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2017-02-10 / Range History
A recreational landmark on the Iron Range


2017-02-10 / Features
A legacy of 11 children, 52 grandchildren, 71 great-grandchildren (and counting)

VIRGINIA – It was May 2, 1946. The wars in Europe and the Pacific were over, but the short Battle of Alcatraz had just begun, later to be immortalized in such films as “The Birdman of Alcatraz” and others. More...

2017-01-27 / Health Features

VIRGINIA – When Phyllis Harvey recently took her husband, George, to the Essentia Health-Virginia Urgent Care for the first time, the couple was pleasantly surprised by the level of care they received. More...

2017-02-17 / Range History
A recreational landmark on the Iron Range

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

2017-02-03 / Focus On Veterans

CAMP RIPLEY – County Honor Rolls of WWl veterans are now available online after a joint project between the Minnesota Military Museum, St. Cloud State University, and the Minnesota Digital Library.  More...

2017-01-27 / Health

Q: I know that dogs can sniff out diseases like diabetes and cancer, but I heard about a breathalyzer that can identify multiple sclerosis. Is that true, and if so, how is that possible? -- Darin C., Toledo, Ohio   More...

2017-01-27 / Health Features

HIBBING – When you’re one of 10 kids (including two who are disabled) in a rural Wisconsin family struggling to survive adversity and dysfunction in the 1950s and ‘60s, you learn how to care for others. More...

2017-01-27 / Health Features

HIBBING – Marvin Fosso of Britt made a trip to Fairview Range to see a doctor. But this wasn’t a routine visit.  He came to thank the doctor who helped save his life.  More...

2017-01-27 / Health Features

BUHL - I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) at the age of 19. I had only been married a couple of months to my husband, Adam, who is a firefighter and paramedic on the Virginia Fire Department. More...

2017-02-03 / Features

VIRGINIA - As I sit down to write my story about our 25th consecutive Super Bowl party, I am reminded of a moment in time when I did not like football. My father had fallen asleep on the couch while watching a football game one Sunday afternoon. More...

2017-01-27 / Health

The schoolwork was easy. Being there was hard. Although he had a high IQ and was placed in accelerated classes, Sam could not focus. If there was a window he could not help to look out it. More...

2017-01-27 / Health Features

BUHL – “Is $40 too much for a pair of specialty biking shorts?” Julie [not her real name] wondered. More...

2017-01-27 / Health Features

VIRGINIA – Freshly grown lettuce straight from the garden may seem like a dream in the dead of winter, but community growers are enjoying the fruits of their labor at Virginia’s Olcott Park Greenhouse. More...

2017-01-27 / Health Features
Mark’s story: Puzzling paralysis put me in a wheelchair

On July 1, 2016, right before a regular check-up scheduled with Dr. Ciriacy at Ely Health Clinic, I had trouble moving my legs correctly. They just weren’t doing what I wanted them to do. More...

2017-02-10 / Focus On Veterans

“For over a decade, Vietnam Veterans of America has sought legislation to restore presumptive Agent Orange exposure status to members of the Armed Forces who served in the territorial waters of Vietnam,” said John Rowan, VVA National Pres More...

2017-02-17 / Features
390 students attend “Make a Difference” conference

TOWER – The Woodlands Ballroom at Fortune Bay Resort Casino was nearly full to capacity on Monday, Feb. 13, with a crowd of approximately 425 who were attending the 22nd annual Iron Range Youth in Action (IRYA) conference. More...

2017-01-27 / Health Features

Reducing the time it takes for a person experiencing psychosis to get treatment is the goal of two new mental health pilot projects in the Twin Cities.  More...

2017-02-03 / Features

EVELETH – Every year, 5,600 Americans are diagnosed with ALS, the incurable progressive neurodegenerative disease, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  More...

2017-01-27 / Business

STATEWIDE – MNsure's Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) has enrolled 1,934 employees from 438 different small businesses in 2017 health coverage. Demand for coverage through SHOP has increased significantly from 2016.  More...

2017-02-03 / Range History
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...

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