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MY LEGACY TOUR IN TOIVOLA

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

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Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

The Laaksonens of Fairbanks: “One must expect disappointments”

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

Posted 6/30/2017 12:07 AM

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Emergency services: Do you call 9-1-1 if your CAT is on fire?

ITASCA COUNTY – “9-1-1, what’s your emergency?”  “My cat’s on fire,” a man yells in panic.  “Sir, by the time we send someone out to your location…”  “Listen to me,&rdq More...

Posted 6/15/2017 11:50 PM

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KARL EMIL NYGARD: Minnesota’s Communist mayor

PART 2 OF 2 This story and photos originally appeared in the Fall 2002 edition of Minnesota History Magazine. Reprinted with permission More...

Posted 6/1/2017 11:08 PM

KARL EMIL NYGARD:

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

Some vanished settlements of the Arrowhead country

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This story and photos originally appeared in the Summer 1955 edition of Minnesota History Magazine. Reprinted with permission (sources omitted). –Cindy Kujala, HTF interim editor   More...

Posted 5/4/2017 10:43 PM

Extra! Itasca! Read all about it! Newspapers: Some come, come go, others last for decades

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ITASCA COUNTY – It’s pretty apparent that “like attracts like,” even when it comes to immigrants. More...

Posted 4/20/2017 10:45 PM

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Around the dining room table

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Posted 4/6/2017 11:20 PM

WILLIAM J. BELL,

Disciple of the social gospel on Minnesota’s iron ranges

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Posted 3/23/2017 10:57 PM

From beading to drums, leather, wood, metal and more

Originality is the hallmark of true artisans and craftsmen

ITASCA COUNTY – I apologize. For years I’ve said I can’t stand arts and crafts. I think it’s because I always considered them to be synonymous with knick-knacks and trinkets (which I still can’t stand!). More...

Posted 3/10/2017 12:01 AM

Giants Ridge development over the years

BIWAIBK – This week we’re sharing the third and final history segment on the building of Giants Ridge (p. 38-39) written by one of the pioneers of the Ridge, Duane Ramfjord. More...

Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

The building of Giants Ridge:

A recreational landmark on the Iron Range

THIS WEEK IN RANGE HISTORY  Remembering The Hill in the earliest days   More...

Posted 2/16/2017 11:09 PM

Foods of northern Minnesota:

A melting pot where great flavors abound

ITASCA COUNTY – Like all of northern Minnesota, Itasca County is a melting pot of ethnicities. All those varied ethnic heritages have flavored this area with yummy tastes and traditions. More...

Posted 2/3/2017 12:08 AM

Scrapbook of World War II clippings

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VIRGINIA - Last spring I received a phone call at work that excited me. I work at the Heritage Museum which houses a large archival collection and is operated by the Virginia Area Historical Society. More...

Posted 1/12/2017 11:52 PM

Why do we drop the ball on New Year’s Eve in Times Square?

When Adolph Ochs purchased the floundering New York Times in 1896, he made it his mission to make the newspaper the number one paper in all of New York. More...

Posted 12/30/2016 12:19 AM

Make the year ahead clutter-free

Many people feel the dawn of a new year provides an opportunity to clean the slate and begin anew. That notion can be applied in various ways, including around the house.  More...

Posted 12/30/2016 12:19 AM

Resolving to unplug from devices

Many people now spend ample time each day texting, posting to social media and watching videos on their smartphones. More...

Posted 12/30/2016 12:19 AM

Architecture of regional houses of worship

During the summer of 2016, B’nai Abraham Museum and Cultural Center in Virginia hosted an exhibit on the architecture of regional houses of worship. More...

Posted 12/23/2016 12:25 AM

NOEL WIEN: Aviation Hall of Famer

Cook native was the “Father of Alaska Bush Flying”

This week I’m sharing the compelling story of Noel Wien, a native of Cook, MN, who had an incredible career as an Alaskan bush pilot – and so much more. More...

Posted 12/8/2016 10:22 PM

Tales from northside Virginia

There’s a man upstairs!

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Posted 11/23/2016 11:39 PM

Carl Pushcar:

WWII veteran and a pilot poet

At any time throughout history if one were to ask warriors and soldiers on any side of a battle to describe “What is war?” the answer might be something like: War is long periods of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror.  More...

Posted 11/10/2016 10:47 PM

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Life’s Journey

Editor’s note: This autobiography was kindly provided to us by Harris and Judy Youngquist of Cook (Lake Vermilion), MN. It was published in April of 2014 with the guidance and encouragement of their four children. More...

Posted 10/27/2016 09:47 PM

Life’s Journey

The autobiography of Harris and Judy Youngquist, 1921-2014

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Posted 10/13/2016 10:54 PM

Equal rights and free love

The remarkable story of the first female U.S. presidential candidate

The 19th amendment to the United States Constitution, which was the result of many decades of hard work and lobbying from tireless suffragists who battled on both the state and national fronts, prohibits any US citizen from being denied the right to More...

Posted 9/29/2016 09:27 PM

The origin of the red state/blue state dichotomy

So ubiquitous in today’s political discourse, many assume that the red state/blue state distinction has been around as long as we have had Republicans and Democrats. More...

Posted 9/22/2016 08:20 PM

The Laaksonens of Fairbanks: “One must expect disappointments”

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

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Remembering the muscle car era: 1964-1974

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Although muscle car sales were relatively modest by Detroit production standards, they hold a big place in classic car history. In 1964, there were Oldsmobile, Chevrolet, and Pontiac muscle cars, with Buick joining in a year later. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

Flag Day

A history of the celebration of Old Glory

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Posted 6/8/2017 11:09 PM

Biwabik’s Modern Home Manufacturing Corporation

The beginning of the end of mining company towns

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Posted 5/25/2017 11:29 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

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One hundred years and counting The story of Marquette Catholic School

VIRGINIA – If you aren’t yet familiar with Marquette Catholic School (MCS), we have been reaching and teaching the children of our area, in continuous operation, for one hundred years. More...

Posted 4/27/2017 11:45 PM

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Around the dining room table

Part 2 of 2   VIRGINIA – “Hello, is anybody home?” Larry Pickering, our neighbor from down the street had made an entrance through the porch and called his greeting from the front door after opening it a crack and poking his he More...

Posted 4/13/2017 11:08 PM

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Historical tidbits of forestry in Minnesota

Minnesota's first sawmills   More...

Posted 3/30/2017 10:37 PM

WILLIAM J. BELL,

Disciple of the social gospel on Minnesota’s iron ranges

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Posted 3/16/2017 10:01 PM

Drive-in restaurants:

Decades of popularity across the Iron Range

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Posted 3/3/2017 12:09 AM

The building of Giants Ridge:

A recreational landmark on the Iron Range

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Posted 2/24/2017 12:49 AM

The building of Giants Ridge:

A recreational landmark on the Iron Range

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Posted 2/9/2017 11:47 PM

Grand Theft Auto on northside Virginia

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“Mom, Ricky’s got a nickel and wants to go to the store. Can I have a nickel?” I asked. Mom was in the kitchen cleaning up from breakfast. More...

Posted 1/19/2017 11:28 PM

TRACING the HOUND

The Minnesota Roots of The Greyhound Bus Corporation

On Tuesday, July 31, 1984, the city of Hibbing on the iron range region of northern Minnesota’s St. Louis County celebrated Greyhound Bus Day. More...

Posted 1/5/2017 10:06 PM

The story of how two friends elaborately re-gifted the same pair of pants for over two decades

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Posted 12/30/2016 12:19 AM

The history of spoons, forks, and knives

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Posted 12/30/2016 12:19 AM

Local church adaptations on the Iron Range

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IRON RANGE – In the past 110 years Virginia’s churches have undergone a number of changes. More...

Posted 12/23/2016 12:25 AM

United Way: Celebrating 50 years in NE MN

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CHISHOLM – When I decided to do a story on the 50th anniversary (1966-2016) of the United Way of Northeastern Minnesota (UWNEMN), I asked the staff there to send me some background info. More...

Posted 12/15/2016 11:54 PM

Deck the halls (and know the reason why !) this holiday season

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‘Twas the night before Christmas and all the other tales we tell at Christmas. They’re good stories and the basis of our holiday traditions. Or so we think. More...

Posted 12/2/2016 12:39 AM

The myserious Timpano Crypy in North Hibbing Cemetery

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HIBBING – This is the incredible story of the old Timpano Crypt in the North Hibbing Cemetery and Tony Timpano’s peculiar and touching manner of remembering and honoring his loved ones.  More...

Posted 11/17/2016 11:49 PM

My idyllic northside childhood

Good luck iron ore

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Posted 11/3/2016 09:27 PM

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Editor’s note: This autobiography was kindly provided to us by Harris and Judy Youngquist of Cook (Lake Vermilion), MN, who have a wonderful lifetime of tales to share, not to mention over 70 years of marriage to each other. More...

Posted 10/20/2016 11:08 PM

Getting lost in Itasca County

A township, 40-acres, a lake, a commune and Busticogan’s gold go missing

This Week in Range History   ITASCA COUNTY – Have you ever said, “I can’t find my car keys?” Or been on a drive and get the feeling that you’re lost? We all have. More...

Posted 10/6/2016 10:55 PM

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How a donkey and an elephant came to represent Democrats and Republicans

The donkey is stereotypically bumbling, slow, and stubborn; the elephant– big and clumsy. Being compared to one of these animals is not exactly flattering in this sense. More...

Posted 9/22/2016 08:20 PM

My memories of the Chisholm fire of 1908

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Posted 9/15/2016 10:40 PM

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