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VPL Winter Reading Challenge underway

By Staff | January 18, 2019

VIRGINIA — Have you joined the adult Winter Reading Challenge at the Virginia Public Library yet? If so, you already know that you earn tickets toward the raffle prizes for each hour that you read library materials. Did you also know that you can earn a ticket by writing reviews of the items you read? You only need to write […]

January quilt at Virginia library created by Sharon Nemec

By Staff | January 18, 2019

VIRGINIA – The January quilt selection from The Going to Pieces Quilt Guild is installed in the lobby of the Virginia Public Library. Made by local Sharon Nemec of Iron, this lovely quilt is a sure way to cheer up a dreary winter’s day. Filled with colorful surprises, such as a butterfly inside a flower wreath or an oversized vine […]

The Rustic Pig in Chisholm features new winter menu

By Staff | January 18, 2019

CHISHOLM — Every Saturday from Jan. 26 – March 16 from 4 – 9 p.m., the new winter menu will be showcased at The Rustic Pig restaurant in the Minnesota Discovery Center (MDC). Beef Curry, Smoked Duck Pastrami and Drunken Chicken Melt are just some of the options available. For more information, call 800-372-437 or 218-254-7959.

Thomas “Tom” Martin Rukavina

By Staff | January 18, 2019

Thomas “Tom” Martin Rukavina, 68, of Pike Township, died on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis after a battle with leukemia. The family would like to thank the talented staff at the University of Minnesota Medical Center for their extraordinary care of Tom during his stay. Funeral services will be on Saturday, Jan. […]

How to keep pets safe in winter weather

By Staff | January 18, 2019

A warm coat, a cozy spot to sleep and limited time spent outdoors can keep pets safe during winter. The arrival of cooler temperatures sparks various changes. Chilly air and precipitation can be dangerous, especially to pets that are unaccustomed to extreme changes in temperature. Pet owners may be well aware of the hazards of warm weather, including the threat […]

WHEELS

By Staff | January 18, 2019

AUTOS TOYOTA 2003 Toyota Avalon: Texas car, no rust, uses no oil, fully loaded, leather interior, $4,200. 218-398-7351 TRUCKS Wanted: Old ¾ or 1 ton pick-up truck, that runs well, has solid box/ bed, 218-744-2564 1992 Chevy 1500; V8; 4×4; ext.cab; 93K mi. $1500 OBO. 507-261-1172 (Ely) 1976 Chevy Blazer: w/plow, 305 ci, new battery, $2,500. 218-780-7183 AUTOS FORD 2003 […]

The little giant who loved the Iron Range

By Staff | January 18, 2019

My husband and I are presently hanging with snowbirds in Florida. Last Tuesday, I told a guy from Pipestone, MN, that I was from the Range originally. He said, “There’s this amazing representative from up there. Short little guy, funny as hell, witty, tons of common sense, great legislator. I followed him for years.” I said, “You mean Tom Rukavina?” […]

Remembrances of Tom from friends, colleagues and others

By Staff | January 18, 2019

Growing up on Northside: I remember the first time that I met Tom (Rutter). Terry Gilbert (Gibsy) introduced me to him and I thought “Wow, what a nice kid,” and from there a friendship developed. We had races against each other, running around the block and as fast as he was, I always beat him, which we both laughed about. […]

Remembering Tom

By Staff | January 18, 2019

It is rare when writing a story or article that I find myself at a loss for words, but such is the case now as I write about the recent passing of my friend Tom Rukavina. When faced with this, however, I just start to type and the words usually flow, so here goes. Ironically, my first connection with Tom […]

Draft Horse Association meeting set for Jan. 19

By Staff | January 18, 2019

CHISHOLM — The North Star Draft Horse Association, a group of equine enthusiasts, will be holding its annual meeting on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Valentini’s Supper Club in Chisholm. The meeting will review the club’s 2018 accomplishments and plan several events for 2019. The meeting is open to the public. It includes a silent […]