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SURVIVING THE POLAR VORTEX…

while finding a vacation every day

SALLYWORLD

Remember, aging is not for sissies and skip the chocolates

MASSAGE FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Diabetics can benefit from massage

Be happy today… it’s a choice!

Out of the Blue

“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

Range History

Arrowhead Center celebrates 50 years: “It takes a village”

The Arrowhead Center in Virginia celebrates its 50th year of...

THIS MONTH IN MINNESOTA HISTORY

The pink-and-white lady slipper was named the state flower in...

Monday, Jan. 21, 2019

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Illustration by Max Thieman.Martin Luther King, Jr. (Jan. 15, 1929...

THIS MONTH IN MINNESOTA HISTORY

JAN. 1 1840: Lawrence Taliaferro, tired of bribery attempts by...

How immigrants and refugees have shaped Minnesota

Immigrants and refugees: connecting past and present

The history of Minnesota, its statehood, and immigration are closely...

Contributor

Event slated for Saturday, March 2; family activities planned

Annual Lake Vermilion Pond Hockey Championship returns

The children’s classic, Anne of Green Gables

A book club’s reading selection was unexpectedly delightful!

Maps, trails and directions of writing

Annual AAUW Book Sale: It’s not your average book sale!

Obituaries

Melvin R. Luloff

Melvin R. Luloff, 79, of Lake Vermilion-Cook, passed away unexpectedly...

Kathleen Therese (VonderHaar) Elverum

Kathleen Therese (VonderHaar) Elverum, 73 of Lake Leander, Britt, MN,...

Marcella B. Aslakson

Marcella B. Aslakson, 98, of Hibbing died Friday, Feb. 1,...

Mark Forrest Abramson

Mark Forrest Abramson, 55, of Britt, passed away on Tuesday,...

Kay E.  Salo (Hochstetler)

Kay E.  Salo (Hochstetler), 76, passed away Friday, Feb. 8,...

Patricia Jean (Palmer) Wickett

Patricia Jean (Palmer) Wickett, 87, of Virginia, formerly of Babbitt,...

Dr. James Nicholas Matchefts

Dr. James Nicholas Matchefts, DDS, 82, of Eveleth died peacefully...


Feature

The search is on for local firefighters…

Many rural communities in northern Minnesota depend on volunteer or...

Firefighting love: A marriage proposal at Cherry Fire Hall

EDITOR’S NOTE: February is sometimes referred to as the month...

Spring tour performance at VHS on Saturday, March 2

VIRGINIA – Concert-goers in Virginia will be among the first...

Business

Education commissioner kicks off listening tour in Hibbing

HIBBING – Newly appointed Department of Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker began a listening tour on Friday, Jan. 25 at her alma mater Hibbing High School (HHS). She was joined...

BCBSMN award acknowledges work to combat childcare crisis

DULUTH – The Northland Foundation has received a Trailblazer Award for its work combatting the childcare crisis in Greater Minnesota. The award was presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of...

Northland Foundation awards 45 grants totaling $525,624 in northeastern Minnesota

In the last quarter of 2018, the Northland Foundation made 45 grants to benefit people and communities in the counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Lake, Koochiching and St. Louis....

More than 90 parcels, including waterfront properties, available

ST. LOUIS COUNTY – More than 90 tax forfeited properties are set to be auctioned off by St. Louis County on Feb. 14. The list features more than a dozen...

Sponsors for 2019 Summer Food Service Program now sought

During the school year, many Minnesota families depend on free or reduced-price meals their children get at school to provide nourishment. When school is out for the summer, the United...

Frandsen Bank & Trust among banks honored for their community involvement

VIRGINIA – The Minnesota Bankers Association (MBA) has recognized 35 Minnesota banks for their community involvement. Banks play a vital role in their communities and to honor and recognize their...

Free tax preparation sites to be available across Minnesota

With income tax season now open, the Minnesota Department of Revenue announced that over 200 sites will be offering free tax assistance for those filing income tax and property tax...

Marjorie Sella retires from USDA’s NRCS after after a 31-year career

Marge SellaMarjorie “Marge” Sella, district conservationist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in northern St. Louis and Itasca counties retired Jan. 31. A Nashwauk native, Sella received her B.S....

St. Louis County social worker receives first of its kind award from the ICWA Advisory Council

Andrea LarsonST. LOUIS COUNTY – St. Louis County social worker Andrea Larson has been recognized by the Minnesota Indian Child Welfare (ICWA) Advisory Council with its first ever Social Worker...

Focus on Veterans

Like all good things…

BIWABIK – The United Way of Northeastern Minnesota (UWNEMN) announced this month that its Rampage at the Ridge event at Giants Ridge in Biwabik is...

VFW Post 1720 hosting Honor Flight Northland fundraiser Feb. 23

GRAND RAPIDS – A fundraiser for Honor Flight Northland will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 4 – 8 p.m. at VFW Post 1720...

Wilkie: VA plans to revolutionize health care as we

The past two years have been an exciting time for veterans and for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA has enacted more reforms across...

VA, DAV to co-host National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Colorado

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced this month that the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic will take place March 31 – April 5...

Several pieces of legislation affect military taxpayers

Service members will likely see a reduction in their tax bills this year as a number of changes to the tax code come into effect....

NVS is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year

VFW National Veterans Service employees (l. to r.) Mike Figlioli, Dawn Jirak and Ryan Gallucci stand outside the Department of Veterans Affairs national office in...

Home & Garden Tips

Add honey berries to your landscape

Consider adding honey berries (aka Haskap, Blue Honeysuckle, Sweet Berry...

Tips on keeping cut flowers fresh longer

If cut flower stems are momentarily out of water, air...

How to find a hobby that can enrich your life

 Commitments to work and family can make adults feel like...

Resolve to exercise and eat healthy food

 Need a little moral boost in sticking to your diet...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observed on January 21

 The 3rd Monday in January is a federal holiday to...

Pets

February 20 is National Love Your Pet Day!

Doggie breath – a sign of serious disease? Does your...

Pet lovers lavish their companions with gifts on holidays

Furry, finned and feathered friends help make a house a...

Keep your pets safe from ice and de-icers

With large winter storms continuing for much of the United...

Consider home environment when choosing a dog breed

Prospective dog owners have many different breeds to choose from....

Nominations sought for hero dog awards

 American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, announced on...

What to do when your cat needs a bath

 According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty...