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Baby born in Virginia on New Year’s Day

Avery Quinn Miller was born at 5:31 p.m. on Friday, January 1, at the Essentia Health-Virginia hospital. The baby girl weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 19 inches long. Her mom is Brianna Miller of Hibbing. Of the 234 babies born at Essentia Health-Virginia in 2020, the most popular names were Jackson/Jaxon/Jaxen (used six times) for boys and Amelia, […]

A kicksledding adventure

My friend and I try a new winter sport


ELY — A strange phenomenon has occurred during this pandemic: couples who spend 24/7 together have run out of things to talk about. I had a call from a wrong number recently and my husband and I talked about it for at least two days, maybe three. Well, let me explain. It was a fun wrong number and worthy of […]

The kicksled has a cool history

The kicksled or spark is a small sled consisting of a chair mounted on a pair of flexible metal runners that extend backward to about twice the chair’s length. The sled is propelled by kicking (“sparka” or “sparke” in the Scandinavian languages) the ground by foot. There is a handlebar attached to the top of the chair back. “Kicksled” is […]

Fiercely united with the spoken word

Rock Ridge speech team looks forward to a unique season


EVELETH/GILBERT/ VIRGINIA — The 2018- 2019 speech season was an exciting one for Eveleth- Gilbert High School. The team won the section 7A tournament and sent an impressive 12 competitors to the state tournament at Wayzata High School. During the 2019-2020 season, coaches and students hoped to maintain momentum until their season—and life as we knew it—came to a screeching […]

Confection affection

A Gilbert woman has a passion for M&M’s and snow globes


GILBERT — Jessica Jordahl loves M&M’s—she really loves M&M’s. She doesn’t try to hide it—she wears an M&M’s hat to work every day and matches the hat color to her shirt. Jessica, who usually goes by JJ, works with my wife at Milestones Daycare in Virginia, so I’ve seen her hats and heard about her candy craze plenty of times, […]

After a series of opportune events…

F & D Meats in Virginia reopened this week with new owners


VIRGINIA — This past week, on Thursday, December 31, Tom O’Bryan and Todd Schaefbauer, owners of F & D Meats in Virginia, said “Hello” and “Good-bye” to their customers for the last time. Tom and Todd began advertising to sell the business earlier in 2020, with the condition that if it did not sell by December 31, the doors would […]

Bringing Light to Chisholm

Winter festival unites community members under lights


Chisholm City Hall was just one of many buildings adorned with lights during the Bringing Light to Chisholm celebration.CHISHOLM — Libraries are ever evolving, and one of my major rolls as library supervisor is to continually ask “What does our commu… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me   […]

Nail-biter no more? You can help Tucker in the new year!



I’ve never liked my hands. My fingers are short, just like my toes, so I’ve often had to buy women’s gloves (in gender-neutral brown leather). My awful habit of biting my fingernails doesn’t make them any more attractive. Sorry, body positivity movem… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Carolers and camelids carry kindness

In the bleak midwinter, light shines through the darkness


A group of carolers entertains residents at Laurentian Manor in Virginia on December 12. Photo by Larry Aho. IRON RANGE — The sound of hooves signaled the spread of Christmas cheer on a recent December Saturday as horses, a llama, and an alpaca to… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Students share letters to Santa, reindeer stories, and haikus

Benjamin Franklin Elementary School Eveleth Grade 1 Ms. Hennen If I were a reindeer… I would prance a round I would eat carrots. Angel I would pull santa’s sleigh. To swim in cold water. Jaxon I would eat moss all day. I would prance all day. Evie If… Please register for a free account or log in below to access […]


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