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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...

2014-10-31 / Features
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Unique medical consortium provides vital service for critical patients

Whether at home or at work, I often hear the unmistakable sound of a helicopter overhead or getting ready to land or take off from the Essential Health hospital in Virginia. More...

2010-07-30 / Features

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

2013-07-26 / Massage for Your Health
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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...

2012-03-22 / Features
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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...

2014-10-24 / Features
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A public iron pour and sculpture show slated

Iron On The Range is a community event and exhibition that brings together the material that the Iron Range is known for and the production of contemporary art in a public setting. On Saturday, Nov. 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...

2014-11-14 / Health
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When you think about the topic of forgiveness, what comes up for you? More...

2014-10-31 / Health

HIBBING – Fairview Range Home Care and Hospice has been named a 2014 HHCAHPS Honors recipient, a prestigious award recognizing home health agencies that continuously provide quality care as measured from the patient’s point of view. More...

2014-10-31 / Features

One of the most common reasons clients come to see me for hypnosis is to assist them in quitting smoking. Hypnosis can be an effective tool to help a person change this behavior. More...

2012-09-28 / Massage for Your Health
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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...

2014-10-24 / News Briefs

ST. PAUL – Travelers will have a better understanding of road conditions using the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s improved winter road condition descriptions on the 511mn.org website and smartphone app. More...

2014-10-10 / Range History
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You may have known George ”Pecky” Smilanich as a “dobri” Serbian kid from Sitnica (old mining location near Buhl), a Buhl High School track star, a member of Buhl’s 1941-42 State Basketball Championship Team, a WWII Sher More...

2014-11-14 / Features
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Family, friends, and food: Fuhgeddaboudit!

My brother-in-law, Mark Rukavina, turned 60 last weekend and my husband Tom and I went to Boston for his birthday bash. Here’s my not-too-brief story about our too-brief visit. It begins at the end. A harrowing drive More...

2014-10-31 / Range History
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Becoming American: Democracy at work

Immigrants! The cry, “What would we do without them!” of the early 1900s became, “What do we do with them?” in the 2000s. The mines here certainly depended on cheap labor from northern and southern Europe. More...

2014-10-31 / Focus On Veterans
VA accepting provider applications to extend TBI program for Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is currently accepting proposals for the Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (AL-TBI). More...

2014-11-14 / News Briefs

MT. IRON – Mark your calendars for the 15th Annual Festival of Trees which will be held November 19-22, at the Mountain Iron Community Center. More...

2014-09-26 / Focus On Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald met recently with the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees to affirm his commitment to working together to better serve Veterans. 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...

2014-10-31 / Features

Nevada Littlewolf: Virginia City Council candidate More...

2014-11-07 / Features
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Editor’s note: Contributor Dave Setnicker shares with us this week a compelling story about a Biwabik WWII veteran. More...

2014-10-31 / Features

DULUTH – Dr. Rajesh Prabhu is an infectious disease specialist with Essentia Health of Duluth, the local “go to” guy when talking about the Ebola crisis. We had a chat last week. More...

2014-10-31 / News Briefs
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VIRGINIA – Nurse Practitioner Kristine Mosher has joined the Emergency Medicine Department at Essentia Health-Virginia. More...

2014-10-24 / Range History
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Logging, farming and lots of Finnish settlers

Dear Readers, 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...

2014-11-07 / Business
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HIBBING – Fairview Range welcomes M. Derek Williams, DO, Kagen Waage, PA-C, Molly Fritz, MS, RN, CNS, and Misty Eliason, MD to its medical staff. More...

2014-10-31 / Focus On Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that its national telehealth programs served more than 690,000 Veterans during fiscal year 2014. More...

2014-11-14 / Range History
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The Iron Range and Twin Ports connection to the other Great Lakes

I’m not real big on taking shortcuts. I don’t like Google trying to guess what I want to look for as I’m typing in the search box. I also don’t like my smart phone anticipating the next word of my text message. More...

2014-11-14 / Features
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The East Range Clinic on 6th Ave. N. in Virginia is being demolished. More...

2014-11-21 / News Briefs
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From the City Council:

Approved at the November 3, 2014, meeting: Pay request number three for the city’s 2014 Street Improvement Project in the amount of $51,681 to Mesabi Bituminous Incorporated of Gilbert. More...

2014-11-21 / Features
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By the time this article is in print, I will have celebrated six years of owning my own business, {moxie}. More...

2014-10-31 / Focus On Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will begin accepting applications by mail on Monday, November 3, 2014, for the Fry Scholarship under newly expanded eligibility criteria to include surviving spouses. More...

2012-06-08 / Features
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Captain Q, Bozo, and Dottie Becker

Cable companies now offer service with hundreds of channels of all sorts, offering HDTV, stereo sound, and 24- hour broadcasting. 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...

2014-10-31 / News Briefs

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) announced today that hospitals and health systems from around the state have developed a coordinated strategy to care for Ebola patients in Minnesota. 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...

2014-11-14 / News Briefs

ST. PAUL – “95% of Minnesotans Now Have Health Insurance. 100% Need It.” That’s the theme of MNsure’s 2015 advertising and grassroots outreach campaigns, the organization announced this week. More...

2014-11-21 / News Briefs

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2014-05-16 / Features
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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...

2014-11-14 / Features

It’s opening day, a November morn, and I wonder why I’m here, Feet are frozen, runny nose, and all to hunt a deer; Wind is blowing, snow is falling, fingers have turned numb, I’m really pretty miserable, and this I think is fun; Thi More...

2014-10-31 / Features
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“I went from 240 lbs. to 133 lbs.”

My name is Joyce Hobbs, and I am a runner. More...

2014-11-07 / Pets
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NEW YORK, NY – A group of outstanding animals and people – including a therapy cat, a 10-year-old girl with a special wish, a twelve-term Congressman and a resilient pit bull – will be honored at this year’s ASPCA® (The Americ More...

2014-10-31 / Features

Look to the seasons for the basic and most important dietary healing clues available. In the spring, energy is moving upward, in summer, outward, in autumn, downward and in winter energy is moving inward. More...

2014-11-14 / Features
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Rotary is an international organization passionate about education. If everyone in the world could read and write, each would be able to share their personal gifts with the world and ultimately live up to his or her full potential. More...

2014-10-31 / Features
MN 8th District Congressional candidate

I’m running to rebuild the middle class. To help create more middle-class jobs by promoting our mining, timber, tourism and manufacturing industries, and reinvesting in America’s infrastructure and transportation system. 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...

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

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

2014-11-14 / Guest Columnists
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Despite roles in over 50 feature films spanning five decades, including big screen classics such as “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1939), “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947), and the original “The Parent Trap” (1961), More...

2014-11-07 / News Briefs

AURORA – Mesabi East choral and drama departments will present Paint Your Wagon, directed by Greg Barnes, Mesabi East High School choral director, November 14, 15 and 16, at the Mesabi East auditorium. More...

2014-11-14 / Pets
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It’s normal for our dogs and cats to slow down a bit as they age. More...

2014-10-31 / Hometown Recipes
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I’ve got a fun collection of recipes this week from HTF contributors. Every one of these recipes sounded delicious to me. If you try them, let me know how they turned out. And, if you have recipes to share, please send them to me! More...

2014-11-21 / Features

In honor of Small Business Saturday, which is Nov. 29, I asked my Facebook friends to comment on their favorite small businesses. Responses were enthusiastic and share them with you this week. More...

2014-11-21 / Business
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cu. ft. Capacity & Pictured (l. to r.) are CassandraTV Elements Beardsley, executive director of Wilderness Health; cleaningDr. David Spoelhof, medical director of Wilderness Health; John Strange, president/ St. 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...

2014-11-14 / Health
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Q: My mom gave me a set of nonstick pans for my first apartment, but my roommate won’t eat anything cooked in them. What’s the story? Are they really toxic? -- Greta F., Nashville, Tennessee More...



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