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2014-08-01 / News Briefs

MINNESOTA STATE FAIRGROUNDS – The Minnesota State Fair is proud to announce more than two dozen new attractions and exhibits for the 2014 Great Minnesota Get Together. The following is a list of the fair experiences debuting this year: More...

2010-07-30 / Features

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

2014-08-15 / Features
Public nuptials make history in Mt. Iron

MT. IRON - When I saw Sally Peterangelo walk down the steps of the Mt. More...

2014-08-08 / Features

Highly driven. Eager to work. Methodical. With references like that, Louie, Diesel and Ted sound like ideal candidates for just about any job. 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...

2014-08-15 / Guest Columnists

A web browser, commonly referred to as an internet browser, is a program used to access the internet for retrieving and presenting information in its many formats on the World Wide Web. More...

2014-08-29 / Mining Features

HOYT LAKES – Twenty-five long years ago, in 1989, PolyMet Mining leased NorthMet mineral rights from U.S. Steel. 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...

2014-08-08 / Features

WINTON - We bought our tickets for this year’s Boundary Waters Blues Fest during last year’s festival. Finally the day is almost here to use them! We always have a great time at this event. More...

2014-08-22 / Features
Cook petting zoo and farm to open Labor Day weekend

COOK – “I love it here,” said Lois Pajari, shielding her eyes with her hand as she gazed out over open fields rimmed by the boreal forest. She is the fourth-generation of her family to live on this homestead just north of Cook, MN. More...

2014-08-22 / Focus On Veterans

The Blue Angels is the United States Navy’s flight demonstration squadron. More...

2014-08-08 / Business

ELY – Edwards Oil and Edwards North Country Propane General Manager Bob 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...

2014-08-15 / Hometown Recipes

Reconditioning a cast iron skillet The cook is: Julie, Editor’s note: We use our cast iron skillets every day. They are great “finds” at garage sales or thrift shops. More...

2014-08-08 / Sallyworld
Groom-to-be gives bride-to-be a week off from writing her column

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

2014-08-29 / Mining Features

Editor’s note: While this news release notes the Pre-feasibility Study is based on a 30- year underground mine plan, I confirmed that the expected life span of the mine is much longer. More...

2014-08-22 / Sallyworld
Wedding parade venue came off without with a hitch

Greetings and Sallytations, from the “Mrs.”! Well, we did it! We were married on August 9 right during the middle of the Merritt Days Parade in downtown Mt. Iron. More...

2014-04-04 / Features

I’m excited! My birthday is approaching and I will be seventy. My mother began having labor pains the day before Easter. She was in the midst of making a lemon meringue pie for the holiday. More...

2014-08-15 / News Briefs

STATEWIDE – Minnesota has launched its new statewide system for helping sexually exploited youth that treats them as abused individuals needing help and support rather than as criminals. More...

2014-07-18 / News Briefs

A primary election will be held in Minnesota on August 12, 2014. A primary election gives voters a chance to decide which candidates will represent their political party in the November general election. More...

2014-08-08 / Pets

The exercise needs of these ten active breeds would keep any owner in shape! Walking, jogging, biking, hiking, swimming and playing Frisbee with your dog are all fun workouts you can take part in together. More...

2014-08-29 / News Briefs

MT. IRON – On Tuesday, August 26, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) joined company officials and steelworkers at the Minntac plant in Mountain Iron to discuss the company’s plans to expand and create jobs on the Iron Range. More...

2014-08-01 / Focus On Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. More...

2014-08-15 / Features
Timber Hall was host to Embarrass High School’s 2014 all-class reunion

More than 400 Embarrass High School alumni and guests gathered at Timber Hall in Embarrass on Saturday, Aug. 2, for what could possibly be the last reunion of Embarrass High School graduates. More...

2014-08-29 / News Briefs

The 1957 Virginia High School class held their 75th birthday party August 16 at the Britt Lounge with 40 classmates and 20 spouses/guests attending. Pictured (l. to r.) are classmates who attended the party. More...

2014-08-15 / News Briefs

HIBBING – Fairview Range Pharmacy Manager, Neal Walker, has recently been appointed by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) to serve a three-year term on the Advisory Committee on Examinations (ACE) effective June 1, 2014. More...

2014-08-15 / Features
Lake Vermilion boat show brings out the classics

I travel several thousand miles every summer attending boat shows. That’s why I’m so appreciative of having a show so close to my hometown of Ely. The Lake Vermilion Antique & Classic Boat Show will be held Sunday, Aug. 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...

2014-08-08 / Range History
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2014-07-18 / Guest Columnists

Power surges occur when power companies switch from one power grid location to another due to changing power demands. Power outages can also cause problems. More...

2014-02-21 / Mining Features

Every American uses an average of 40,000 pounds of new minerals each year. Mining has touched less than onequarter of one percent of all the land in the U.S. More...

2014-08-15 / Features

Canoeists and kayaking enthusiasts living in northern Minnesota don’t have far to go to enjoy their chosen sport. Lakes and navigable rivers are never far from one’s doorstep. More...

2014-08-22 / News Briefs

VIRGINIA – An event that began on the Iron Range in 2004 is turning 10 by doing what it does best: celebrating the work of hotel housekeepers everywhere. More...

2014-08-29 / Sallyworld
History buff husband accuses Sally of histrionic behavior

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

2014-08-29 / Mining Features
Human dependance on mining

The world population in 2013 was about 7.1 billion and is projected to grow to 9 billion by 2050. Fifty-two percent live in cities, but less than 40% in Sub Saharan Africa and over 80% in northern America. More...

2014-08-15 / News Briefs

BIWABIK – More than 450 people have registered to participate in United Way of Northeastern Minnesota’s newest event, Rampage at the Ridge. The extreme obstacle course 5K challenge will take place on Saturday, Aug. More...

2014-07-25 / Health

I have been practicing hypnotherapy now for about a year and a half, and I often get asked what is the most often requested issue to work on. The answer turns out to be anxiety and stress management. More...

2014-08-22 / Features

Editor’s note: Today we are sharing a series of updates from Edward Addy on his vocational training (basic electricity classes) in Haiti through his organization, the North American Center for Emergency Communications (NACEC), which we have fea More...

2014-08-15 / Features

Have you ever watched an old Western movie where the hero gallops his horse across the screen with reins in one hand, firing shots off with the other? Ever wished you were that hero? Well then, Cowboy Mounted Shooting may be just the sport for you. More...

2014-08-08 / Health

Q: Every year, I have a harder time getting back into my regular summer workouts -- running 10Ks, swimming, playing tennis. I’m not that old (just 43), and I can’t stand to be this tired and out of shape. Any advice? More...

2014-08-29 / News Briefs

GILBERT – Every parent wants their child to succeed, and one of the simplest ways you can ensure your child’s academic success is by making a quick trip to the library. More...

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