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Jean Cole, Editor

2015-11-20 / Features

Our HTF family was stunned by the death of 19-year-old Trevor Reichel of Cook in a tragic accident last Friday, Nov. 13. Trevor is the son of Kirsten Reichel, HTF staff writer, and her husband Fred Reichel. More...

2010-07-30 / Features

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

2015-10-30 / Health Features

Back to school. Back to old friends and making new ones. Learning new things. New teachers. New students for some schools. New schools for some students. And new challenges for students returning to school after injuries to their brains. 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...

2015-11-06 / Features

Minnesota’s Conservation Improvement Program (CIP), a nationally-recognized energy efficiency program, generates at least four dollars in benefits for every dollar invested, according to an independent analysis released October 28 by the Minnes More...

2015-10-30 / Health Features
Safe harbor in a turbulent sea

EVELETH – Katherine’s House, a new licensed board and lodge facility specializing in supporting women who are in the recovery process for their mental health and/or chemical dependency struggles, opened its doors three months ago to great More...

2015-11-20 / Features
July 24, 1996 – November 13, 2015

Trevor was my best friend. He helped me with wakeboarding and snowmobiling. Even though I am only 12 he was always there to talk to for help. I will miss him. – Carter Hegg More...

2015-11-06 / Features

BIWABK – The Biwabik Culture and Heritage Center is hosting author Megan Marsnik for a reading and discussion on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m. More...

2012-06-29 / Features

The Aurora Patriotic Days Committee is pleased to announce the Grand Marshals for this year's evening parade will be John and Joanne Plevell. The parade will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3. More...

2015-11-06 / Features
Focus on Vietnam: The longest war

For our Veterans Day edition this week we have compiled a tribute to 45 local Vietnam War veterans who were killed in action (KIA) or missing in action (MIA). More...

2015-11-06 / Features

EVELETH - What started as a friendship on Facebook ended with a cross country move, a wedding, and a new business opening in Eveleth: Simply Buff Auto Detailing, owned by Brian and Jen Jenkins. More...

2015-11-13 / Range History

This is the story of how the biggest movie star of his day – Rock Hudson – influenced the career path I would take in life – that of a television and film producer. More...

2014-10-10 / Hometown Recipes

Editor’s Note: Because I had a craving for this dish, I decided to reprint this column from four years ago. I hope you enjoy it! – Jean Cole If not for Scott Wudinich of Eveleth I would not be writing about S.O.S. More...

2015-11-06 / Range History
Chief cook in 951st Battalion during WWII

Editor’s note: Skip Dickinson of Britt, MN, worked with his friend Peter Canelake to put together this information on the military service of Peter’s father, Leo Canelake, a WWII veteran. More...

2015-11-06 / Business

MINNEAPOLIS – The Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota presented Dr. Michael Zakula of Hibbing with its 2015 Alumni Service Award in recognition of his devoted service. The award was presented on September 24, 2015. More...

2014-05-16 / Features
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...

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...

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...

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...

2015-10-23 / Features

Historically, white- tailed deer in Minnesota existed throughout the wooded river valleys and woodlands of central and southern Minnesota (Figure 1). More...

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