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More housing solutions needed

By Staff | April 09, 2021

ST. LOUIS COUNTY — In northern St. Louis County, the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) provided warming center services for those experiencing homelessness through emergency hotel vouchers. AEOA saw 82 individuals use warming center beds this winter. St. Louis County saw an 18 percent increase in homelessness in 2020 compared to 2019, with most of that growth in unsheltered homelessness. […]

Rock Ridge speech team prepares for Section 7A contest

By Staff | April 09, 2021

EVELETH-GILBERT/VIRGINIA — The Rock Ridge High School speech team won the 7A North Subsection contest on March 29 and is now focused on the Section 7A contest on April 16. The meet, hosted by Marshall School in Duluth, will be a virtual competition with 13 categories, and each team will speak remotely via a Zoom-like platform. On March 27, the […]

Creating Mom’s legacy

By Staff | April 09, 2021

VIRGINIA — When February 27 rolls around each year, Andy Heisel’s thoughts turn toward his mom, Roslyn “Roxy” Heisel. Specifically, he contemplates what to get her for her birthday. But this year was bittersweet. Roxy succumbed to cancer on March 11, 2020. The 65-year-old Virginia resident was a bookkeeper for Northwoods Construction from 1991 until her passing. She had previously […]

Springtime wildfire resiliency tips to protect your property

By Staff | April 09, 2021

Spring has finally arrived in the north country! However, spring is also when the region is at the highest risk for wildfire. Now is the time to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and help your property become more wildfire resilient. There are many projects you can do with little investment to lower your wildfire risks. Be ready for emergency […]

The Long Line

By Staff | April 09, 2021

“A daily ritual is a way of saying I’m voting for myself. I’m taking care of myself.” —Martel Hemingway With each passing year, I have learned the importance and power of daily rituals. Life is fast. It seems to be getting faster all the time. Between work and family we live very busy lives. Rituals can help us navigate our […]

Silver Lake’s past, present, and future

By Staff | April 09, 2021

VIRGINIA — The Hometown Focus offices are located on Silver Lake’s northeastern shore, giving us a great view of wildlife, the giant fiberglass loon, and an underwater anomaly. Before snow accumulated last December, clearly visible within the ice was a broad arc of evenlyspaced circles that resembled frozen ice fishing holes. I have endeavored herein to answer two questions: 1) […]

Virginia Public Utilities changes bring ice back to Silver Lake

By Staff | April 09, 2021

I often walk to work from my home on Northside. I weave my way along the two city lakes. It’s generally a pleasant park-like walk interrupted by a few pop cans and plastic bags. I observe the lakes and the life that they support as they go in and out of their own seasons. This winter, there were two notable […]

Natural tick repellents to protect pooches

By Staff | April 09, 2021

Lyme disease is a significant concern for people across the country. According to an analysis of insurance records by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year approximately 476,000 Americans are diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease. But Lyme disease is not the only tickborne problem. Data from the CDC says instances of Rocky Mountain spotted fever and anaplasmosis […]

Hometown Focus Recipes

By Staff | April 09, 2021

First, let me start the column off with a disclaimer that I don’t own, nor have I ever used, an air fryer. I was drawing a blank as to what recipes to focus on for this edition so I sent a shout out to my Facebook friends for suggestions. Some responded to try air fryer recipes. After a quick search, […]

“Looking forward to the future”

By Staff | April 09, 2021

GRAND RAPIDS — A year after a devastating fire that destroyed a VFW Post in Grand Rapids, Post members have a new home. Just months later, the Post opened its doors at a new location. “When those flags were raised outside of our new building for the first time, we all jumped for joy,” former VFW Post 1720 Commander Hugh […]