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2017-11-03 / Health Features
Aurora native now works with veterans as a nurse at St. Cloud VA

ST. CLOUD – Hindsight, they say, is 20/20. More...

2017-10-27 / Health

VIRGINIA – The Essentia Health-Virginia Regional Foundation has announced that its main fundraiser will be moved to a spring dinner and auction to be held at the Elks Club in Virginia on April 13, 2018. More...

2017-11-03 / Range History
The Virginia Memorial Recreational Building History of a building

VIRGINIA – You’ve seen it. You know it. You might even drive by it every day. More...

2017-10-13 / Features

EDITOR’S NOTE – I met John at the recent Adventure Seaplanes fly-in event that was held in at the Tower airport (see article pp. More...

2017-11-03 / Health Features
New Veterans Cemetery to open near Pike Lake in 2018

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – There is something unique and powerful about the bond and trust between soldiers. More...

2017-11-10 / Range History


2017-10-27 / Health

HIBBING/NASHWAUK – The Minnesota Health Action Group (The Action Group) announced that Fairview Mesaba Clinics is among 248 Minnesota and border state clinics recognized for improving care delivery and outcomes for patients with diabetes, vascu More...

2017-11-03 / Health Features

GILBERT – George Dundas got parental consent to join the Minnesota National Guard at age 17.  “I wanted to serve my country, see how I handled myself in a wartime situation, if it ever came to that,” the Gilbert resident said.& More...

2017-11-03 / Health Features

DULUTH – Essentia Health surgical teams are using a new surgical robot called the da Vinci Xi Surgical System to help improve patients’ recovery.  More...

2017-11-10 / Sallyworld
Is lefse really worth all the hard work?

Greetings and Sallytations! ‘Tis the holiday season. It's all about foods, and especially on the Iron Range, it's about ethnic foods. The food that I just don't understand, value, or appreciate is... lefse. More...

2017-11-03 / Health Features
The St. Louis County Veterans Service Office is available to help

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – St. Louis County is home to 18,167 veterans (based on 2016 records.) That’s more than nine percent of the population! St. More...

2017-10-27 / Features

Kierstin LaPatka grew up in Anoka, MN, but was a frequent visitor to the Northland since her dad Greg, step-mom Jodi, and step-sisters Marissa and Emily lived in the Cook area. More...

2017-10-27 / Features

EVELETH – The Eveleth Heritage Committee is celebrating the city's 125th anniversary by dedicating a plaque at the site of Eveleth's first building, a log cabin erected in 1892. More...

2017-10-27 / Features

If you happen to be a Facebook friend of mine, no doubt you know about our tragedy of losing Mojo, our 14-year-old Chihuahua, on Sept. 11, 2017. More...

2017-11-03 / Sallyworld
Mark puts rumors to rest; finds relaxing is hard work

The first thing I want to do is put to rest the ugly rumors that have been circulating about me for the last six months. More...

2017-11-03 / Health Features

One of the biggest tragedies facing our veterans is that of Agent Orange. The widespread use, the reasons for its use, the exposure, the following reactions, and the cover-ups surrounding Agent Orange only heighten the tragedy. More...

2017-11-03 / Health Features

“Wounded Warrior Project’s Peer Support program is saving lives every day,” said U.S. Army veteran Claude Boushey.  More...

2017-10-20 / Features
Heart & Hooves Horsemanship: A journey of love and learning

Our journey began way before we ever knew the words Heart & Hooves. My name is Michelle Jerry and my husband’s name is Francis. We own Heart & Hooves Horsemanship Arena & Obstacle Course in Deer River. More...

2017-11-03 / Features

CHISHOLM – Founded in 1988, Northern Habilitative Services of Chisholm, Inc. provides disability services throughout the Iron Range. On Sept. More...

2017-10-06 / Health
Managing menopause madness and getting answers to why it happens

Recently, one of our female patients who is in her early 50s started to develop excruciating pain around the bladder and surrounding tissues. Lab work showed lots of inflammation, but no infection. More...

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