Tips for beating the heat … and saving on home energy

Summer doesn’t have to mean high utility bills to keep your home cool. You can stay comfortable—and save money – with proper air conditioning maintenance and a few other basic steps to efficiently cool your home while easing the demand on your AC sys… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password […]

Negative environmental side effects of urban sprawl

Urban sprawl is a complicated issue that has its proponents and its detractors. To many environmentalists, urban sprawl has the potential to be very problematic. As more people try to find more breathing room and larger homes in areas beyond urban c… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Walter Thomas Hill

Walter Thomas Hill, known to most as “Yum” passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018, while on a family vacation in Fertile, MN. He was born on November 11, 1934, to Walter and Mary (Kostanko) Hill in Iron. He grew up in Iron and attended school in Forbes … Please register for a free account or log in below to access […]

Claude Thomas “Tom” Lakoskey

Claude Thomas “Tom” Lakoskey, 68, of Tower, passed away on Friday, July 13, 2018, at St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia. He was born in Cook on November 14, 1949, the son of Claude and Marjorie (Edwards) Lakoskey. He lived in … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Willis George Swanson

Willis George Swanson, 87, of Virginia died Saturday, July 7, 2018, at Essentia Health in Virginia. He was born February 22, 1931, in Little Falls, MN. He attended District 89 county school and graduated Little Falls High school in 1949. He went on t… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Dennis A. Jensrud

Dennis A. Jensrud, 64, died from leukemia on July 14, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. He was born on May 1, 1954, in Bethesda, MD, the son of Simon and Kay (Drieman) Jensrud. Dennis graduated from Virginia High School in 1972. Following gradu… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Mary Joy Giblin Lenont

Mary Joy Giblin Lenont, 66, of Eagles Nest, Ely, and Lake Vermilion, Tower, passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at the Boundary Waters Care Center in Ely. Mary Joy was born on March 25, 1952, to James and Joy (Lenont) Giblin, Sr. in Virginia. Durin… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Betty Jane Cummings

Betty Jane Cummings, 83, of Hibbing, passed away Thursday, July 5, 2018, at Guardian Angels Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hibbing. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 21, at the Range Funeral Home in Hibbing at 2 p.m. with visitation… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Out of the Blue

Unexpectedly, without warning


 Too many cooks inevitably spoil the soup. I think that old adage is about committees. I tend to be a committee of one. And I’m pretty good at spoiling my soup all by myself. I should qualify that as an erstwhile starving writer and a bache… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Yaks and mats, alpacas and a pig: Farm yoga—yes, it’s a thing!



A pair of alpacas.COOK – It’s a fresh sunny evening on the old family homestead—one of the few dry days this summer so far. I arrive with my yoga mat under arm, not quite late, but way ahead of the notoriously late guinea fowl. Some of us have been … Please register for a free account or log in below […]


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