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Help name Pepper’s five furry kittens

CHISHOLM – Precious Paws Humane Society in Chisholm is holding a “Name Pepper’s Kittens” contest to help them name Pepper’s five little bundles of fur. Themed, gender-neutral names are requested. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:24 PM

Various defensive driving refresher courses offered

IRON RANGE – Four-hour defensive driving refresher courses for drivers age 55 and older who have taken the 8-hour defensive driving course and want to continue receiving a discount on their automobile insurance premiums are being offered as fol More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Salad luncheon Thursday St. Mark’s church in Palo

PALO – A salad luncheon will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 4096 Hwy. 100, Palo (10 miles south of Aurora at the intersection of Hwys.100 and 111) on Thursday, July 20, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Going to Pieces Quilters annual picnic on Tuesday

COOK – The annual picnic meeting of Going to Pieces Quilters will be held Tuesday, July 18, beginning at noon at Shirley Woods’ kitchen at 8343 E. Leander Rd. in Cook. Six demonstrations will be available. Dinner is at 6 p.m. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Mt. Iron meeting notice

MT. IRON – The Mountain Iron Economic Development Authority will hold a board meeting on Wednesday, July 19, at 5:30 p.m. at the Mountain Iron Community Center.   More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Exchange students need host families

IRON RANGE – Greenheart International, a nonprofit agency, is searching for volunteer host families for high school foreign exchange students arriving in August. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Community forum in Hibbing to address drug epidemic in region

HIBBING – What can be done to address the drug epidemic in the region and what resources are available for people seeking help? St. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

MN firms optimistic about economy

Minnesota business services firms feel positive about the economy, with more than 80 percent expecting revenue and profits to increase or remain stable next year, according to a joint survey released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment an More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Big lake lovers’ celebration this weekend in the Twin Ports

DULUTH/SUPERIOR – Children can load an ore boat, navigate the Soo Locks and dance like a drop of water in Lake Superior—all as part of the three days celebrating the Big Lake with Lake Superior Day, the third Sunday in July each year sinc More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

DNR reminds visitors to bring only approved firewood onto state lands

Only approved firewood is allowed on Department of Natural Resources-managed lands, which include state parks, state forests and wildlife management areas. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Duck numbers variable, Canada goose numbers up from last year survey says

Population counts showed variable results for several species of ducks that breed in Minnesota, according to the results of the annual Department of Natural Resources spring waterfowl surveys.  More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Buddy Holly Tribute Show at Mesaba Country Club

HIBBING— The Mesaba Country Club is hosting a special dinner show on Friday, July 28, featuring a Buddy Holly Tribute Show, and a dance Saturday, July 29. Both nights are open to the public. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Gala for Ely Greenstone Art Show and Sale July 7

ELY – The 21st annual Greenstone Art Show and Sale opens at the annual Greenstone Gala on Friday, July 7, from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Miners Dry House, 105 Miners Lake Landing Rd. in the Ely Arts & Heritage Center at Pioneer Mine. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Caregivers Are Heroes support group to meet

HIBBING/CHISHOLM – Caregivers Are Heroes, a family caregiver support group sponsored by Range Respite, will meet at First Presbyterian Church, 2201 2nd Ave. E. in Hibbing on Monday, July 10, from 2 – 3:30 p.m. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

The Quarry and The Legend again garner top honors

BIWABIK – Giants Ridge – the four-season destination resort set in the rugged beauty of Minnesota’s Iron Range – has received national recognition from top golf publications, Golfweek and Golf Digest. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:11 PM

Zooey caught a big bass!

Zooey, age 10, visiting from California, caught this nice bass off the dock at her grandparents’ home on Elliott Lake south of Eveleth. Grandparents are Tom and Nan Dostal. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:11 PM

Area farmers markets now open for the season

IRON RANGE – The growing season in northeastern Minnesota is short. But the opportunities to buy locally grown, healthy foods are many. Farmers markets across the area are growing in popularity and expanding offerings.  More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:11 PM

DNR to modernize its electronic system for hunting and fishing licenses

STATEWIDE – Hunters, anglers and everyone who has a role in selling licenses for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources can anticipate a new electronic license system that will enhance customer service starting in the spring of 2020.&nbs More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:11 PM

TCF bereavement group meeting

VIRGINIA – The Iron Range Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will be holding a summer meeting on Tuesday, July 11, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 1111 8th St. S. in Virginia.  More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:07 AM

HTF correction

Photo identification in the Range history section (p. 28) of the June 16, 2017, edition of Hometown Focus was misleading or incorrect. More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:07 AM

Mining history preservation volunteers sought in Calumet, Ironton

CALUMET – Use your passion for history to help preserve Iron Range Mining history! This is a great opportunity for those looking to learn about careers in archaeology, archival science, or cultural resource management. More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:08 AM

Borealis Art Guild is hosting art workshops for kids

HIBBING – The Borealis Art Guild is hosting two weeks of art workshops for BuzyKidz. Classes are from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. each day and will be held at the Borealis Art Guild, 214 E. Howard St., Suite G, in Hibbing. More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:08 AM

Two candidates vie for title of Little Miss Gilbert

GILBERT – Two candidates are running for the title of Little Miss Gilbert 2017. They are Hailey Huismann and Sophie Slavich.  Hailey is 9 years old. She is the daughter of David and Nicole Huismann. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

Much to see and do at MN Museum of Mining

CHISHOLM – Located in an expansive park complex surrounded by a massive rock wall built as part of a WPA project, the first thing a visitor sees when driving onto the Minnesota Museum of Mining property in Chisholm is a stone castle built by ma More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

Family Discovery Day at MDC to be held June 29

CHISHOLM – Family Discovery Day: Let’s Grow will be held at the Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm on Thursday, June 29, from 4 – 7:30 p.m. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

Ely Area Food Shelf will be open on July 19

ELY – The Ely Area Food Shelf will be open on Wednesday, July 19, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The food shelf is open the third Wednesday of every month.  More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Watercolor workshop planned at NWFA in Cook

COOK – Northwoods Friends of the Arts in Cook is offering a new watercolor class by Mary Beth Downs called “Walking the Line” on Thursday, Sept. 14, and Friday, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

The 218’s third Outdoor Street Show on Thursday

VIRGINIA – The 218 Taphouse, Shop Coffeehouse and Lambo Sound will present the third show of the 2017 Outdoor Street Show Series Thursday, July 20, at 5 p.m. The show is open to the public and will be held on the corner of 3rd Ave. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Crane Lake Chapel annual bazaar set for Wednesday

CRANE LAKE – The annual Crane Lake Chapel bazaar will be held on Wednesday, July 19, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Gilbert Class of 1969 to gather for dinner July 20

BIWABIK – The Gilbert High School Class of 1969 will be having a dinner gathering on Thursday, July 20, at 5 p.m. at Vi’s Pizza in Biwabik.   More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Rachel Niemi is journalism graduate

Rachel Niemi of Virginia graduated in April from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, Athens, OH. She has accepted a producer position at CBS affiliate WIVB-TV in Buffalo, NY. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

IRRR programs accepting applications

IRON RANGE – Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation's Commercial and Residential Redevelopment Programs are now accepting applications.  More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Northland Volunteer Center now accepting award nominations

NORTHLAND – AEOA’s Northland Volunteer Center is accepting nominations through July 21, for three volunteer awards with winners to be announced at a special recognition event in early August.  Hall of Fame Award: Individual—An More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Taxpayer assistance grants available

The Minnesota Department of Revenue is offering $400,000 in grant funds to non-profit organizations that offer volunteer taxpayer assistance services. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

New "CD3" user-operated watercraft cleaning station installed at Pike Lake

PIKE LAKE – Operators of boats and other watercrafts on Pike Lake have a new tool to help protect the lake from Aquatic Invasive Species. A "Clean. Drain. Dry. More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Uprooting aquatic plants is illegal

The Department of Natural Resources reminds lakeshore property owners that it is illegal to use hydraulic jets to move sediment or excavate the bottom of a lake, or to uproot aquatic plants in public waters.   More...

Posted 7/13/2017 11:25 PM

Summer events ongoing at Virginia Public Library

VIRGINIA – The Virginia Public Library shares a listing of summer events at the library:   More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

New support group for senior widowed-persons

MT. IRON – A new senior widowed-persons grief support group will meet at Nichols Town Hall in Mt. Iron on Wednesday, July 12, from 10 – 11:30 a.m. This is a free and open group. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

No NAMI family support group meeting set in July

VIRGINIA – There will be no NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Iron Range family support group meeting in July. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Northwoods Saddle Club event in Embarrass July 8

EMBARRASS – Northwoods Saddle Club is holding a Horse Playday on Saturday, July 8, at 9:30 a.m. at Timber Hall in Embarrass. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:10 PM

Zero tolerance emphasized for boating while intoxicated

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, county sheriffs’ offices, and other public safety agencies statewide stepped up patrols for intoxicated boaters June 30 through July 2 as part of Operation Dry Water, a national campaign aimed at d More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:11 PM

Wildlife drive through Roseau River area to open in mid-July

ROSEAU – The 27-mile “Wildlife Drive” through the Roseau River Wildlife Management Area, located 20 miles northwest of Roseau, will be open to vehicle travel from Saturday, July 15, through Sunday, July 23, and weekends thereafter t More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:11 PM

St. Louis County launches new and improved Adopt A Highway program

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – St. Louis County has long benefited from the volunteer efforts of groups and individuals who have "adopted" a segment of county road and donated their time to pick up the litter alongside it. More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:11 PM

Clean, Drain, Dispose: Steps to prevent invasive species spread

STATEWIDE – This summer, remember to join the 96 percent of Minnesotans who  • Clean their watercraft of aquatic plants and prohibited invasive species, • Drain all water by removing drain plugs and keeping them ou More...

Posted 7/6/2017 11:11 PM

Finnish pianist to perform July 9

VIRGINIA – Finnish pianist Kati Arikoski- Johnson will perform a solo recital in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence on Sunday, July 9, from 1 – 2 p.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Virginia. More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:07 AM

Eveleth area DNR conservation officers make weekly reports

EVELETH – Darrin Kittelson of International Falls reports rain and windy conditions have kept most people at bay in regards to fishing activity on Rainy Lake. More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:08 AM

Habitat 500 Bike Ride fundraiser: The Thompson family rides again

The Thompsons are gearing up to participate in our annual, favorite Habitat for Humanity fundraiser, the Habitat 500 Bike Ride. Dates are July 9 – 15. More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:08 AM

Itasca County Commissioner Mark Mandich resigns

GRAND RAPIDS – Itasca County Commissioner Mark Mandich announced his resignation from elected office on June 20,, effective immediately. Health issues reportedly are the reason for the departure. More...

Posted 6/30/2017 12:08 AM

Hwy. 73, CR5 roundabout project public open house

CHISHOLM – The Minnesota Department of Transportation, in coordination with St. Louis County, has scheduled a public open house on the Highway 73, County Road 5 roundabout project to be held on Wednesday, June 28, at 7 p.m. More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

Eveleth Fayal Garden Club to hold flower show

EVELETH – The Eveleth Fayal Garden Club will hold its annual flower show on Saturday, July 29, at the Fayal Town Hall from 12 – 3:30 p.m. There will also be a plant sale and a bake sale at the same time.  More...

Posted 6/22/2017 11:46 PM

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