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2014-09-05 / Features
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FinnFest USA 2014 – A celebration of “Finnish-ness” (sisu) in Minneapolis

On August 9 and 10, I was fortunate to be able to attend the FinnFest, an annual festival and conference attended by Finnish- Americans, Finns from Finland and other interested parties. More...

2014-08-29 / Mining Features
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HOYT LAKES – Twenty-five long years ago, in 1989, PolyMet Mining leased NorthMet mineral rights from U.S. Steel. More...

2014-09-12 / Features
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What neutrinos mean to artist Joseph Giannetti

Particle physics and neutrinos can be difficult for a layperson to understand. More...

2010-07-30 / Features

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

2014-09-19 / News Briefs

CRANE LAKE – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold an open house to provide information and receive public input on the proposed special regulation to close Mukooda and Little Trout lakes to lake trout harvest. 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...

2014-08-29 / Mining Features
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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...

2014-09-05 / Features
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Parade, cornerstone, time capsule to mark September 10 ceremony

For more than a century, the beautiful St. Louis County District Courthouse in Virginia has proudly faced Fifth Avenue as a testament to the progress and accomplishments of the Mesabi and Vermilion iron ranges. 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...

2014-08-22 / Features
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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
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The Blue Angels is the United States Navy’s flight demonstration squadron. More...

2014-09-19 / Guest Columnists
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What should have been “a three-hour tour” turned into a 50-year journey for Dawn Wells, who played castaway Mary Ann Summers in the zany sitcom Gilligan’s Island that debuted on CBS in September, 1964. 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...

2014-09-12 / Range History
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The birthplace of crime fiction writer Frank Gruber and Schneiderman’s Furniture

When the first pioneers came to the area now known as Elmer Township, they found nothing but dense forests so thick the sun couldn’t shine through. There was a river by the name of St. More...

2014-08-29 / News Briefs
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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...

2014-09-12 / Features
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EXPLORING THE MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE

SOUDAN - Physicists and research scientists from around the globe have been seeking the answer to what makes the universe tick for more than three decades at the Soudan Underground Physics Laboratory. More...

2014-09-05 / Focus On Veterans
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BIWABIK – The United Way of NE MN hit it out of the ballpark with their Rampage at the Ridge Extreme 5k fundraising event on Saturday, Aug. 23 at Giant’s Ridge Resort. More...

2014-08-29 / News Briefs

GRAND RAPIDS – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a public auction of surplus equipment Saturday, Sept. 6, at 9:30 a.m. in Grand Rapids at the DNR northeast regional office, 1201 East Highway 2, Grand Rapids. More...

2014-08-29 / Mining Features
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Human dependence 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...

2014-08-22 / Sallyworld
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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...

2014-08-22 / News Briefs
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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...

2014-09-05 / News Briefs

DULUTH – Essentia Health has been selected as one of just 34 community sites nationwide to benefit from cancer research funding. For Essentia, it means $3.6 million over the next five years. More...

2014-08-29 / News Briefs
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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...

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...

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

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

2014-09-12 / News Briefs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Pancake lovers prepare! Thursday, Sept. More...

2014-09-12 / Sallyworld
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Bed and breakfast, Reubens and riding, and food label detecting

Greetings & Sallytations! 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...

2014-09-05 / Features
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MOUNTAIN IRON – The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present artist and musician Sara Pajunen. In her Laatikko/ Box project, she brings a sampling of the University of Minnesota’s Finnish-American archives to the public. More...

2014-09-12 / Pets
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Atopic dermatitis is an inflammatory, chronic skin disease associated with allergies. In fact, this is the second most common allergic skin disease in dogs. More...

2014-09-05 / Sallyworld
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Five-week countdown: Zip up and sit down

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

2014-09-05 / News Briefs
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DULUTH – St. Luke’s Regional Cancer Center is hosting its second quarterly lecture, Managing the Legal and Financial Issues of Cancer Survivorship, in the Understanding Cancer: Survivorship Lecture Series. More...

2014-09-12 / Hometown Recipes
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St. Michael’s Foundation is hosting our 5th Annual Chili Cook Off. An unprecedented 30 cooks from our community will come together Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Miner’s Memorial Building in Virginia. More...

2014-09-05 / Features
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Gravel Grinders are grassroots bicycle events that celebrate the joy of riding. Many have no entry fees and no support. Each rider is given a start time and a set of cue sheets to navigate by. More...

2014-09-19 / News Briefs

VIRGINIA – The Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency’s (AEOA) Adult Education Program is giving free GED practice tests for limited time. The See for Free program helps students pass the GED test. More...

2014-08-22 / Range History
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Part 4 of 5

EXPERIENCES TRAFFICKING IN SKIN WHEN I WAS 3, DAD HOISTED ME ONTO HIS SHOULDERS as he and Grandpa Barfknecht headed into the winter woods to, as Grandpa put it, “pick off a few rabbits for dinner.” For the next several winters, I accompanied Grandpa More...

2014-09-19 / Features
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A story about a father, formerly of Hermantown, and his 24-year-old son, a recent University of North Dakota graduate, who visited all 30 Major League Baseball parks across the U.S. More...

2014-09-19 / Features
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The first time I saw Preston Gunderson of Virginia perform was during an elementary school talent show in the ’90s. More...

2014-09-05 / Features
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TOWER – Dozens of veterans participated in the first annual Wounded/Senior Veterans Fishing Day held Thursday, August 28 at Fortune Bay Resort and Casino on Lake Vermilion. More...

2014-08-29 / Hometown Recipes
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This week I ran across some healthy family recipes on the Minnesota Department of Health website. More...

2014-09-12 / Massage for Your Health
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We always hear about the importance of taking care of our health and one of those ways is ensuring our internal organs are in good working order. More...

2014-09-19 / Hometown Recipes
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Summer’s a memory and fall beckons

Our short summer is over in the northland unless we get an Arizona fall. Don’t hold your breath. It is now time to take out boats, docks, clean out your garage – ugh! I felt the air change on August 10 and it wasn’t for the good! More...

2014-08-29 / Healthy for Life
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’Tis in the eyes of the beholder

Our eyes hold many responsibilities, they are tools in our thought process and how we may perceive, conceive or misconceive what we think we see. More...

2014-09-12 / Health
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Q: I heard there is a DNA test for colon cancer. Can I cancel my colonoscopy? Please?! -- Stephen G., Colorado Springs, Colorado More...

2014-09-19 / Sallyworld
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My obsession with hunting garage sale season

Greetings & Sallytations! More...



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