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2014-08-01 / News Briefs

MINNESOTA STATE FAIRGROUNDS – The Minnesota State Fair is proud to announce more than two dozen new attractions and exhibits for the 2014 Great Minnesota Get Together. The following is a list of the fair experiences debuting this year: 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...

2014-08-15 / Features
Public nuptials make history in Mt. Iron

MT. IRON - When I saw Sally Peterangelo walk down the steps of the Mt. More...

2014-08-08 / Features

Highly driven. Eager to work. Methodical. With references like that, Louie, Diesel and Ted sound like ideal candidates for just about any job. 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...

2014-08-15 / Guest Columnists

A web browser, commonly referred to as an internet browser, is a program used to access the internet for retrieving and presenting information in its many formats on the World Wide Web. 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...

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...

2014-07-25 / Features
Should I or shouldn’t I?

I recently had my annual check-up. It had been 1.5 years since my last one. “Annual” always seems an arbitrary requirement, particularly when I’m feeling fine and nothing seems amiss. Nevertheless, I bucked up and did my duty. More...

2014-08-08 / Features

WINTON - We bought our tickets for this year’s Boundary Waters Blues Fest during last year’s festival. Finally the day is almost here to use them! We always have a great time at this event. More...

2014-08-01 / Focus On Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. More...

2014-08-22 / Features
Cook petting zoo and farm to open Labor Day weekend

COOK – “I love it here,” said Lois Pajari, shielding her eyes with her hand as she gazed out over open fields rimmed by the boreal forest. She is the fourth-generation of her family to live on this homestead just north of Cook, MN. More...

2014-08-22 / Focus On Veterans

The Blue Angels is the United States Navy’s flight demonstration squadron. More...

2014-08-08 / Business

ELY – Edwards Oil and Edwards North Country Propane General Manager Bob More...

2014-08-15 / Hometown Recipes

Reconditioning a cast iron skillet The cook is: Julie, Editor’s note: We use our cast iron skillets every day. They are great “finds” at garage sales or thrift shops. More...

2014-07-18 / News Briefs

A primary election will be held in Minnesota on August 12, 2014. A primary election gives voters a chance to decide which candidates will represent their political party in the November general election. More...

2014-08-01 / Sallyworld
Sally’s gettin’ MARRIED! “Whatever will I wear?”

Greetings & Sallytations! Going to the chapel and I’m going to get married! I have one week to get my act together! I have one week to lose the 40 pounds I planned on. Not going to happen. More...

2014-08-08 / Sallyworld
Groom-to-be gives bride-to-be a week off from writing her column

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

2014-08-15 / Focus On Veterans

MINNESOTA STATE FAIRGROUNDS – year’s Military Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair, presented by USAA on Tuesday, Aug. 26, honors the children of military members and veterans and the sacrifices make while their loved ones serve. More...

2014-08-15 / News Briefs

STATEWIDE – Minnesota has launched its new statewide system for helping sexually exploited youth that treats them as abused individuals needing help and support rather than as criminals. More...

2014-08-22 / Sallyworld
Wedding parade venue came off without with a hitch

Greetings and Sallytations, from the “Mrs.”! Well, we did it! We were married on August 9 right during the middle of the Merritt Days Parade in downtown Mt. Iron. More...

2014-04-04 / Features

I’m excited! My birthday is approaching and I will be seventy. My mother began having labor pains the day before Easter. She was in the midst of making a lemon meringue pie for the holiday. More...

2014-08-08 / Pets

The exercise needs of these ten active breeds would keep any owner in shape! Walking, jogging, biking, hiking, swimming and playing Frisbee with your dog are all fun workouts you can take part in together. More...

2014-08-08 / Hometown Recipes

Today’s recipes come from our own stash as well as from contributors. These dishes feature seasonal items you may have in your garden or can buy at a local farmer’s market or grocery store. More...

2014-08-01 / Hometown Recipes

It’s an exciting time of summer when you can start harvesting fresh vegetables and herbs from the garden, or purchase them at your local farmer’s market. We have a large garden, and it’s like having a supermarket in the back yard. More...

2014-08-15 / News Briefs

HIBBING – Fairview Range Pharmacy Manager, Neal Walker, has recently been appointed by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) to serve a three-year term on the Advisory Committee on Examinations (ACE) effective June 1, 2014. More...

2014-07-18 / Guest Columnists

Power surges occur when power companies switch from one power grid location to another due to changing power demands. Power outages can also cause problems. More...

2014-08-15 / Features
Lake Vermilion boat show brings out the classics

I travel several thousand miles every summer attending boat shows. That’s why I’m so appreciative of having a show so close to my hometown of Ely. The Lake Vermilion Antique & Classic Boat Show will be held Sunday, Aug. More...

2014-07-11 / Features
The Kretmans: Paying it forward by “doing the walk”

Editor’s note: This is the latest installment in a series, “Paying it forward,” featuring individuals and their involvement with the annual Sand Lake Shuffle, a fundraiser for local cancer patients. More...

2014-08-08 / Range History
Part 2 of 5


2014-07-25 / Health

I have been practicing hypnotherapy now for about a year and a half, and I often get asked what is the most often requested issue to work on. The answer turns out to be anxiety and stress management. More...

2014-08-01 / Range History
Part 1 of 5

EXPERIENCES I was standard-issued, but not under or into standard circumstances. More...

2014-08-01 / Features

In 1911, the hardy pioneers of the booming valley of Bear River, Minnesota assembled for an "exposition" of their harvest. More...

2014-07-18 / Features
Popular fiddle event returns to Mt. Iron for third year

....MT. IRON – Do you like reality TV shows like American Idol? Then you’d love to watch or participate in the 33rd annual Minnesota State Old Time Fiddle Championship (MSOTFC). The shows will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 1 p.m. More...

2014-08-22 / News Briefs

VIRGINIA – An event that began on the Iron Range in 2004 is turning 10 by doing what it does best: celebrating the work of hotel housekeepers everywhere. More...

2014-08-15 / Features

The year 2009 marked the 100th anniversary of the outboard motor known as Evinrude. The humble beginning of this business is also a love story. After spending a number of years working throughout the Midwest, Ole Evinrude came to Milwaukee in 1900. More...

2014-08-15 / Range History
Part 3 of 5

EXPERIENCES AS A 9-YEAR OLD in June 1954, I had no idea I was about to experience the remarkable rebirth of both a town and an industry. More...

2014-08-22 / Range History
Part 4 of 5

EXPERIENCES TRAFFICKING IN SKIN WHEN I WAS 3, DAD HOISTED ME ONTO HIS SHOULDERS as he and Grandpa Barfknecht headed into the winter woods to, as Grandpa put it, “pick off a few rabbits for dinner.” For the next several winters, I accompanied Grandpa More...

2013-10-11 / Features

A reverse mortgage is a type of mortgage that allows a homeowner to borrow money based on the value of his or her home. The borrower can receive a monthly paycheck until he or she has collected as much as the house is worth. More...

2012-05-04 / Blue Guitar Highway
The next time I hear a vendor shout, “Cold BEER here!” I want it to be Wally. - Paul Metsa

Author’s note: With baseball season in full swing, I thought I’d share the following from my “Letters to the Editor” archive. It was my response to the ridiculous sting operation that took down Wally the Beer Man. More...

2014-08-22 / Features

Editor’s note: Today we are sharing a series of updates from Edward Addy on his vocational training (basic electricity classes) in Haiti through his organization, the North American Center for Emergency Communications (NACEC), which we have fea More...

2014-08-15 / Health

Q: I’ve been diagnosed with periodontal disease. I want to reverse it ASAP, because I hear it leads to more problems than just tooth decay. What’s my next step? -- Kathy L., Eugene, Oregon More...

2014-08-08 / Focus On Veterans
VFW is first veterans organization join VA’s #VetQ initiative


2014-08-01 / Massage for Your Health

As some of you may be aware, massage has fast become an accepted form of pain relief for many different health issues that people may experience in their lifetime, and end of life illnesses are no exception. More...

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