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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

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

Labrador retriever is most popular breed for 26th year

The Labrador retriever does it again! More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:52 PM

Kallie shares photos of furry felines

EDITOR’S NOTE: The cats in these photos spent time at Borderland Humane Society in International Falls, but have since found their forever homes. “Please   More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:52 PM

Bonner Eye Clinic employees donate to Grand Itasca

DULUTH – The College of St. Scholastics on Friday celebrated accreditation of its new physician assistant (PA) program.  The designation was awarded by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:52 PM

Essentia Health welcomes nurse practitioner in I’Falls

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – Nurse practitioner Jennifer Hansen has joined the family medicine department at the Essentia Health-International Falls Clinic in International Falls.  More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:52 PM

St. Luke’s is first in area to offer clot-busting tool for stroke patients

DULUTH – St. Luke’s is doing something no other health system in the region is doing. It is offering a new clot-busting tool to stroke patients called an endovascular thrombectomy.  More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:52 PM

St. Luke’s electrophysiologist begins Hibbing outreach services

HIBBING – Dr. Jeffrey Munro, an electrophysiologist with St. Luke’s Cardiology Associates, is now seeing patients at St. Luke’s Hibbing Family Medical Clinic. Dr. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:52 PM

Kallie shares some fuzzy happiness with HTF readers

EDITOR’S NOTE: Photographer, Hometown Focus contributor and animal lover Kallie Kantos of International Falls wanted to share some fuzzy happiness with HTF   More...

Posted 5/11/2017 11:04 PM

Pet care costs, quirky pet facts and names

I find that I have become a regular at the Northland Animal Hospital in Virginia. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:44 PM

Why do dogs love to stick their heads out of car windows?

When was the last time you saw a dog with her head sticking out of the car window looking sad? Probably never because dogs just seem to love it so much.  More...

Posted 4/13/2017 11:08 PM

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month!

Even though the ASPCA works year-round to prevent cruelty to animals, April is special because it is officially Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month! More...

Posted 4/6/2017 11:20 PM

Grand Itasca Volunteer Services donates $30,000

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Itasca Volunteer Services (GIVS) donated $30,000 to Grand Itasca Foundation’s “Close to Home” capital campaign for cancer and infusion care. More...

Posted 3/30/2017 10:36 PM

Upcoming events at Minnesota Discovery Center

CHISHOLM – Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm will be hosting its Artisan Market: Crafts to Crops on Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. More...

Posted 3/30/2017 10:36 PM

It’s Mighty Mutts time! Annual wing and beer fundraiser

HIBBING – The Mighty Mutts 7th Annual Wing and Beer Tasting Event will be held on Wednesday, March 29, from 5 – 7:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory in Hibbing. More...

Posted 3/23/2017 10:56 PM

Mesabi Humane Society seeks special adopters for special cats

VIRGINIA – The mission statement of Mesabi Humane Society (MHS) in Virginia is: “To promote the humane treatment of animals through sheltering, spaying and neutering, adoption and community education.”  More...

Posted 3/10/2017 12:00 AM

German shepherd dog “Rumor” wins Westminster Best in Show

The German shepherd dog “Rumor” of Edgerton, WI, won Best in Show and the Herding Group at the 141st Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City on February 13-14, 2017. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

Meow. Did you know?

Animals verbalize in many different ways to communicate. More...

Posted 2/16/2017 11:09 PM

Weigh the benefits of adopting a dog or cat later in life

Companion animals bring great joy to their owners. The unconditional love cats and dogs provide appeals to people of all ages. More...

Posted 2/9/2017 11:47 PM

Find a furry feline valentine at Precious Paws in Chisholm

CHISHOLM – Precious Paws Humane Society of Chisholm is holding a Valentine’s Day sale now through Sunday, Feb. More...

Posted 2/9/2017 11:47 PM

Share, share, share!

Hometown Focus is always looking for pet stories and news. Do you have a story to share with us? Have you recently adopted a shelter pet? Do you have some pet training tips? If so, we would like to hear from you. Email to cindyk@hometownfocus.us. More...

Posted 2/9/2017 11:47 PM

Spay/neuter: Help reduce animal overpopulation

Companion animal overpopulation is a problem that continues to tax the resources of communities throughout North America. Each year, millions of animals are euthanized in animal shelters because there are simply not enough people to adopt them.  More...

Posted 2/3/2017 12:07 AM

Healthy, safe snacks to help your pet slim down

One of the most common resolutions made every New Year is to drop a few of those pesky pounds, but did you ever think that your dog might need to make this resolution, too? More...

Posted 1/19/2017 11:27 PM

January is National Train Your Dog Month

Start 2017 on the right paw with the Association of Professional Dog Trainers’ National Train Your Dog Month, which celebrates dogs and stresses the importance of canine training among pet professionals, as well as modern families with four-leg More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:52 PM

Mesabi Humane Society announces new board officers

VIRGINIA – This is the start of a new year for Mesabi Humane Society in Virginia. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 10:05 PM

Celebrating safely

Ringing in the New Year with your pets

While Yuletide treats, gifts and holiday bouquets are probably making their way out of your home, the season isn’t over just yet. More...

Posted 12/30/2016 12:18 AM

Get ‘Tick’ed-off in May: Lyme Disease Awareness Month

The most common sign of Lyme disease in dogs include any of the following: lethargy, limping, swollen joints, fever, and not eating. 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

Military dog now reunited with former Air Force handler

American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, and Crown Media Family Networks, home of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, proudly reunited United States Air Force Staff Sergeant Adam Wylie and his former More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:52 PM

Bonner Eye Clinic employees donate to Grand Itasca

Grand Itasca Foundation recently received a $145 gift from Bonner Eye Clinic employees for the “Close to Home” capital campaign for cancer care at Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:52 PM

Orthopaedic Associates surgeon’s specialty to benefit injured athletes at Ely and Hibbing clinics

DULUTH – Dr. Samuel Harms, one of Orthopaedic Associates’ board-certified orthopaedic surgeons, is now board-certified in the sub-specialty of sports medicine. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:52 PM

Fairview Range announces three new staff additions

HIBBING – Fairview Range welcomes Heather Larson, CNP, Nicole Granberg, CNP, and Jackie Haigh, CNS, to its medical staff.  More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:52 PM

Range Respite continues its Brown Bag Lunchtime Learning Series

VIRGINIA – The second session of Range Respite’s Brown Bag Lunchtime Learning Series will be held on Wednesday, June 7, from 12 – 1 p.m. at Range Respite in Virginia. More...

Posted 5/18/2017 10:52 PM

Help Precious Paws save dogs from euthanasia

CHISHOLM – Months ago, Precious Paws personnel started hearing about high-kill shelters in the south that were transporting animals up north to shelters that wanted to help save the lives of dogs—dogs that had a short time to live because More...

Posted 5/11/2017 11:04 PM

Simple tips on walking and enjoying outdoor time with your dog

Most of us know that we’re supposed to walk our dogs at least once a day, and yet studies have shown that 20 percent of us don’t even bother. More...

Posted 5/4/2017 10:42 PM

I would like to be a dog for a day

In my next life, I would like to come back as one of my dogs.  We currently have two dogs, a nine-year-old black Lab named Lulu and a tenyear old Miniature Schnauzer, Tilly, both in their golden years.  More...

Posted 4/20/2017 10:44 PM

Busted: Internet myths and rumors, part II

In August 2016, the ASPCA asked the Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) to shed some light on petrelated myths and rumors commonly found on the Internet. More...

Posted 4/6/2017 11:20 PM

National Dog Bite Prevention Week moved to April 9-15

The National Dog Bite Prevention Week Coalition announced a permanent change of dates for the American Veterinary Medical Association’s long running National Dog Bite Prevention Week. More...

Posted 3/30/2017 10:36 PM

Natural Harvest program supports non-profits

VIRGINIA – Each month Natural Harvest Food Co-op of Virginia selects a local non-profit organization to be the recipient of its Change Within Reach donation program. More...

Posted 3/30/2017 10:36 PM

Fascinating facts about our feline friends

Many cat owners are fascinated by their feline friends. Cats can be quirky, and their behavior often amuses their owners.  But there is more to cats than their quirky personalities. More...

Posted 3/23/2017 10:56 PM

ASPCA announces the Top Pet Toxins of 2016

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) is your best resource for animal poison-related emergencies— 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. More...

Posted 3/16/2017 10:01 PM

4 Paws Sake: Gala fundraiser helps shelter animals

VIRGINIA – Mesabi Humane Society of Virginia held their “4 Paws Sake” annual gala fundraising event on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Gilbert Community Center. More...

Posted 3/3/2017 12:09 AM

AVMA launches programs to boost veterinary wellness

In an effort to protect the health and welfare of its members, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has launched two new mental wellness initiatives.   More...

Posted 2/16/2017 11:09 PM

More Paws to Read dates planned at Virginia Public Library

VIRGINIA – Paws to Read has been so popular at the Virginia Public Library that they are extending their dog visits. More...

Posted 2/16/2017 11:09 PM

Mesabi Humane Society hosting 4 Paws Sake gala Feb. 16

GILBERT – Mesabi Humane Society of Virginia is holding its 4 Paws Sake annual gala on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Gilbert Community Center. More...

Posted 2/9/2017 11:47 PM

Improvements made to Precious Paws animal shelter

CHISHOLM – Precious Paws Humane Society in Chisholm had a busy year in 2016. Rescuing vulnerable animals and helping them find safe, loving homes is our main mission, but it’s not the only thing our shelter does. More...

Posted 2/3/2017 12:07 AM

St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office loses K-9 Roscoe

EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a Jan. 17, 2017, post from the Northland K-9 Foundation’s Facebook page which is reprinted here with permission. The Facebook post is followed by additional information about Roscoe as provided by Dana Kazel, St. More...

Posted 1/26/2017 11:13 PM

Routine grooming: How to trim a dog’s toenails

Trimming dog toenails is a routine part of grooming that can promote health and comfort. The task, while on the surface seems relatively simple, sometimes can be a cause for anxiety. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:52 PM

Living a life loving (and being loved by) dogs

MEADOWLANDS - Having been raised on a small dairy farm, I grew up around many animals. Mostly cows, but my dad also had hogs and Mother raised chickens. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 10:06 PM

Hosting holiday guests?

Keep your pets happy and healthy around visitors

It’s the time of year when you’ll be opening your home to your closest family and friends, and if you’re anything like us, you’ll want to enjoy your holiday celebrations with everyone you love – including your fourlegged More...

Posted 12/23/2016 12:24 AM

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