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2016-04-22 / Features
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Where do I even start? I have lived in the City of Virginia most of my 51 years. I absolutely love living here and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I am an avid promoter of many businesses in the City of Virginia. More...

2010-07-30 / Features

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

2016-04-15 / Features

IRON RANGE – A late peak in the flu season affected people across the Iron Range in March. Flu activity most often peaks between December and February but it can last as late as May, according to the U.S. More...

2016-04-15 / Features

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – Minnesota Housing announced that $56 million is available to provide affordable mortgages to first-time homebuyers through a collaboration with Minnesota cities and counties, including $3,496,783 for St. Louis County More...

2016-04-08 / Features
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ELY - The April issue of National Geographic Magazine includes a collection of Minnesota photographs titled 93 Days of Spring by Jim Brandenburg. More...

2016-04-08 / Features
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You put your recyclables out at the curb, and someone takes it away. Or you drop it into one of the county’s blue collection bins in your town, or at one of our solid waste disposal sites. More...

2016-04-08 / Features
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VIRGINIA - North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity is starting another busy building season and relies heavily on local businesses, organizations, clubs and churches to supply funding and volunteers to build with our neighbors in need. More...

2016-04-08 / Business

AURORA - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a Preapplication Public Informational Meeting for the PolyMet Mining project to be held on Tuesday, April 19, from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at the Mesabi East High School in Aurora. More...

2016-04-01 / Features
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With just over two weeks left before the tax deadline, the Internal Revenue Service encourages taxpayers working on their 2015 tax returns to take advantage of the numerous online tools and resources available on IRS. gov. More...

2016-04-15 / Guest Columnists
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Barbara’s fishing odyssey: One hurdle at a time

Barbara and I met last fall in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. We were at WI Women Fish’s Annual Fish Camp. Barbara, 69, of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, immediately caught my attention. There was just something about her. 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...

2016-04-22 / Features

For 18 years, I’ve lived on the Iron Range. 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...

2016-04-29 / Health Features
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So, it’s deadline day. I have a lot of writing and editing to do and many pages to lay out and proof. I’m cutting it close. I’m writing about stress. 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...

2016-04-15 / Features
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Social responsibility, sustainability are foundations of our business

HIBBING – Sandy and Jack Radovich, my parents, live on and run Tamarack Farm in Hibbing. In 2007, my mom added a few Nigerian Dwarf goats to the mix of animals at the farm. More...

2016-04-08 / Features
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According to travel industry sources, sometime between now and 2020, millennials (born between 1980 and 2000) will comprise the largest spending demographic in tourism travel. 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...

2016-04-01 / Features
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If there is one thing I wish my parents ha done a better job teaching me, it is how to handle money. My parents were the type of people who never discussed “adult” issues in front of their children, which included money and finances. More...

2016-04-22 / Features
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HIBBING - Have you ever had a garage sale? Did you fill your garage with “treasures” that just needed to go? More...

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