The soldier’s deck of cards



 Editor’s note: Fran Shimmin of Virginia dropped this piece off at our office for us to publish if we saw fit. She did not know the author or the provenance of the piece. I thought it was clever, and so I did a little googling and found s… Please register for a free account or log in below to access […]

The loveliness of winter



Now, now, be nice. Play time at the International Wolf Center in Ely. Photo by Cathy Kishel.The snow is finally here, and Finn Bay is still open, near Babbitt. Photo by Ken Hupila. … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Al Zaverl, 95, and still at it



 The recent Hometown Focus article about cartoons reminded me, as one of the first contributors when the Focus originated, of the many cartoons I created. Now, at age 95, and still alive, I decided to send you this “tid-bit” before… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Share the love this holiday season

Let’s remember our area animal shelters


 Throughout the year – but especially now at the holidays – let’s also remember the area animal shelters who care for pets waiting to find their forever homes. For so many of us, our lives would not be complete without our fuz… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Get pet pictures taken with Santa



VIRGINIA – Iron Range Feed, Garden & Pet, located at 707 North 6th Avenue in Virginia, is holding a Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. which includes the opportunity to get your pet’s picture t… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Dear Santa…



Photo by Marco Rappuchi of Rappuchi Design & Photography of Chisholm, MN, taken at Precious Paws Humane Society in Chisholm.Precious Paws Humane Society dreams of having: Volunteers to help us provide our wonderful cats and dogs with a clean, s… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Chairman’s USO Holiday Tour concludes in Ramstein




U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, his wife, Ellyn Dunford, and performers with the 2015 USO Holiday Tour take a group photo with the audience at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Dec. 7, 2015. DoD pho… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Zup’s Food Markets to close store in Aurora



AURORA – Zup’s Food Markets announced on Tuesday that the company will be closing its store in Aurora. The closing will take place in January of 2016. “It is with the deepest regret that we announce the closing of our Aurora store,… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater tickets available



Pictured in a scene from Dead Air, by Lee Mueller, are (l. to r.) Jerry Newton, Carol Zakula, Lisa DePaulis, Steve Johnson, Kelly Maickelson and Montana Nelson. Submitted photo.VIRGINIA – The Iron Range Real Regional Players (IRRRP) adult thea… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Grants to engage youth in outdoor activities



NE MINNESOTA – The Northland Foundation announced a special funding opportunity designed to increase outdoor recreation for youth in northeastern Minnesota – especially for those who don’t typically have opportunities to participat… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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