Small Business Saturday is Nov. 26

2016 #ShopSmall, #ShopLocal, #ShopTheRange testimonials

 “Shopping locally helps support our local economy and benefits our friends and families who live in the region. It is also our home and where we began. NorthRidge Community Credit Union was founded in 1957, and was originally called Hoyt… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me     […]

Harry Lamppa to share the John T. Bernard story



VIRGINIA – “A Common Man’s Courage: The John T. Bernard Story” will be presented by Harry Lamppa on Friday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. in the meeting room of the Columbia Apartments, 600 N. 3rd Ave. in Virginia. John T. Bernard was an… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

The Montana Café: From college to business owner (times three)




My wonderful co-workers at the Montana Café in Cook gave this framed drawing of the café to me. It was done by Karin Schultz of Gheen, MN. We developed a deep love and friendship over all the years we worked together. Photo by Kirsten Reichel.COOK –… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Running the show at Cook’s Comet Theater




The Comet Theater is a landmark small business on Cook’s main street. Submitted photo.COOK – Along with the ownership of the Montana Café [see story on p. 10], we also had the privilege of owning the historic Comet Theater in Cook. I say… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

How to have a happy, healthy and humane Thanksgiving with your pets



 Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and while this food-filled holiday is a joyous time spent with family and friends, you don’t want to forget your furry family members. Though festive and fun, the holiday can pose some serious heal… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Small businesses are your community connections




Virginia Floral is a 112-year-old small, local business located at 320 Chestnut St. in Virginia. Photo by Cindy Kujala.VIRGINIA – Growing up in a family that owned its own business has been both rewarding and difficult at the same time. Many summer … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Your personal brand can help you land a job Why you need a strong personal brand to have a successful civilian career



 Transitioning from military life to a civilian career is often filled with mystery, anxiety, and challenges. There are also aspects of taking off the uniform that bring excitement and opportunity. Whether your goals are to pursue entrepreneurs… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

The Long Line

I gave deer hunting a shot: Part II


The view from Jody’s deer blind. Photo by Jody Anderson.Deer hunting 2016 has come to a close. Although the last weekend did not turn out quite as planned, I figured out that I racked up 55 hours in the deer blind in the end. Each morning I ar… Please register for a free account or log in below to access […]

A Beatle-maniac reflects on the musicians’ impact on his life




Jay Hoiland with his Beatles memorabilia, including his Beatle Capitol 45 record picture sleeve catalog. It is on display at Jay’s Pac-N-Ship, at 1018 18th St. So., in Virginia, MN. The musician and Beatle-maniac made the display in honor of C… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Our family recipe ideas




 As has been the tradition over the last many years, my husband’s cousin, Loretta, hosts the Thanksgiving family meal and we host the Christmas family meal at our home. While the fare is typically the same, new offerings have come along as we w… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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