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Complete with an unusual Santa ornament…

Memories recall spectacular trees and


AUTHOR’S NOTE: Here is what might be deemed my “Serbian Christmas Story.” I wrote it in 2006. Two months after I originally wrote this story, my father died. Many of the immigrants who came to work at the iron ore mines in northeast Minnesota were from Eastern European countries, and belonged to the Serbian, Russian, Greek or Ukrainian Orthodox churches. […]

Remembering my first Mac



I was sitting at my laptop (it’s a Mac) thinking about our trench warfare way of dealing with issues of the day. A wandering trail of thoughts on this brought me to a remembrance of a good friend and former Northland resident, George “Mac” McComesky and his story, or at least this story, I think, speaks to the issue. After […]

The best gift: Enjoying our little angels



It is 11 degrees below zero on the Iron Range of northern Minnesota. Mister sun is shining. It is not bleak this midwinter. There are sun dogs on both sides of the sun in the light hazy clouds in the east, creating the closest thing to rainbows we will see in winter. At Christmas, this smiling old man is reminded […]

The Mesabi Family YMCA needs your support



The YMCA focuses on empowering young people, improving health, and well-being while inspiring action in and across communities. Submitted photo.VIRGINIA — “The Y is a great place to work out.” We hear this often when talking to community members abou… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me     […]

Website aims to bring new residents to the Iron Range



This aerial view of Aurora in 2019 helps to show people that the Iron Range is a beautiful place to live and work. Photo courtesy of the Iron Range Tourism Bureau.IRON RANGE — Recently, the Iron Range Tourism Bureau launched Hello Iron Range!, a new … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

The importance of memories during this holiday season



As I meditate on this holiday season, it is surely different. There will be less travel, there will be fewer get togethers, and there will surely be more depression suffered than a normal year. That is where pictures and memories of the past become s… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

The Christmas spirit is here, and it’s an everlasting gift



Christmas always has a way of sneaking up on me and it’s not surprising given my preoccupation at this time of year. First of all, deer season holds court for a couple weeks followed closely by Thanksgiving, which is followed by my birthday and soon … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

To avoid traditional holiday gatherings…

A teen hatches a clever plan and becomes Santa Claus each year


 AUTHOR’S NOTE: I wrote this story 20 years ago, about a Christmas 50 years ago, on a Motley Fool Discussion Board. The story is true. It took place in Chisholm, except I have changed the names of the characters. CHISHOLM — Modern marketing pra… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Show kindness this Christmas at a time when it matters most



An exceptionally good friend asked me recently about kindness. How are we kind with our friends and families? It was an easy and comfortable conversation sharing many stories about kindness with others. Then she asked how I am kind to myself. Goodnes… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Christmas spirit abounds—even in 2020



This undoubtedly will go down in history as one of the most unusual years in history. In keeping with past history, we have seen heroes play their parts selflessly with kindness for their fellow man. We have joined in unity and set goals to feed our … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this […]


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