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2015-01-16 / Business

There’s no such thing as too many restaurant options. Generally each eatery offers something the others don’t have. More...

2014-12-26 / News Briefs

STATEWIDE – The following is a listing of selected new laws passed during the 2014 legislative session that take effect Jan. 1, 2015. More...

2010-07-30 / Features

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

2015-01-02 / Business

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has won a national award for improving its appeals process in state unemployment insurance (UI) cases. More...

2015-01-16 / Features
Francine York: Still going strong in Hollywood

From the small mining town of Aurora, Minnesota, to the glitter and glamour of Hollywood, actress Francine York has had a fascinating career and life. 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...

2015-01-09 / Features

I spoke with the USA Pickleball Association’s public relations gal in Arizona, Ruth Rosenquist, who urged me to try pickleball. “It’s not just for seniors,” she said. “All ages play this game. 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...

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...

2015-01-09 / Range History

Dear Readers, This week we’re sharing a story written by Eveleth native Donald C. Wright about the Mesabi Iron Company, predecessor to Reserve Mining Company in Babbitt. More...

2015-01-23 / Features
World-class choir to perform Feb. 7 in Virginia

VIRGINIA - Even though Minnesotans may think of “bass” as a largemouth or smallmouth, and “tenor” might only precede “eleven” in an Iron Ranger’s lexicon, the Arrowhead region is no stranger to the fine arts. More...

2015-01-02 / Features

NOTE: Last week HTF’s Cindy Kujala did a recap of staff-written stories from the past year. This week I’m looking at contributors, columnists, special features and our new mobile app. More...

2015-01-02 / Range History
Minnesota’s Iron Ranges in WWII

This Week in Range History Dear Readers, Sometimes we’re just blessed around here. More...

2015-01-23 / Sallyworld
Grocery list adherence, finder of lost items, and daily weigh-ins

Greetings & Sallytations! I think there are two kinds of people in this world. People who like to grocery shop and people who don’t. I’m in don’t type. Imagine my excitement when I married a fellow More...

2015-01-02 / Pets

Cats may have nine lives, but you want to make sure kitty hangs on to all of them for as long as she can. No matter how much love and care you give your furry companion, things happen. More...

2015-01-16 / News Briefs

VIRGINIA – Local quilter Linda Bergerson’s Frostbite quilt has been installed in the lobby at the Virginia Public Library. More...

2015-01-23 / Features

AURORA – For almost 20 years senior high students at Mesabi East have been learning the importance of making a difference in a positive way. They do this by participating in a class called Skills for Action. More...

2015-01-09 / Features
At the Virginia Tennis and Pickleball Club

VIRGINIA – The new name of the former Quad Cities Tennis For All facility reflects a new sports trend sweeping the nation. More...

2015-01-09 / Features
The Virginia Indoor Tennis and Pickleball Club

Virginia has the best indoor tennis and pickleball courts facility north of the Twin Cities, and it’s largely due to the efforts of one man: George Erickson. This past fall, Court 1 was appropriately dedicated to and named in his honor. More...

2015-01-02 / News Briefs

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – Old Man Winter may have been charming Minnesotans with the unseasonal winter temps the state has enjoyed lately, but forecasts appear to offer a frigid dose of realty just before Icebox Days Jan. More...

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