Just a bass player (reflecting on Hometown Focus)

It’s about community, giving others a chance to shine on stage


  In the spring of 2015, I was approached by Virginia High School choir director, Matt Krage, about playing the bass guitar in the orchestra pit for the musical “Footloose.” Mesabi Musical Theater was performing the musical that summer. I didn’t r… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me […]

A note from Jason:

The pioneer days at The Focus


Hometown Focus history pages from August 8, 2008, compiled by Jason Scorich. Before we became respectable, we were rough and tumble. I joined the fledgling Hometown Focus staff a few months shy of our first issue. Early on, we resembled the pio… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Congratulations HTF on 10 years of sharing stories



  For this 10th anniversary edition, I, like all contributors to the Hometown Focus, was asked to tell the readership a little about ourselves and some of our thoughts about the HTF, where it has been and what direction it might take in the future… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Congratulations Hometown Focus on 10 years of success!



Betty Pond Cindy Kujala (HTF managing content editor) asked contributors to introduce themselves to the reading public so here we go. My name is Betty Pond. Except for five years, I have always lived on the Iron Range, currently in Mt. Iron. My mo… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

From the beginning days of HTF, it has been interesting being contributor



The first Hometown Focus newspaper was published in April of 2008. I was lucky enough to get one of my articles into that first publication. The article was about the M.A. Hanna Mining Company’s Euclid brand 35-ton haul trucks. For years as a kid gro… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Tips when shopping for a well-dressed dog

 Size, fabric and comfort are important factors when choosing clothing for dogs. Dog lovers go to great lengths to ensure their pets have everything to keep them healthy, safe and comfortable. Many dog owners extend their love even further to en… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

HTF contributor surveys: It’s putting those stories into print



Randy LanquistAGE: 69PLACE OF RESIDENCE:Stevens Point, WIORIGINAL HOMETOWN: Virginia, MNOCCUPATION: retired ITprofessional WHAT AND/OR WHY DID YOU CONTRIBUTE TO HTF? That I have stories published in HTF is a personal triumph for me in a number of way… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Pick up an extra copy of HTF and give it to a friend



Stan HendricksonAGE: oldPLACE OF RESIDENCE:ChisholmORIGINAL HOMETOWN: ChisholmOCCUPATION: Retiredengineer While composing obits for my parents, I realized that I did not know much about the time they were kids growing up on the farm and attending a … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

HTF reflections:


Susan M. Garrett, 58 years young, Cotton resident, most of my childhood was spent in Carlisle, PA. I am the community relations manager (aka “friend raiser”) for North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity. I have moved a fair amount in my life and … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

HTF reflections:


I am a RRCC sociology instructor at Rainy River Community College in International Falls. I live in International Falls and have contributed several photos and a number of articles to Hometown Focus. Hometown Focus is like the perfect autumn day in S… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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