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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 10:09 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 2/2/2017 11:08 PM

Scrapbook of World War II clippings

THIS WEEK IN RANGE HISTORY

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 10:52 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 12/29/2016 11:19 PM

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 12/29/2016 11:19 PM

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 12/29/2016 11:19 PM

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 12/22/2016 11:25 PM

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 09:22 PM

Tales from northside Virginia

There’s a man upstairs!

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Posted 11/23/2016 10:39 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 09:47 PM

This Week in Range History

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 08:47 PM

Life’s Journey

The autobiography of Harris and Judy Youngquist, 1921-2014

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Posted 10/13/2016 09:54 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 08:27 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 07:20 PM

CASH plays Eveleth, 1958

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Posted 9/15/2016 09:41 PM

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Itasca County’s rural schools remembered

It’s time for those two words that are favorites among parents and appalling to children: SCHOOL’S OPEN!!  Sorry to shatter the idea of kids walking to school uphill both ways, but even the earliest student didn’t do that. More...

Posted 9/1/2016 09:23 PM

How does a Minnesota kid become a Boston Red sox fan?

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Posted 8/18/2016 09:48 PM

Honey:

The sweet serum with medicinal properties

This Week in Range History  Dear Readers,   More...

Posted 7/28/2016 09:39 PM

Remembering northside Virginia

“Puppy love” epilogue: 59 years later

This Week in Range History EDITOR’S NOTE: Today we share an epilogue for Randy Lanquist’s piece More...

Posted 7/21/2016 09:18 PM

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Iron Range Independence Days, 1891- 1976

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Posted 7/7/2016 09:10 PM

Climb Every Mountain

Iron Range Slovenes: Stories of Escape and Resettlement (Part 2 of 2)

This Week in Range History  Dear Readers,   More...

Posted 6/23/2016 10:18 PM

At the junction of Hwy. 169 and 77

The Y: Memories of my grandparents’ store

It was the 1950s and just about every Sunday, when my brother Bob, sister Kathy and I were growing up, we would head north with our parents to Tower for dinner at grandma and grandpa’s house. More...

Posted 6/9/2016 09:37 PM

Puppy love at Washington Elementary School

At 10 years of age I could catalogue and sort beauty, but from a distance - always from a distance. Grace, as I was about to discover, is the formula that brings beauty to life. Grace beckons closing the gap. More...

Posted 6/2/2016 09:21 PM

This Week in Range History

Breaking the chain of pride

Dear Readers,  This week we welcome new HTF Contributor, David Hanson of Gheen. His piece is part history, part musing, and certainly food for thought. Welcome to HTF, David, and thanks for sharing!  Jean Cole   More...

Posted 5/26/2016 10:07 PM

A Bit of a Legend in these Parts

- The Life of Betty Berger Lessard

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Posted 5/12/2016 08:52 PM

The building of Giants Ridge:

A recreational landmark on the Iron Range

THIS WEEK IN RANGE HISTORY   More...

Posted 2/9/2017 10:47 PM

Grand Theft Auto on northside Virginia

THIS WEEK IN RANGE HISTORY

“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 10:28 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 09:06 PM

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

THIS WEEK IN RANGE HISTORY

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Posted 12/29/2016 11:19 PM

The history of spoons, forks, and knives

Spoons   More...

Posted 12/29/2016 11:19 PM

Local church adaptations on the Iron Range

THIS WEEK OF RANGE HISTORY

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

Posted 12/22/2016 11:25 PM

United Way: Celebrating 50 years in NE MN

THIS WEEK IN RANGE HISTORY

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 10:54 PM

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

This Week in Range History

‘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 12/1/2016 11:39 PM

The myserious Timpano Crypy in North Hibbing Cemetery

This Week in Range History

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 10:49 PM

My idyllic northside childhood

Good luck iron ore

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Posted 11/3/2016 08:27 PM

This Week in Range History

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 10:08 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 09:55 PM

This Week in Range History

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 07:20 PM

My memories of the Chisholm fire of 1908

This Week in Range History

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Posted 9/15/2016 09:40 PM

THIS WEEK IN RANGE HISTORY

A paper route, rocket science and peeping Toms

“So you got the paper route from Mark Ness, hey? Did you know that Mark has a twin sister? Have you seen her? Her name is Marcia. She’s a babe,” Roger explained.  More...

Posted 9/8/2016 09:56 PM

IN WEEK THIS HISTORY RANGE

The red iron ore mines of Mt. Iron, 1892- 1964

Brunt – Hanna – Iroquois – Mill – Mott – Mountain Iron – Pilot – Pilot Annex – Prindle – Snively – Wacootah – Wheeling. Twelve in all, located within the corporate city limits of Mt. More...

Posted 8/25/2016 09:20 PM

THIS WEEK IN RANGE HISTORY

A hunting experience at Kewaunee's Hotel

My husband Jeff asked if I would like to take a mini-vacation in July and said that I could decide where we would go and what we would do. I love being the event planner! More...

Posted 8/11/2016 08:30 PM

AdvancedMinnesota and Spectrum Health partner for next generation training

REGIONAL – The greatest challenge our region will face over the next two decades will be answering this question: How will we care for our aging population? More...

Posted 7/28/2016 09:39 PM

Touring Finnish heritage sites in Embarrass with a great storyteller

This Week in Range History

EMBARRASS - Has storytelling lost its place in this digital world of instant information? I thought about this when Mike Salo called me a couple of weeks ago and asked if I would like to go along on a Finnish Heritage tour in the Embarrass area. More...

Posted 7/14/2016 08:46 PM

Connecting with long-lost Slovenian relatives

This Week in Range History

Dear Readers, Today we feature a piece written by Richard Samec, a Hibbing, MN, native, about his journey researching his family tree and his family’s subsequent trip to Slovenia More...

Posted 6/30/2016 09:17 PM

This Week in Range History

Dear Readers, Today’s Range History article, Climb Every Mountain: Iron Range Slovenes, Stories of Escape and Resettlement, was written by David Setnicker of Biwabik, MN. It will be published here in two parts, June 17 and June 24. More...

Posted 6/16/2016 09:29 PM

Ice cream, minnows, and souvenirs

Friends weigh in on The Y Store memories

Editor’s note: I asked my Facebook friends about their memories of The Y in Tower, MN. Many responded with memories after it became The Beyer’s Y Store. Basically, it’s all about the ice cream. – Jean   More...

Posted 6/9/2016 09:37 PM

This Week in Range History

WWII: The rescue of Cabanatuan prison camp POWs

On our way home from Playa Del Coco, Costa Rica last spring, my wife Jeri and I stopped at my brother’s home in Marshall, Missouri. They gave me the book Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides. More...

Posted 5/26/2016 10:07 PM

THIS WEEK IN RANGE HISTORY

HISTORICAL PHOTOS

Dear Readers,   This week we’re sharing some old photos courtesy of the Iron Range Historical Society. The content of some of these photos remains a mystery, so if you recognize someone or something, give us a call!  More...

Posted 5/19/2016 08:46 PM

Memories of a typical Namakan day

The sun rises early and sets late on Namakan in June. The leaves are on the oak trees and the mosquitoes are voracious. More...

Posted 5/12/2016 08:52 PM

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