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2015-03-27 / Features

Terry Hartikka of Virginia is the only person I know that has a drone. More...

2015-03-27 / Features
A grand opportunity for the Quad Cities

VIRGINIA – Contrary to a recent local news report (MDN, Mar. 26, 2015), the proposed Hwy. 53 bridge over Rouchleau Pit will NOT be 200 feet long and 1,100 feet high. In fact, it will be approximately 1,100 feet long and (almost) 200 feet high. More...

2010-07-30 / Features

Maybe you’ll remember the Iron Range schools of the 50’s; maybe not. More...

2015-03-20 / Hometown Recipes

TOWER - The first time Diane (Syrjanen) Childs made juustoa (Finnish squeaky cheese), it was a frustrating experience. More...

2013-07-26 / Massage for Your Health

In my last article I shared some interesting facts about massage in the U.S. In this article I am going to talk about current massage regulations in Minnesota and what the future plans are for us here. There are now 44 states that are regulated. More...

2015-03-06 / Features

VIRGINIA – A casting call went out in February for a feature film based on Dan Wells’ award winning novel, I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER. More...

2015-03-06 / Features

My curiosity about ginseng was piqued by the reality TV shows Appalachian Outlaws (History channel) and Smokey Mountain Money (National Geographic channel). More...

2012-03-22 / Features

You might not know what they are called, but I’m sure you have seen these flies in your house throughout winter on days when the outdoor temperature warms a bit. More...

2015-03-13 / Features

It isn’t every day that a boy’s dream comes true. It isn’t every day that a beloved sports team and Booster Club have the opportunity to do something remarkable. More...

2015-03-06 / Focus On Veterans
WWP supports bill to improve on-campus support for student veterans


2015-03-06 / Features
Film “extras” learn to dance, sort of

Last Thursday we got a call from our daughter-in-law asking if we’d like to be extras in a movie. More...

2015-03-27 / Guest Columnists

What’s going on in the world of upgrades for Microsoft’s current operating system Windows 8.1? More...

2012-09-28 / Massage for Your Health
Massage for your health & wellness

A client of mine recently informed me that she has polymyalgia, which I had never heard of before. I was only familiar with fibromyalgia. In fact, my client believes she has both conditions. More...

2015-03-27 / Features

A gaggle of geriatrics got together for lunch last week. We are members of the Gilbert High School Class of 1962. This is not something we have done before. Oh, we have reunions every five or 10 years, but to just get together for lunch was a first. More...

2015-03-06 / Pets

Leave the pampered Pomeranians to celebrities and socialites. More...

2015-01-16 / Business

There’s no such thing as too many restaurant options. Generally each eatery offers something the others don’t have. More...

2012-08-03 / Hometown Recipes

Shirley and I have been together for 50 years. During that time, it is safe to say that we have made BBQ ribs (in the oven, not the grill) at least six times every year - most of the time with the same sauce recipe. More...

2014-05-16 / Features
Ties to the Iron Range uncovered

The Finns are always happy when a Hollywood star comments on Finland in interviews. It has been reported many times that Oscar-winning actor Matt Damon has Finnish ancestry and that he would like to visit the country some day. More...

2015-03-20 / Features
Exhibitors, a simulated shooting range, and magic tricks

As we slowly creep closer to retirement, my husband and I occasionally talk about getting a (really) small pull-behind trailer and hitting the road for a couple months each year. More...

2015-03-06 / Real Estate

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...

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