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A tale of mechanical mishaps on the lake and on the road



Uncle Bud and I were chomping at the bit to get out fishing, but he had shoulder surgery in mid- April just after opening weekend of stream fishing. There are no slow times of the year for Uncle Bud. He’s busy year-round doing one thing or another, so it’s never convenient for him to go under the knife. I didn’t […]

Three-speed freedom (not from Dracula) on country roads



For decades, the Sturgeon Co-op Store dutifully served my “hometown” of Sturgeon, along with Alango, Bear River, Togo, and other nearby townships. It was a remarkable mini-mega mall providing gas, a butcher shop, groceries with fresh produce, clothing, hardware, tires, toys, a bountiful candy rack, feed grains, and an array of farm products. Let’s just say when Walmart began to […]

Cherishing memories of a devoted dad



Although this Father’s Day looks quite different from the past 30-plus years, I am incredibly thankful for and appreciative of my father. After nearly a year-and-ahalf long battle with pancreatic cancer, my dad, Steve Norvitch, passed away in early December 2020. Those who knew him loved his sense of humor, his work ethic, and deep care for his close family […]

“A genuine learning experience”

Students learn about the environment


VIRGINIA — Fifth graders from Cherry School had a genuine learning experience at the end of May. They were immersed in contrasting environments, which allowed them to discover the meaning of being stewards for our community. First, students toured the St. Louis County Regional Landfill in Virginia, where they learned about recycling and gained an understanding of the effect they […]

Are UFOs real and what do they want?

Sturdy ponders how we perceive unidentified flying objects


Here is a way to think about UFOs. Suppose the unidentified flying objects that cannot be explained away neatly are real. If they are real, they need to be able to hide when not flying. If we consider that interstellar flight from other planets is not necessary for there to be UFOs and that they may be residents of the […]

A California adventure

The Ponds get out of Dodge to enjoy our national parks


In early May, we decided it was time to get out of Dodge after staying close to home for a year due to the pandemic. Neither my husband Randy nor I had ever been to the national parks in California so we flew out there for a new adventure. We had heard a lot about Yosemite National Park and were […]

The pipes are calling

Organs in Revue returns for 37th season of summer recitals


Vicki Gornick, an organist who has performed in the Organs in Revue recital series since the program’s first season. Submitted photo.IRON RANGE — The pipes were not calling for the Organs in Revue summer recital series in 2020. It was with great disa… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember […]

Vintage Compass Quilt displayed at Virginia library



Betty Soderberg, one of the Going to Pieces Quilt Guild’s most dedicated and experienced quilters, created a beautiful quilt containing these amazing stitching details. Betty’s quilt is on display at the Virginia Public Library through June. Submitte… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Northeast Range band earns high rating at Florida festival



Northeast Range High School concert band students post in uniform on a recent trip to Orlando, Florida. Submitted photo.BABBITT — The Northeast Range High School concert band participated in a nine-day trip to Orlando, Florida, to attend the OrlandoF… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

“Every day is an added bonus”

Hibbing man reminisces 46 years after he almost died


May 20 of this year marked the 46th anniversary of the day I should have died. I remember my friends and brother loading me into the car. I recall being in the emergency room at Ramsey County Hospital in St. Paul. The next thing I knew, two days late… Please register for a free account or log in below to […]


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