Elizabeth Lorraine (Fendrey) Hill

Elizabeth Lorraine (Fendrey) Hill, 92, of Hibbing, passed away Friday, November 30, 2012 at Fairview University Medical Center.  A Memorial Service will be held Friday, December 7, 2012 at the Range Funeral Home in Hibbing at 1:00 p.m. with visitation beginning one hour prior to the service.  Pastor Lyle Northey and Jerry Hill will officiate.  Burial will be at Lavell […]

Mary Ann “Bebe” Porthan

Mary Ann “Bebe” Porthan (nee Starkman), age 80 of Lake Eshquagama, and formerly of Aurora died Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at the Northern Pines Health Care Center in Aurora. She was born December 5, 1931 in Ely the daughter of Waino & Ile (Isaacson) Starkman. She was a graduate of the Ely High School, Ely Junior College and received a […]

Vera M. Roberts

Vera M. Roberts Vera M. Roberts, 104, of Eveleth diedSaturday, December 1, 2012 at St. Raphael’s Health &Rehabilitation Center in Eveleth. She was born on July 12, 1908 inEveleth to John and Catherine (Pearce) Northey.  Vera was united inmarriage to Harold T. Roberts.  She was a member of the Degree ofHonor (Monitor Hall), Women’s Society of the Methodist Church andwas a Grey […]

Betty J. Maki

Betty J. Maki, 87, of Eveleth and formerly of Duluth died Monday, December3, 2012 at St. Raphael’s Health & Rehabilitation Center inEveleth.She was born on January 8, 1925 in St. Paul, MN to Olaf and Lillian(Nelson) Olson.  Betty worked as a kitchen aide for Chris JensenHealth & Rehabilitation Center in Duluth for many years.  Sheenjoyed sewing and crocheting and loved […]


Families skied the divide for a decade

Iron Range residents of a certain age remember the downhill ski area once located a few miles north of Virginia. Herb Pfremmer, one of the original planners, organizers and shareholders of Lookout Mountain Ski Lodge, Inc. and long time Virginia-area businessman, also remembers “what could have been.” Lookout Mountain ski area was situated just inside the Superior National Forest southeast […]


Our family has fond memories of Lookout Mountain. Our parents skied and belonged to the Mont-Sabi Ski Club. It was pretty inexpensive to get a family ski pass back then. On Saturdays our mom would pack us up with our skis and a bag lunch. She’d drop us off at Lookout Mountain and we’d spend all day skiing. We would […]

Growing healthy communities

HTF’s next Focus on Health: Obesity

Dear Readers, Our first stand-alone Hometown Focus on Health publication will debut Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, and we hope you consider being a part of it – as a health care provider, organization, business or individual. The topic we are focusing on is obesity, one of the most serious public health concerns in our state today. This is a major […]

Military Funeral Honors; “Honoring Those Who Served”

The Department of Defense (DOD) is responsible for providing military funeral honors. “Honoring Those Who Served” is the title of the DOD program for providing dignified military funeral honors to Veterans who have defended our nation. Upon the family’s request, Public Law 106-65 requires that every eligible Veteran receive a military funeral honors ceremony, to include folding and presenting the […]

MHS continues its mission with new personnel

There’s “no limit to the good work that can be done.”

VIRGINIA – The Mesabi Humane Society (MHS) announced the recent hiring of new management personnel. Sara Andrews has been named Executive Director. Danielle (Dano) Zebro will serve as the shelter’s manager, and Nancy Andrews is the new Finance Manager. “I’m really excited about continuing the MHS mission of finding forever homes for the dogs and cats of this community and […]

Alumni hockey game tradition to be revived

VIRGINIA – The Virginia Blueline Club announced the restarting of the Jim Padgett Alumni Hockey Game which will be held on Friday, Dec. 21, from 7:15 – 10 p.m. at the Miners Memorial Building in Virginia. The Alumni Hockey Game honoring hometown icon Jim Padgett has not been held in over a decade and the Virginia Blueline Club is bringing […]