Memories of years long gone

Frank recalls corporal punishment and working at the mine

I was born Catholic and raised Catholic. I attended the Italian church, Immaculate Conception. The priests are now gone, the church itself is gone, along with the mass in Latin. The teachers I wrote about are gone, and soon the schools will be gone with the consolidations. First thing each morning in Kindergarten was a spoon of cod liver oil […]

Bring on winter

How to turn weather fatigue into Northland determination

It was this past November while shoveling the last remnants of heavy snow from the sidewalk when the thought occurred to me that I was tired of shoveling snow—not physically, just generally speaking. It was a rather bleak moment because it was the first serious snowfall of the season, and spring thaw wasn’t anywhere in sight. And it isn’t still. […]

Be an angel in 2020

Help local cancer patients by donating to the Angel Fund

Do you believe in angels? I do! As outgoing president of the Angel Fund, I have been surrounded by them every day for the last several years. You may think I mean my fellow members on the Angel Fund board. Yes, they are angels, and I’ll talk about them later. However, they are not the only ones. If you’re not […]

How a Hibbing pilot earned his wings

Keith Knoop receives the prestigious Master Pilot Award

Karen and I buried a good friend several weeks ago. I have always lamented to my bride after attending a funeral that people should write their obituaries well before they are eulogized and gone. My reasons are many but center around how we seem to find out things in the necrology section of our local paper posthumously that we never […]

Legacy Church in Virginia to hold first service on Jan. 12

I would like invite you to the grand opening service of Legacy Church, a new faith community that is starting on Jan. 12. We will be meeting at 10 a.m. in the south side rooms of the Miners Memorial Building (821 9th Avenue South) in Virginia. Legacy Church exists to help people establish a legacy of Jesus’ love in their […]

Quilting Ely with beauty

The Quiltmaker’s Gift to run at the State Theater Jan. 24 – 26

Serendipity meets timing. Literary beauty sings, acts and dances on stage. Quilters, painters and art students celebrate with their arts. And it’s all because of one book, The Quiltmaker’s Gift. Ely’s own Gail deMarcken illustrated this children’s masterpiece more than 20 years ago. Now, it is coming home to be a very bright spot in the middle of our winter. […]

A homily from Hemily the Holy Hag

Betty’s charming friend Emily inspires her to read a new book

I wonder how others select a book to read. I like to read books that are not yet soiled, so I always search the new book shelf in the library, and I must admit that I do judge a book by its cover. I was at the Mt. Iron Public Library looking for a good book when the title Chronicles […]

Lending their helping hands

Blue Cross and Blue Shield volunteers build Habitat homes

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota volunteers help build two homes with North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity’s in West Eveleth in September 2019. Submitted photos.North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity is truly blessed to have so man… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me   […]

2020: year of the horse?

Leo shares his tales of equine antics

Drawing by Leo Wilenius.A new year again presents the daunting challenge of entering the right year on check blanks and other correspondence. It’s predictable. And while I enjoy big bang moments such as catching a big fish, meeting new babies and win… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Student-centered schools?

Teachers should not simply serve as facilitators and guides

The teachers have an obligation to prepare students for their future education.Education Evolving is a Minnesota nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. They believe in, and are pushing for, student-centered learning in Minnesota’s schools. They state: … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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