Garry A. Tracy

Garry Allen Tracy, 69, lifelong resident of Forbes, passed away Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 peacefully in his home.  Garry was born September 24, 1949 in Grand Rapids to George and Virginia (Cheney) Tracy. After graduating from Grand Rapids High School, he… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me   […]

Carolyn “Happy” Holkko

A much-loved wife, mother, grandmother and sister, Carolyn “Happy” Holkko, 58, of Britt, died peacefully with her loving husband and sister by her side on Thursday, Nov. 29th, 2018, at Essentia Health in Duluth after suffering a cardiac event. Happy … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

LeRoy Bernard Roos Sr.

LeRoy Bernard Roos Sr., 92, of Makinen died Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 at his daughter’s residence in Aurora under hospice care. He was born November 4, 1926 in Alton, Iowa to Edward and Esther (Hyink) Roos.  LeRoy attended country school near Alton, Iowa… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Roy Alvin Pedersen

Roy Alvin Pedersen, 82, of Cook, passed away on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. Roy was born to Alvin and Lillian (Anderson) Pedersen on April 4, 1936 in Duluth. Roy grew up in the Silverdale community. He attended Silverdale School and Orr High School. He en… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

DeWayne Eugene Thies

DeWayne Eugene Thies, 84, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 at Essentia Health – Northern Pines in Aurora. He was born Dec. 15, 1933 in Ada, MN. to Alfred and Lily (Vilmo) Thies.  DeWayne began working at Herman’s Grocery Store in Ada and later married Lo… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Marie Rose Sertich

Marie Rose Sertich, 91, passed away Friday, Nov. 23, 2018 at Viewcrest Heath Facility in Duluth. Marie Rose (Hoffman) Sertich was born Nov. 11, 1927 in Buyck. She was the daughter of Stanley and Rose (Lasky) Hoffman. Marie attended elementary school … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Zachary Richard Limanen

Zachary Richard Limanen passed away Tuesday, Nov. 27th, 2018 as a result of a recent illness. Zac was born to his loving parents, Rodney and Dorothy (Savela) Limanen on July 23, 1984 at Virginia Regional Medical Center in Virginia, MN. He graduated f… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Children’s letters to Santa

    Dear Readers, It’s that time of year again… time for children’s Christmas wish lists and letters to Santa. Students at a number of area schools are sharing what they want (and more) with Hometown Focus this year.   He… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Mrs. Jill Papin’s third graders share poetry and drawings

It’s holiday haiku time: Shared by Marquette Catholic School

 CHRISTMAS DAY Do you like Christmas? I like to build a snowman. We drink hot cocoa. By Addy CHRISTMAS DAY Cookies are yummy. I like to open presents. I will play outside. By Audrey CHRISTMAS! I like Santa Claus. There are presents by the tree. … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Essentia Health volunteers share the joy this season

 Essentia Health Virginia Volunteer Service Organization (VSO) is sharing joy this holiday season. Through their fundraising efforts, volunteers donated new Christmas décor to the Essentia Health-Virginia Care Center. Pictured (l. to r.) are Nan… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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