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2017-03-31 / Sallyworld
Mark defends himself against Sally's fake news

Hello all you loyal readers of Sallyworld! This is Sally’s husband, Mark, writing this week. Sally is feeling under the weather so she asked me, ordered is more like it, to pinch-hit again. More...

2017-04-14 / Features
Virginia A Cappella choir group stuck on Alcatraz during storm

SAN FRANCISCO – We were prisoners of Alcatraz – for a few hours anyway.  More...

2017-03-31 / Features

In conversations I had with those who make their living from working in the logging industry, there were several common threads that wove between their stories. More...

2017-04-14 / Features

MT. IRON – We all know the planet is changing. More...

2017-04-07 / Features
Bridge, new route on pace to open in August

VIRGINIA – “We’re two months ahead of schedule” was the word from MnDOT’s Patrick Huston at the monthly Coffee and Conversation meeting on the Highway 53 Relocation Project on Thursday.  More...

2017-04-07 / Features

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – St. Louis County Public Health and the Board of Commissioners presented their second annual Public Health Achievement Awards—one to an individual and the other to a collaborative effort. More...

2017-04-21 / Features

VIRGINIA – Natural Harvest Food Coop, the Iron Range’s largest food cooperative, will open the doors of their brand new eco-friendly store on Wednesday, April 26. The new store, located at 732 N. 4th St. More...

2010-09-17 / Legally Speaking

The next time you are cross examining a witness, you may want to remember the four fundamental points you need to either bolster or discredit depending on the issues of your case. More...

2017-04-07 / Features

GRAND RAPIDS – You may be trained in CPR or the Heimlich maneuver, but would you know how to help someone in a mental health emergency? More...

2017-03-31 / Guest Columnists
Riding wild: Virginia man twice finishes grueling Arrowhead 135

Northern Minnesota is home to one of the world’s toughest and most grueling ultramarathons. Surprised? So was I. It takes place here in our own backyard. More...

2017-03-24 / Focus On Veterans

Recognizing the contribution that the military child makes as their parent or parents serve our nation, it is during April of each year that all branches of service provide special days and events to honor the family and their children.  Events More...

2017-04-07 / Features

EVELETH – If people want to look to me to understand how to become rich quick, they should keep moving. More...

2017-04-14 / Features
Food and phenology; solar and sustainability; energy and entertainment

MT. IRON – The 9th Annual Iron Range Earth Fest will kick off on Friday night, April 21, at 6 p.m. with a screening of the new documentary “A SEED: The Untold Story” at Hope Community Presbyterian Church in Virginia. More...

2017-03-31 / Health

Q: Every year about this time, I head to the gym to burn off some winter fat. Problem is, I always start off overdoing it. Then after I go once or twice, I get a cold. Is it me or the gym or what? More...

2017-03-24 / Features

VIRGINIA - Virginia High School is proud to present the musical comedy Once Upon a Mattress as their annual spring play series. More...

2017-04-14 / Features
Grandfather guarded infamous prison until its closing

Barbara Allegrezza recalls being stuck on “The Rock.”  When the current Tower resident was a child, she spent many days and weekends with her grandparents and uncle on Alcatraz Island. More...

2017-04-07 / Health

Q: My sister-in-law was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, and she's taking the targeted therapy Gleevec, which is working unbelievably well. More...

2017-04-14 / Features

The number of people burning wood for backyard fires is growing according to annual wood burning surveys by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. More...

2017-04-14 / Features

Cliffs Natural Resources wants to produce iron briquettes on the Mesabi Range, but it needs high-quality ore from the former Butler mine in Nashwauk, the company’s top executive said Thursday.  More...

2017-04-21 / Features
My undersea adventures on the Mayan Barrier Reef

Roatan is located approximately 40 miles off of the northern coast of Honduras. It is located in the Caribbean Sea on the Mayan Barrier Reef. The main industry of Roatan is tourism, which includes scuba diving, cruise ships and eco-tourism. More...

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