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2010-07-30 / Features

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

2015-05-08 / Features
My incredible experience as a surrogate

EDITOR’S NOTE: Last June we ran a Father’s Day story by Janna Goerdt of Embarrass (“Deep gratitude on Father’s Day,” HTF, June 13, 2014) describing her and her husband’s experience becoming parents to twin baby boy More...

2015-05-01 / Features
Gyppo Antiques added to the mix

SANDY – Michelle Gunderson opened a new business just three years ago, The Dirt Lady Gardens, at her Sandy Township homestead north of Virginia. 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...

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...

2015-03-27 / Features

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

2015-05-01 / Focus On Veterans

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced a new 11-member Special Medical Advisory Group (SMAG) composed of leading medical experts to assist the Department in delivering health care to the 9 million Veterans enrolled More...

2015-05-15 / Focus On Veterans

Little Falls Memorial Day Program Sunday, May 24, 1:30 p.m. Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery 15550 Highway 115, Little Falls, MN Program will include a concert by the Richfield Symphonic Band, followed by a parade of flags. More...

2015-05-08 / Video

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2011-09-16 / Features

In 1901, William Harley drew plans for 116 cc small engine designed for use on a regular bicycle frame. Over the next two years, Harley and friend Arthur Davidson labored on the bike, finishing it with Walter Davidson’s help. More...

2015-05-22 / Features
Veterans entering hospice care at Essentia Health-Virginia receive recognition

There is a long tradition of military service in Dee Dee Thesenvitz’s family. Her uncle fought in France during World War I and was buried there. More...

2015-05-01 / Range History

Dear Readers, This edition of Hometown Focus has been so much fun for me (and I hope for you, too). While researching fish species in Lake Vermilion, More...

2013-11-15 / Features

There are an estimated 26.1 million homes with on-site septic systems in the USA. Minnesota has 535,000 homes with septic systems. St. Louis County has an estimated 38,000. More...

2015-05-01 / Features

EMBARRASS – The tables and benches at the only greenhouse in Embarrass – known as the coldest spot in the continental United States – will be green and growing again beginning this weekend. More...

2015-05-01 / Features
Chemical defense mechanisms, upside-down sex, pharmaceutical wonders, bladderless sinkers, and the scourge of Japan

I learned amazing things this week about some of the fish species that make their home in Lake Vermilion. More...

2015-05-01 / Features

AURORA – Not everyone gets a special day or a conference room named after them, but that wasn’t the case for Robert L. Olson who was bestowed these honors on April 24, 2015, at a celebration at Mesabi East School. More...

2015-04-24 / Health Features
Breaking the silence on her journey to recovery

This is a story about a local 18-year-old woman, who was sexually assaulted by a stranger when she was 14. It took 8 months before she could bring herself to tell her mother what happened to her. More...

2015-04-24 / Health Features

When Joe Sailer of Gilbert first discovered a lump on his chest last August he didn’t think it would be a big deal. More...

2015-05-15 / Features
Mother's Day/Fishng Opener special moments

This is one of Tammy’s favorite Mother’s Day photos with her daughter Jessica. Sweet! Tammy was elated with her new lawn mower for Mother’s Day. I told her not to feel bad since I once got a chainsaw for Mother’s Day! More...

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