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Memory t-shirt quilt is June display at Virginia Public Library



VIRGINIA – The June quilt selection for exhibit at the Virginia Public Library was created by Nancy Pajunen, a local quilt artist and member of the Going to Pieces Quilt Guild. Nancy’s quilt is an inspiration to grandparents everywhere. Not only is it tailored to her grandson’s taste, but it is also one of those works that parents can look […]

61-1/2 years later, search for relatives ends at Potters Field



My search for the remains of my uncle and aunt began many years ago. Although I was young at the time of their death, I never forgot them and often wondered where they were buried. My search led me to Potters Field where I now can visit them at their resting place. My journey began in 1950… I moved north […]

The magic of Storybook Lodge Christian Camp

This is my very special summer retreat on Cedar Island Lake


BIWABIK TOWNSHIP – As a young nine-year-old girl who never made it through a sleepover without crying, the idea of going to summer camp for an entire week was terrifying. Little did I know back then that Storybook Lodge Christian Camp (SBL) would change my life forever. Elizabeth Spriestersbach, the lady who envisioned and founded SBL, was born in St. […]

Contributors share photos, memories, thoughts for Father’s Day

My dad, Roger Sanders, was a great man. He was a hard worker and one of the kindest, most generous people you would ever meet. Many people in the area knew him as the car wash guy from the Virginia Auto Wash. He loved to sit and tell stories of his life and the many hilarious and stupid things he’d […]

Time with dad: It’s when those special memories are made



Fathers can play very important roles in the lives of their children. Fathers often can be a kid’s best friend as they grow up and learn how to take on the world. From encouraging us to try out for a new sport to helping us discern whether we should make the large investment or not, they’ll always hold a special […]

New York comes to the Iron Range this weekend

Mesabi Symphony Orchestra to present North of Broadway


VIRGINIA/ELY – An egotistical king. A homicidal barber. A nun unsure of her calling. An errant (and erroneous?) knight. Jesus Christ himself. No, this is not Bob Dylan’s “Desolation Row.” These are some of the characters in Tony Award-winning Broadway musicals. Nowhere but New York City’s Great White Way could you meet such an assortment more or less in the […]

It’s time for Virginia’s 42nd annual Land of the Loon festival



VIRGINIA – The 42nd annual Land of the Loon Festival in Virginia is here! My wife Brittany and I are excited to be co-coordinating the festival again for the ninth year in a row. Here is my Land of the Loon Story. Brittany and I started on the Land of the Loon Festival Committee back in 2006. We both wanted […]

An introduction to life coaching, a new column: A Better You



Since I became a certified life coaching in June 2008, I have consistently been asked, “What does a life coach do?” Although it’s hard to imagine, life coaching really is relatively unknown, especially in smaller communities. Let’s start at the beginning, although finding the onset of the life coaching trend is also difficult since there was no set time that […]

Our Rio San Juan adventure; traveling where Mark Twain did



Skip and Jeri Dickinson’s Rio San Juan adventure took place in February 2018. Submitted photos.This story starts in 2015, when my wife, Jeri, and I were sitting in the office of the Hotel Tortuga in beautiful San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, with Freddy,… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember […]

Sharing my childhood memories: They took all the fun away!



I was reminiscing one day about my early childhood and it seems that as a person grows older the memories come more easily. The following are a few historical (or hysterical) memories I would like to share with you. Perhaps readers could share some o… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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