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2016-01-15 / Features

EVELETH - BoomTown appears to have lived up to its name since its opening in August of 2015 since owners, Jessica and Erik Lietz, say that business has indeed been booming. More...

2016-01-15 / Features

VIRGINIA – Virginia’s new top cop, Chief Nicole Mattson, took time from her busy schedule to visit with me this week. She shared her background, what motivates her, and what keeps her awake at night. More...

2016-02-05 / Features
What are precinct caucuses, anyway?

I take my right (and responsibility) to vote seriously. I have a friend who adamantly says his vote doesn’t matter. 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...

2016-01-29 / Range History
Serving rural communities in Northern Minnesota

REGIONAL - Scenic Rivers Health Services has been serving northern Minnesota since 1979 and currently serves six medical clinics and three dental clinics within an 8,300 square mile service area, stretching over four counties. More...

2010-07-30 / Features

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

2016-01-22 / Features
East Range plans big bash this summer

AURORA/HOYT LAKES/BIWABIK - The East Range All Class Committee is planning a big party this summer and would like to welcome alumni back to the Iron Range for an event of GIANT proportions located in the towns of Aurora, Hoyt Lakes, and Biwabik. More...

2016-01-29 / Sallyworld
Battle of the sexes continues: ‘Momma didn’t raise no slurper’

The tread marks on me and the exhaust fumes surrounding my head are the result of Sally once again throwing me under the bus last week. Now I realize that usually she does this on a weekly basis, but last week was especially egregious. More...

2016-02-05 / Range History
A lesson in trespassing and the art of swearing

So, I’ve been married now to the beautiful, brilliant Hometown Focus editor for over three years and I’ve yet to write a story for her readership. 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...

2016-02-05 / Focus On Veterans

Kenneth “Butch” Panula of Britt felt honored and privileged to participate in the 2015 Wreaths Across America event. 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...

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...

2012-01-20 / Hometown Recipes

Have your Buffalo Wings become too boring and predictable? Has that ranch dip lost its allure? Shake up your Super Bowl playoff roster with these deliciously different chicken wing recipes. 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...

2016-01-29 / Health Features

Tom Kintner knew he needed two new knees. A lifetime of construction work, including lots of kneeling on newly poured concrete, made that a fact. Retired and living on Lake Vermilion, Kintner knew he wanted to recover as quickly as possible. More...

2016-01-22 / Hometown Recipes

I recently discovered, deep on one of our bookshelves, the 1976 Suomalais Ameriikkalainen Keittokirja (Finnish-American Cookbook) put out by Alice Kivi of the Nik Nak Nook Gift Shop in Aurora. More...

2016-01-29 / Health Features

Americans are bombarded with information about "healthy eating," but we suffer from higher rates of obesity and chronic disease than ever before. We are told one year to avoid fat and the next to avoid carbohydrates. More...

2016-01-29 / Health Features

DULUTH - Approximately 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. More...

2016-02-05 / Features

The Electoral College is not really a college at all. Instead, it is the important and often controversial process by which the United States selects the President of the United States every four years. More...

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