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Growing healthier communities

Mesabi East Schools receive Farm2School grant funding


AURORA — Two grants were awarded to Mesabi East Schools that will help cultivate the growth of the Farm2School program. This exciting program will be entering its second year, supporting local growers and producers while offering students healthy homegrown options in the. Our district is the first in this area to implement the Farm2School program. The first grant received was […]

The beauty and serenity of Byrns Greenhouse

A legacy, a sanctuary found among things green and growing


Rosie the cat takes a nap amid the flowers and greenery at Byrns Greenhouse. Submitted photos.Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature is a help. Gardening is an instrument of gra… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember […]

We hardly ever rough it anymore

Maybe taking things easy isn’t such a bad thing after all


Illustration by Doug Nelson.It’s been a busy summer thus far with lots of fishing, canoeing, hiking and wood working projects. I’ve had very little time to just sit and read under the shade of the backyard tree which is something I look forward to af… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Working long hours in my office

Water lilies, fishing, and blueberry pies offer inspiration


Rod Tuomi enjoys the water lilies that grow near his lakeside office. Submitted photo.Here I am again, sitting in my office at the end of my dock and enjoying the beautiful lake around me. I have worked a lot of overtime in my office this summer. It … Please register for a free account or log in below to access […]

Where the buffalo roam

Showing respect for large wildlife aids both man and beast


I looked up to see a man and woman frantically running for their lives from angry bison. As they ran, the woman fell to the ground while her knight in shining armor ran for the hills, and the bison, which hereafter will be referred to as buffalo, cau… Please register for a free account or log in below to access […]

Building Virginia’s future

New Miners event center construction has begun


Construction is now underway for the Miners Event and Convention Center (MECC), which will replace the Miners Memorial Building. Photo by Paul Pluskwik/PK Images.Many people have been asking what is going on next to the Miners Memorial Building in Vi… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Mud for stings and, of course, ice cream for everything

Home remedies Mom used for those oh-so-painful conditions


Illustration by Leo’s son, Dave.We didn’t need a deadly virus for me to have had an appreciation for medicine and the medical community. In fact, I’ve had a fairly regular relationship with these dedicated people for much of my life by virtue of a nu… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Making healthy choices a SNAP

Nutrition program part of recovery process at Merritt House


Merritt House residents prepare the ingredients for a blueberry spinach smoothie while listening to instructions from SNAP-Ed instructor Chris Strand (upper left corner) via Zoom. Photo by Kelly Grinsteinner.VIRGINIA — It began with a simple question… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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