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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...

2014-10-24 / Features
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...

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...

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...

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

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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...

2014-10-24 / Focus On Veterans
The American Legion announces the Oak Ridge Boys as national spokespeople

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – The American Legion and the Grammy Award-winning Oak Ridge Boys are uniting to raise awareness and support for needs of U.S. 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...

2014-10-03 / Features

On the first day the actors actually got to set foot on the stage they would be performing the brand new play “Picturing Grace,” it was less than three weeks out from opening night. 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...

2014-10-17 / Focus On Veterans


2014-10-24 / Features

Gary W. Skalko: Mountain Iron mayoral candidate More...

2014-10-03 / Pets
Does your fall outing with Rover include a hike?

Fall is right around the corner, so why not turn that daily walk into an interesting and fun hike? It’s no secret that exercise is a necessity for both you and your dog. 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...

2014-10-10 / Sallyworld
Time flies…when you’re writing a “weight loss” column

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

2014-10-24 / Hometown Recipes

ITASCA STATE PARK – The 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree will make its first public appearance on its journey to Washington, D.C. on Sunday, Nov. 2, at Itasca State Park, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. More...

2014-10-17 / Pets

When you’re feeling under the weather, you might find that the perfect thing for treating what ails you is something you already have in the kitchen. Did you know that you can treat your ailing dog with some simple home remedies too? More...

2014-10-17 / Features
Mary McReynolds-Pellinen: Virginia City Council candidate

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2014-10-17 / Features

VIRGINIA – The plants along the benches in the south wing of the Olcott Park Greenhouse and Botanical Garden are green and growing again – and this time, the greens are edible. 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...

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...

2014-10-17 / Sports

BABBITT - The City of Babbitt, along with the Babbitt Blue Line and the Babbitt Figure Skating Club, is proud to announce a dedication and renaming of the Babbitt Arena in honor of Ron “Sonny” Castellano. More...

2014-10-10 / Focus On Veterans

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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...

2014-10-24 / Features

Stacey Sundquist: Virginia School Board candidate 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 / Business

GRAND RAPIDS – Magnetation has successfully produced iron ore pellets at its new pellet plant in Reynolds, Ind., the Grand Rapidsbased company announced Monday. The new pellet plant has begun operations more than three months of schedule. More...

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...

2014-10-24 / Sallyworld
Gray hair takes over and air fresheners replace dessert

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

2014-10-24 / Hometown Recipes

I’ll share a little recipe secret with my readers this week. If you want to find recipes for a particular kind of meat, visit the website of the national association that represents the companies that produce, process and markets that meat. More...

2014-10-03 / Range History
Legendary Class of ’39 alum had interesting life - Part 2

Editor’s note: For Part 1 of Gilbert’s GENE LORENDO, see the Sept. 26, 2014 edition of Hometown Focus. – Jean Cole THE AUBURN YEARS (1951-1978) More...

2014-10-17 / Business

Governor Mark Dayton and ShelvesIRRRB Commissioner Tony Sertich participated in the ribbon cutting and open house for the commissioning of the Central Iron Range Sanitary Sewer District (CIRSSD) Waste Water Treatment Facility near Chisholm. More...

2014-10-17 / Hometown Recipes

Little Mary (I call her) is the woman in the hat from Keewatin. What a delightful lady and so much fun. I met her many years ago at hamburger night at the American Legion in Keewatin where she and her friends would meet every Wednesday. More...

2014-10-17 / Features
Close encounters with a steam locomotive

“Miss Empson,” Louie said in his most innocent voice. “Can you show us some information about steam locomotives?” More...

2014-10-24 / Features
Fall production is a courtroom drama with a twist

Order in the court—the Eveleth-Gilbert Senior High Drama Department is presenting another powerful play this fall! More...

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


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...

2014-10-24 / News Briefs

STATEWIDE – Hunters may not see fewer deer when firearms deer season opens Saturday, Nov. More...

2014-10-24 / News Briefs

NORTHEASTERN MN – Eight DNR forestry offices throughout northeastern Minnesota are purchasing native black spruce cones from harvesters during October and November. More...

2014-10-24 / Massage for Your Health

You have many options out there for massage and it can be mind boggling at times to figure out what will benefit you most. I read that there are over 80 different types of massage available for anyone looking to get a massage. More...

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