May joy be your gift this Christmas season

Value the many gifts of joy experienced in life’s journey

“Find what brings you joy and go there.” – Jan Phillips This past August, I was preparing for my vacation to Salt Lake City, UT, to visit my daughter, Nina, and her girlfriend, Savannah. I was so looking forward to this trip to spend time with THEM. I hadn’t been out to see them since December of 2016. At that […]

What is Christmas really about? Faith, hope, being thankful

Christmas. What is it really about? According to Wikipedia’s article titled Christmas, “Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on Dec. 25, as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.” People celebrate by giving gifts, spending time with family, other social gatherings, feast, and a lot of other festivals. The word Christmas […]

When Christmas rolls around

During the holiday season, it is easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas. As cliché as this may sound, I find it to be very truthful. There seems to be a lot of pressure put on regular, every day, average Americans to celebrate, share the goodwill, and get that perfect gift for that special someone in your life like […]

Performances set for Dec. 30 and 31

Murder mystery dinner theater returns to Virginia Elks Club

VIRGINIA – A murder mystery dinner theater will be held at the Elks Club in Virginia on Sunday, Dec. 30 and Monday, Dec. 31. “The Science of Murder” is written by Tony Otero and presented by the Lyric Center for the Arts. The house opens at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $40 for members […]

Group seeks to preserve Alexander Baker School

Project awarded $10,000 grant to hire architect

INTERNATIONAL FALLS – Citizens for Backus/AB announced the award of a $10,000 Minnesota Historical and Cultural grant to hire a qualified professional architect to prepare a Conditions Assessment of the historic 1914 Alexander Baker School. This Assessment will serve as a guide to preservation planning for the building which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Backus and […]

Thrivent Builds home dediction held in Virginia

VIRGINIA – A home dedication ceremony was held on Thursday, Dec. 20, to celebrate the completion of the Moschler family/Thrivent Builds home located at 107 2nd St. N. in Virginia. The Moschler family (Amelia and daughter Ariella, age 5) will be able to celebrate Christmas in their new home. This year, North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity partnered with […]

Study finds women sleep better with a dog by their side

Does having your dog by your side while you’re in bed bring you comfort? If so, you’re not alone. A recent study suggests that women sleep better with a dog by their side. It also found that women get better sleep next to their dogs than they do with human partners. So, if you let your dog sleep in bed […]

The first time I met Santa…

MT. IRON- BUHL SCHOOLS Grade 5 Teacher Mr. Parenteau We were at Bentleville, and I was excited, since it was my first time coming. But I was dreading seeing Santa. First we went in, and got hot cocoa and popcorn, and cookies. Then we toasted marshmellows by the campfires. Next, we went and saw the lights, and they were pretty […]

VA selects 10 Patient Safety Centers of Inquiry for special funding

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is funding 10 VA Patient Safety Centers of Inquiry (PSCI) over the next three years (2019-2021) to develop innovations to improve patient safety throughout VA. “The PSCI program is the pre-eminent patient safety innovation network in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA),” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “Since 1999, the interventions implemented […]

Dartmouth study finds VA hospitals outperform private hospitals in most markets

WASHINGTON — According to an independent Dartmouth study recently published in Annals of Internal Medicine, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals outperform private hospitals in most health care markets throughout the country. Dartmouth researchers assessed 121 regional health care markets with at least one VA facility and one non-VA hospital in conjunction with Hospital Compare data, a public database that […]