Publish an obituary in Hometown Focus


  • HTF will publish a full obituary and a photo (if desired) on our website free of charge.
  • HTF will publish an abbreviated obituary (no photos) in the print edition of the newspaper free of charge.


  • A full obituary and a photo (if desired) published in the print edition of the newspaper is charged by the column inch.
  • Once HTF receives the obituary, photo and your request for a full obituary, we will provide you with the cost prior to publication.
  • Payment is due prior to publication and can be handled by phone if paying with a credit card.

The deadline for submission of the print edition obituaries (both full and abbreviated) is first thing Thursday morning, although sooner is always better.

Please email: [email protected]

Jeffrey Allan Rosati

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Jeffrey Allan Rosati, 51, of Hermantown, departed to his eternal rest on Sunday, December 17, 2023, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born on July 8, 1972, in Virginia to parents Richard and Nancy (Voxland) Rosati. In 1979, Jeffrey’s mother married Charles Eichholz who raised and cared for Jeffrey with her since that time. Jeffrey was a member […]

Paul Marsyla

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Paul Marsyla, 41, passed away unexpectantly at his home on April 1, 2024. Paul was born on October 11, 1982, to Liz Ratai and Pat Marsyla in Virginia. Paul loved the outdoors from an early age, especially the four-wheeler rides with his Grandpa Joe. During the summer months, Paul would have “throttle therapy” while riding his dirt bike when he […]

Marian Beverly (Johnson) Holmes

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Marian Beverly (Johnson) Holmes, 93, of Virginia, died on Friday, April 5, 2024, due to complications from a recent surgery. Marian (a.k.a. Nana Marian and Nana the Great) was born on March 12, 1931, in Duluth to Herbert and Grace Johnson. She was a proud graduate of Central High School where she was active in just about every school activity […]

Kenneth R. Johnson

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Kenneth R. Johnson, 86, of Palo, died on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at New Journey Residence in Biwabik. Kenneth was born on March 18, 1938, to John and Toini (Vietanen) Johnson in Biwabik. He was a 1956 graduate of Aurora-Hoyt Lakes High School. Kenneth was briefly married and divorced after high school. In 1961, he enlisted with the U.S. Army […]

2024-04-05 E-Edition

Increasing awareness and appreciation of poetry

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National Poetry Month: An annual celebration of poetry

National Poetry Month, a celebration of poetry which takes place each April, was introduced in 1996 and is organized by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. The Academy of American Poets’ website Poets.org serves as a hub for information about local poetry events during the month. The […]

Poetry & the Creative Mind to be held online April 30

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Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month is a special occasion that celebrates poets’ integral role in our culture and that poetry matters. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K–12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, families, and—of course—poets, […]

Donations to be reinvested locally

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Local United Way support exceeds $2 million in 2023

MOUNTAIN Iron Local individuals, businesses, and organizations united to raise more than $2,600,000 in support of United Way of Northeastern Minnesota (UWNEMN) last year. The regional nonprofit announced its record-breaking total during its Annual Celebration on March 21. UWNEMN fundraises throughout the year primarily via workplace campaigns and events to support nonprofits and its own direct service programs throughout the […]

Making a list of 24 things to experience in 2024

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Spring has sprung and the northland’s creatures emerge

Spring has sprung! Even though it may not look like it outside, there are signs. I saw a quote today that really describes spring in Minnesota. “Spring is when you feel like whistling, even with a shoe full of slush.” Doug Larson Spring in Minnesota means slush or mud. Right now, we have both. We have successfully navigated time change. […]

Hometown Focus Recipes

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Tips for better breakfasts and brunch

Breakfast long has been touted as the most important meal of the day. After a good night’s rest, breakfast refuels the body and energizes it for the day ahead. Hectic mornings compel many people to skip breakfast. That’s especially so for parents who are pulled in multiple directions each morning. There are many ways to streamline breakfast and still get […]