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Happy, bouncing Tugger Girl

By Staff | July 10, 2020

Oh where, oh where, has my little dog gone? Oh where, oh where, can he be? With his ears cut short and his tail cut long, Oh where, oh where can he be? —Septimus Winner 1864 BRITT — A sign was posted on the corner of Highway 53 and Highway 68 north of Virginia. The ign read Lost Dog ” […]

Mesabi Select will be used in road projects across the Iron Range

By Staff | July 10, 2020

It’s easy for drivers to appreciate a wellmade road. But it might surprise you to learn that we’re running low on the main ingredient in road building. Gravel pits are being depleted of good-quality natural gravel, especially in northern Minnesota. NRRI researchers have identified a waste rock that is almost a perfect replacement for gravel, and that has Tom Nemanich […]

What’s in your woods? Mammals of Minnesota site makes search easier

By Staff | July 10, 2020

So your trail camera picked up an image of a large, hairy creature. What is it? A badger? A wolverine? Or something else? A Google search gives you the Wikipedia page with three kinds of badgers, the town of Badger, MN, and the crazy Target Stores snafu earlier this year. Clicking along, you’ll find the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources […]

The big one

By Staff | July 10, 2020

This past 4th of July weekend, I had the pleasure of snorkeling with three grandsons on the rocky reefs of Lake Vermilion. One particular reef, I promised the boys, should provide a good many snorkeling treasures in the form of fishing tackle because I had personally lost an anchor there many years prior, not to mention, a host of tackle […]

Ways to keep an active puppy out of trouble

By Staff | July 10, 2020

It is hard to resist the beckoning big eyes, soft fur and lovable kisses of a puppy. When that tail begins wagging, it can be easy to forget how much attention and work puppies require. Puppies love to learn about the world and are naturally curious and energetic. Puppies also can become easily bored and mischievous if not given chances […]

Many aspects to the best ages to spay or neuter pets

By Staff | July 10, 2020

Animal overpopulation is a concern that affects the wellbeing of pets. The ASPCA says letting animals reproduce unchecked can lead to pet homelessness that results in millions of healthy cats and dogs being euthanized in the United States and Canada each year. In addition to helping to control homelessness, spaying and neutering companion animals may have medical and behavioral benefits. […]

Hometown Focus Recipes

By Staff | July 10, 2020

From salads to pie, muffins and everything in between, fruit can be used as an ingredient to enhance many recipes. Even though we can pick out a bunch of bananas or a carton of strawberries year-round from our local grocery store, summer is considered the “fruit season,” as short as it may be in the Northern climes. The following recipes […]

Iron Ranges of Minnesota, 1909

By Staff | July 10, 2020

Center of Historical Interest and Natural Attractions Camps and posts were maintained at intervals on or near the site of the present city of Tower from an early date in the period of exploration of the Lake Superior region. Lake Vermilion has been a favorite hunting and fishing ground for the Indians for many generations, and a well beaten trail […]

Proud to be of serviceice

By Staff | July 10, 2020

BRAINERD — VFW Post 1647 in Brainerd is doing what it can to help veterans and local residents during the pandemic. The post maintains a robust website and it’s been a hub for useful information. Their goal is to be a beneficial, hopeful and uplifting presence in the community. “We are proud of our website which is updated almost daily […]

John Deere donates face shields to VA hospitals

By Staff | July 10, 2020

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced recently John Deere has shipped 134,600 face shields to 49 VA medical centers in 27 states at no cost in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. VA’s Voluntary Service and John Deere worked to identify VA facilities in need of additional personal protective equipment. John Deere’s donation of face shields to VA, known […]