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Libraries are everywhere! So much available for the asking



ARROWHEAD REGION – You probably think a library is a library is a library. But, there really are many types of libraries that have many different goals, resources and services. Public libraries are the most familiar because they serve everyone. They have a very broad mission to support the education, information and recreational needs of their communities. But there are […]

Women and firearms: Is arming momma bear a good idea?



Asapermittocarryinstructorcertified by the BCA, BCI and NRA, I have been teaching the permit to carry classes for five years now. During that time I have seen many things and met a lot of terrific people. My students have ranged from ex-military men who have fought in world wars to a 76-year-old lady who hadn’t touched a gun since she was […]

The joy of tip-up ice fishing: Snagging the pike of a lifetime



The morning dawned cold, breezy and overcast with intermittent snow squalls—standard northern Minnesota fare in December. My friend Brad “Marty” Martinson, my Labrador retriever Hank, and I were headed out for a day of tip-up fishing on an area lake. Part of the allure of hard-water tip-up fishing is the anticipation of the stark contrast of that orange flag against […]

Eveleth’s 1914 Carnegie Library has stood the test of time



EVELETH – Andrew Carnegie helped to fund 66 libraries in Minnesota, 48 of which are still standing. Only 25 still function as libraries. Eveleth Public Library has the distinction of being one of four Carnegie Libraries still operating as a public library in the Arrowhead region. In all Andrew Carnegie donated over $200,000 to towns in the United States and […]

So much to see and do at the Grand Rapids Area Library



GRAND RAPIDS – “If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet…” The sounds of a normal Monday morning storytime at the Grand Rapids Area Library (GRAL) float through the building. These sounds are echoed on Saturdays as well. As important as storytimes are, though, they are pretty standard fare in the library world. Surrounding our story circle, however, […]

The Aurora Public Library: A reflection of the community



AURORA – Where can you go to find the newest book by your favorite author? Borrow a movie? Discover a new author? Use free Wi-Fi? Attend a concert? Receive free tickets to a play? Use a computer? Easily find books by Minnesota authors, as well as movies with scenes filmed in Minnesota? Download an audiobook or e-book? Connect with an […]

Hibbing Public Library: A mixture of old, new, much to do



HIBBING – Hello library lovers! Need stuff to do? Want to have some fun? Throughout the year, the Hibbing Public Library offers a wide variety of programs, including Summer and Winter Reading Programs, Yuletide, Storytime, Teen Space, Kids’ Movie Night, Knitting and Needlework, and much more. We also offer Legacy programming through the Arrowhead Library System. Our annual Yuletide event […]

This month and every month… Hoyt Lakes LOVES its library



HOYT LAKES – The Hoyt Lakes Public Library officially opened April of 1959 with 2,360 books, in a steel building that was used by Erie Mining Company as a cafeteria during their construction. The town was new and the people felt having a library was necessary to fulfilling their vision for this community. Today, the community still loves their library! […]

Mister Moose welcomes all to the Cook Public Library



COOK – There’s something for everyone at the Library with the Moose in Cook, Minnesota. If you need Internet access, we offer free Wi-Fi, public computers and hotspots for checkout. If you need documents printed, copied or faxed, the library provides this service for a small fee. If you’re a visitor and need a book during your stay, you can […]

Visit the Mountain Iron Public Library, it’s worth the trip



MT. IRON – The Mountain Iron Library is one of the few Carnegie Libraries in operation in Minnesota. Here is text from the original letter written by Patrick Hagen, village president, on April 22, 1913, requesting to have a library built in Mountain Iron: “The citizens of Mountain Iron, Minnesota, are greatly in need of a library, and I, being […]


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