Alice Lorraine Taylor

Alice Lorraine Taylor, 85, of Tower, died on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Essentia Health-Virginia Care Center. Alice was born Jan. 31, 1934, in Van Etten, NY, the daughter of Henry and Karin (Roikka) Tuomi, and the family moved to rural Tower when A… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password […]

2020-01-31 E-Edition

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Virginia’s Van Gogh

Randy Peterson’s saw blades are a cut above the rest


Randy Peterson’s favorite saw blade he has painted is five feet wide and hangs at the Rainy Lake Saloon in downtown Virginia. Submitted photos.For Randy Peterson, art imitates life. He loves the outdoors, and he’s kind of a goofball. His paintings, u… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Jaypetto’s Wood Shop

A former dentist turns to woodworking in his retirement


Retired dentist Cam Jayson and his workshop. Submitted Photos.I retired from my dental practice in Virginia, MN, in April 2014. I was nearly 70 years old and had enjoyed my work and wonderful patients, but it was time to move on into retirement. As I… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Hamming it up

Amateur (ham) radio can connect you with the world


Roger Kochevar and his radio equipment at his home in Eveleth. Submitted photo.It seems like only yesterday when I went to the mailbox on that sunny October day in 1956 and found a letter addressed to me from the Federal Communications Commission. Co… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Losing Lulu: our loving, and loved Labrador



 The tentative plan at Hometown Focus is for me to begin writing a regular column – maybe monthly, but time will tell. I have written quite a few articles on grief due to the death of our son Trevor over four years ago so, when presented with th… Please register for a free account or log in below to access […]

Grown on The Range

KellyG’s uses locally grown wild rice to make burgers


Georgia and her niece Kelly are pictured here with their wild rice burger patty maker. Submitted photo.Bob is dependable, strong and available to work 24/7 at the former school kitchen in what is now Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Bovey. He’s an indust… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Their response to the 2020 Census is critical

Veterans can continue to shape the future by being counted

Military veterans are a diverse and thriving group of people who contribute in many ways to communities across the United States. They are teachers, business owners, public servants, volunteers, civic leaders, and they serve in other ways. In the spr… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Veterans Affairs makes progress on resolution of legacy appeals

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Appeals Management Office (AMO) significantly reduced disability compensation legacy appeals inventory during the last nine months as part of the department’s long-term l… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Hometown Focus Recipes

Savoring super chicken recipes


 The following recipes are from a cookbook, The Super Chicken Cookbook by Iona Nixon, published in 1982. Doesn’t seem like that many years ago, but the introduction written by Nixon makes it seem as though it was at least a century. It is, in pa… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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