Columns

A new baby, family, warmer weather and Chick-fil-A

A fun five-day trip brings me closer to my southern home

Healthy for Life

December’s light leads the way with rays of wonder and joy

SALLYWORLD:

Sally celebrates the season with fake snow and flashbacks of motherhood

MASSAGE FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Massage may help with depression

Grown on The Range: Farm to School program is helping area students grow

Range History

This month in Minnesota history

Dec. 1 1855: At the Washington Navy Yard, Susan L....

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Since 1924, Thanksgiving Day is parade time in New York City

The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City,...

THIS MONTH IN MINNESOTA HISTORY

EDITOR’S NOTE: Part 1 of This Month in Minnesota History...

Range Broom Factory: 1920 – 1943

A unique Chisholm business employed men with vision loss

Workers pose with brooms they made at the Range Broom...

This month in Minnesota history

Nov. 1 1841: Father Lucien Galtier dedicates his log church...

Contributor

The empty couch

Being grateful for getting through life—and the holidays, too

Queen City Christmas window contest

Winning contestants decked out downtown Virginia

The Long Line

The power of a ritual; what are yours?

Christmas memories at Grandma’s

Hometown Recipes

Hometown Focus Recipes

Hometown Focus Recipes

Hometown Focus Recipes


Feature

The Angel of Hope memorials

VIRGINIA – The 11th annual candlelight service to honor the...

FOCUS ON PHOTOGRAPHERS

EDITOR’S NOTE: This week in our monthly Focus on Photographer...

Children’s letters to Santa

Dear Readers, Once again we welcome the wonderful letters that...

Wrapping up the Giftstock musical event

VIRGINIA — For the last time, the Virginia Elks Club...

Business

Greenway area upgrades recreation arena

COLERAINE — The Hodgins-Berardo Arena in Coleraine upgraded its heaters and sound system and made ADA accessibility improvements to an interior walkway/viewing deck and ice viewing windows. Considered a historic...

LCP members to benefit from credit retirement

GRAND RAPIDS — Lake Country Power members will see a credit printed on their December billing statement after Lake Country Power’s board of directors authorized a retirement of $4.4 million...

Northland Foundation awards grants to child care projects

NORTHEAST MN —An $85,000 Child Care Economic Development Grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), along with $5,000 from the Northland Foundation’s grant funds, has been...

Albertsons use BER grant to renovate downtown Cook building

COOK — Located just off of the main street, the 3,100-square-foot building was constructed in the early 1950’s as a grocery store. It eventually became home to the local newspaper,...

Alworth Fund presents three Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Marshall H. and Nellie Alworth Memorial Fund, which celebrated its 70th year in 2019, recently presented three former scholarship recipients with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Alve Erickson, Ph.D., is a...

Grants help address community housing concerns

IRON RANGE — The communities of Aitkin, Cherry, Grand Rapids, McKinley, Tower and Virginia were awarded grants by Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation for removal of 10 blighted residential structures...

Social Security benefits will increase in 2020 to accommodate COLA

Each year, we announce the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). By law, federal benefits increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index...

Vitamin E acetate found in 2019 illicit vaping products; not in 2018 products

Testing by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Public Health Laboratory has found that samples of vaping products from 2019, including some from patients with serious lung injuries, contained vitamin...

Focus on Veterans

A friend’s final favor

When Vicki Walters’ husband passed away unexpectedly in March, she was left in a tailspin of heartache and uncertainty. “Michael was always a provider and...

VA and Pet Partners bring therapy animal services to more veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) partnered with nonprofit organization Pet Partners last month to help improve quality of life, social engagement and health...

A beautiful tribute to veterans

The quilt on display at the Virginia Public Library during the month of November is a study in patriotic themes and colors in honor of...

Minnesota Twins, WCCO and MACV to host holiday meal for homeless vets

The Minnesota Twins and WCCO in collaboration with Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) will be hosting a Home for the Holidays meal on Thursday,...

DAV employer’s guide

Hiring veterans can bolster a company’s bottom line, and “The Veteran Advantage: DAV Guide to Hiring and Retaining Veterans with Disabilities,” recently relaunched in honor...

VA renews partnership with Y-USA to expand health services to veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently renewed a nationwide partnership with Y-USA that focuses on whole health to enhance services available that promote...

Home & Garden Tips

Safety tips for decorating for the holidays

Decorations help make the holiday season a magical time of...

How to make holiday wreaths the easy way

There are many different ways to decorate homes and businesses...

Enjoy time outdoors – even when it’s cold!

 The amount of time people spend outdoors has dramatically decreased,...

Tips on gearing up for the hunting season

 Big game and migratory bird hunting are a billiondollar industry...

How to equip a home kitchen knife collection

 Knives are a key tool in kitchens, whether those kitchens...

Pets

Variety of work as a veterinary technician

In all of her preparation and education to become a...

Why dogs drag their behinds on the floor

Haveyounoticedyour dog dragging their butt across the floor or grass?...

American Kennel Club celebrates 135 years

 On September 17, 1884, a group of 12 dedicated sportsmen...

Suggested holiday gifts for four-legged family members

Holiday shoppers who are busy making lists and checking them...

Ways to introduce and transition pet foods

 The food a companion animal is eating today may not...

Tips on safe holiday entertaining in pet-friendly households

The holidays are a time to spend with friends and...