Greenway athletes take action

United Way of 1,000 lakes hosts 2020 volunteering events

COLERAINE – United Way of 1,000 Lakes hosted another day of volunteering for their summer 2020 Days of Action initiative on Thursday, July 30. Coleraine residents joined student-athletes from Greenway’s fastpitch, hockey, and football teams to spend a day improving their community. Volunteers continued brightening the parking lines and crosswalks along Roosevelt Avenue, Coleraine’s main street, and helped out with […]


Dear Readers, Today is the day! My retirement date has arrived and my eight-year tenure here at Hometown Focus has drawn to a conclusion. I just wanted to take one last opportunity to say good-bye and thank you. Since publishing my retirement article two weeks ago, I have received many wishes from HTF readers. Some of those wishes have come […]

Monotropa uniflora

An unusual plant of ephemeral occurrence

Monotropa uniflora, also known as ghost plant (or ghost pipe), Indian pipe or corpse plant, is an herbaceous perennial plant native to temperate regions of Asia, North America and northern South America, but with large gaps between areas. The plant is sometimes completely waxy white, but often has black flecks or pale pink coloration. Rare variants may have a deep […]

Candidate statements can be submitted to HTF; submit by Wednesday

Candidates for political office (federal, state, county, township, municipal and school board) in Itasca County, Koochiching County and northern St. Louis County are welcome to submit a candidate statement sharing their background, qualifications, reasons for running for office, and position on important issues. All submissions should be limited to 500 words. Candidate statements will be published in the Friday, Aug. […]

United Way of 1000 Lakes launches volunteer platform

Bonfire is an easy way for volunteers, organizations to connect

GRAND RAPIDS — United Way of 1000 Lakes has launched an online volunteer platform, Bonfire, created with the intention of making it easier for volunteers and organizations to connect with each other. Community members looking to get involved can browse opportunities by skill set, location, cause, and more, allowing potential volunteers to find ways to help in areas that interest […]

With federal waiver likely to end, DHS asks USDA to reconsider

SNAP and cash assistance recipients must renew applications

More than 20,000 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Minnesota Family Investment Program recipients must renew their applications in August to ensure they receive their benefits for September onward, unless the federal government allows Minnesota continued flexibility in how the benefits are administered. The Minnesota Department of Human Services will notify SNAP and MFIP recipients who reached the end of their […]

The start of iron mining in Minnesota

3,000 tons of iron ore left the Soudan Mine on July 30, 1884

The Soudan Mine, which opened in 1884, is located at the western edge of the Vermilion range, about two miles northeast of Tower. It was the first iron mine in the state, and its first ore shipment in the summer of 1884 marked the beginning of the state’s mining industry. The Duluth and Iron Range Railway arrived at the Soudan […]


CHANGE WITHIN REACH: During the month of June, Natural Harvest Food Co-op customers donated $897 to the Summer Work Outreach Project. S.W.O.P. “hires” teams of 11 to 14-year olds for a six-week summer program of teaching life skills through community work, community service, community guest speakers, and adult mentoring. Each month Natural Harvest Food Co-op in Virginia selects a local […]

Bands, Brews & BBQ gets underway on Aug. 6

MDC to provide outdoor family entertainment during August

CHISHOLM — The Minnesota Discovery Center (MDC) announces the return of Bands, Brews and BBQ—a popular outdoor dining experience hosted at the Minnesota Discovery Center by The Rustic Pig. Throughout the month of August, Bands, Brews and BBQ will take place every Thursday from 4 – 8 p.m. with a band performing from 5 – 7 p.m. The special event […]

United Way’s Days of Action to continues all summer

COLERAINE — United Way of 1000 Lakes hosted the first day of volunteering for their Days of Action initiative on Thursday, July 16. Joined by staff from Days of Action partners, a small group of volunteers came together to complete projects in and around downtown Coleraine. Volunteers began painting fresh parking lines and crosswalks on Roosevelt Avenue, installed wayfinding signs […]

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