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2014-04-04 / Features
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The circle remains unbroken

I had the greatest Thanksgiving of my life this last November. I had driven up to Cook, MN to visit my dad, Elder Metsa, and share the day with him. 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...

2014-03-21 / News Briefs

SAINT PAUL – This week the Minnesota Department of Commerce filed an order to show cause and statement of charges against Barbara Stark and Susan Walker, former Ameriprise Financial Services agents. More...

2014-04-04 / Features
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My very first encounter with the Metsa family was many years ago as a very young child. 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...

2010-07-30 / Features

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

2014-04-04 / Features
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Their mission: To search, rescue and save lives

As if the -25 degree air temperature wasn’t brutal enough this past February 26, biting winds gusted at 30 miles an hour, making conditions feel far worse. With the sun already set, the blowing snow in the darkness was almost blinding. More...

2014-04-04 / Features
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VIRGINIA – There are many reasons why a person decides to volunteer at Essentia Health-Virginia. Peggy Hellyer credits her husband’s kidney stones, which introduced her to the hospital’s care. 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...

2014-03-21 / News Briefs

SAINT PAUL, MN—The colder-than-normal winter has made for a rough heating season for all Minnesotans, especially those using propane. More...

2012-06-15 / Blue Guitar Highway
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Elder Metsa is a true American success story. And if he wasn’t my father, would still be one of my best friends. I have been blessed to have shared all 56 years of my time on earth with him, and what a great and glorious ride it has been. 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...

2014-03-21 / Features
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CHISHOLM - The famed Kursk Root Icon of Our Lady of the Sign, an 800-year-old artifact of Christian history from Russia, will be visiting St. Basil of Ostrog Orthodox Church in Chisholm on Thursday, Mar. 27, at 10 a.m. More...

2014-03-14 / Features
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VHS to present spring musical

VIRGINIA - The Queen City set sail on an ocean liner last April when Virginia High School presented Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, the school’s first musical production in fifteen years. More...

2014-03-21 / Sallyworld
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Goodwill garb for a 5-star restaurant, and oh, yeah, I GOT ENGAGED!!!

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

2014-03-28 / Features
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This morning it was 10 below 0 at our house. Officially, technically, it is the sixth day of spring. Winter, you can leave anytime now. Don’t take offense, winter, but you’ve overstayed your welcome. More...

2014-04-04 / Guest Columnists
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Is your internet slow? Are you having bandwidth issues? Below are some potential causes and some solutions. More...

2014-04-04 / Features
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Recycling is an activity we can all do on a daily basis to save resources, keep waste out of the landfill, and support our economy. This year, at the Iron Range Earth Fest on Saturday, April 26, in Mt. More...

2014-03-28 / News Briefs
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ST. PAUL – MNsure announced new procedures that will help people get coverage and avoid a federal tax penalty even if their enrollment isn’t complete when the deadline expires on March 31. More...

2014-04-11 / Range History
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WHEN GIANTS LIVED AMONG US

Two men stretching their arms from hand to hand could not reach around the girth of some of them, those ancient white pines. More...

2014-03-28 / Health
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Q: My dad has had Type 2 diabetes for about 10 years (he takes metformin) and was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. It’s localized, so they’re going to treat it with external beam radiation. More...

2014-03-21 / Guest Columnists
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SPRING TOUR IN PROGRESS

Despite a leg infection that sidelined him earlier in the year, Don Rickles is as feisty as ever. More...

2014-03-14 / Guest Columnists
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The first thing to be said is do not do this for anti-virus and network security programs, disk or operating system utility programs, or system programs. Doing so may cause data loss or damage to your operating system and other programs. 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...

2014-04-11 / Sallyworld
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The Minnesota Good-Bye takes the cake…or, the sandwich loaf

Greetings & Sallytations! Observations: Minnesotans have sometimes been noted for their “Minnesota Nice” attitude, a positive reputation. But, I think more than the Minnesota Nice reference, the “Minnesota Good-bye” tops alls. More...

2011-08-12 / Features
Open house slated for August 18

EVELETH - Range Mental Health Center, along with the city of Eveleth, is pleased to announce the opening of the Wellstone Center for Recovery, providing community based mental health crisis stabilization services. More...

2014-03-28 / Features
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Enjoy the indoor venue of the weekendlong Iron Range Home, Sport and Travel Show this weekend at the Miners Memorial Building in Virginia! With the winter-ish weather still lingering, what better to do that visit with friends – indoors! More...

2014-03-21 / Features
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Annual Iron Range Home Show a harbinger of spring

VIRGINIA – Hometown Focus has participated in the annual Iron Range Home, Sport and Travel Show for several years. It’s a blast to visit with the hundreds of people who attend the event as well as the other exhibitors. More...

2014-03-28 / Features
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The last blast of winter proved that a person can only watch so many reruns of Law and Order. What the snowbound person needs to take them away and forget the snow piling up in the driveway is a good book. More...

2014-03-28 / Sallyworld
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Confessions of a Spam fan and coconut cream convert

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

2014-04-04 / Sallyworld
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An $11 slice of banana crème pie, transferred instantly to my thigh

Greetings & Sallytations! More...

2014-04-11 / News Briefs
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VIRGINIA – Interim Provost Carol Helland appeared before the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities’ Board of Trustees in January 2014 to propose a name change for the college from Mesabi Range Community & Technical College to Mesa More...

2014-04-04 / Range History
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Silent reminders of an earlier time are all around us

Dear readers, This week we’re taking a look at remains of the past – silent reminders from the early years of the Vermilion, Mesabi and Cuyuna ranges – that include prehistoric burial mounds at Esquagama More...

2014-04-11 / Features
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Happy Anniversary, HTF!

Every spring I write a story about Hometown Focus’s anniversary and give thanks to our supportive contributors, readers, and advertisers, and acknowledge the hard work of my amazing co-workers. More...

2012-03-22 / Focus On Veterans

This week Kay Keller of Virginia stopped in our HTF office to share a piece she had written about poetry by Vietnam veterans. More...

2014-04-04 / Features
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Iron Range residents have a strong tradition of participating in activities that will benefit their communities, and most folks see volunteering as a form of charity – purely based on one’s being unselfish. More...

2014-04-11 / News Briefs
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CHISHOLM – United Way of Northeastern Minnesota (UWNEMN) held their 47th Annual Meeting and Campaign Recognition Dinner on Thursday, Mar. 27. The total raised during the 2013-14 campaign was $1,771,591. More...

2014-03-21 / News Briefs
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DULUTH - The Entrepreneur Fund welcomes the addition of Dave Clusiau, Don Negley and Jack Ryan to the organization’s Board of Directors. More...

2014-03-21 / Features
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brings joy to strangers

Quirks. We all have them. One of mine is buying high school annuals at garage/estate sales and then trying to find someone who would like them. As a historian I hate to see these books discarded if they are still in good shape. More...

2014-03-28 / Features
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If it were not for piles of books, during this recent cold spell, my wife and I would be divorced or have killed each other! Some of you with only a TV may not have been that lucky. More...

2014-04-11 / Features
Through the noose to Easter

The next day we decided to call her Lois. It was the Thursday before Saint Patrick’s Day. My family attended a performance of the traditional Irish music group Dervish at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. More...

2014-03-21 / Range History
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WINTON SALOONS' COLORFUL PAST

WINTON - "We will build our water and sewer infrastructure on liquor sales," said Winton Mayor Felix Jarvela, shortly after Winton residents voted on November 6, 1946 to establish a municipal liquor store. More...

2014-03-28 / Pets
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The Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill has been introduced for the 2013-2014 Minnesota Legislative session. Bill numbers are: S.F. 36 (author Sen. John Marty) and H.F. 84 (author Representative John Lesch). More...

2014-03-21 / Pets
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MINNEAPOLIS – The veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline, a national 24/7 animal poison control center, receive hundreds of calls this time of year from pet owners and veterinarians concerning cats that have ingested Easter lilies. More...



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