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Do you want to build a snowman?

During last weekend’s snowfall, an enterprising individual or a band of ice artists built this snowman outside the Hometown Focus offices in Virginia. No witnesses reported hearing the snowman speak or sing. Photo by Tucker Nelson.

Patti Wallert: candidate for Biwabik City Council

I am an educator who has spent most of my career working with preschool children and families in the Mesabi East School District. My current position involves teaching social emotional regulation skills to students in grades pre-K through 12. My interaction with children and families has afforded me the opportunity to experience diverse opinions, ideas, and values. I have witnessed […]

Julie Buria: Minnesota House of Representatives District 6B candidate

I was born in Virginia, and my husband and I chose to stay on the Range and raise our family here. We have three married children and two grandchildren. My husband, Paul, works for Minntac as a production truck driver. Mining has literally supported us for 20 years. Before getting my real estate license seven years ago, I worked as […]

Stephen Skogman: Mountain Iron City Council candidate

I have 10 years of experience on the Mountain Iron City Council. I was born and raised in Mountain Iron. I have lived in this city for 67 years and love everything about it. I am retired from the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department after 31 years of service. I am also retired after 25 years of service from the […]

Candidate statement: Joni Dahl for Gilbert City Council

Growing up in the Genoa Location of Gilbert I was oblivious to city politics, city regulations, or importance of city policy. Being of the generation strongly encouraged to leave the Iron Range for a formal degree and any job not in a mine, I left upon graduation. Only after establishing a career and moving across the country did I realize […]

Candidate statement: Pete Stauber for House of Representatives

When I first campaigned for office two years ago, I pledged to be an independent voice. Simply, I will put people ahead of party. I try to put people ahead of politics at every turn. As a former professional hockey player, I am guided by Herb Brooks’ principle that the name on the back of the jersey doesn’t matter. The […]

Finding happiness in life’s adversity

An Ohio resident shares her memories of Eveleth


EVELETH — In the midst of the splendor of northern Minnesota’s clear lakes and lush forests are several cities comprising the Mesabi Iron Range. Eveleth, where I was born, had been settled by very courageous immigrants arriving in the 1890s as the underground and open pit mines were first opening. Our residents, or their parents, had come from about 20 […]

Bears and other animals hibernate. Why can’t I?

Bear Center offers fascinating insights into bear hibernation


ELY — For this article I headed to the North American Bear Center in Ely to see the black bears there and to learn more about hibernation, a process that both amazes and puzzles me. During my drive to Ely last week, I found myself thinking about hibernation and how nice it would be, in the midst of all this […]

Five stages of black bear activity and hibernation

According to Sharon Herrell, the senior bear keeper at the North American Bear Center, the annual cycle of black bear activity and hibernation has five stages. The stages differ in biochemistry, physiology, appetite and level of activity. The following is a brief description of each of the stages: • Hibernation of study bears in close dens experience continuous dormancy with […]

Capturing the season

HTF readers share their shots of fall colors in the Northland

The woods near Sabin Lake in Biwabik. Photo by Marcia Hage, Kelsey.


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