Debra Mihm



 Debra Mihm, 60, formerly of Buhl, MN, passed away suddenly January 1, 2017, at her home in Santa Paula, CA, after battling several health issues.  She was born December 29, 1956, in Rochester, MN, to Robert and Phyllis Mihm.  Debra w… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me   […]

John William Hyatt



 John William Hyatt, 73, of Hibbing, MN, passed away Saturday, December 31, 2016 after a courageous short battle with an illness.  John was born June 1, 1943 to Aune and H. Earl Hyatt in Hibbing.  He grew up in Hibbing and after gradu… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Rosalie “Lee” Marie Konen



 Rosalie “Lee” Marie Konen, 74, of Kabetogama Township, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Friday, December 30, 2016, in Anoka, MN.  She was born on June 3, 1942, in Kensal, ND, the daughter of Joseph and Clara (Nogosek) Miemiet… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Edwin Charles Harrington



 Edwin Charles Harrington, 71, of Hibbing, MN, went to his final peaceful rest on January 2, 2017 at Fairview-Range Medical Center, Hibbing, MN.  Edwin was born to Wesley and Norma (Johnson) Harrington on December 30, 1945 on the family fa… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Marina Gertrude Ridgeway



 Marina Gertrude Ridgeway, 82, passed away on December 28th, 2016, at the Greenview Residence in Hibbing, MN, with family at her side.  She had been bravely fighting Alzheimer’s disease and other health issues over the past several years.T… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Buhl family welcomes 2017 New Year’s Baby



The Lerfald family from Buhl welcomed this year’s New Year’s Baby at Essentia Health- Virginia. Little Owen Daniel came into the world at 10:20 a.m. on January 1, 2017. Owen weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and is 20 inches long. His pro… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

I’m retiring from HTF

Come on, baby, do the loco-motion with me


Here I am reading my favorite paper, Hometown Focus, in my messy office which overlooks Silver Lake in Virginia, MN. Photo by Marcus Bustamante.I take a deep breath as I sit down to write today. This is my (earlier than expected) retirement from Hom… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

I LOVE Hometown Focus. I LOVE the Iron Range. GOODBYE!

I LOVE you ALL. (I’ll be BACK.)

Dear Readers, I’m retiring from Hometown Focus (see story p. 4). I honestly don’t know how to say goodbye – to my family of co-workers, our contributors, our readers, our supporters across the Iron Range. I had intended to stick a… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

HTF KUDOS: 2016



We try to keep track of the “kudos” we receive. Many of them get lost in the shuffle, but here are some (mostly emails) we’ve managed to save from the past year. Also, this year I was sent a beautiful bouquet of FLOWERS from Diane McComesky of Evele… Please register for a free account or log in below to access […]

NEW CONTRIBUTORS: 2016



In 2016 we averaged two new contributors per week. In 2015, we averaged one new contributor per week. If I know my math, that means we doubled the rate of new contributors in the past year. Thank you, thank you, thank you! – Jean Jan. 8 Faye W… Please register for a free account or log in below to access […]


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