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Hey, baby!

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Classic and creative picks are top baby names of 2021

REGIONAL — Welcome, all the Everetts, Emmas, Ashers, and Hazels that were born in the Northland in 2021! Regional hospitals have compiled their lists of top baby names of 2021, and they feature a mixture of classics and modern names. More than seven babies were born per day at Essentia Health’s Minnesota hospitals in 2021, and variety again was the […]

Horse-powered winter fun in Cook

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COOK—It started out as a simple day of horse-drawn sleigh riding for a group of friends. A decade later, it’s still a simple day of horse-drawn sleigh riding, but now it’s open to all who would like to head north of Cook to join the fun. Mike and Katie Hanson, who own Due North Haflingers (a type of draft horse), […]

Warm greetings and a good cause

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Peggy’s popular fundraising sale continues through winter


VIRGINIA — The secondhand sale fundraiser in downtown Virginia, which has become known as Peggy’s Treasure Sale, will remain open through the winter season. During that time, they will continue to accept donations. The fundraiser, organized by Peggy Patrick and nine “wonderful” volunteers, is raising money for the MPN Research Foundation, a nonprofit with a single goal: Stimulate original research […]

Wooden barn quilts blend precision geometry with artistry

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You’ve seen them around town on neighbor’s houses or fences. Or perhaps you’ve seen them in the country on a barn or a fence. Barn quilts have gained popularity over the past few years and they’re popping up all over. In 2001, Donna Sue Groves painted her mother’s favorite quilt square on a large piece of wood and hung it […]

What’s next for the old Mountain Iron-Buhl High School?

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MOUNTAIN IRON — Shadly Nelson is excited about the possibilities—and they are many. The classrooms, halls, gymnasiums and cafeteria space of the former Mountain Iron-Buhl High School are now empty and waiting for their new owners, including Nelson, to bring them back to life. “For what it would cost to tear that building down…why wouldn’t you want to put the […]

Catching up with the neighbors

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Looking back at Hometown Focus stories since 2020


From left, Hibbing Police Chief Steve Estey, Taylor Egan, Ava Egan, Brayden Egan, Hibbing police officer Joey Burns and K-9 Chase are pictured after the viewing party for “America’s Top Dog.” Submitted photo. Here at Hometown Focus, we decided to … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me   […]

EGHS student wins essay contest

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Abbie Sundich. Photo by Myji Ryan Photography.Abbie Sundich, a senior at Eveleth-Gilbert High School, was awarded the $200 top prize out of five entries in the Iron Range Rotary Club’s Four-Way Test Essay Contest. Sundich will be entered at the Rotar… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

“Always an adventure”

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Taxidermists use art and skill to preserve memories


Frank Klabechek is pictured with an elk mount that hangs in his taxidermy shop. Photo by Janna Goerdt. Bob Berg taxidermized his first animal when he was 12 years old. It was a weasel, and when the young Berg was finished, “it looked like a sem… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Cherished holiday memories

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Remembering Italian Christmas traditions from years past


One of the traditional decorated Christmas trees that graced the southeast corner of the Scalise household living room. Submitted photos.As I reminisce about my past, I recall my family’s traditions, especially the Christmas traditions from days gone… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Poems celebrate winter and the meaning of Christmas

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Roosevelt Elementary School 5th grade, Mrs. Engel Winter haiku Christmas happens soon Christmas trees and family This night Santa comes Brooklyn Icy sledding hills Frosty cold throwing snowballs Ice skating in cold Sawyer The snow is quite cold Santa… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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