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2014-10-10 / Range History

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...

2014-10-03 / Features

EMBARRASS – Beekeepers are as busy as the honeybees this time of year. Beekeepers around the state are in the process of harvesting honey from the beehives they have been tending and caring for all summer. More...

2010-07-30 / Features

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

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...

2014-10-10 / Business

is the most rewarding part of their business. “My family is from this area” she explained, “and Cory moved here when he was in grade school. I thought we knew EVERYONE in the area. Not true! 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...

2014-10-10 / Features

PALO – I met Kelly Pelto for the first time at the Eli Wirtanen Fall Farm Festival in September. My husband and I go every year and we stopped to visit with Kelly who was selling her wares (vegetable-based soaps and Emu oil products). More...

2012-08-17 / Features
WWII veteran profile: George “Pecky” Smilanich

If you go to Martin Hughes High School in Buhl, you’ll find two very large team pictures mounted in the entrance hallway. Those pictures show the 1941 and 1942 boys’ basketball teams. More...

2014-10-10 / News Briefs

VIRGINIA – Care Partners, Essentia Health and Virgie Hegg Hospice Partners have come together to offer a free opportunity for the public to learn about end-of-life planning on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 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...

2014-10-10 / Features
Our hobby turned into a family-supporting business

EVELETH - Starting a business with a direct sales company can be a great way to earn extra money and get a discount on a product you love, as well as an opportunity to be a viable source of income for your family. More...

2014-10-10 / Features
Home-based businesses are as varied and durable as the products sold

Definition of a home-based business: A business whose primary office is in the owner's home. The business can be any size or any type as long as the office itself is located in a home. More...

2014-09-26 / Features

The Iron Range Radio Control Club, Inc. has been invited to participate in the upcoming Iron Range Mind Trekkers STEM Showcase event in Virginia. More...

2014-10-03 / Features

Mushrooms are popping up everywhere this time of year – in yards, in the woods and along roads. More...

2013-11-15 / Features

There are an estimated 26.1 million homes with on-site septic systems in the USA. Minnesota has 535,000 homes with septic systems. St. Louis County has an estimated 38,000. More...

2014-10-10 / Features

On Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, a small group of Christian believers met together for worship in a lovely and spacious log home in Zim, MN. This would be the beginning of their journey that some would say, proceeded at the speed of light! More...

2014-09-19 / News Briefs

STATEWIDE – For homeowners concerned about their property taxes, an often-overlooked source for relief is available. More...

2014-09-26 / Features
MIND TREKKERS come to Virginia

VIRGINIA - Mind Trekkers will be coming to the Miners Memorial building in Virginia on October 3-4 for two days of experimental fun and adventure at the Iron Range STEM Showcase. More...

2014-10-17 / Focus On Veterans


2014-09-26 / News Briefs

DULUTH – The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation (FOBMF) will channel the celebratory, communityminded spirit of Germany’s Oktoberfest with an upcoming festival that connects Duluth area music, craft beer and running communities. More...

2014-09-19 / Range History
The birthplace of crime fiction writer Frank Gruber and Schneiderman’s Furniture

In 1922 a two-room school was built by the WPA on a side road running between what is now Highway 5 and Elmer Road. It became a part of the St. Louis County Schools. Grades 1 – 8 attended the Elmer School. More...

2014-09-26 / Pets
Some bunny out there wants to be a part of your family

Rabbits have special requirements to stay happy and healthy. They can be trained to use a litter box, they’ll come when called, and some will engage their owners in a daily game of tag! Domestic rabbits are delightful companion animals. More...

2014-10-10 / Features

Since its inception 12 years ago, Field of Screams in Chisholm has been more than just a fun Halloween haunted attraction. More...

2014-09-26 / Features
The Big Daddy dirt box: a manufacturing success story

VIRGINIA – We’re focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) topics this week (see stories p. 4-7 and p. 34) and I was so excited that TriTec of Virginia celebrated a HUGE engineering and manufacturing feat this week! More...

2014-09-26 / Sallyworld
Don’t have it anymore? Ditch the owner’s manual!

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

2010-11-19 / Features
A slavic Iron Range cure for what ails you

Artemisia, also known as wormwood, is a plant familiar to gardeners as a perennial that is commonly used in gardens for it’s silvery foliage. It comes in numerous varieties, some of which dominate the landscape of the American west. 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...

2014-09-19 / Guest Columnists

What should have been “a three-hour tour” turned into a 50-year journey for Dawn Wells, who played castaway Mary Ann Summers in the zany sitcom Gilligan’s Island that debuted on CBS in September, 1964. More...

2014-10-10 / News Briefs

TOWER – A major habitat restoration project is beginning in the St Louis River Estuary at Radio Tower Bay. More...

2014-09-26 / News Briefs

VIRGINIA – A book launch for the novel Mesabi Pioneers will be held on Monday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. the B’nai Abraham Museum and Cultural Center in Virginia. The event is sponsored by the Virginia Area Historical Society. More...

2014-10-10 / Features

I remember the first time I went to Field of Screams in Chisholm. I was a young kid when my father first brought me. I was really anxious to go; with October being my favorite month and Halloween my favorite holiday I HAD to go! More...

2014-10-03 / Sallyworld
Living on the edge, warranty free. Lean and mean in 2015?

Greetings & Sallytations! Warranties. I was in a big-box store recently buying a coffee pot. It was $30. When I was checking out, the cashier asked if I wanted to add an extra warranty to the appliance. Are you kidding me??? More...

2014-09-26 / Range History
Legendary Class of ’39 alum had interesting life - Part 1


2014-10-10 / Focus On Veterans

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2014-10-10 / Business

ROSEMOUNT, MN – With October being proclaimed as National Energy Month, Minnesota Energy Resources reminds customers there are proper steps to ensure a safe and economical way to stay warm inside as the temperature drops outside. More...

2014-10-17 / Business

DULUTH – The Iron Ore Alliance emphasized the importance of fixing the current state of rail service at Governor Mark Dayton’s rail delay roundtable in Duluth Tuesday. Larry Sutherland, general manager for Minnesota Ore Operations at U. More...

2014-09-12 / Features

ISABELLA - Ely area resident John Larson was a participant in the June 28 – 29, 2014, amateur radio field exercise at the Isabella Community Center. More...

2014-10-17 / Features

The fabulous cover photo of today’s edition was taken by Terry Crayne of Iron, MN. He’s our newest contributor! I stumbled upon his photography on Facebook. He graciously agreed to share his photos with Hometown Focus. More...

2014-10-10 / Health

Q: I usually get a flu shot, but a couple of times I ended up getting sick anyway. Does it really matter if I get the shot or not? -- Sally P., Minneapolis More...

2014-09-12 / Features
What neutrinos mean to artist Joseph Giannetti

Particle physics and neutrinos can be difficult for a layperson to understand. More...

2014-10-17 / Sallyworld
The unfiltered comments of small children (and adults)

Greetings & Sallytations! A recent conversation with my granddaughter, Sunshine, age 4: “Gramma, you look very beautiful today.” Me: “Thank you, Sunshine.” She goes on, More...

2014-09-26 / News Briefs

From the City Council: The West Two Rivers Campground closed Sunday, September 21, after a very successful season. Thank you Mr. Bill Haapala, for another great job as caretaker! More...

2014-10-10 / Pets
Alley Cat Allies partners with Humane Alliance to train veterinarians

BETHESDA, MD—Research shows that 80 percent of pet cats have been spayed or neutered—but less than three percent of outdoor cats—stray and feral cats— have been sterilized. More...

2014-10-17 / Range History
My childhood park – Buhl’s Burton Park

Author Sam Ewing believes that when you go back to your hometown, you find it wasn’t the old home you missed but your childhood. So here I was, on one day this past July, visiting the location of one of my favorite childhood memories. More...

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