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Gardens in the North set for April 23 in Embarrass

EMBARRASS – St. Louis County Extension will be presenting a new educational gardening program, Gardens in the North, at the Embarrass Town Hall, 7503 Levander Road, on Monday, April 23, from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. The program will focus on both flower and fruit gardening. Topics will include how to plant, grow and care for the new hydrangeas; the essentials […]

Two 4-hour AARP Smart Driver classes scheduled

VIRGINIA/SOUDAN – The Mesabi Family YMCA in Virginia will be hosting a 4-hour AARP Smart Driver refresher course on Monday, April 16, beginning at 9 a.m. This refresher course is for those who have previously taken the full 8-hour course and want to continue to receive a discount on their automobile insurance premium. To register, call the Mesabi Family YMCA […]

MRC announces recipients of the Workforce Development Scholarships

EVELETH – Mesabi Range College announced the recipients of the Workforce Development Scholarships for new students enrolling in the Electrical Controls and Maintenance program Fall Semester 2018. ECM is a two-year technical program devoted to hands-on skills training preparing graduates for a career in a high demand field. Kasey Dreke, John Jauhola, Paul Robison and Jerry Ray will each receive […]

Defensive driving courses offered at various venues

NE MINNESOTA – Defensive driving refresher courses will be offered to drivers 55 and older at various locations. The courses are open to all drivers who have completed the 8-hour beginner course and want to continue receiving a discount on their insurance. Dates and locations are as follows: VIRGINIA: Monday, April 23, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Our […]

MSO honoring Leonard Bernstein in April concert

VIRGINIA – The Mesabi Symphony Orchestra, with University of Wisconsin Superior’s orchestra and choir, will be celebrating Leonard Bernstein, a century after his birth, on Saturday, April 21, at 7 p.m. at Goodman Auditorium in Virginia. Tickets are available at the door and are $8 for seniors, $10 for adults and $20 for family groups. For more information, visit www.mesabisymphonyorchestra.org. […]

Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity…

Good for the soul and the community, and it’s fun


VIRGINIA – At almost every groundbreaking and dedication, Nathan Thompson, executive director of North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity, looks around the happy gathering and says, “Habitat for Humanity builds five homes a year. We have four staff members. So, who is Habitat, who is building these homes with our partner families? Look to your right. Look to your […]

4th of July fundraiser will be held on April 28

BIWABIK – The Biwabik 4th of July rummage, bake and sloppy joe sale will be held on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Biwabik Park Pavilion. Donations can be dropped off on Thursday, April 26, from 4 – 6 p.m. and on Friday April 27, from 9 a.m. –- 6 p.m. Most items will be […]

Iron Range Engineering recognized as emerging world leader in education

Each year the Summer Worker Outreach Project (SWOP) provides 11 – 14 year olds a six-week course that emphasizes community service, self-accountability, work ethic and money management. Over the past 21 years, 600 students have attended SWOP which began as a grassroots initiative by area churches and eventually grew into its own non-profit organization. It is available to kids in […]

Annual meeting slated at Colvin Town Hall April 15

MAKINEN – Friends of Wirtanen Pioneer Farm will hold their annual meeting at the Colvin Town Hall 2579 Vermilion Trail in Makinen on Sunday, April 15, at 3 p.m. Researcher Kyle Maunu will give a presentation called Co-op Country: Reflections on nearly 100 years of cooperation in northern Minnesota. A collection of rare cooperative memorabilia and artifacts will be exhibited. […]

Birdie is a happy-go-lucky rescue and beloved family member



AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is Mandie Williams’ story as told to me (her mother). HIBBING – A young Catahoula leopard/Great Dane mix, a canine breed from Louisiana, was left in a box with her litter mates at an animal shelter in Arkansas. I first heard of these puppies when I saw their picture on Wags and Whiskers Animal Rescue of Minnesota […]


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