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2014-06-27 / Features
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AURORA July 2-4 Freedom Fete 4th of July Celebration. Aurora celebrates the 4th of July with a traditional parade, fireworks, pig roast, pie eating contest, kids’ carnival games and numerous community events More...

2010-07-30 / Features

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

2014-07-18 / Guest Columnists
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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...

2012-08-03 / Hometown Recipes
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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...

2013-07-26 / Massage for Your Health
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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...

2014-05-16 / Features
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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...

2014-07-25 / Features
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Should I or shouldn’t I?

I recently had my annual check-up. It had been 1.5 years since my last one. “Annual” always seems an arbitrary requirement, particularly when I’m feeling fine and nothing seems amiss. Nevertheless, I bucked up and did my duty. More...

2014-07-18 / Features
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I have always been fascinated by our state bird, the Common Loon, and always enjoyed seeing them by the dock or coming up by the boat, in my growing up years and during family weekends at the cabin. More...

2012-03-22 / Features
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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...

2014-06-27 / Range History
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The Duluth, Virginia and Rainy Lake Railway (DV&RL) started construction at Virginia, Minnesota in 1901, with the line extending north to Sand Lake, Minnesota when the company was purchased by the Canadian Northern Railway (CNoR) who renamed it t 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...

2012-09-28 / Massage for Your Health
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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...

2014-07-25 / Guest Columnists
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What can we learn from a plastic toy turtle? The lessons we can learn from plastic toy turtles have little to do with turtles, but a lot about human nature, and it is not all good. 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...

2011-09-09 / Features
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ELY - An extraordinary journey for 78-yearold Inda Lou Schell - a year-long excursion across America, spending a month in every city featured in Charles Kuralt’s book “America” - began on January 1, 2011. More...

2014-07-04 / Guest Columnists
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The Iron Range’s rich history of giving rise to world class performers can be traced back through several generations, and if asked to come up with the name of a favorite local band OR to identify a native of Northeastern Minnesota who succeede More...

2011-07-01 / Features

Saturday, July 2 11 a.m. - Flotilla on Vermilion,Bay View Lodge8 p.m. to midnight - Gilbert Street DanceEvening - Keewatin Street Dance(fireworks at dusk) Sunday, July 3 More...

2014-07-18 / Features
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Ely’s biggest event of the year, the Blueberry Art Festival happens July 25-27 at Whiteside Park. It is the festival’s 34th year. The festival opens at noon on Friday until 7 p.m. Saturday’s hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. More...

2014-07-25 / Real Estate
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DULUTH - Dr. Karen Sethi, a pediatric intensivist, has joined the Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital in Duluth, Minn. More...

2014-07-25 / Features
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....VIRGINIA - The most common cause of loss of vision in people over the age of 40 is cataracts. In fact, according to Prevent Blindness America (PBA) over half of all Americans will have cataracts by the time they are 80 years old. More...

2011-07-29 / News Briefs

The city of Mt. Iron will have their annual Merritt Days celebration August 6-13. Most events will be held in the old downtown section of Mt. Iron. A kick ball tournament will start out the festivities on Saturday, Aug. More...

2012-05-04 / Blue Guitar Highway
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The next time I hear a vendor shout, “Cold BEER here!” I want it to be Wally. - Paul Metsa

Author’s note: With baseball season in full swing, I thought I’d share the following from my “Letters to the Editor” archive. It was my response to the ridiculous sting operation that took down Wally the Beer Man. More...

2014-07-25 / Features
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An emergency room visit in Hibbing gets accolades

Bob Aronson is no stranger to hospitals. The 75-year-old Chisholm native built his career as a communications consultant for many hospitals and clinics, including Mayo. He also had a heart transplant at Mayo Clinic in 2007. More...

2010-06-18 / Features
2010 CalenDar of Events

Northern Lights Music Festival • July 1-17 An intensive classical music performance program for pianists and string players, presented by an internationally renowned faculty. More...

2010-11-19 / Features
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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...

2014-07-11 / Features
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I am only a few days away from beginning my 11th Habitat 500 bike ride - a bike ride fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. The Habitat 500 involves riding 500 miles in 7 days in the middle of July. More...

2014-07-25 / Features
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ST. PAUL – “I’ll keep donating as long as I’m eligible. It’s a painless way to help others!” Loyal blood donor Larry Olson of Side Lake, MN, is committed to saving lives one blood donation at a time. More...

2014-07-25 / Features
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I remember when (late 1960s, early 70s) my sisters and I would put on our bathing suits, slather our bodies with Johnson’s Baby Oil, grab a book and some lemonade, and lie on a blanket in the back yard on a sunny summer day – for hours. More...

2014-07-04 / Business

DULUTH – Honoring outstanding service to rural Minnesota communities, the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Rural Health Association presented this year’s "Rural Health Hero" and "Rural Health Team" awards at the Minnesota More...

2014-07-11 / Pets
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Just a few years ago, we’d have been astonished to see someone walking a dog down a hospital corridor. However, as with most things, circumstances regarding animals and those who are ill or injured have changed. More...

2014-07-25 / Hometown Recipes
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’Tis the season for blueberry pickin’! Since this is our Health Edition, I thought I’d focus on blueberries since they are very good for you. More...

2014-07-11 / News Briefs

MARSHALL, Minn. – University of Minnesota Extension is offering courses to help food service establishments meet the educational requirements for Certified Food Managers and employees. More...

2014-07-11 / Features
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In the interest of keeping abreast of the events from the various parts of the social media universe that I “like,” I make an effort to log into my accounts at least daily, and one name that appears in my newsfeed with remarkable regulari More...

2014-07-25 / Features
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DULUTH - When 40 year-old Elaine Holmberg of Superior, WI, took up running as a way to stay healthy, she had no idea she’d become one of a very rare number of people in the world allergic to exercise. More...

2014-07-18 / Features
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Popular fiddle event returns to Mt. Iron for third year

....MT. IRON – Do you like reality TV shows like American Idol? Then you’d love to watch or participate in the 33rd annual Minnesota State Old Time Fiddle Championship (MSOTFC). The shows will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 1 p.m. More...

2014-07-25 / News Briefs
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SOUDAN – An open casting call for extras in the action film Sdanka’s War to be filmed on the Iron Range will be held on Saturday, July 26, at 7 a.m. at Soudan Underground Mine State Park, 1379 Stuntz Bay Road in Soudan. More...

2014-07-25 / Features

DULUTH - A unique technology to treat patients suffering from back pain caused by osteoporosis, compression fractures or spinal bone cancer is now being offered by Essentia Health- St. Mary’s Medical Center. More...

2014-07-04 / Features
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Dan Neff, Duluth

Dan Neff’s storefront, Lake Superior Art Glass, is located on Superior Street in Duluth. Dan himself is a thirdgeneration Iron Ranger who was raised to see the value in not only hard work, but good work. More...

2014-07-18 / Focus On Veterans

ST. PAUL, MN – It just got a little easier for military veterans who are looking for work, to find it here in Minnesota. More...

2014-07-18 / News Briefs
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MINNEAPOLIS – Hibbing born Finnish- American violinist Sara Pajunen and Finnish accordionist Teija Niku recently formed a new collaboration titled Aallotar and recorded their debut album in Finland in January. More...

2014-07-18 / Hometown Recipes
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Phew! I made it through the Fourth of July with my son, his wife, and four boys (6-16) and had a great time. Then, of course, the Hibbing All-Class Reunion. The committee did a tremendous job of organizing a very large event. More...

2014-07-25 / News Briefs

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced two upcoming meetings related to the state’s new medical cannabis program. More...

2014-07-11 / News Briefs

IRON RANGE – The Northern Lights Music Festival continues this week, with operas, chamber music concerts and orchestra concerts scheduled July 11 – 19. More...

2014-07-25 / News Briefs
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EFFIE – Effie’s 59th annual North Star Stampede, always held the last full weekend of July (rain or shine), begins Friday, July 25 and runs through Sunday, July 27. Rodeo performances are at 5 p.m. on Friday and at 2 p.m. More...



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