James R. “Ding” Holter



 James R. “Ding” Holter , 65, of Blackduck Lake near Orr, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Friday, July 7, 2017 at his residence.  He was born on December 27, 1951 in Cook the son of Henry and Mary (Hoblak) Holter. Ding w… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember […]

Howard Kari



Howard Kari, 87, of Embarrass, MN, died Saturday, July 8, 2017 at his residence. Howard was born May 4, 1930 in Waasa Twp. to Andrew and Henna (Antila) Kari. He attended Embarrass High School, graduating in 1948. On June 18, 1955, he was united in … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Ray Albert Ranfranz



 Ray Albert Ranfranz, 90, of Virginia, MN, died Monday, July 10, 2017 in the Cook Care Center. He was born March 21, 1927 in Rochester, MN the son of Edward and Anna (Hanke) Ranfranz. Ray married Gloria Anderson on January 28, 1950 in Rochester… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Adelaide Dubona Devonna “Dee” Johnson Hanson



 Surrounded by her family, Devonna “Dee” Hanson, 88, of Buhl, MN, passed peacefully on June 29, 2017 at the Essentia Health Hospice Unit- Virginia.  She was born Adelaide Dubona (Devonna) Johnson on July 6, 1928 to Melvin Helmer and Gena (… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Dennis James Hawkins



Dennis James Hawkins, 62, of Togo, MN, died Saturday, July 8, 2017 in Essentia-St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth. He was born November 2, 1954 in Virginia, the son of Albert Duane “Hap” and Carol (Wozniak) Hawkins, and was a graduate of Cherry High Sc… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Brian Joseph Nelson



 Brian Joseph Nelson, 60, of Hibbing, MN, and formerly of Mission Viejo, CA, died Monday, July 10, 2017.  He was born October 30, 1956, in Hibbing the son of Leo and Helga (Peterson) Nelson. He graduated from Hibbing High School and went o… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Myron Fahey



Myron E. Fahey, 95, of Gilbert, died on July 12, 2017 at Edgewood Vista. Funeral Mass   will be 10 a.m. Monday, July 17, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Gilbert with Fr. Frank Perkovich as celebrant.  Visitation will be Sunday… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Bear sanctuary…

and a hidden Minnesota gem


A black bear (Ursus americanus) at the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary in Orr. Photo courtesy of the American Bar Association.ORR – It’s called a wildlife sanctuary. It’s called the largest open air classroom in North American. It&r… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

The Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary

The opportunities and challenges of feeding the bears


This photo was taken in 1991 before the American Bear Association was started. Pictured (l. to r.) are Vince Shute, Bill Light (a long-time sanctuary volunteer) and Dennis Udovich (the current president of the American Bear Association). Submitted p… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Local churches host Hog Roast and Concert Vespers benefit on July 19



 MT. IRON – Local churches are coming together to raise money to offer scholarships and debt relief for new pastors. The event—Hog Roast and Concert Vespers Benefit, Freed from Debt for Vocation— will take place on Wednesday, … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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