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67th North Star Expo returns to Grand Rapids

By Staff | September 17, 2021

GRAND RAPIDS — After a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota’s biggest logging equipment show is returning to Itasca County. The 67th Annual North Star Expo opens Friday, September 17 at the Itasca County Fairgrounds in Grand Rapids. Admission to the two-day event is free. The expo features more than 100 exhibitors, including over $15 million in the […]

Art gallery offers etching classes

By Staff | September 17, 2021

COOK — Learn the art of etching with art teacher Lyn Reed at the Northwoods Friends of the Arts (NWFA) gallery in Cook in October. Etching is a printmaking technique that uses chemical action to produce incised lines in a printing plate, which then holds the applied ink and forms the image. The art of etching originated in the 15th […]

“A festival for you that celebrates me!”

By Staff | September 17, 2021

BIWABIK — I’m kind of a big deal in this neck of the woods. What Mickey Mouse is to Disney, I am to Biwabik. I’m so popular, Biwabik’s fall festival is not only named after me, but it celebrates me. I’m excited about this year’s Honktoberfest on Saturday, September 25. There are loads of fun wrapped into every activity. Many […]

Wrestling with memories

By Staff | September 17, 2021

Alango School was located just southwest of Cook, but like so many small country schools, it was closed for sake of efficiency. I was incarcerated at Alango for my elementary years and it still had a high school while I did time for first grade in 1962-63. Our principal warden, Mr. Nash was an incredible physical specimen and one day, […]

DNR invites deer hunters to share their wildlife observations

By Staff | September 17, 2021

Minnesota deer hunters are encouraged to report wildlife they see during their upcoming hunts using an online questionnaire from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “We’re asking hunters to share their observations of wildlife to help broaden our knowledge about deer and other wildlife species,” said Eric Michel, DNR ungulate research scientist. “This is the questionnaire’s second year in use, […]

Tips for raising healthy and happy kittens

By Staff | September 17, 2021

New pets can make life at home more exciting. Cats are popular pets because of their curiosity, playfulness and size, which make them great pets in private homes and apartments big and small. Many people prefer cats because they tend to require less maintenance than dogs and felines are relatively selfsufficient. Kittens can be soft, fluffy and adorable to have […]

Exploring holistic veterinary options when caring for pets

By Staff | September 17, 2021

Just as many people have turned to alternative treatments to manage their health and treat illnesses, so, too, are pet owners seeking other methods of care for their pets. Holistic and natural applications are now sought-after choices for veterinary care. Both traditional and alternative medicine can be helpful in promoting pet health. In fact, many veterinarians are now embracing an […]

The Nature Nerd

By Staff | September 17, 2021

Ladybugs often get lumped into one species. We have about a dozen species in our Northwoods, but few people attempt to learn them. Of these, the convergent ladybug is one of the most distinctive and most common. Some ladybugs have names based on the number of spots. Unfortunately, counting the number of spots rarely will identify them. Some types of […]

Understanding nutrition labels; options for treating chronic pain

By Staff | September 17, 2021

Q: You keep telling us to pay attention to the nutrition labels, but the truth is, they don’t make a lot of sense sometimes. Could you give a tour of how to read it all please? —Casey P., Columbia, Missouri A: Nutrition labels can be confusing, so let’s start at the top. • First, it lets you know how many […]

Films children can enjoy this Halloween

By Staff | September 17, 2021

A scare might be what many people want on Halloween night, but such movies are best left to teenagers and adults. When it comes to more kid-friendly films this Halloween, parents can give these classics a try. • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966): Parents can take a stroll down Memory Lane and enjoy this classic that has been […]