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Exhibit highlights Ancient Cedars Trail

By Staff | June 18, 2021

This painting by Jordan Gawboy is one piece that will be featured in a traveling exhibit depicting the new Ancient Cedars Trail in Tower. Many regional artists have contributed artwork inspired by a stand of 100-plus acres of old growth upland white cedar. Submitted photos.

Here Comes the Sun

By Staff | June 18, 2021

EDITOR’S NOTE: Hometown Focus is a proud media sponsor of Here Comes the Sun. Just as HTF aims to connect communities across the Iron Range area, this project is bringing people together to share stories and information about how to conserve natural resources. If you use solar power at your home or business and are not already part of Here […]

Opera, lectures, chamber music abound

By Staff | June 18, 2021

IRON RANGE — The Northern Lights Music Festival (NLMF) has announced its 18th season of bringing classical music to the Iron Range July 1 – 25. The offerings in July will include Rossini’s opera La Cenerentola in two versions: one for adults and a one-hour adaptation for children. In addition to NLMF’s Festive Fourth concerts and chamber music events, it […]

UWNEMN to host diversity and inclusion training June 22

By Staff | June 18, 2021

CHISHOLM — United Way of Northeastern Minnesota (UWNEMN) is hosting speaker Jodi Pfarr at a free diversity and inclusion training on Tuesday, June 22 at the Minnesota Discovery Center amphitheater. Pfarr first spoke on the Iron Range in 2017, presenting her book Bridges Out of Poverty. The presentation was so popular with community members that UWNEMN returned the presentation for […]

Homeward Bound offers support, socializing

By Staff | June 18, 2021

IRON RANGE — There is a new community group on the Iron Range called the Homeward Bound welcome team. Homeward Bound fosters a supportive environment and welcoming spirit towards newcomers—as well as existing residents—of the Iron Range. The group is a coalition of community members and local organizations who strive to provide access to information and resources, while hosting activities […]

Cook art gallery to host writers’ gathering

By Staff | June 18, 2021

COOK — Writers of all levels are invited to a writers’ gathering on Tuesday, June 22 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Northwoods Friends of the Arts (NWFA) gallery in Cook. Participants are encouraged to bring personal pieces of writing to share. Dr. Ellie Larmouth has volunteered as coordinator of the writers’ groups, both summer and winter, for the […]

Public invited to take survey about Highway 169

By Staff | June 18, 2021

ITASCA COUNTY — The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) invites the public to take a survey about the future of the Highway 169 corridor between Taconite and Pengilly. The survey, developed by the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) in partnership with MnDOT District 1 and local partners, is now available at www.ardcplanning.org/hwy169; paper surveys are available upon request. The survey […]

Music festival to be held on June 26

By Staff | June 18, 2021

VIRGINIA — Bridge City Music Festival, an annual, nonprofit, community event for all ages, will be held this year on Saturday, June 26, from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. in Virginia’s Olcott Park. This event features free admission, live music on two stages, over 55 food and product vendors, a large children’s adventure area, a tabletop role playing game area, […]

Walk-ins welcome at Bovey vaccine clinic

By Staff | June 18, 2021

BOVEY — Itasca County Public Health is hosting a community COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Monday, June 21 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Bovey Senior Center. The clinic will provide the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for those 18 and older. Walk-ins are welcome, and only one dose is needed. The senior center is located in the lower level […]

Trinity Lutheran in Cook to host free meal

By Staff | June 18, 2021

COOK — Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook will host a picnic with a drivethrough option on Thursday, June 24 from 4 – 6 p.m. The menu will be hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, and baked beans. Trinity offers free, public meals once a month. The church is located at 231 2nd St. E.