Range History

A note from Jean:

Retirement, remission, and tree-planting

Dear Readers, What follows (pp. 22 – 31) is a...

The BPOE was founded 150 years ago

RANGE HISTORY: EVELETH ELKS LODGE #1161

Over a century of local community service It all began...

This day in Minnesota history

 APRIL 6 1808: John Jacob Astor forms the American Fur...

PASSOVER An important, biblically-derived Jewish holiday

Passover 2018 begins in the evening of Friday, March 30 and ends in the evening of Saturday, April 7

The two disciples, Peter and John, are sent to prepare...

Aerial fire detection

Fire spotting in Minnesota’s northland

An Aermotor fire lookout structure design from 1931. Submitted photo.THIS...

Obituaries

Richard Frank Debeltz

Richard Frank Debeltz, 75, of Hibbing, passed away quietly with...

Jane M. Shoden

Jane M. Shoden, 94, of Virginia died Friday, Apr. 13,...

May Irene Hopkins

May Irene Hopkins, 92, of Hibbing, died Saturday, Apr. 14,...

Ida E. Hugger Saari

Ida E. Hugger Saari, 97, passed away Thursday, Apr. 12,...

Raymond Paul Manzoline

Raymond Paul Manzoline, 88, longtime resident of Hibbing, died Wednesday,...

Walter A. Krause

Walter A. Krause, 91, passed away Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2018...

Harold Lloyd Roy

Harold Lloyd Roy, 57, of Virginia, passed away Monday, Apr....


Features

The Wizard(s) of OZ(bach)

There’s no Yellow Brick Road in the Land of Oz (better yet, the Land of Asbach) that is known as...

Junk Quest North returns to Miners April 27 and 28

VIRGINIA – Here we go again. It’s time to come junkin’ with us! Junk Quest North returns to Miners Memorial...

Concert series membership campaign gets underway Friday

RANGE AREA – A wide variety of live concert productions take place year-round in the cities of Hibbing, Virginia and...

MRC’s Graphic Design Media program is unique in Minnesota

EVELETH – The graphics room at the Eveleth campus of Mesabi Range College was bustling with activity as I arrived...

Olcott Park Fountain Restoration meeting on May 2; public is invited

VIRGINIA – The Olcott Park Fountain Restoration Committee announced donations received in the month of March total $1,220, bringing the...

ALS presenting free children’s program: Animal Tales of How & Why

MT. IRON – The Arrowhead Library System will present storyteller Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux’s Animal Tales of How & Why, a...

4-H offers a salute to its volunteers

NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY – Each year, thousands of volunteers in Minnesota donate their time and energy to make their...

Virginia Fire Department Run Report: April 9 – April 15

VIRGINIA – During the week of April 9 – April 15, the Virginia Fire Department responded to 74 calls; 63...

Wildfire Prevention Week 2018: If it’s predictable, then it’s preventable

This Wildfire Prevention Week (April 15 – 21), the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages people to look past the...

Business

Delta Air Lines receives safety, health award from MNOSHA

CHISHOLM – Workplace safety and health representatives from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) recognized Delta Air Lines’ Iron Range Customer Engagement Center in Chisholm as a Minnesota...

VAHS annual dinner set for April 27

VIRGINIA – The annual dinner of the Virginia Area Historical Society will be held on Friday, April 27, at the Senior Citizen Center, 511 Chestnut St. in Virginia. Registration and...

Northland Foundation awards 45 grants totaling $526,240

NORTHEASTERN MINNESOTA – The Northland Foundation awarded 45 grants between January 1 and March 31, 2018, totaling $526,240. Funding supported programming that nurtures children, youth and families; strengthens individual and...

Arrowhead Region residents can learn “Work Is Possible”

DULUTH – “Work is Possible” is a free workshop being held on Thursday, April 19, from 4:30 – 7 p.m. in Duluth. The workshop will give job seekers with disabilities...

Kristin Pessenda earns top honors for service

VIRGINIA – Kristin Pessenda, an American Family Insurance agent in Virginia, has been recognized for providing an outstanding customer experience under the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification Program....

Erik Peterson honored by COUNTRY Financial

VIRGINIA – COUNTRY Financial representative Erik Peterson of Virginia has earned a position on the insurance group’s distinguished All American Executive Team. This is his 21st consecutive year earning the...

Series to highlight innovative recruitment strategies

DULUTH/CHISHOLM – The Northeast Workforce Solutions Series kicked off in February with about 160 participants from Grand Rapids, Grand Marais, Hibbing and Duluth engaging in a workforce gap conversation. The...

April proclaimed as Financial Capability Month

Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed April as Financial Capability Month, a time to highlight the importance of financial education and empowerment to the state’s prosperity and the success of its...

Contributor

Just a bass player (reflecting on Hometown Focus)

It’s about community, giving others a chance to shine on stage

From the beginning days of HTF, it has been interesting being contributor

HTF contributor surveys: It’s putting those stories into print

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Columns

Healthy for Life

Living and writing about life with Hometown Focus over the last 10 years

SALLYWORLD: WEEK 383

The question is, aren’t burpees obsolete?

Out of the Blue

“One day, you’ll wake up, rub your eyes, and realize a decade has passed with barely a whisper.”

The difference between a browser, home page and desktop

SALOME’S STARS

Focus on Veterans

DAV encourages members to take action on behalf of veterans

Several years ago, the DAV National Interim Legislation Committee helped update the Benefits Protection Team program to drive DAV’s legislative agenda forward and encourage veterans...

A half century after an injury a Vietnam veteran is skiing down the slopes

Five months into a deployment to Vietnam, 21-year-old Bill Caywood lost his right leg below the knee to a booby-trap. If you would have told...

Servicemembers are getting a “buzz” from beekeeping

Gary LaGrange is a soldier first and a beekeeper second. The VFW member served three tours during the Vietnam War. Two were in the I...

Military working dogs retire after years of dedicated service

Marky, left, and Astra, 20th Security Forces Squadron military working dogs, perform their final bite during their retirement ceremony as Col. Daniel Lasica, 20th Fighter...

VMH 5K Fun Run/Walk will be held on May 19

DULUTH – Veterans Memorial Hall is sponsoring the VMH 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, May 19, at 9 a.m. The race will begin at The...

Home & Garden Tips

Finding yucky bugs indoors?

Even though there is plenty of ice and snow outdoors,...

Celebrate the 10th annual Earth Fest

The 10th Annual Earth Fest will be held on Saturday,...

Start small with a new gardening project

 If you are just starting out in gardening, remember to...

Pets

Tips when shopping for a well-dressed dog

Size, fabric and comfort are important factors when choosing clothing...

Poison control center shares top toxins

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) recently released the...

While unique, hybrid cats can develop behavioral issues

According to the Pet Poison Helpline (PPH), hybrid cats were...