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Pick up an extra copy of HTF and give it to a friend



AGE: oldPLACE OF RESIDENCE:ChisholmORIGINAL HOMETOWN: ChisholmOCCUPATION: Retiredengineer While composing obits for my parents, I realized that I did not know much about the time they were kids growing up on the farm and attending a oneroom school house without bus transportation and a wood stove for heat. They only thing we ever found out about my parents and grandparents was […]

Ain’t Whistling Dixie Anymore



Like many of you, I have been both disgusted and sadly amazed at the re-emergence of Nazi sympathizers and their brethren in the alt-right movement. It pays to remember that over a million and a half United States soldiers lost their lives in both the Civil War and World War II defeating both slavery and the Nazis. We can all […]

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Susan M. Garrett, 58 years young, Cotton resident, most of my childhood was spent in Carlisle, PA. I am the community relations manager (aka “friend raiser”) for North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity. I have moved a fair amount in my life and one of the first things I do in a new place is find any local, free […]

It’s time for the 69th annual (BIG!) White Elephant Sale in Hibbing, April 28



HIBBING – The 69th annual White Elephant Sale will be held on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Hibbing Memorial Building arena. The sale—sponsored by Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Hibbing—is probably one of the largest “rummage” sales in the state! Throughout the year, the congregation and the community donate their unneeded or unwanted items, […]

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I am a RRCC sociology instructor at Rainy River Community College in International Falls. I live in International Falls and have contributed several photos and a number of articles to Hometown Focus. Hometown Focus is like the perfect autumn day in Small Town, USA. I liken it to an October day in the woods when it is 60 degrees F, […]

An unlikely “friendship” between a man and a ruffed grouse



CONTRIBUTOR’S NOTE: My dad, Alvar Hupila, was a founding member of the Snaptail Lake Association. He had a unique relationship with a grouse and wrote a story about it, which appeared in the Grand Rapids Herald Review and other publications around 2004. My dad has since passed, but he gave me permission to share his story which is set forth […]

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Betty J. (Gorsha) Magnan, Martin Hughes Class of 1954. I was born in Buhl and live in Bemidji. I am retired, but an active mother, grandmother and great grandmother and wife to Ted Magnan, married for 60 years. My nephew, Jeff Nelson, a resident of Virginia, saved copies of the Hometown Focus newspaper for me as he knew the articles […]

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I’m Helen Abramson from Meadowlands. I grew up on a dairy farm in Elmer Township on the west side of Meadowlands Township. I attended a two-room school for grades one through eight. After completing 8th grade students went to Toivola to complete high school. When my class was in 8th grade the independent school in Meadowlands joined the St. Louis […]

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NAME: Jennifer OsufsenAGE (optional): 42PLACE OF RESIDENCE: AuroraORIGINAL HOMETOWN: Lufkin, TexasOCCUPATION: Independent author, volunteer and homemaker I love the grassroots model of Hometown Focus—real people telling authentic stories, reporting on local events, and bringing the Iron Range to life with the written word. My first submission was a small shout-out about my second daughter who was a finalist in a […]

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I grew up in Balsam Township (rural Bovey) and now live on Siseebakwet Lake Sugar Lake near Cohasset). I work as an administrative assistant. I was not aware Hometown Focus existed until I began following Facebook posts about an abandoned puppy that was rescued and eventually adopted. His name is Case. Yes, THAT Case. HTF was mentioned in a couple […]


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