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Jean Cole, Editor

2017-07-14 / Range History
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The school, the cemetery, the homestead, the swinging bridge

THIS WEEK IN RANGE HISTORY More...

2017-06-23 / Features
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A week ago I woke up not feeling well. I found myself drenched in sweat, lying on the floor after almost passing out. My daughter, Emma, had been home from college and not felt well. More...

2017-06-30 / Features
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Former mining location began in 1909 incorporated in 1917

LEONIDAS – When you think of Leonidas, you might think of the Spartan king of that name and his warriors and the Battle of Thermopylae which were immortalized (and fictionalized) in the film “300.” Or you might think of Leonidas Mer More...

2017-07-21 / Features
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QUAD CITIES – As you may know, the Bridge Daze committee has been soliciting name ideas for the past six weeks or so. We closed name submissions on July 15, with just over 1,330 entries from people around the region and state. More...

2017-07-07 / Features
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Sign up for the Bridge Daze Community Walk

The new Highway 53 relocation project bridge in Virginia is slated to open in about six weeks. Submitted photo. More...

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...

2017-07-14 / Features
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MMT switches gears with production of “Xanadu” at the Androy

Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 1797 poem "Kubla Khan" describes Xanadu, the Edenlike palace of Mongol ruler Kublai Khan. More...

2017-07-14 / Features
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The opportunities and challenges of feeding the bears

ORR – A common slogan widely promoted by wildlife educators and managers is “A fed bear is a dead bear.” The idea is based on the belief that providing bears with human foods leads to nuisance encounters and the ultimate deaths of t More...

2017-06-30 / Sallyworld
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Kids in the car (Are we there yet?) Talking life plans or muffin flavors, hmmm?

Greetings and Sallytations!   I took two of my grandchildren, ages 6 and 4, to the cabin last weekend. I totally blanked out how stressful a car ride is for two hours with small children. More...

2017-06-30 / Features
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Hometown Focus’s 2017 summer guide to events, festivals and attractions is here just in time for the 4th of July holiday. You will find the guide inserted in this week’s paper.  More...

2017-07-14 / Features
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GILBERT – If your home has a deep well or a shallow well from which you get your drinking water, for your own safety and the safety of your visitors, that water should be tested on a regular basis. More...

2017-07-14 / Features
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and a hidden Minnesota gem

ORR – It’s called a wildlife sanctuary. It’s called the largest open air classroom in North American. It’s called one of Minnesota’s hidden gems.  More...

2017-07-21 / Features

VIRGINIA – The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management have proposed the withdrawal of 235,000 acres of federally-owned land and minerals in northeast Minnesota from future leasing, exploration and potential development. More...

2017-06-30 / Range History
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THIS WEEK IN RANGE HISTORY

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story and photos originally appeared in the Spring 2008 edition of Minnesota History Magazine. Reprinted with permission (sources omitted). –Cindy Kujala, HTF Interim Editor 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...

2017-06-23 / Features
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HIBBING – For Talia and Dan Sandys of Side Lake, the weeks leading up to the birth of their daughter at Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing were a blur of worry, heartache and tears.  More...

2017-06-23 / Features
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Customers of Natural Harvest Food Co-op in Virginia donated $1,614.12 to the Dustin Damm Memorial Fund in April through the Change Within Reach program. More...

2017-06-23 / Features

A public hearing at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College on June 13, suggested the American Indian community does not support the Line 3 replacement proposed by Enbridge Energy Partners.  More...

2017-06-23 / Features
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VIRGINIA – The Dream Machines Car Club is currently selling $5 raffle tickets. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Olcott Park Fountain Project and the MS Foundation. More...

2017-06-23 / Features
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“We are going to Paris in May.” That’s what my wife, Roxanne, told me in November 2016. My wife is not a “high-maintenance” woman, so I was a bit surprised by her statement. “Really?” I replied. More...

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