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Fall foliage and a rare moose sighting made Carol’s day

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Carol spotted this moose while riding down an overgrown trail. “He stayed still long enough to get some photos,” she said. “Such a fun surprise.”

The Great Pasty Pivot

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Festival will be a drive-through event


When we started planning this year’s third annual Iron Range Pasty Festival, it was May and we thought we might be able to have an in-person festival at the Mountain Iron Community Center. The first annual festival was a sellout and such fun! Last year was also a sellout (900 pasties). We held it as a drive-through festival with a […]

“Our staff truly cares about all babies”

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Family Life Center helps provide babies’ basic needs


Family Life Center is a pro-life, nonprofit organization providing services for all residents on the Iron Range. Our centers in Hibbing and Virginia are committed to meeting the needs of all babies, born and preborn. Each center is staffed by caring, compassionate client advocates who help with questions regarding pregnancy, childcare and relationships. All services are free of charge and […]

“It was the best one yet!”

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Olcott Park BrewFest makes a successful comeback


VIRGINIA — Olcott Park had a festive atmosphere on August 21 as more than 700 people made their way to the fountain to attend Olcott Park BrewFest. This annual fundraiser hosted by the Olcott Park BrewFest Committee had a great turnout on a cool, but pleasant day. People took part in sampling the various craft brews from the 28 participating […]

“A festival for you that celebrates me!”

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Honk presents 20 activities at Biwabik's Honktoberfest


BIWABIK — I’m kind of a big deal in this neck of the woods. What Mickey Mouse is to Disney, I am to Biwabik. I’m so popular, Biwabik’s fall festival is not only named after me, but it celebrates me. I’m excited about this year’s Honktoberfest on Saturday, September 25. There are loads of fun wrapped into every activity. Many […]

Wrestling with memories

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Leo reflects on his time at Alango School in the


Alango School was located just southwest of Cook, but like so many small country schools, it was closed for sake of efficiency. I was incarcerated at Alango for my elementary years and it still had a high school while I did time for first grade in 1962-63. Our principal warden, Mr. Nash was an incredible physical specimen and one day, […]

A book review and more

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Betty finds surprising history in the pages of a good book


I have children and grandchildren who are scattered all over the country. Recently many of them visited Randy and me in our home in Mt. Iron. Because of the pandemic we hadn’t seen them for two years, so it was a joyous occasion. When we get together, we do a lot of eating, teasing, laughing, and playing cards and board […]

Rand Sturdy makes much ado about absolutely nothing

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I have family, far from here, who are quite normal. My wonderful family includes three kids, all refreshingly normal. About three months ago, they sent me some pictures of themselves. They all looked fine, except for the middle girl, whose two front teeth had suddenly become dominant. She had beaver teeth. The Italian language has a great term for those […]

Hibbing native participates in prestigious international ceramics exhibition

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Darien Johnson’s ceramic piece “Fragmented Framing” won a Gold Prize at the Korean International Ceramics Biennale (KICB). Submitted photos. HIBBING — Growing up and finding one’s direction isn’t easy. It’s not always easy for parents either as they… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot Password

Doug’s bag of tricks

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What's essential? What's worthless?


Illustration by Doug Nelson.I’ll be the first to admit that this is a very subjective topic. What one person considers an indispensable piece of equipment to take along on an outing, another person would look at as just another piece of worthless jun… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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