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Here Comes the Sun

Solar tour supports a brighter future


EDITOR’S NOTE: Hometown Focus is a proud media sponsor of Here Comes the Sun. Just as HTF aims to connect communities across the Iron Range area, this project is bringing people together to share stories and information about how to conserve natural resources. If you use solar power at your home or business and are not already part of Here […]

Throw Pink fundraiser to be held June 26

Disc golf event supports those with cancer through activity


CHERRY – Each time Ryan Bennett hears the clink of the basket’s chains, her heart gets a little giddy. An avid disc golfer, Bennett finds herself on a course competing most weekends during the spring and summer. She and husband Scot are so into the sport that they’ve developed a portion of their property in Iron into a privately-owned 18- […]

“Angelica’s dreams have now become a reality”

Proud mom marvels at her daughter’s charming new salon


VIRGINIA — It was a gorgeous summer day. The perfect day for a drive to see my daughter Anjelica (Jeli) Avelsgard and her newly opened salon—Bluebirds—located at 6864 Willow Rd., 10 miles north of Virginia. As I drove, a flood of memories filled my mind. Since Anjelica was a little girl, she would practice doing hair, makeup and nails on […]

A Boundary Waters beginner discovers a magical destination



What in the world does EP 35 mean? Three seasons ago, I would have shrugged my shoulders and said I was clueless. In Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) terms, it is an entry point to the most beautiful, pristine wilderness in the world. It is this magical place where there is little to no cell phone service. Where you are […]

Kids have a reel fun time at Rotary fishing contest June 9


Over 185 youngsters participated in the Gary Carlson Kids’ Fishing and Casting Contest on Silver Lake in Virginia. Children, some of whom had never fished before, could borrow fishing rods, and all were treated to free refreshments. Kids tried their luck in the casting contest, and the bravest received t-shirts for kissing a bass. The largest fish were two 3.5-pound […]

Barrels of fun at the Balkan Barrel Series

  A young rider and her horse approach a barrel at the Balkan Barrel Series on May 12. The series is held once a month on Wednesday evenings at the St. Louis County Fairgrounds in Chisholm. Follow Balkan Barrel Series on Facebook or contact Jessic… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username […]

Timber Days is back!

The region's first big festival of summer comes to Cook June 11 – 13


Mike Hanson of Cook will be demonstrating his chainsaw carving skills and will have one-of-a-kind carvings available for sale. What would Timber Days be without some saw dust? Photos by Becky Smith. COOK — Happy days are here again — Cook Timber D… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Six decades and still going strong

RMHC celebrates 60 years of “people helping people”


Range Mental Health Center employees celebrated a major milestone on Tuesday, May 25, which marked 60 years since the nonprofit was incorporated. Submitted photos. IRON RANGE — Born in an era when mental health was not talked about openly or accep… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

All the donated glass trinkets sparkle and shine

Four-day secondhand sale starts June 9 in downtown Virginia


Peggy Patrick is pictured in front of a small portion of the items that were donated for the upcoming secondhand sale. Photo by Jill Pepelnjak.I was “wowed” last week when I went downtown to talk with Peggy Patrick about the fundraiser she is plannin… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Showing off awesome autos at Range car shows

Color photos by Barney ChamberlinParts City Car Show, May 22 Miners Memorial Building, Virginia Variety of Wheels Car and Craft Show, May 23 Hibbing Memorial Building     Black-and-white photos by North on 53 Photography; taken wi… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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