The Toy Insider reveals the Hot 20, Top Tech 12 and STEM 10

Trend experts made a holiday toy list and checked it twice

The Toy Insider, one of the toy industry’s most influential organizations and a trusted go-to resource for parents and gift-givers, unveiled its expert picks for the best kids’ toys and gifts in its 13th annual holiday gift guide. The hottest and most coveted items for 2018 are broken out into three lists: the Hot 20 (the most wished-for items of […]

More Minnesota-based businesses

SPAM | Wheaties, The Breakfast of Champions | Ry-Krisp

They have an iconic place in the food industry EDITOR’S NOTE: In the history section of our last edition (Dec. 7, 2018) we featured three Minnesota-based food businesses whose products have been, or were, a mainstay in many kitchens and pantries for decades. In this week’s history section, we feature three more such businesses. Who hasn’t heard of Ry-Krisp crackers, […]

Signs show mining’s impact to region

IRON RANGE – Signage will be displayed throughout the region at projects that are financially assisted by Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation. The signs may be seen at a business that has recently opened or expanded, a blighted commercial or residential property being demolished to pave way for new development, a historical landmark preservation, a street or sewer storm water […]

$150,000 donation made Virginia School District

VIRGINIA – Dr. George Erickson and his wife Sally of Eveleth recently made a $150,000 donation to the Virginia School District. “As a school board, we were at a loss for words by this level of generosity,” Murray Anderson, Virginia school board member, said of Dr. Erickson’s donation. “Dr. Erickson has such pride in this community and school system. You […]

Two new members added to the Itasca County fair board

GRAND RAPIDS – As the new year begins so do the duties of the Itasca County Agricultural Association which added two new fair board directors. Tammy Anderson and Doug Hendrickson are newcomers to the board. It is the duty of the fair board to manage the fairgrounds with direction from the Itasca County Parks Department, as the fairgrounds is one […]

Statue of Mary goes missing from nativity scene

New manger in Chisholm was blessed by Father Anthony

CHISHOLM — There was something extremely valuable missing Tuesday morning from the beautiful new manger at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Chisholm. The statue of Mary was missing, believed stolen, from the nativity scene. The value of the missing statue was more than monetary to the parish community. “The nativity symbolizes a scene of God’s presence in our world,” said […]

Virginia Fire Department Run Report: Dec. 3 – 9, 2018

VIRGINIA – During the week of Dec. 3 – 9, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 103 times: 97 medical calls and six fire calls. The fire calls varied from a toxic environment to overheated motor, public assist, smoke scare and motor vehicle accidents. The medical calls: 22 were transfers to a higher level of care and 75 […]

Merritt fourth-graders share their favorite Christmas memories

EDITOR’S NOTE: Fourth-grade students in Mrs. Dahl’s class at Merritt Elementary School in Mt. Iron were asked to write about their favorite Christmas memory. Some of the kids included drawings. Here are their submissions and a few of their drawings. (Remember, these are their writings; grammar corrections have not been made.) Enjoy! – Jill Pepelnjak, HTF staff writer My favorite […]

Culinary program addresses workforce shortage

HIBBING – Hibbing Community College (HCC) will offer its culinary program in Grand Marais to help meet the demand for skilled kitchen workers in Cook County’s hospitality-based economy. The county has more than 50 food establishments and resorts, and many have had to reduce hours of operation, increase overtime for existing employees, and condense menus as a result of the […]

“Dear Santa” letters shared by Merritt Elementary students

MI-B SCHOOLS Teacher Mrs. Rogers Grade 3 DEAR SANTA: Can I have LOL doll’s and Talor Swift cd’s and dvd and a puppy That is good have a good Christmas and can I plese see my cousins elf on the self. From, Francina DEAR SANTA: I wount Jurassic world toys, goosebumps books packs I wount most. To see my uncosumday. […]

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