The empty couch

Being grateful for getting through life—and the holidays, too

As we went around the Friendsgiving table, we each shared what we are most grateful for. My answer was simple: getting through life. No further explanation was needed. All sitting there knew I had lost three significant loved ones this year—Grandma Rasmussen, my last grandparent; our dog, Sarah; and Tim “T” Gargano, my significant other’s stepfather. Loss sucks. And I […]

Queen City Christmas window contest

Winning contestants decked out downtown Virginia

I remember being that round-eyed child looking into a magical world within the store windows during snowy Decembers in the 1950s and ‘60s. There lived elves at the North Pole or little people straight from the pages of Charles Dickens. I felt like with one of my small child’s steps I could go through the window pane and be part […]

The Long Line

The power of a ritual; what are yours?

What is a ritual? It is a simple, small habit or action that you perform on a regular basis. Each day, week or month brings new challenges, new experiences, and new memories. In the midst of our ever-changing lives, we each have our own rituals that rarely change. Perhaps you have never taken the time to really think about it. […]

Christmas memories at Grandma’s

“Over the river and through the woods”Could’ve been written by my hand‘Cause much of its truth matches mymemoriesOf holiday travel that we thought wasquite grand! Grandma’s big old log house was two milesaway.It was off a side road which was often thelast one plowed.When the snow piles up, the cars couldn’tbudge.Horse and sleigh was the only way totransport the crowd. […]


It’s a musical holiday tradition

A local MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS performance will be presented on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. at the Eveleth City Auditorium. Submitted photo.EVELETH — I am proud tuba player since 1976 and I would like to personally invite you to experience a holiday tr… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember […]

Two kids and a tiger

Trying to trap a crochety neighbor didn’t go as planned

It comes as no surprise to most that relating to children can be a challenge. They can get emotional over a simple request or if the ketchup runs out. They’re vulnerably open to new ideas and experiences. They pout—for no apparent reason. And they do… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Mesabi Outdoor Adventures updates

Community-based outdoor recreation program is growing

Mesabi Outdoor Adventures sponsors free recreational outings like fat tire bike rides. Submitted photo.It’s been a while since we caught you up on what we’ve been up to this summer and fall. As promised, we have continued to run free, weekly outings … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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