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Jean Cole, Editor

2014-11-21 / Features
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We were coming home from Duluth last week, slowly whittling down the shopping list the closer we got to Soudan. When we reached the outskirts of Virginia, we had it down to the essentials five pounds of coffee. More...

2010-07-30 / Features

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

2014-11-21 / Features
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Taking you places you’ve always dreamed of and beyond

Tiny Forbes, Minnesota (pop. 30) is located 10 miles southwest of Eveleth. If you associate Forbes with any business, you probably think of United Taconite’s Fairlane Plant. More...

2014-12-19 / Guest Columnists
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It’s hard to find a bad photograph of silver screen beauty Hedy Lamarr, who was born 100 years ago in November. More...

2014-12-05 / Pets
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Pet food labeling is regulated at two levels. More...

2014-12-12 / Features
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The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is synonymous with Christmas. More...

2014-12-05 / News Briefs
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CHISHOLM – Minnesota’s winningest coach and 2014 National High School Hall of Fame inductee, Bob McDonald, spent 59 years coaching boys’ basketball. More...

2014-11-28 / News Briefs

GRAND RAPIDS – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a public auction of surplus equipment Saturday, Dec. 6, at 9:30 a.m. in Grand Rapids at the DNR northeast regional office, 1201 East Highway 2, Grand Rapids. More...

2014-12-05 / Sallyworld
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Mark’s Green Bean Hotdish fiasco, and Black Friday shopping

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

2011-09-16 / Features
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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...

2014-12-05 / Features
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Murder mystery dinner theatre, and funding a legacy

VIRGINIA - Mid-September. That’s when the phone calls for reservations started for this year’s New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. More...

2012-08-03 / Hometown Recipes
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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...

2014-12-19 / Features
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From the tiniest tots at child care centers, to fourth grade elementary students, Hometown Focus received reams of children’s Christmas wish lists. Teachers collected (or recorded) the wish lists of their wards and brought them to our office. More...

2014-12-05 / Features
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HIBBING - Dashing through the snow is a lot more fun when horses are doing the work. Making lifelong memories for your children and grandchildren is priceless. More...

2014-12-12 / Sallyworld
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Green bean casserole massacre prompts husband’s rebuttal

Editor’s note: This week Sally’s husband Mark asked to write Sallyworld. Apparently, being thrown under the bus last week for his Thanksgiving green bean casserole fiasco didn’t sit well with him. More...

2014-11-28 / Features

NORTH BRANCH, Minn. More...

2014-12-19 / Features
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She looks like a bear ambling down the halls of Mesabi East, but it is only Sheba. Sheba, the Therapy Dog. More...

2014-11-21 / Features
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It’s nine days into this year’s deer season in Minnesota, and I’m reflecting on what that truly means. More...

2014-11-21 / News Briefs

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2014-12-05 / Range History
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How we started our 1965 Christmas vacation, Parkville School style

Dear Readers, This week we have Christmas memories shared by two HTF contributors, Charlie Johnson, a native of Parkville, MN, and Betty Gorsha Magnan More...

2014-11-21 / Features
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There are many well-documented benefits to our communities and to each of us to choosing local, independently owned businesses. We realize it is not always possible to buy what you need locally and so we merely ask you to Think Local FIRST! More...

2014-11-21 / Sallyworld
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Dejunking drawers, hoarding pens, wrinkles, and shopping local

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

2014-12-05 / Business

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2014-12-12 / Features
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Editor’s note: When I want to know the best way to dry parsley leaves, I ask Becky Gawboy. If we have a bug infestation in our garden, I consult Becky. If I need a natural remedy to a vexing health problem, I ask Becky. More...

2013-01-04 / Features
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I can’t take credit for the idea I’m espousing today for the New Year – it came to me via (sorry!) Facebook. Every once in a while, something good comes from that social network. More...

2014-12-05 / Hometown Recipes
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Perhaps you are too stuffed from Thanksgiving’s feast to think about food this week…but I DOUBT it! More...

2012-02-03 / Features
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A couple months ago I stopped in at a local consignment store, thinking I might find something for my daughter Christine, who likes old clothing she can re-use. More...

2014-12-19 / Features
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A different kind of snow storm

If you have a passion for birds or even if you're so-so about them, you're going to love this. All the indicators are present telling us this year is going to be witness to another snowy owl eruption across the upper United States. More...

2014-11-21 / Hometown Recipes
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It was a trip of a lifetime. Nineteen days in Europe. I flew into London and my cousin Frank from Stoke Gifford (near Bristol) picked me up for the two hour drive to his house. Arriving at 10:00a.m. More...

2014-11-28 / Pets
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You’re probably already aware of the risks posed by warm weather and leaving pets in hot cars, but did you know that cold weather also poses serious threats to your pets’ health? More...

2014-11-21 / News Briefs

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) has named the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) the winner of the 2014 CDFA Excellence in Access to Capital Finance Award. More...

2014-12-19 / News Briefs
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Steve Harsin is the Grand Marias Public Library Director (formerly of Side Lake, MN) and a frequent contributor to Hometown Focus. More...

2014-12-12 / Guest Columnists
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My neighbor cut a tree on my property!

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2014-12-05 / News Briefs
Libraries are filled with great holiday gift ideas

VIRGINIA - It is nearly time for folks to panic. Little Johnny only wants a pair of skates, so he isn’t too difficult to buy for. Susy wants a sled, but your budget allows for a Radio Flyer, not a Polaris. More...

2014-12-05 / Features
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TOWER-SOUDAN – The Tower Soudan Historical Society invites you to support local efforts to preserve our rich local history and continue to display and restore objects donated to our museum and/or our care. More...

2014-12-19 / News Briefs

WASHINGTON, D.C. [12/17/14]—After pressure from U.S. Sens. More...

2014-12-12 / Health
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Q: My mother was just diagnosed with breast cancer, and we’re confused by the med-speak that the doctors are using. They keep asking Mom what she wants to do, but how can she (or her family) know what’s best for her? More...

2014-12-12 / Guest Columnists
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Throughout the 1930s, Shirley Temple sang and danced her way into the hearts of depression-weary movie audiences. A decade later, adorable Margaret O’Brien endeared herself to millions seeking Hollywood diversions as World War II came and went. More...

2014-12-19 / Sallyworld
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Flabby arm girdles and the quintessential Reuben sandwich

Greetings & Sallytations! More...



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