2020-07-31 E-Edition

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  Dear Readers, Today is the day! My retirement date has arrived and my eight-year tenure here at Hometown Focus has drawn to a conclusion. I just wanted to take one last opportunity to say good-bye and thank you. Since publishing my retirem… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Monotropa uniflora

An unusual plant of ephemeral occurrence

Ghost pipes found off the beaten path in Ranier, MN. They were located near white/paper birch trees with medium floor covering in the woods. “The area where I found them did not have any direct sunlight,” said Kallie Kantos of Perceptions Photography… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

GET OUTSIDE!

Be creative; start small You will not regret it!


A picture of tranquility. Kayaking at sunset on an Ely-area lake. Submitted photo.Research shows that nature is a fountain of healing for our physical, mental and spiritual health. Contact with the natural world is proven to reduce symptoms of depres… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Shelley Valentini retires after 29 years at UWNEMN

Executive director change takes place at United Way NE MN

Shelley ValentiniCHISHOLM – United Way of Northeastern Minnesota (UWNEMN) will experience a changing of the guard this week as longtime Executive Director Shelley Valentini retires and current Community Impact & Engagement Director Erin Shay step… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

The beauty and serenity of Byrns Greenhouse

A legacy, a sanctuary found among things green and growing


Rosie the cat takes a nap amid the flowers and greenery at Byrns Greenhouse. Submitted photos.Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature is a help. Gardening is an instrument of gra… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Canine heroes honored by the AKC

 The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, is proud to honor “Dogtor” Loki and the Go Team Therapy Dogs with the AKC Paw of CourageSM awards. The AKC Paw of Courage shows appreciati… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Options to consider when naming your pet

Naming a pet is serious business for many pet owners. Pet owners want to capture their animal’s unique personality, but also have a name that rolls off the tongue and demands attention. According to Healthy Paws Pet Insurance, the most popular dog na… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Hometown Focus Recipes

Hot diggety dog!


 July is National Hot Dog month, according to Foodimentary, which makes sense given that hot dogs seem to be a staple at summer picnics and events. With the many toppings available, a person can customize their own hot dog with as much dripping … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

VA and MAZON partner to support veteran food

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is partnering with MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger to improve and ensure veterans have reliable access to food. VA and MAZON will work together to distribute information to veterans to i… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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