Sanford Salo

Sanford Salo, 73, of Eveleth, died Friday, August 8, 2014 at St. Raphael’s in Eveleth. Sanford was born September 5, 1940 in Nichols Twp.-Mountain Iron MN to Wilho and Signe (Matta) Salo. Graveside services will be held Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Vermilion Lake Cemetery at 3:00 PM. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online […]

Leroy Brandenburger

  Leroy Brandenburger, 78, Aurora, passed away on August 12, 2014 at St. Raphael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Eveleth. Leroy was born on July 15, 1936 in Dickey County, North Dakota. He grew up on the family farm in Ellendale, North Dakota. He served with the U.S. Marines and was honorably discharged in 1954. Leroy married Janice Hagen on […]

Robert Louis Johnson

Robert Louis Johnson, 85, of Hibbing passed away surrounded by his family Saturday, August 16, 2014 at his residence. A memorial service will be held Thursday, August 21, 2014 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Hibbing at 1:00 p.m. with visitation beginning one hour prior to the service. Rev. Terry Tilton will officiate. Inurnment will be at the Our Savior’s […]

Duane E. Enger

Duane E. Enger, 80, of Virginia, died Sunday, August 17, 2014 at his residence. Duane was born April 5, 1934 in Hatton, ND to Fingar and Gertrude (Nelson) Enger. He is survived by 5 children: Michael (Debbie) Enger, Sherri (Edward) Powers, Patti (Keith Ojanen) Winkler, Heidi Honkala, and Richard (Alice) Oksa; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandson; and 6 […]

Jon Henry Larson

Jon Henry Larson, 59, of Chisholm passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 after fighting the good fight against cancer.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 23 at 2:00 p.m. at Range Funeral Home in Hibbing with visitation beginning one hour prior to the service.  Pastor Rod Tuomi will officiate.  Arrangements are with Range Funeral […]

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Cook petting zoo and farm to open Labor Day weekend

COOK – “I love it here,” said Lois Pajari, shielding her eyes with her hand as she gazed out over open fields rimmed by the boreal forest. She is the fourth-generation of her family to live on this homestead just north of Cook, MN. On this bucolic farm, original structures from the early 1900s exist alongside brand new animal pens, […]

Vocational training in Haiti shows promise for those in need

Editor’s note: Today we are sharing a series of updates from Edward Addy on his vocational training (basic electricity classes) in Haiti through his organization, the North American Center for Emergency Communications (NACEC), which we have featured in previous editions of Hometown Focus. – Jean Cole Update #1, June 2014: With your help I am now in Haiti teaching Basic […]

Ready to get your feet wet as a first-time fishkeeper?

Congratulations, you’re going to be a fish parent! While your role may not be as interactive as that of a dog or cat caretaker, there are some important skills—such as tank set-up and maintenance— you’ll need to master to ensure a happy, healthy home for your fish. Cost To get set up, a 20-gallon tank, filters and air pump, stand, […]

It’s tomato-time! (And cucumber time. And zucchini-time. And…)

The tomatoes may be taking a bit longerto ripen in the garden this year, but they’reon their way and there are going to be a lotof them! So it’s time to take a look at somerecipes perfect for using all of those tasty,fresh-from-the-garden vegetables. Whetherharvesting from your backyard or bringingvegetables home from the local farmersmarkets, fresh and local vegetables aredefinitely […]


Happy Is as Happy Does - A Robin’s Tale (Part II)

Last week I wrote about a robin who has nested on or around our home for many years now. It seemed to be struggling to get a large worm from our yard. It made me wonder what most people struggled with and also who was in more of a struggle – the robin or the worm fighting for its life? […]