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Land of the Loon takes place this weekend at Olcott Park

VIRGINIA — The 43rd annual Land of the Loon Ethnic Arts and Crafts Festival begins Saturday, June 15, at 9 a.m. with an 80-unit parade down Chestnut Street and Fifth Avenue in the historic heart of Virginia. The activities then move to Olcott Park for two days of fabulous fun, food, artisans, crafters, musicians, entertainers and a whole lot more. […]


I wear many hats, but husband Jesse is the glue of our family

“Having one child makes you a parent. Having two kids makes you a referee.” —David Frost These past few weeks should have come with a warning label. CAUTION: Massive amount of work ahead. I have this wee bitty habit of, well, not saying no. Trust me, I want to say no. And sometimes I do, but I am a born […]

An invitation to walk the divide that unites us

Summer Solstice Watershed Walk at the Laurentian Divide

VIRGINIA — Those of us who drive north on Hwy. 53 pass it every day, five miles north of the city of Virginia, probably not noticing that we have just crossed a major watershed, a place where water flows either toward the Hudson Bay or the Gulf of Mexico. We are heading somewhere else. We continue on the highway at […]

June 21 – 23 celebration: “90 Years for the Common Good”

90th annual Midsummer Festival to heat up weekend at Mesaba Co-op Park

HIBBING — Mesaba Co-op Park’s 90th annual Midsummer Festival, “90 Years for the Common Good,” will be held Friday through Sunday, June 21 – 23. Friday evening features a pasty supper and an open stage at 7 p.m. with music, dance, humor, and surprises. Saturday offers morning yoga, and the Mesaba Café, a two-hour informal storytelling by past and present […]

Virginia Rotary event offers fishing fun for kids and families

The 44th annual Rotary Gary Carlson Kids’ Fishing and Casting Contest was held on Silver Lake in Virginia on Wednesday, June 12. The event drew a record crowd of over 325 participants. Prizes totaling more than $6,000 were awarded and there were free hot dogs, pop and chips for all participants.

Lake Vermilion Cultural Center benefit

2019 Midsummer Gala set for June 22

TOWER — The Lake Vermilion Cultural Center (LVCC) Midsummer Gala and Benefit with be held at the Herb Lamppa Civic Center in Tower on Saturday, June 22. There will be a meet-andgreet with a cash bar, music, and silent auction beginning at 4 p.m., followed by dinner, a brief live auction and program. To receive an invitation, call 218-753-4100 or […]

Northern Lights Music Festival event set for June 28: Rhapsody at the Ridge

BIWABIK — An evening that includes dinner and opera arias to support the Northern Lights Music Festival will be held on Friday, June 28, at the Giants Ridge Event Center, 6325 Wynne Creek Dr. in Biwabik. The event—Rhapsody at the Ridge—will honor Thomas Gillach, the founding president of the NLMF board of directors, and whose guidance and years of service […]

Parity continues at Hibbing Raceway with six new winners

HIBBING — With summer now setting in, Hibbing Raceway continued rolling for the third straight weekend of racing on Iron Mining Association of Minnesota Night (Saturday, June 8). For the third straight week, six new winners found their way to victory lane by the end of the evening. With the domination in certain classes in recent years, to see different […]

Eating contest at Fortune Bay June 22

TOWER — Fortune Bay has already hosted two MLE (Major League Eating) Indian Taco Eating Contests, but now things will even more interesting later this month as the first annual MLE Wild Rice Hotdish Eating Championship takes place. The No. 5-ranked competitive eater in the world, Darron Breeden, from Orange, VA, and other top-ranked eaters will gather Saturday, June 22, […]

New report traces health impacts of air pollution

While air quality in Minnesota is generally good, a new joint analysis by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) found that air pollution that does occur plays a measurable role in deaths and hospitalizations across the state. The report, titled “Life and Breath: How Air Pollution Affects Health in Minnesota,” broadens the scope […]

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