Nancy M. Claviter



Nancy M. Claviter, 86, of Virginia, MN passed away, Thursday, December 24, 2015 at Essentia Health St. Mary’s in Duluth. Nancy Marie Claviter was born April 6, 1929 in Virginia to Nicholas and Carmella (Dote) Poce. She was united in marriage to Melv… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember […]

Thomas B. Gobats



Thomas B. Gobats, 65, of Eveleth, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family and friends, Thursday, December 24, 2015. Thomas B. Gobats was born June 13, 1950 to Sam and Doloris (Smeland) Gobats. He graduated from Mountain Iron Hig… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Patricia F. (Mitchell) Parent



Patricia F. (Mitchell) Parent, 70, of Virginia, passed away Saturday, December 26, 2015 at Northland Village Assisted Living in Buhl. Patricia Fay Parent was born January 28, 1945 in Chisholm, MN to Chester and Florence (Gilness) Mitchell. She was u… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

A New Year’s resolution:

Let the Mystery be


 “Let the Mystery be.” – Iris Dement, Infamous Angel My friend Dan is a psychologist whose office is down the hall from mine. I have gotten to know him well over the last five or six years. He is a very bright man with a voracious … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this […]

Solving the puzzle of your purpose




 In 2002, Rick Warren wrote The Purpose Driven Life. By 2007, 30 million copies of the book were sold. The book has been on the New York Times bestseller list for advice books for one of the longest periods in history. That alone makes it obvio… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Ringing in 2016

Storytelling is love: The most important thing of all


 We went to the funeral of a good friend yesterday. I didn’t know that I would leave there with inspiration for my New Year’s story for Hometown Focus, but such was the case. Sleepless last night, I was thinking of our friend, and the story I h… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this […]

HTF submission tips



Are you submitting a personal story or a news item? A news item is factual statements written about something that is happening (a meeting, event, etc.) that provides details like who, what, when, where, and sometimes how or why. A personal story is… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

HTF kudos from 2015



Let me add a big “Thank You” on behalf of the Lyric Center & the IRRRP acting troupe for allowing our New Year’s Eve dinner theater tradition at the Coates Hotel to be spotlighted in the Hometown Focus. Both shows were sold out… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

HTF story answers questions for a family across the country



 Editor’s note: A story written last year by HTF Contributor Dave Setnicker was discovered online by a reader in Oregon. The story was about a WWII veteran from Biwabik, MN, and included information about the death of a fellow veteran nam… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Students make music with robots at the Lyric Center for the Arts!



VIRGINIA – Workshop in musical robotics for high school students runs January 14 – 16 at Virginia’s Lyric Center for the Arts. Participants will learn about musical robotics, build a new robotic percussion ensemble, and make new music fo… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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