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Wildland Fabrics brings options and fabric selection to local market

GRAND RAPIDS – When her eldest child was a toddler, Megan Brekke began sewing in earnest. Later she began selling the things she made for toddlers and babies in an Etsy store. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

Wall-hanging by Cindy Lind now on display at Virginia Public Library

VIRGINIA – The November quilt selection on display at the Virginia Public Library was created by Cindy Lind of the Going to Pieces Quilt Guild. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

Bradsgiving music event in Virginia to kick off the Thanksgiving holiday

VIRGINIA – The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation (FOBMF) is holding a festive pre- Thanksgiving celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 22, from 6 – 10 p.m. at the Shop Coffeehouse and 218 Taphouse in Virginia. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

Mesabi UU Church program notice

VIRGINIA – Kathleen McQuillan will speak at Mesabi Unitarian Universalist Church in Virginia on Sunday, Nov. 26, at 10:30 a.m. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

Parents should know the ABCs of safe sleep for infants

New data show unsafe sleep environments account for nearly all unexpected infant deaths in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Human Services are marked Infant Safe Sleep Week (Nov. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

Eveleth - Gilbert Junior High School HONOR ROLL QUARTER 1

7TH GRADE EXEMPLARY 4.0  Amanda Johnson, Maggie Koskela, Avah Kraushaar, Kylie Kunnari, Brennan Muhich, Blair Noyes, Katelyn Torrel  7TH GRADE “A” HONOR ROLL 3.6 – 3.999   More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

First Friday Foreign Films begins Dec. 1

HCC to host free film showings at the Planetarium

HIBBING – Hibbing Community College (HCC) invites the public to the first of the First Friday Foreign Films, “Amnesia,” to be shown at Hibbing Community College Planetarium on Friday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

2017 Holiday Events

Festival of Trees  Welcome to Northwoods Partners 15th Annual Festival of Trees, where beautifully decorated trees and wreaths transform the lobby of the Grand Ely Lodge into a winter wonderland for a silent auction from Nov. 23 - Dec. 3. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 PM

A winter poem cyanotype

This is a scan of a cyanotype photograph of a poem written by Mike Kalibabky that expresses a sentiment of the winter season. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 PM

MnDOT District 1 wins award for Hwy 1 in St. Louis County

ELY – The Minnesota Department of Transportation, District 1, will receive a merit award at the 2017 annual Grading and Base Forum, for work on Hwy. 1 in St. Louis County. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 PM

My Tattoo

This tattoo belongs to Glen Economy of Cook. It is an image of a longhorn bull skull that has references to a Native American shaman totem. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 PM

Car club donates to Care Partners

The Dream Machines Car Club of the Iron Range donated $3,000 to Care Partners to be used for Iron Rangers facing multiple sclerosis. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 PM

New 69 kV transmission line planned for Hwy. 7 Scenic area

ITASCA COUNTY – Great River Energy plans to build a 14 mile, $5.5 million transmission line connecting the North Itasca Electric Cooperative (NIECI) Bigfork Substation to a new substation serving the Scenic area along and east of Highway 7. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 PM

2018 Health Care Choices booklet available

The Minnesota Board on Aging’s 2018 edition of the Minnesota Health Care Choices booklet is now available online and in print to provide information for Minnesota Medicare recipients.  The annual guide is the only comprehensive, objective More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:58 PM

Northern Habilitative Services of Chisholm sponsors employee ownership

CHISHOLM – Founded in 1988, Northern Habilitative Services of Chisholm, Inc. provides disability services throughout the Iron Range. On Sept. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:58 PM

Upcoming at MN Discovery Center

CHISHOLM – Minnesota Discovery Center’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, educate and promote Iron Range history and cultural heritage and to serve, manage, promote, sustain and develop MDC assets for the long-term benefit of re More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:59 PM

Happy November! Share your stories of thankfulness

November brings with it a season of thankfulness. Despite life’s difficulties, most of us have plenty to be thankful for. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:59 PM

L&M Radiator plans $17.6 million expansion in Hibbing, with 22 new workers

HIBBING – L&M Radiator Inc. will invest $17.6 million and hire 22 new workers in an expansion of its facilities in Hibbing.  More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:59 PM

Artist Kierstin LaPatka finds fulfillment in the world of character design

Kierstin LaPatka grew up in Anoka, MN, but was a frequent visitor to the Northland since her dad Greg, step-mom Jodi, and step-sisters Marissa and Emily lived in the Cook area. More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:51 AM

A taste of FinnFest: Yhdessä/Together theme of Finland 100

I was happy to be able to attend sessions of FinnFest 2017 on Saturday, Sept. 23, at Orchestral Hall and the Hilton Hotel in Minneapolis. The entire festival included many events celebrating Finland’s 100th centennial. More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:51 AM

Veterans Day concert offered by community band

MT. IRON – The Mesabi Community Band, under the direction of Paul Helfter, will present its annual Veterans Day Concert on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. at Merritt Elementary School auditorium in Mt. Iron. Members of the combined Mt. More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:51 AM

A dog named Mojo

If you happen to be a Facebook friend of mine, no doubt you know about our tragedy of losing Mojo, our 14-year-old Chihuahua, on Sept. 11, 2017. More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:51 AM

Iron Range Kickboxing Academy students compete at charity tournament

IRON RANGE – Students of Iron Range Kickboxing Academy (IRKBLLC), along with students from approximately 20 other schools from Minnesota and Wisconsin, had the opportunity to demonstrate their skills at an open martial arts tournament in Duluth More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:51 AM

Youth In Philanthropy approves 12 grants for $9,169

NE MINNESOTA – Area students serving on the Minnesota Power Foundation Youth In Philanthropy board approve $9,169 in grants to 12 youth-led projects. More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:52 AM


Bridge Features

MnDOT: Historic bridges

In 1966 Congress enacted the National Historic Preservation Act to help preserve historical and archaeological sites. More...

Posted 10/5/2017 11:16 PM

Time capsule placed in bridge

VIRGINIA – As part of celebrating the opening of the Highway 53 bridge, the City of Virginia placed a time capsule in the Highway 53 East End Pedestrian Plaza column pillar on Friday, Sept. 29. More...

Posted 10/5/2017 11:15 PM

First to bike across the bridge!

An avid rider of the Mesabi Trail, Cherie Seppi—with her granddaughter Mattelyn Seppi, age 10—on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at approximately 4:30 p.m. More...

Posted 10/5/2017 11:15 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 09:21 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 09:21 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 08:37 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 09:43 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 09:43 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 09:43 PM


Pet obesity becoming a significant problem

Many pet owners would never intentionally harm their companion animals. In fact, pet owners often go above and beyond to ensure their animals are well cared for and content. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

ASPCA announces 2017 Humane Awards winners

The ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) announced the 2017 Humane Awards recipients. They will be honored at the upcoming Humane Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 16, in New York City.  More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:58 PM

Brushing your dog’s teeth is important for overall health

Daily brushing doesn’t guarantee that your dog will never have dental problems, but it can prevent the majority of them. When it comes to oral care, a little prevention goes a long way. More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:51 AM


Hospice helps patients and families focus on quality of life

HIBBING – November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospice and palliative care programs across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about hospice and palliative care. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

Coach Tom's Corner

Advanced autoregulation: Reps in reserve

In the context of physical training, autoregulation can be summed up as to how you feel. Prior to commencing, and while engaging in physical activity, you subjectively evaluate your ongoing physical state. Do you feel strong? More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

New grocery bus improving access to healthy foods for Aurora residents

AURORA – The closure of Aurora’s only grocery store in 2016 resulted in limited healthy food options locally. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

Healthy for Life

Healthy for Life

Moving on a wing with prayers and paper clips from heaven

Hi everyone! It’s good to be back writing after a month-long hiatus while dealing with some health issues and moving out of our family home of almost 40 years. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

Healthy for Life

Building bridges in October

Hello people and welcome to the tenth month of year. As we are leaning towards the end of the year, I hope that everyone has found some aspect of your life that has made a positive change. More...

Posted 10/5/2017 11:15 PM

Healthy for Life

Recapping summer and addressing autumn

Salutations to everyone as we say so long to our summer season as we officially usher in the autumn aura. This past summer was definitely filled with multitudes of activities and festivities to choose from.  More...

Posted 9/21/2017 10:54 PM

Hometown Recipes

Bean dips can be a great, healthy

It is fall and football season. Gathering to attend a game or watch one on television is part of life in the Northland.  Food and football usually bring out pizza, potlucks and snacks. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

Healthy eating for the holidays: Great food options

With the holidays upon us, it’s officially the season of eating. So what could be better than some hearty, tasty, and healthy recipes that are ideal for the season? More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:58 PM

Enhance your recipes with the flavors of herbs and spices

If you’re a person that likes to cook, odds are you have a pretty good supply of spices on hand to use in recipes. More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:51 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 09:13 PM

i on Local Sports

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

Posted 3/4/2010 10:50 PM

Charlotte Overbye

i On Local Sports Spotlight

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

Posted 2/19/2010 12:04 AM


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 01:38 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 08:15 PM

3/11 - Book Lover's Tea at Library

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

Posted 3/4/2010 01:56 PM

3/6 City of Mt. Iron 2010 Winter Carnival

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

Posted 3/3/2010 04:03 PM

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 09:14 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 10:40 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 11:32 AM

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 07:16 PM

Iron Range Earth Fest 2010 SPEAKERS SCHEDULE

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

Posted 4/15/2010 07:16 PM


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

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

Posted 6/19/2014 08:18 PM


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

Posted 5/31/2012 08:29 PM

Lake Vermilion Resort Association Fish Report

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

Posted 9/1/2011 04:47 PM

Insurance Matters

Insurance matters

The health insurance maze

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

Posted 9/27/2012 06:49 PM

Blue Guitar Highway

Bring It On Home To Me

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

Posted 8/8/2013 06:11 PM

2013: What would Woody Guthrie do?

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

Posted 1/3/2013 08:23 PM

Father knows best

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

Posted 12/27/2012 08:18 PM

In Your Words

A Letter of Thanks

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

Posted 8/4/2011 06:48 PM

Are trees on the Iron Range in peril?

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

Posted 9/23/2010 08:40 PM

Letter to my neighbor

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

Posted 9/9/2010 09:04 PM

Ojibwe Reflections

Out of the Blue

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

Posted 7/18/2013 08:57 PM

Out of the Blue

The Wild limped into the playoffs. More...

Posted 5/9/2013 06:52 PM

Cheeseburgers for breakfast

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

Posted 3/18/2010 07:56 PM

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 08:27 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 08:27 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 09:24 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 05:58 PM

Pssst! Wanna know a little secret?

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

Posted 9/23/2010 08:40 PM

“Look! There He Is Again!”

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

Posted 9/9/2010 09:05 PM

Guest Columnists


LEO (July 23 to August 22) Enjoy basking in the warm love of family and close friends. But don’t fall into a prolonged catnap yet. There’s still much to do before you can put up your paws and relax.   More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 PM


Attracting, surrounding yourself with the right people

I have found one of the most essential aspects in life is who you surround yourself with. Lord knows the only thing keeping me from spiraling into insanity is the friends I have cheering me on through this crazy life. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 PM


LEO (July 23 to August 22) Your energy levels are high, allowing you to complete those unfinished tasks before you take on a new project. A social invitation could come from an unlikely source.   More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:59 PM



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Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 PM


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Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 PM


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Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 PM

Envisioning the future of education

Virginia Public Schools superintendent sees a changing world

VIRGINIA – As a relative newcomer to the Iron Range and specifically, to the Virginia Public Schools, where I currently am the superintendent of schools, I am struck by how quickly the face of education is changing around the world and curious More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

Quad City Food Shelf seeks help to continue mission

GILBERT – The Quad City Food Shelf invites residents, businesses and organizations to help sustain its mission of providing food to neighbors in need by considering a donation to help defray the cost of relocation. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

Virginia schools plan choir concerts; host annual spaghetti feed Dec. 10

VIRGINIA – The Virginia Junior High (grades 7 and 8) choirs will be presenting their winter program on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. in Goodman Auditorium.  More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

Reminiscing about growing up: It was the best of times

MEADOWLANDS – It was the funeral of an old friend. A member of a family with whom I grew up on a gravel road in the country. The church was full of family and many friends of the deceased. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

E-G students sew for a good cause

EVELETH/GILBERT – For the last several years, Eveleth-Gilbert students in grades 5 – 8 have been doing a project called Operation Holiday Stocking. Mrs. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

Dictionary project supports education VA Rotary Club delivers dictionaries to third graders

VIRGINIA – The Virginia Rotary Club is celebrating its 10th year of presenting Dictionaries to Third Graders—a total of 2,856 dictionaries to five local schools. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

Ely Chamber of Commerce to hold Mrs. Claus party; other events upcoming

ELY - The Ely Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the annual Mrs. Claus Party on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Amici's Event Center. Mrs. Claus and Santa will be present to greet Ely area youth. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

Maria Isley hired by MN Public Radio

DULUTH – Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) has hired Maria Isley as regional manager. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 PM

Minnesota workplace injury rate stays at all-time low level

Minnesota's estimated workplace injury and illness rate for 2016 is at its lowest rate since the measurement started in 1973. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 PM

MnDOT honored with National Roadway Safety Award

The Minnesota Department of Transportation received national honors Wednesday, Nov. 15, for the success of its “Implementation of Data Driven Safety Solutions” program to reduce fatal crashes on county roads.  More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 PM

Giants Ridge invests in high speed ski lifts, more seating

BIWABIK – After receiving $5.7 million in funding from the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board last year, Giants Ridge is adding two new ski lifts for the coming winter recreation season.  More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 PM

Elsa Ellerbroek, age 9, of Ely has winning recipe Super Bowl Host Committee announces 52 Super Snack Challenge Winners

The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) asked and Minnesotans across the state delivered! More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 PM

Eveleth-Gilbert students take part in VFW Voice of Democracy essay contest

EVELETH/GILBERT – The theme of the VFW’s 2017-18 Voice of Democracy essay contest for high school students was “American History: Our Hope for the Future.” Eveleth-Gilbert had 101 entries submitted to the local VFW this year a More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 PM

“Together we act with kindness” United Way of 1000 Lakes promotes good will

ITASCA COUNTY – United Way of 1000 Lakes is looking to Itasca area residence and businesses to help make the world a better place by spreading simple acts of kindness, generosity, and love.  Starting Monday, United Way of 1000 Lakes will u More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:58 PM

DHS seeks public input on services at Grand Rapids meeting Nov. 8 at ICC

GRAND RAPIDS – The Minnesota Department of Human Services wants to hear from users and providers of mental health, substance use disorder, deaf and hard of hearing, and housing services on how to serve Minnesotans better. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:58 PM

Youth in Action program students plan to sleep in boxes to raise awareness of homelessness

BIWABIK – Homelessness, even on cold winter nights, is the stark reality for too many people in St. Louis County. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:58 PM

Baked goods and more, Nov. 10 and 11

Nelimark artisans prepare for November opener

EMBARRASS – October is the month off for the crew at the Nelimark who have been busy from June through September every weekend that the Finnish Museum has been open for visitors. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:59 PM

Virginia Fire Department Run Report: Oct. 23 – Oct. 29, 2017

During the week of Oct. 23-29, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 81 times; 48 9-1-1 EMS calls, 22 transfers, and 11 fire calls. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:59 PM

Minnesota is leading the way in bringing broadband to rural communities

GRAND RAPIDS – “The number-one threat to community and economic development in the 21st Century is the digital divide,“ said technology researcher and development expert Roberto Gallardo last week at the Border to Border Broadband C More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:59 PM

New plaque to commemorate first building in Eveleth, 1892

EVELETH – The Eveleth Heritage Committee is celebrating the city's 125th anniversary by dedicating a plaque at the site of Eveleth's first building, a log cabin erected in 1892. More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:51 AM

September donations total $4,885 Olcott Park Fountain Restoration Project update

VIRGINIA – The Olcott Park Fountain Restoration Project received donations during the month of September totaling $4,885, which bring the project’s donation total to-date to $466,832.90. More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:51 AM

Incredible Ely Small Business Conference slated

ELY – Incredible Ely, the University of Minnesota Duluth Center for Economic Development and the Entrepreneur Fund announce their second joint Small Business Conference to be held on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 1 and 2, at the Grand Ely Lodge. More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:51 AM

Tips on Halloween costumes from the Better Business Bureau

Halloween is a holiday people of all ages embrace and enjoy. Whether it’s tasty treats, spooky masks and costumes or fun decorations, many will take part in this year’s festivities. More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:51 AM

DAV Kolstad Chapter 23 awards two $500 scholarships

VIRGINIA – DAV Kolstad Chapter 23 recently awarded two $500 scholarships to area students. Kelly Heinonen was awarded the Bob Tapani Scholarship. Her grandfather, Jacob Thelen, is a member of DAV Kolstad Chapter 23. More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:52 AM

Visit the Nelimark Museum

Holiday events planned in Embarrass

EMBARRASS – The Nelimark Homestead Museum in Embarrass is holding holiday events in November and December. November events will be held on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10 and 11, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:52 AM

Health Features

Medicare vs. Medicaid—differences are age/disability or income

I recently attended a barbecue in southwest Minnesota and the cook asked me if I wanted a brat or polish. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:59 PM

A free burial option for veterans in the Northland

New Veterans Cemetery to open near Pike Lake in 2018

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – There is something unique and powerful about the bond and trust between soldiers. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:59 PM

Understanding your physical and mental health: It’s a tango

More than half of all people have at least one physical or mental illness at any given time. Mental and physical health disorders often co-occur which makes the prognosis of each more difficult. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:59 PM

Mining Features

ERP, Republic Steel form joint venture

GRAND RAPIDS – ERP Iron Ore, which acquired Magnetation’s former assets near Grand Rapids, has formed a joint venture with Republic Steel.  More...

Posted 8/24/2017 11:48 PM

Lots to see at MN Museum of Mining

CHISHOLM – The Minnesota Museum of Mining is located near the water tower in Chisholm in an expansive park complex surrounded by a massive rock wall built as part of a WPA project.  More...

Posted 8/24/2017 11:48 PM

Rally message is love eclipses hate

Nineteen people, including many young adults, participated in a rally in Virginia on Sunday, Aug. 20. More...

Posted 8/24/2017 11:48 PM

Real Estate

Our local “shifting” market


Posted 12/15/2015 08:20 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 09:35 PM

JPJ Engineering has new office location

HIBBING – JPJ Engineering, Inc. More...

Posted 12/24/2014 08:31 PM




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Posted 8/21/2015 07:10 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 07:25 AM

This week's winners & next week's prize!  Free Access 

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Posted 1/26/2015 12:08 PM

Home & Garden Tips

The busy holiday season is approaching

Now is the time to plan for show stopping displays of blooms for the holiday season. Lusciously large amaryllis blooms are available in a most reds, pinks, and white for knock-out holiday bursts for tabletops or mantels. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 PM

Cooking at home offers many benefits

Dining out can be a special treat after a busy week, a way to celebrate special occasions or a means to socialize with friends. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 PM

Act now to prevent ice dams on roofs

Before winter gets into full swing, Minnesota homeowners have the opportunity to act now to help prevent ice dams and costly water damage to ceilings and walls.  THE PROBLEM? More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:59 PM

Range History

Arrow Company: Four factories on the Range



Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM


The Virginia Memorial Recreational Building History of a building

VIRGINIA – You’ve seen it. You know it. You might even drive by it every day. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:59 PM

Vera: A Gripping True Story of Amazing Perseverance and Love

Virginia man writes biography of mother raised in war-torn Ukraine

Synopsis More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:52 AM

Massage for Your Health

Even chair massages are popular at crafting events

As I have done in the past, I offered chair massages at the Cozy Cottage craft event as well as a craft fair that was held at the Miners Memorial Building in Virginia over the M.E.A. weekend. More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:51 AM

The rewards of massage

Susan Santi is a certified massage therapist and owner of Ahhh Massage in Virginia, MN. Feel free to contact her with questions at 218-410-2144.   More...

Posted 10/12/2017 10:48 PM

Massage can be beneficial even for those who sit a lot

Does your job require you to sit a lot? Whether it be in an office or driving many miles, it doesn’t matter; sitting, is sitting. Researchers are finding out that too much sitting can shorten your life span. More...

Posted 9/28/2017 11:00 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 6/29/2017 11:08 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 10:10 PM

Unique, local artwork coming to the new Vikings stadium

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. More...

Posted 1/15/2015 08:52 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 04:10 PM

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

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

Posted 2/22/2010 01:54 PM

2/13 - Take-A-Kid Ice Fishing

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

Posted 2/5/2010 02:21 PM


Consumers’ loans are voided and vehicle title liens will be cleared

State of Minnesota fines online lender over $300,000 for illegal auto title loans

Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced that his agency has fined an online auto title loan company over $300,000 for illegal lending activity that charged excessive rates to Minnesota consumers. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 PM

Virginia Carefree Living community hires life enrichment coordinator

VIRGINIA – Virginia Carefree Living announced that they have hired Catherine Clark as a life enrichment coordinator. Clark is an experienced certified therapeutic recreation specialist with a degree from Springfield College in Massachusetts. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 PM

ALLETE Clean Energy earns Yellow Ribbon designation

Company recognized for supporting veterans, service members, their families

DULUTH – ALLETE Clean Energy, an ALLETE Inc. company, announced that it has earned a Yellow Ribbon designation from the state of Minnesota.  More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 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 09:20 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 12:13 AM


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

Posted 11/23/2011 01:49 PM

1967 Chevrolet El Camino

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

Posted 10/13/2011 05:55 PM

Conducting Commerce

Defining Friendly Customer Service -

what it is and what it isn’t

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

Posted 2/17/2011 10:02 PM

How to sell money at a discount

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

Posted 2/10/2011 07:19 PM


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

Posted 2/3/2011 09:42 PM

Focus On Veterans

VA prioritizes improving access to pro bono legal services

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), together with the American Bar Association, The Veterans Consortium and National Law School Veterans Clinic Consortium, signed a memorandum of agreement aimed at improving veterans’ ac More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

Holocaust survivor donates $500,000 to help U.S. veterans

JACKSONVILLE, FL – At age 83, Parisborn Bernard Darty feels fortunate to enjoy time with his family and spend winters in Miami Beach nearly three-quarters of a century after escaping Nazi invaders in France as a child. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM

My husband’s tattoo represents him, represents his Army life

This is my husband’s tattoo. I surprised him with the drawing and an appointment to have this tattoo done on his 29th birthday. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:58 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 4/19/2012 11:28 PM

Spring closet cleaning 2012: Phase one - pants

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

Posted 3/22/2012 09:58 PM

Flowers and a candy heart world

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

Posted 2/10/2012 01:04 AM

In Our Words

Point of pride for Minnesota

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

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

Posted 9/16/2010 08:54 PM

Legally Speaking

Your Legal Rights: Magazine subscription solicitation

From the Office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson

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

Posted 2/23/2012 09:05 PM

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

A legal question and answer line for Seniors


Posted 2/10/2012 01:04 AM

Spousal Maintenance

(formerly known as Alimony)

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

Posted 3/24/2011 07:55 PM

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

“The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching.” – John Wooden

Who am I when no one is looking?  More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:49 PM

Out of the Blue

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

I am proud to have had the opportunity to write about a couple of friends of mine in this week’s edition.  More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:59 PM

Out of the Blue

It was a bad romance as far as relationships go.  What had started off so swimmingly had soured. More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:52 AM

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 08:16 PM

The scoop on poop:

Why it’s important to pick up after your dog

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

Posted 4/5/2012 11:51 PM

Nature’s WHY AND HOW

Salty road blues

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

Posted 3/9/2012 01:47 AM



Is lefse really worth all the hard work?

Greetings and Sallytations! ‘Tis the holiday season. It's all about foods, and especially on the Iron Range, it's about ethnic foods. The food that I just don't understand, value, or appreciate is... lefse. More...

Posted 11/16/2017 11:48 PM


Mark puts rumors to rest; finds relaxing is hard work

The first thing I want to do is put to rest the ugly rumors that have been circulating about me for the last six months. More...

Posted 11/2/2017 10:58 PM


Battling wrinkles with some tried-and-true remedies

Greetings and Sallytations!   Wrinkles. There doesn’t seem to be a way to escape getting wrinkles – it’s just part of the aging process. However, there are many things we do that increase early wrinkles. More...

Posted 10/27/2017 12:51 AM

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 09:27 PM

Optimize your site to bring more phone calls

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

Posted 6/24/2010 10:08 PM

Give Your Website Some Personality

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

Posted 6/18/2010 07:57 AM


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Posted 6/23/2015 10:34 AM

Weather widget  Free Access 


Posted 1/10/2014 10:54 AM

Top DVD Rentals and Sales

Top 10 Video Rentals 1. Cowboys and Aliens (PG-13) Daniel Craig 2. The Hangover Part II (R) Bradley Cooper 3. The Help (PG-13) Viola Davis 4. Mr. Popper’s Penguins (PG) Jim Carrey 5. Super 8 (PG-13) Kyle Chandler 6. More...

Posted 12/29/2011 08:49 PM

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