro-mining group on Facebook. We were created to support and defend miners and mining in Minnesota and across America.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

Environmental review comments sought on Hawkes Company Peat Mining Project

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments through June 14 on an environmental assessment worksheet for the Hawkes Company Peat Mining Mercil Site project.  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

What is mined in Minnesota?

Minnesota is the largest producer of iron ore and taconite in the United States. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM


When that mining equipment is high, wide and heavy

VIRGINIA – Kirscher Transport has been doing heavy hauling in Virginia for over 60 years. The company was started by Dale Kirscher in 1954. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:48 AM

Largest iron ore producer in U.S. celebrates 170th

Cliffs has been tied to northern Minnesota since turn of 20th century

EDITOR’S NOTE: The accompanying introduction, photos and historical table on Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc. were provided courtesy of the company. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Cliffs Natural Resources reports strong quarter, full year

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (CLF) on reported fourth-quarter 2016 consolidated revenues of $754 million, an increase of 58 percent from the prior year's fourth-quarter revenues of $476 million. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Jobs for Minnesotans support responsible mining, energy transportation

Job growth remains a top concern among Minnesotans—particularly those living in Greater Minnesota—as shown in the findings of the Blandin Foundation’s 2016 Rural Pulse survey. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Mining Minnesota: Have your voice heard on federal minerals withdrawal

NORTHEASTERN MINNESOTA – The federal withdrawal land-grab threatens future jobs in our region and places our way of life at risk. As citizens of northeastern Minnesota, we all need to take action and make our voices heard.  More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

WDIO’s Renee Passal: Iron Range native, mining reporter and news anchor

EDITOR’S NOTE: We thought it would be fun to profile Duluth broadcast journalist Renee Passal, an Iron Range native, for this week’s Mining Edition. Renee has been reporting for ABC affiliate WDIO in Duluth since April of 2005. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Iron mines’ production tax tops $100 million

DULUTH – The 2016 Mining Tax Guide was released by the Minnesota Department of Revenue earlier this month.  According to the guide, Minnesota’s iron mining industry contributed $106,987,271 to local communities in production tax, bas More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Erie Mining Company History Project

Book excerpt revisits PreTac, early taconite breakthroughs

EDITOR’S NOTE: In early 2014, a team of former Erie Mining Company/LTV Mining employees, including Ron Hein, Dan DeVaney, Jim Scott, Doug Buell, Jim Westbrook, Elroy Rafferty, Tom Michels, Tom and Lynn Niemi, and Mike Sterk, began meeting month More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Copper-nickel mining issues revisited; co-operation and mutual concern may be key

I wrote my MBA thesis in 1982 entitled "The Social Responsibility of Mining Companies" at a time when mines were greatly maligned in spite of making huge advances in environmental stewardship, corporate caring, and changes in the way they did busines More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

The Mountain Iron Pioneer Cemetery: In the midst of mines, an old cemetery sits

EDITOR’S NOTE: The information below is from an old document in the possession of Ed Roskoski. – Cindy Kujala, HTF interim editor  Mountain Iron Old Cemetery: 1892 – 1900  Buried: 12 Names known: 7   More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:50 AM


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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

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

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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

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Posted 1/26/2015 01:08 PM

Home & Garden Tips


Decorator Secret:  Choosing the perfect area rug. First, STYLE…  How To:   When choosing a rug style, think about the overall ambiance you are after. Is the room casual, traditional, country or contemporary?  1. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

Acclimating seedlings to sun and wind

Pampered seedlings that were started indoors or at a greenhouse will need to acclimate (adjust) to outdoor conditions. This process should be completed before planting in the outdoor garden site. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM


Decorator Secret:   Balance of power! Even the most choreographed wall groupings can appear off balance if forced to compete for attention, so make potential competitors, architecture and furnishings, allies in your wall displays. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:54 PM


The latest treatments for diabetic eye disease; plastic surgery for bullying victims

Q: My mom thinks she needs laser treatment for her diabetic retinopathy. I've told her that there's new stuff out there and that she should find out more about the latest treatments before she makes any decision. What do you think? More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

Drinking diet sodas and your health; why America's food supply promotes weight gain

Q: I gave up sugary sodas and got used to drinking diet ones. Now I hear they're not good for my health either. What's up with that? -- Kaylie G., Tampa, Florida   More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

Seven ways to reconnect with your partner

Couples in long-term relationships may live together and see each other daily yet may start to feel alone in their relationship. It is not simply time that is needed together but attention to reconnect on an emotional and physical level. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

Massage for Your Health

Spring is here:

Time to get our bodies moving

While the calendar states spring arrived over two months ago, it doesn’t seem like it here on the Iron Range. With all the rain we have had and cooler temperatures outside it feels more like the beginning of spring. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

Is massage a part of your maintenance program?

As we go through living and enjoying life, we have to figure out what works best for us. What helps us reach our goals? Life experiences can help us with that, as can mistakes we make along the way.  More...

Posted 5/11/2017 11:04 PM

What does massage mean to you?

While massage means something different to each person, for many it means relief from aching, knotted muscles. As young children, running and playing, we were invincible. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:44 PM


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...

Posted 1/15/2015 09:52 PM

Magnetation LLC announces first production at new iron ore concentrate plant

GRAND RAPIDS – Magnetation LLC (Magnetation) announced today that it has successfully produced its first iron ore concentrate at its new plant, Plant Four, located near Grand Rapids, Minnesota. More...

Posted 1/8/2015 07:54 PM

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

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

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

“What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” – Helen Keller

Memorial Day weekend: A time to get together with family and friends, to reflect on and honor the bravery and sacrifice of those who have died defending the freedoms we hold dear, and for the past nine years and forevermore for me and my family, it w More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

Out of the Blue

“A sauna – a poor man’s pharmacy.” – Finnish proverb

“Elämä ilman saunaa tuntuu minusta mahdottomalta.”  (“Life without sauna seems to me impossible.”)  – Urho Kekkonen, former President of Finland   Some of my earliest memories include the sauna.  More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

Out of the Blue

“Behind all your stories is always your mother’s story. Because hers is where yours begin.”

It was a summer day, I’m told, the air thick and sticky as marmalade, the day I lost my mother.  I was a roly-poly, chubby baby, usually good-natured, but that afternoon, I would not stop crying. More...

Posted 5/11/2017 11:05 PM

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) As much as you love being a social Lion, you might well benefit from staying out of the spotlight for a while. You need time to reflect on some upcoming decisions.   More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

The Long Line

Wild edibles from your backyard: Foraging close to home

EMBARRASS – A scroll through Facebook these days reveals many of my friends posting pictures of their wild spring edibles. It is the time of year to harvest fiddlehead ferns and ramps, as well as other wild delicacies. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM


LEO (July 23 to August 22) Believe it or not, someone might dare to say “No!” to the Regal One’s suggestion. But instead of being miffed, use this rebuff to recheck the proposition and, perhaps, make some changes.   More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:54 PM



AUTOS BUICK  2009 Buick Lucerne: 56K mi., loaded, like new, $12,000. 218-262- 3056***  AUTOS CADILLAC   More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM


The Virginia OA meeting will meet every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1111 8th Street South, Virginia, in the West Wing, Conference Room C, starting April 12th. If you have food issues, please join us. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM


2 Brand New 10” Dia. Stainless Steel No-Tip Dog Food Bowls, $5 ea. 218-749-4204  LOST: Black Male Pug on 4/15/17; west of Cook on Plum Creek Rd. Generous reward. Please leave msg @ 218-666-5829   More...

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Posted 1/10/2014 11:54 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 09:49 PM

Tufco: Providing tires, service to local mines

EVELETH – “You’re not just going to drive up and buy yourself a giant tire.”  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:28 PM

Highway 53 relocation: Fourth bridge pour next week

VIRGINIA – The third deck pour on the Highway 53 bridge over the Rouchleau Pit went off without a hitch Wednesday.  About three-quarters of the deck remains to be finished after the 350-yard pour on the east end of the bridge. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:28 PM

Taconite Aviation provides aerial service for mine blast operations

EVELETH – When most people think of the adjunct businesses that support and are supported by mining in our area, chances are one doesn’t consider the aviation business. However, Taconite Aviation, Inc. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:28 PM

Iron Range’s contributions celebrated in special publication

IRON RANGE – The contribution of Minnesota’s Iron Range to the region, state and nation is being celebrated in Twin Cities Business magazine and the Duluth News Tribune.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

SME members recognized, receive awards

DULUTH – The Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration-Minnesota Section announced that Melissa Martinie, Corie Ekholm and Julie Marinucci were recently recognized by their peers in the mining industry.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

See the shore, ore boats at Taconite Harbor

NORTH SHORE – See large ore boats and freighters up-close. Watch wildlife and birds in their natural habitat. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

Mars Supply, Conveyor Belt Service and Iron Mining Association a family matter

Mars Supply has had a long relationship with the iron mining industry in Minnesota.  “We started out providing pick axes and shovels,” said Bruce Mars, the fourth generation in the family-owned business. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

Oliver Mining Company, Eveleth District employees (circa 1926)

Oliver Mining Company—Eveleth District— employees who were issued a service medal as of April 1, 1926 (listed by name, total service and occupation).   More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM


Decades of quality equipment, service for mining and more

BUHL – Just as mining is a big deal on the Iron Range, the equipment used for mining is a big deal too. Literally BIG, I mean.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

Mustang iron ore pellet production begins

EVELETH – Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. announced last week that production of the new Mustang superflux pellet has started at its United Taconite mine. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

Regional survey of gold in till, Cook area

The DNR is conducting a regional survey of gold in till in the Cook area of St. Louis County. In this region, an Archean granite-greenstone terrane is overlain by relatively thin layers of Rainy Lobe till and other glacially-derived sediments. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

State receives two revised PolyMet Mining Dam Safety permit applications

DAM SAFETY PERMIT. PolyMet Mining, Inc. (PolyMet) has submitted two revised Dam Safety Permit applications to the Minnesota DNR. 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

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

Joy Global: Directly serving the mining industry

Virginia facility builds, repairs and supplies equipment for region

VIRGINIA – It’s only logical Joy Global chose to build its regional headquarters on the outskirts of Virginia.  “We’re ideally located,” general manager John Ward said, in an interview on a quiet day in the facility More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:48 AM

Laurentian Chamber to present Business of the Year awards Cliffs recognized for their economic impact, contributions and charitable giving

VIRGINIA – The Laurentian Chamber of Commerce will host its annual dinner on Friday, Feb. 24, at Giants Ridge Resort in Biwabik.  More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Back to work: Keetac restart stokes optimism

Most employees return after 19-month layoff; a few have moved on

KEEWATIN – Employees of the idled Keetac Plant received a late Christmas present when it was announced on Dec. 29 of last year that U.S. Steel Corp. would begin calling back workers in January.  More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Can you imagine a life without iron? Iron mining supports us all

DULUTH – Iron Range residents know how iron mining impacts their daily lives and communities. They see it every day. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Never give up: Hope for the Iron Range

IRON RANGE – I’m so proud of being an Iron Ranger and I’m even prouder when I think about the role that Minnesota’s Iron Range has played in the development of the U.S. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Minnesota’s School Trust Lands: Funding that is all about the kids

EDITOR’S NOTE: We solicited this Mining Edition piece about Minnesota’s School Trust Lands because of ties to mining in northeastern Minnesota. – Jean Cole, HTF editor (retired)   More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

NRRI's Mining Innovation Initiative received $2.6M from the state legislature

With $2.6 million from the Minnesota legislature in 2016, NRRI is moving forward with its Mining Innovation Initiative. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Mining supporters get organized: Fight for Mining Minnesota (F2M2) is born

EDITOR’S NOTE: The recent proposal by the U.S.D.A. and the U.S. Forest Service to withdraw over 200,000 acres of Superior National Forest from future mining exploration has mining supporters in Minnesota on high alert. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

KGM Contractors, Inc. demonstrates commitment to the mining industry

ANGORA - KGM is a second generation, highway heavy construction contracting business. It was first established in the 1960s when Forrest Abramson, and his wife Carol, began a contracting business to haul pulp from logging operations. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Conservationists With Common Sense

Advocating for multiple use of public lands and waters, with environmental care

EDITOR’S NOTE: As a grassroots organization focused on multi-use recreation of public lands and waters, Conservationists with Common Sense has closely followed issues related to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and other public and pri More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:50 AM


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

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

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


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


Paws & Claws holding rummage sale fundraiser June 10

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – Paws & Claws Koochiching County will be holding a rummage sale fundraiser on Saturday, June 10, from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. The rummage sale will be held at 2310 2nd Ave. E. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:28 PM

New Arrowhead Hunting Retriever Club to host hunt test

MOUNTAIN IRON – Calling all hunters, dog enthusiasts, and sportsmen alike, our community has a new club: the Arrowhead Hunting Retriever Club!  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:28 PM

How to help protect your pet from tick borne diseases

2017 is predicted to be one of the worst tick seasons in recent history. Tick borne diseases are a threat to humans and pets. Tick-borne diseases are transmitted when a tick attaches itself to a host and begins feeding on blood. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:28 PM

Range History

Biwabik’s Modern Home Manufacturing Corporation

The beginning of the end of mining company towns


Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM


Minnesota’s Communist mayor

THIS WEEK IN RANGE HISTORY EDITOR’S NOTE: This story and photos originally appeared in the Fall 2002 edition of Minnesota History Magazine. Reprinted with permission (sources omitted). –Cindy Kujala, HTF interim editor More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

The uniqueness of fishing Itasca County Lakes and fish for the record books

ITASCA COUNTY – Are you feeling it yet? The itchy tingling fingers, the all-consuming attraction to shiny objects, and uncontrollable knot tying? Relax, it’s just the obsession with the Minnesota Fishing Opener. And there IS a cure. More...

Posted 5/11/2017 11:05 PM

Healthy for Life

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

Healthy for Life

Enjoying grapefruit and the blessings and renewal of the month of May

This week we welcome the month of May which can present a busy time of year as people begin preparing for warmer days ahead and new adventures. More...

Posted 5/4/2017 10:43 PM

Healthy for Life

Finding the key of happiness for our children through communication

Hello to all! Just when the bugs were beginning to become active and enjoy the spring we were struck with snow. However, there is nothing like a little snow in the spring to reawaken the senses. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:44 PM

Hometown Recipes

Memorial Day BBQ tips and recipe ideas

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following are some tips to start off the BBQ season. The recipes are from the Pillsbury Cookbook offering some ideas for Memorial Day festivities. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM

Burger, wieners, and pork in savory barbecue sauces

The following recipes are from a cookbook called Our Favorite Recipes, compiled by members of St. Anne’s Society from the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Glencoe, MN in 1969. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM

Fishing opener is here again!

Once again, I present recipes from the cookbook, Lovingly from Lake Vermilion, compiled by the members of the P.E.O Chapter ER of Cook, MN. More...

Posted 5/11/2017 11:04 PM

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...

Posted 2/25/2010 05:10 PM

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

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

Posted 2/22/2010 02:54 PM

2/13 - Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing

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

Posted 2/5/2010 03:21 PM


AAA, BBB offer safety tips for traveling seniors

Whatever time of year, getaways are always fun— but planning ahead is an important part of the process, especially for senior travelers. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

It’s Motorcycle Awareness Month: Be aware

The American Motorcyclist Association is issuing a special appeal during May, which is Motorcycle Awareness Month, to motorists to be aware of their driving environment, check mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes and watch for motorcyclists. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM

Second 2017 shipment of ALLETE Clean Energy turbine parts arrives in Duluth

DULUTH – The second of three shipments of ALLETE Clean Energy’s Nordex wind turbine components has arrived in Duluth.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:30 PM


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

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...

Posted 8/25/2016 10:20 PM

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...

Posted 1/6/2012 01:13 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 02:49 PM

1967 Chevrolet El Camino

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

Posted 10/13/2011 06:55 PM

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

Memorial Day program at Fort Snelling

MINNEAPOLIS – A Memorial Day program will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on Monday, May 29. The program will begin with wreath presentations at 9:45 a.m., following by the 10 a.m. parade and ceremony. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:28 PM

May is National Military Appreciation Month

Tax benefits available to military members highlighted

May is National Military Appreciation Month and the Minnesota Department of Revenue reminds members of the military and their families about the many valuable state tax benefits available to them.  More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:28 PM

Veterans, spouses can now pre-plan burial in VA national cemeteries

WASHINGTON – Veterans and spouses are now able to better plan for their endof life wishes, by determining eligibility for burial in one of the 135 VA national cemeteries before the time of need.  In December 2016, the U.S. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:52 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



Thankful for our veterans, the kindness of others, and caramel bars

Greetings and Sallytations!   Last Saturday I headed back to my hometown for a memorial service for a dear high school classmate. More...

Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 PM


Made it through fishing opener but still got skunked

Greetings and Sallytations!   Well, I survived fishing opener. Where do I begin to tell my fishing tale? I haven’t done much fishing so my thought was that we could just jump in the boat and get going. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:53 PM


Sharing memories of an angel mother

Greetings and Sallytations!   Happy Mother's Day! For those of you who are blessed to still have your mother in your life, be grateful. More...

Posted 5/11/2017 11:04 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

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