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Panichi brothers team up in their gusto for bass fishing

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My sons, Louie and Jake Panichi, 15 and 18 years old, respectively, began their passion for fishing as young boys. As soon as they could walk, they carried fishing poles and nets around. They both had those kid versions of short fishing poles, but we went through plenty of Whuppin’ Sticks (the Cabela’s version of the Ugly Stick). They went […]

Local student’s Deaf mentor also an award-winning actor

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EVELETH — There was an Oscar-worthy red-carpet scene at Franklin Elementary School this spring—complete with a movie star, a number-one fan, and a history-making award-winning film. But the real star to this story is the relationship between second-grade student Asher Kelly and his mentor, actor Daniel Durant. Durant starred in the 2022 Best Picture-winning film CODA, about a hearing child […]

“I hope everyone is as excited as I am”

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Children and adults tour new Laurentian Elementary


EVELETH — Looking out over the commons of Laurentian Elementary School reveals a facility designed both for modern education and pure fun. The backdrop to a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Wednesday, May 4 was a two-story indoor playground—the focal point as students and visitors enter the new building. The ceremony and open house for the $34 million school offered community members […]

The ice has finally gone out; now, let’s go fishing!

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It’s just a couple of days into May and, as I look out over Lake Vermilion, the ice is still very much gripping its shorelines with only some shoreline starting to give up. Minnesota general fishing opener for inland waters opens on May 14 for different species. Most of the anglers will be going after walleye, one of our tastiest […]

FOCUS ON PHOTOGRAPHERS

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This month’s photographer spotlight: Kaitlin Winder of Chisholm

A failed attempt at a family portrait at the Olcott Park Greenhouse & Botanical Garden in Virginia. Pictured (l. to r.) are Davin, Elise, Mikah, Kira, Erik Vincent, and Kaitlin Winder. Kaitlin, who is pictured with Elise on this week’s cover, say… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me […]

Although she never learned to drive…

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Mom went the distance for her homebound students


 My mom, Marjorie Viitala, never learned to drive a car. Her reaction to the sight of the first oncoming car from her passenger seat made my dad’s skin crawl. She placed her hands on the seat cushion and didn’t relax until the oncoming car becam… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Mom’s unspoken strength through life’s many challenges

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Candy PetersonMothers teach their children everything from the rights and wrongs in life to the do’s and don’ts. As children, we learn from our mother’s spoken words. We also learn from the unspoken words. My mother (Candy Peterson) and I may not hav… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Contributors share stories about sharing stories

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Illustration by Doug Nelson.EDITOR’S NOTE: As Hometown Focus enters its 15th year of sharing news and stories, I asked regular contributors to share their background and advice with readers. All of us at HTF are humbled and grateful that over 1,100 u… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

The winds of change

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An introduction to Minnesota Power's Taconite Ridge Energy Center


Taconite Ridge Energy Center’s 10 wind turbines are located on land leased to Minnesota Power by United States Steel. Each turbine weights approximately 1 million pounds and can generate 2.5 megawatts of electricity. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Power… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Finding treasure in trash: tracing the recycling route

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Steve Pellinen, a planner for St. Louis County Environmental Services, surveys a mountain of recycling ready to be sorted at the Materials Recovery Center next to the regional landfill in Virginia. All the items are hand-sorted to make sure the recyc… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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