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A must-do adventure, but you’re gonna get wet!

Our road trip to visit the beautiful, incredible Niagara Falls


Okay, okay, let’s get this out of the way immediately. Yes, we did get suckered into buying another photo of ourselves! But, in our defense, we posed for four souvenir photos in a matter of a couple of hours and we only purchased this one. Now back to my story. One day in May my husband mentioned that we should […]

Memories of Dad from a loving daughter

Not expected to survive, Hupila lived a full life of 87 years


COHASSET – In honor of Father’s Day, I would like to share a little about my dad. I recently attended the funeral of Dad’s first cousin, Thomas Kinnunen, and was told by numerous attendees what a kind and gentle man my dad was; he passed in 2012. No one had to tell me this…I already knew. My dad, Alvar Hupila, […]

Shhh! The baby’s awake

Kids make Father’s Day (possible) special


Cute as a bug and she was all ours. Dating was fun. Getting married was exciting. Learning to live with another person in good times and bad was a grand adventure, but a baby? Now that’s spectacular stuff! I don’t need to explain how special it is whether you’ve had a baby of your own or you’ve been a part […]

Rigatoni dinner fundraiser in Aurora on Saturday, June 29

His 20th Habitat 500: 10,000 miles for simple, decent homes


It was July of 1999 when my dad, Brian Birk, and brother, Phil, set out on their first Habitat 500 bike ride. That week they would pedal—yes, pedal!—500 miles to raise funds and awareness for Habitat for Humanity. They weren’t strangers to working up a sweat for good causes. Previously they biked the TRAM (The Ride Across Minnesota) raising money […]

Be a tourist in your own town, for free!

Attractions galore to visit across the Mesabi Iron Range


This summer, I invite you to be a tourist in your own community. Get out and explore the places you’ve always “meant to visit,” and revisit the places you haven’t been to in a while. Here’s a list of some favorite Mesabi Iron Range attractions, all of them FREE. (Just remember, donations of support are always appreciated.) Enjoy! Hull Rust […]

FOCUS ON PHOTOGRAPHERS

This month’s photographer spotlight: Lisa Pluth of Chisholm, MN

EDITORS NOTE: In this week’s edition of our monthly Focus on Photographers feature, we welcome the sharing by Lisa Pluth of Chisholm as to how photography has made an impact in her life and showcase some of the beautiful pictures she has captured – Kirsten Reichel, HTF Staff Writer Tell us a bit about yourself and your family – where […]

Restoration is nearly complete, rededication set for June 13

With thanks to many, historic Olcott Park fountain revived


VIRGINIA – I remember April 29, 2015 well. That was the day what was to become the Olcott Park Fountain Restoration Committee had its very first meeting. I was so nervous. I was testing the waters to gauge public interest in a fountain restoration project, and I had no idea what to expect. As it turned out, there appeared to […]

It’s my “Disneyworld” dream come true

Celebrating the return of the fountain


AUTHOR’S NOTE: I bumped into HTF’s Scott Asbach a couple of weeks ago at the Miners Memorial Building during the special election. In under two minutes, he had me “hook, line and sinker!” By this I mean, we talked briefly about the Olcott Park Fountain, and Scott suggested I write a story. I paused, doubtful and nervous… “Write from the […]

Exciting STEM program available at three Iron Range sites



VIRGINIA – Camp Invention, a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, is coming to Hibbing, Grand Rapids and Virginia during the months of June, July, and August. Camp Invention is sponsored locally by Range Engineering Council. Range Engineering Council (REC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was organized exclusively to support and facilitate educational programs and activities across the […]

The highlight of our afternoon

Two little girls trying to catch “norwalls” and “churches”


Whenever I ask Janet if she’d like to go out in the woods exploring, she’s always ready, willing and able—that is, just as soon as her domestic responsibilities have been tended to and her civic and social club duties have been met. After all of that, you may well ask, “Just how much time is left on any given day […]


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