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Three defensive driving refresher courses offered

GRAND RAPIDS/EVELETH/HIBBING — Three 4-hour defensive driving refresher courses have been scheduled in Grand Rapids, Eveleth and Hibbing. These courses are for drivers, age 55 and older, who have already had the eight-hour beginner course and want to continue receiving the discount on their insurance. Dates and locations of the courses are as follows: GRAND RAPIDS: Monday, Dec. 16, from […]

Christmas performance set for Dec. 15 in Tower

TOWER — A Christmas music presentation will be held on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Tower-Soudan School. The Tower-Soudan Area Singers will present “A Classic Christmas,” featuring classics like “White Christmas,” “Break Forth’ O Beauteous Heavenly Light,” “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” (with choreography), “Away in a Manger” and many more. Kathy Siskar, Jay Mackie, […]

High-speed rail hearing set for Dec. 11 in Duluth

DULUTH — State legislators will visit Duluth to hold a field hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 1:30 – 4 p.m. regarding high-speed passenger rail from the Twin Cities to Duluth. The hearing will be in the Kirby Student Center Ballroom at the University of Minnesota Duluth, 1120 Kirby Drive. The public hearing will be conducted by the Transportation Finance […]

AARP Smart Driver refresher class Dec. 16

VIRGINIA — There will be a four-hour AARP Smart Driver refresher class on Monday, Dec. 16, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Mesabi Family YMCA in Virginia. The refresher class is open to those who have previously taken the eight-hour initial class. The purpose of the class is to improve driver safety and maintain a discount on automobile […]

Annual Balkan Holidays Bazaar slated for Dec. 7

BALKAN TWP. — The annual Balkan Holidays Bazaar will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Balkan Community Center, located four miles north of Chisholm at 6061 Hwy. 73. Available at the bazaar will be potica, baked goods, jams and jellies, ornaments, handcrafted and sewn items, and other holiday gifts made by local […]

New members welcome at Little Church meeting

VERMILION LAKE TWP. — The Little Church meeting will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. at the church, located in Vermilion Lake Twp. on County Rd. 26 and Wahlsten Rd. The church is looking for people interested in keeping the church preserved and maintained in the community. It also has a men’s group that meets every Thursday […]

Santa Hay Ride event will be held Dec. 14 in Babbitt

BABBITT — A Santa Hay Ride will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Babbitt Municipal Building, located at 71 South Dr. in Babbitt. The free community event, for all ages, will include a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, prizes, balloons, cocoa and lots of treats, including Dilly Bars from the Ely DQ.

Sarah Packa will speak at Dec. 15 church service

VIRGINIA — Mesabi Unitarian Universalist Church member Sarah Packa will present a look at “The Gifts We Give” on Sunday, Dec. 15, at the 10:30 a.m. service at the church, located at 230 7th St. S. in Virginia. Today, according to Packa, we need to think outside the gift-wrapped box as we reflect on the gifts we give others and […]

Pheasant hunting a great excuse to get outdoors

Late season conditions are shaping up favorably for pheasant hunters this December. “As the season has progressed, we’re getting more reports of hunters seeing and harvesting birds,” said Tim Lyons, upland game research scientist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “In some areas, the season, which ends in just under a month, may just be starting to heat up.” […]

How to improve focus

Brief breaks during the work day can dramatically improve one’s ability to focus on a task. A 2011 study published in the journal Cognition found that brief mental breaks can improve focus on a prolonged task. The study’s authors tested participants’ ability to focus on a repetitive computerized task for 50 minutes under various conditions. The control group performed the […]


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