The Pie Guy: Joy comes from sharing the “fruits” of his labor

GRAND RAPIDS – It all started in 1988 when I planted three apple trees in the yard of my new home in Grand Rapids. By 1990, the trees were producing handily and I started to make pies for church Bible class, family, and some shut-ins. Since then production increased to where I could give surprise pies as a thank you […]

Prints, colors and designs are Civil War era reproduction fabrics

Quilt by Karen Lamppa now on display at the Virginia library

VIRGINIA – A beautiful new quilt is now on exhibit in the lobby of the Virginia Public Library. This month’s fall-themed selection was created by Karen Lamppa, a founding member of the Going to Pieces Quilt Guild. Karen is a multi-talented artist who is often asked to teach various skills at area guild meetings. To prepare for her classes, Karen […]

Do you like music and fun?

Country line dancing might be for you

HIBBING – Winter is coming and we tend to veg. Wanna keep fit? Like music? Like fun? Like to laugh? Like to make new friends? If your answer is yes to all, I’ve got the ticket for you—country line dancing. I started teaching line dancing 20 years ago. Like Sesame Street, I go over and over the steps until everyone […]

The Bass Lake Bruiser

Hummingbird claims his feeder domain

GILBERT – We live near Bass Lake and we have become acquainted with what we call the Bass Lake Bruiser. He is a hummingbird that is the Intimidator of Other Hummingbirds. Every morning he comes out of his concealed nest in our cedar tree and perches on the let-down string of the hummingbird feeder. He will perch on that string […]

M&M’s—The other important ones

Seek guidance when exploring Medicare, Medicaid options

GILBERT – M&Ms are always on our shopping list. With so many varieties (i.e., plain, almond, mint, peanut butter, etc.) we now specify the exact type to buy to ensure accuracy and satisfaction. The same process applies as it relates to “the other M&M’s”—Medicare and Medicaid. This article provides some brief information on each. Medicare is a federally provided health […]

Information meeting to be held Oct. 16

Learn about rooftop solar on the Range

The Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability and others are partnering to bring Solar United Neighbors to the Iron Range to share information about rooftop solar. Submitted photo.VIRGINIA – Since I had solar panels installed on my house three years … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me     […]

Hooked by “Musky Madness” on Lake Vermilion

Al Louis poses with a 46 1/2-inch musky he caught on Lake Vermilion in the summer of 2016. Submitted photos.LAKE VERMILION – It was the spring of 2013 and my wife and I were talking with our goldsmith Kirk at our jewelry store, and we had mentioned w… Please register for a free account or log in below to access […]

Winter should be warmer and drier than normal

October may be warm (but not too warm for early snow)

 The recent HTF article about Evie the ‘57 Chevy sure caught this old car buff’s eye! It got me thinking about all the cool cars I remember from my youth on the Vermilion Range like Miss Peshel’s ‘57 Dodge Coronet or Mr. Dusich’s 1960 Dodge Phoe… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Underground exploration of rocks: A fascinating tour

Visitors to the Soudan Underground Mine are met with buildings and memories of past mining days. Photos by Kirsten Reichel.SOUDAN – A recent tour of the underground mine in Soudan brought back rock memories for me. Maybe that sounds odd, but having g… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Sharing wisdom about life and money

 Imagine you and your family in a three-act play. Act 1 features your growing up years. It’s fun, carefree time, safe and predictable. Your parents are central to your universe. Siblings, friends, relatives, neighbors, teachers, and coaches roun… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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