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Creating Mom’s legacy

Son makes meaningful donation to the nonprofit Angel Fund


VIRGINIA — When February 27 rolls around each year, Andy Heisel’s thoughts turn toward his mom, Roslyn “Roxy” Heisel. Specifically, he contemplates what to get her for her birthday. But this year was bittersweet. Roxy succumbed to cancer on March 11, 2020. The 65-year-old Virginia resident was a bookkeeper for Northwoods Construction from 1991 until her passing. She had previously […]

Springtime wildfire resiliency tips to protect your property



Spring has finally arrived in the north country! However, spring is also when the region is at the highest risk for wildfire. Now is the time to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and help your property become more wildfire resilient. There are many projects you can do with little investment to lower your wildfire risks. Be ready for emergency […]

Find your new treasure at the Junky Attic sale on May 8



VIRGINIA — “Out with the old, in with the new!” It’s a familiar saying used in so many arenas of life. At the Junky Attic, we use this adage all the time in our furniture rehab business. Don’t get us wrong—we love a good, old, solid piece of furniture! But there are times when the old needs to become new. […]

Preserving memories for the future

Rich recalls summers at the beach, school plays, and more


AUTHOR’S NOTE: A couple of years ago the Iron Range Historical Society sponsored Jim Keopke, my neighbor in Hoyt Lakes as well as classmate at AHL, for his memoir writing talk. [Koepke submitted an article about writing your memoir in HTF’s February 19 edition.] As a result, I started writing my memoir. Thinking it would only be five or six […]

Crisis Intervention Team training

EMS, mental health practitioners sharpen de-escalation skills


HOYT LAKES — Being mentally ill is not a crime. Being suicidal is not a crime, nor is having a substance use disorder. Yet when one is experiencing a mental health crisis, law enforcement or firefighters/ paramedics are the only ones who are called and respond to these situations. Although these responders may be familiar with mental health first aid, […]

To protect America: a poem

Someone said to me, see that man over there? He always looks so dirty and never combs his hair. He’s always in the bars, drinking day and night. He mustn’t have a job, nor children or a wife. It must be really nice, doing nothing all day long. You should not judge him if you do not know his song. […]

Peewee As soar to state!

Hibbing/Chisholm hockey team celebrates successful season


Hibbing/Chisholm Peewee A hockey players celebrate their victory after defeating East Grand Forks in the regional tournament at the Miners Memorial Building in Virginia. Submitted photo.HIBBING/CHISHOLM — This hockey season has been anything but smoo… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot Password

The navigator and me

Travel technology isn't always as helpful as it should be


Drawing by Leo’s son, Dave.Our family didn’t take spring break vacations to warm places when I was young. Not many folks did in the ’60s, at least not in my neighborhood. But we did take some nice vacations. We toured Yellowstone, visited Mackinaw Is… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Giving basement design extra support

Turn uninteresting columns into storage, seating, and more


 Disguising a basement support pole can as simple as a trip to the hardware store for a pre-fab cover or a weekend of sheetrock and mudslinging. But what if that unsightly pole could be the gateway to adding unexpected elements of style and stor… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Kallie’s favorite outdoor activity is kayaking

“It lets me get away from everything and be close to nature”


Kallie Kantos, pictured above, considers kayaking one of her favorite activities, so much so that she does not limit herself to warm water kayaking. She recently reached a personal goal of paddling on the Rainy River 12 months in a row, braving the c… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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