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Baby born in Virginia on New Year’s Day

By Staff | January 15, 2021

Avery Quinn Miller was born at 5:31 p.m. on Friday, January 1, at the Essentia Health-Virginia hospital. The baby girl weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 19 inches long. Her mom is Brianna Miller of Hibbing. Of the 234 babies born at Essentia Health-Virginia in 2020, the most popular names were Jackson/Jaxon/Jaxen (used six times) for boys and Amelia, […]

A kicksledding adventure

By Staff | January 15, 2021

ELY — A strange phenomenon has occurred during this pandemic: couples who spend 24/7 together have run out of things to talk about. I had a call from a wrong number recently and my husband and I talked about it for at least two days, maybe three. Well, let me explain. It was a fun wrong number and worthy of […]

The kicksled has a cool history

By Staff | January 15, 2021

The kicksled or spark is a small sled consisting of a chair mounted on a pair of flexible metal runners that extend backward to about twice the chair’s length. The sled is propelled by kicking (“sparka” or “sparke” in the Scandinavian languages) the ground by foot. There is a handlebar attached to the top of the chair back. “Kicksled” is […]

Fiercely united with the spoken word

By Staff | January 15, 2021

EVELETH/GILBERT/ VIRGINIA — The 2018- 2019 speech season was an exciting one for Eveleth- Gilbert High School. The team won the section 7A tournament and sent an impressive 12 competitors to the state tournament at Wayzata High School. During the 2019-2020 season, coaches and students hoped to maintain momentum until their season—and life as we knew it—came to a screeching […]

No mean animals at this farm!

By Staff | January 15, 2021

“No mean animals at this farm,” Mary Ann tells me as I survey the cattle munching on hay in the snow. She and Shannon Wycoff have had this farm for 16 years. In that time, they’ve crossbred their original Limosins with Herefords. According to www.thecattlesite.com, the limousin have built a reputation for being the carcase breed. It produces beef with […]

ANGORA SCHOOL MEMORIES

By Staff | January 15, 2021

A message from the Iron Range Historical Society The Iron Range Historical Society (IRHS) is pleased to give Hometown Focus readers an opportunity to revisit Iron Range stories from past issues of the IRHS monthly newsletter. These stories and articles are historical perspectives submitted by folks who are interested in past events on the Iron Range. We enjoyed them once […]

Recognize and relieve sources of stress

By Staff | January 15, 2021

Stress can affect anyone, even household pets. Although life may seem footloose and fancy free for companion animals, they have their share of stressors as well. It may be hard to believe that dogs, cats, birds, and other animals can suffer from stress. But certain situations or scenarios may trigger a stressful response in pets, and pet owners should learn […]

Brush up on pet dental health wellness and care

By Staff | January 15, 2021

Companionship, unconditional love and security are just some of the perks of pet ownership. People who bring pets into their homes understand that a certain commitment comes with becoming a pet owner. Pet owners recognize they need to provide food, shelter and basic healthcare for their pets, but they may not recognize the role dental health plays in helping pets […]

Hometown Focus Recipes

By Staff | January 15, 2021

It’s been a few years since Ben Novak, aka Benny Crocker, has submitted recipes for our weekly column, but I was able to talk him into sending me a few. Ben grew up in the Cook area, but now resides in the Twin Cities. He loves to cook and often posts pictures of his creations on social media. I don’t […]

For older, rural and homelessomeless veterans…

By Staff | January 15, 2021

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced its Digital Divide Consult has helped more than 12,000 veterans obtain internet access or a video-capable device for their health care needs. As part of the program, VA providers refer veterans to a VA social worker, who determines eligibility for various programs to assist with getting the internet service or technology […]