Community Events

  • ictured (l. to. r.) are: St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin, Commissioner Mike Jugovich, Senator Tom Bakk, Senator David Tomassoni, Representative Rob Ecklund, Representative Jason Metsa, Commissioner Frank Jewell, Commissioner Beth Olson, Representative Liz Olson, Senator Erik Simonson, Commissioner Patrick Boyle, Representative Julie Sandstede, Representative Mary Murphy and Commissioner Pete Stauber. Not pictured (but also present at the meeting) were commissioners Keith Nelson and Tom Rukavina, and Representative. Mike Sundin. Submitted photo.

  • Range of Voices to share the Christmas story through song

  • The low brass section of the Mesabi Community Band tuba players. Front (l. to r.) Tom Baldrica, Dennis Jerrold and Skip Ferris. Back (l. to r.) euphonium players Ron Maki, Larry Baker, Keith Vagle and Ruth Jayson invite all area tuba and euphonium players to participate in the upcoming Merry TubaChristmas on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 1 p.m. at the Eveleth Municipal Auditorium in Eveleth. The Mesabi Community Band will present a concert after the Merry Tuba- Christmas concert.

  • The high school cross-country team and class run leaders wait to begin the annual Mitten Run at Mesabi East Schools in Aurora last week

  • Angie Stanek and her canine companion run the annual Mitten Run with Mesabi East elementary students.

  • Over 40 friends, family members, and fellow veterans were present when Congressman Nolan reunited veteran Gordon Oslin with his four service medals.

  • Jamie Stauty of Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota (left) accepts a grant award check from Shelly Russ, EACF secretary, for the agency’s Family Resource Center. Submitted photos.

  • Elizabeth Kelly, development and special events director for United Way of Northeastern Minnesota (left) is pictured receiving a grant award check from Shelly Russ, EACF secretary, for the Buddy Backpack program in Eveleth and Gilbert.

  • The Angel Fund was the December 2017 recipient of funds from Natural Harvest Food Co-op’s Change Within Reach program. Pictured at the check presentation are (l. to r.) Sandy Tardiff, Natural Harvest assistant general manager; Angel Fund directors Kelly Grinsteinner, Karyl Olson and Kari Kilen; Anja Parenteau, Natural Harvest general manager; and Briana Sterle, Natural Harvest marketing manager. Submitted photo.

  • Jill Hettwer (second from left) with her family (from left): Kylie, Jackson, Rosie the dog, Megan and husband Jeremy are pictured this past Christmas. Hettwer was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis eight years ago. Submitted photo.

  • Pictured is an interior view of the aesthetically pleasing environment of the new Cook Care Center. Submitted photo.

  • Chris Holmes’ 5th grade class from Roosevelt Elementary School in Virginia led the Pledge of Allegiance (and also sang God Bless America) at the start of the St. Louis County Board meeting held in Virginia on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Submitted photo.

  • Pastor Foster is pictured in the Messiah Lutheran Church community garden with SWOP participants. Submitted photo.

  • This year’s Eveleth-Gilbert 4th grade Water Week Poster Contest winner was Abrianna Ferkul (center). Runners-up were Olivia Fernland (left) and Taylor Morley (right). Submitted photo.

  • Owner Dustin Miller (left) and lead repair technician John Long provide computer services both on- and off-site.

  • A library sponsored field trip to the Hill Annex State Park in Calumet proved to be popular for the group that attended.

  • Board members and library volunteers are pictured enjoying the annual Santa party. Back row (l. to r.) Jan Bonovich, Adrianna Goodrich, April Bouchie, Char Britney, and Wendy Chupurida. Front row (l. to r.) April Serich, Bette Bogdonovich, and Melanie Lefebvre.

  • Members of the BFF Club launch the book they wrote, If You Give a Moose a Book.

  • The Virginia Public Library held its first-ever Comic Con—a superhero-themed event for all ages—in 2017. Submitted photo.

  • Lake Country Power employees with a first place check for $2,800 that will benefit Great Minds Learning Center of Grand Rapids. Submitted photo.

  • In 2017, Range Regional Airport in Hibbing reported record passengers. Photo courtesy of Range Regional Airport/BusinessNorth.

  • Behind the Mask contest winners (l. to r.): Kyle Powers, Central Lakes College, SMAW 3rd place; Alan Pietila, Central Lakes College, SMAW 1st place; Sonny Bonner, Mesabi Range College, GMAW 3rd place; Jessie Nissila, Mesabi Range College, GMAW 2nd place and GTAW 2nd place; Greg Rider, Central Lakes College, SMAW 2nd place, GMAW 1st place and GTAW 3rd place; and Tristan Hulke, Central Lakes College GTAW 1st place. Submitted photo. Submitted photo.

  • Mike Syversrud (left) and Mike Ralston are active in the Iron Range Construction Alliance. Photo by Kirsten Reichel.

  • This quilt was Cindy Lindula’s first quilting project. Five of the blocks were designed and pieced by friends in an exchange challenge. Submitted photo.

  • Briana Sterle, Natural Harvest Food Co-op marketing manager (left) is pictured with Patricia Monacelli, executive director of Apple Tree Learning Center. Submitted photo.

  • A gold medal celebration by Team Shuster. Photos by Rich Harmer/courtesy of USA Curling.

  • John Shuster’s son Luke, age 4, is pictured with (from left) Sarah Huckabee Sanders, press secretary to President Trump; Ivanka Trump; and Becca Hamilton and Cory Christensen, both members of the U.S. women’s Olympic curling team. Siblings Becca and Matt Hamilton (from Team Shuster) also curled mixed doubles at the Olympic games.

  • Family, friends and supporters of Team Shuster were decked out in plenty of U.S. colors, stars and stripes. To see the photos in color, visit www.hometownfocus.us Congratulations to our Olympic Gold Medal team! Photos by Rich Harmer/courtesy of USA Curling.

  • John Landsteiner (l. to r.), John Shuster and Matt Hamilton are pictured in the gold medal game.

  • Sara Shuster can be seen in the crowd (bottom left) holding son Logan, age 2.

  • Pictured (l. to r.) are Don Guttormson, Iron Range Vineyard Church; Trevor Peterson, seminary intern; Deb Gustafson, St. Raphael's chaplain; Daniel Triestman, chaplain; and Father Michael Garry, Resurrection and St. Joseph’s Catholic Churches. Submitted photo.

  • Kasey Sherek of New Trendz Tanning and Body Wellness received the Ambassador of the Year Award recognizing enthusiastic volunteers who devote their time to help build member commitment. Sherek (left) is pictured with Melissa Cox, president/CEO of the Laurentian Chamber; Karen Gardinier of Blue Cross Blue Shield, past chamber chair; and Jamie Lindseth of Range Reliable Agency, chamber chair. Photos by Brian K. Anderson, Fortune Bay Resort Casino.

  • Jessica and Erik Lietz of Boomtown received the first ever Entrepreneur of the Year award at the Laurentian Chamber of Commerce annual dinner.

  • Marci Knight was awarded for her leadership efforts in the region with the Outstanding Community Leader Award at the chamber’s annual gala.

  • Russ Troutwine accepted the Small Business of the Year Award on behalf of Short Stop Convenience Stores at the Laurentian Chamber of Commerce Annual fundraising gala.

  • Director Al Hodnik of Minnesota Power provided a sincere speech after accepting the Large Business of the Year Award from the Laurentian Chamber of Commerce.

  • Northern St. Louis County Sexual Assault Program received a $1,000 donation from the Soroptimist Club of Virginia. Pictured (l. to r.) are Chicky Mesich (Soroptimist Club member); Laura Aho, accepting the donation on behalf of the Northern St. Louis County Sexual Assault Program; Shirley Koski (Soroptimist Club president); JoAnn Martinson (Soroptimist Club member); and Mary Eddy Samuelson (Soroptimist Club president-elect). Submitted photos.

  • Advocates for Family Peace received a $1,000 donation from the Soroptimist Club of Virginia. Pictured (l. to r.) are Chicky Mesich, (Soroptimist Club member); Emily Eloranta, criminal justice advocate accepting the donation on behalf of Advocates for Family Peace; Shirley Koski (Soroptimist Club president); Susan Garrett (Soroptimist Club member); and Mary Eddy Samuelson (Soroptimist Club president elect).

  • Pictured at a KCPRO-East kids’ snowmobile oval ice racing event are (l. to r.) flagman John Lucas of Mt. Iron and racers Brant Gruba, Gabby Emerson, Peyton Emerson, Tryg Dale and Jada Lore. Submitted photo.

  • What is left of the ice chunks after two days is rolled back into the water for safety purposes after the training is completed.

  • During ice diving certification, the divers are tethered together by a rope, in addition to being tethered to a long rope on the surface, as a safety precaution.

  • Kallie Kantos (kneeling at right) is pictured with her ice scuba diving group. Submitted photos.

  • Mesabi Humane Society of Virginia received a check for $1,735.21 from Natural Harvest Food Co-op’s Change Within Reach program. Pictured (l. to r.) are Sarah DeBreto, Natural Harvest wellness buyer; Briana Sterle, Natural Harvest marketing manager; Linda Scott, Mesabi Humane Society board member; Mary Stocco, Mesabi Humane Society shelter director); Kristin Maki, Natural Harvest staff; Brittany Delcaro, Natural Harvest staff; and Jessie Konz, Natural Harvest front end manager. Submitted photo.

  • Virginia Junior Rifle Club members competed at an NRA indoor rifle match in Appleton, WI. Pictured (l. to r.) are Isabella Dean, Shandra Hanninen, Crystal Anderson, Avery Brown, Jacob Breun and Jacob Varani. Submitted photo.

  • Bob McDonald is pictured with Father Frank Perkovich, former University of Minnesota Athletic Director Joel Maturi and his son Paul. Maturi, also a Chisholm native, is a member of the Minnesota High School Basketball Hall of Fame committee. Submitted photo.

  • Often forgotten with his basketball legacy is the fact that Bob McDonald coached track and field for 40 years at Chisholm and won a state championship in 2001. Here he is pictured with his granddaughter Megan. Submitted photo.

  • Bob McDonald embraces Ely coach, his son Tom McDonald, after his final home game. Photo courtesy of Eric Sherman Images.

  • Bob McDonald coaches from the bench during the 2011 Minnesota State High School Boys Basketball Tournament. It was the last of McDonald's 11 state tournament appearances with Chisholm. Submitted photo.

  • Bob McDonald is pictured with his six children (from left) Sue, Paul, Tom, Mike, Joel and Judy. Submitted photo.

  • Bob McDonald exhorts his team during a timeout during his final game at Chisholm High School in 2014. McDonald compiled a career record 1,012-428 in 59 seasons of coaching and won three state championships. Photo courtesy of Eric Sherman Images.

  • Students from Iron Range Youth in Action meet with Representative Jason Metsa at the Capitol on March 22. Pictured (l. to r.) are: Zach Jacobson, Hunter Lease, Josi Kantor, Taryn Burnett, Sam Chapman, Representative Metsa, Sydni Richards, Lexi Parks, Sebastian Sebunia, Kayla Bentley and Cassidy Kampsula. Submitted photo.

  • Students from Iron Range Youth in Action meet with Representative Julie Sandstede at the Capitol on March 22. Pictured (l. to r.) are: Kayla Bentley, Sydni Richards, Hunter Lease, Lexi Parks, Sebastian Sebunia, Zach Jacobson, Josi Kantor and Representative Sandstede. Submitted photo.

  • Our painting party at the Magic Bar in Virginia. Holding our artwork (l. to r.) are Dorothy Cencich, Corrine Allan, Mary Chiaravalle and Chris Aldrich. Submitted photos.

  • This Taste of the Range sign advertises ethnic foods available at the Tourist Center.

  • There is a unique selection of local artwork and other items in the newly unveiled gift shop at the Tourist Center. Photos by Mary Chiaravalle.

  • Smooth as silk. The ice was amazing. Too bad the wind wouldn't let up Pictured are Kallie’s sister Heather (right), niece Abby (left) and niece's cousin.

  • Monroe Crossing. Members include David Robinson, banjo; Matt Thompson, mandolin; Derek Johnson, guitar; Lisa Fuglie, fiddle; and Mark Anderson, bass. Photo credit: Jamey Guy.

  • Silly girls adore Gaston (Mike McLaughlin). Pictured with Gaston (l. to r.) are Emily Slaubaugh, Rachel Coppock, Bailey Walsh and Janelle Curtis. Submitted photo.

  • Playing on the ice over Easter weekend. Kallie’s significant other Roy is pictured at left. Submitted photos.

  • Eveleth/Mt. Iron Lions Club members are preparing for their annual Pancake Day. Pictured (l. to r.) are Carl Pellin, John Tini, Cheryl Olivanti, Dave Tollefson, Susan Tollefson, Dave Vidmar, Boyd Peterson, Rocco Leoni, Donna Klander and Rick Klander. Photo by Kelly Klander.

  • Blandin Foundation accepted two awards during the evening, one for Best Campaign Innovation and a Special Recognition Award. Pictured (l. to r.) are Blandin Foundation members Terri Dufner, John Weyer, Traci Gangl, Kathy Annette, Amber Smith, Becky LaPlant and Ali McInerney, also a United Way board member.

  • Minnesota Power representatives Jansie Lenius, Josh Skelton, Paul Undeland and Angela Tanner are pictured with Amanda Kluge, United Way of 1000 Lakes board president, while accepting a Special Recognition Award.

  • Jerry Tinquist, Volunteer of the Year Award winner (left) is pictured with Leanna McBride, United Way of 1000 Lakes board member. Submitted photos.

  • Essentia Health-Virginia’s lab received a donation from their volunteers of a specialty chair for the lab’s waiting area. Patients undergoing obstetric glucose tolerance tests require four blood draws over a three-hour period which requires pregnant patients to stay within the hospital. Those patients now have the option to pass their time in the new, specialized reclining chair. Pictured in front (l. to r.) are Val Wier, Volunteer Service Organization (VSO) president; Jan McKeon, volunteer; Laura Mathieu, VSO vice president; Laura Witschen, lab manager; and Peggy Germ, VSO secretary. Back (l. to r.) are Barb Mavec, volunteer; Nancy Kearney, volunteer coordinator; Karen Tronnes, medical lab technician; and Jessica Zarn, phlebotomist. Submitted photo.

  • The Rutabaga Project partners Brian Bluhm, Jeannine Carlson and Lareesa Sandretsky. They are shown with (l. to r.): Public Health and Human Services Director Linnea Mirsch, County Auditor Don Dicklich, public health nurse Sarah Lehrke, County Attorney Mark Rubin, commissioners Frank Jewell, Mike Jugovich, Beth Olson and Keith Nelson, and County Administrator Kevin Gray. Submitted photo.

  • Heather Hemphill Keely (center) is shown with her daughter, Kaylee Anderson, and husband, Bret Keely. Hemphill Keely was the recipient of a St. Louis County Public Health Achievement Award. They are surrounded by (l. to r.): Public Health and Human Services Director Linnea Mirsch, public health nurse Sarah Lehrke, county commissioners Pete Stauber and Mike Jugovich, County Auditor Don Dicklich, County Attorney Mark Rubin, county commissioners Beth Olson, Frank Jewell and Keith Nelson, and County Administrator Kevin Gray. Submitted photo.

  • Recycling at Earth Fest will take place near the Mt. Iron Community Center. Photo by Paul Pluskwik.

  • Pictured during a Soroptimist service learning opportunity (l. to r.) are Akashia (Dream It, Be It student), Michaela Pierce (NSLCHFH partner family, Virginia), Isabelle (Dream It, Be It student), Shari Fisher (Soroptimist past-president), Gavin (Shari’s grandson), Jill Oja (Soroptimist) and Carolin McDonell (NSLCHFH partner family, Chisholm). Submitted photo.

  • A young student shares his recycled eco mobile robotic instrument (REMRI) as part of a Green Innovators Expo. Photo by Paul Pluskwik.

  • The Eveleth Elks Lodge made a $1,500 donation to the Quad City Food Shelf in March. Pictured (l. to r.) are Eveleth Elks member Constance Walters; Karl Oberstar of the Quad City Food Shelf; and Eveleth Elks member George Walters. This donation was part of the over $7,500 in grants that the Eveleth Elks Lodge received from the Elks National Foundation to further its community service efforts. Submitted photo.

  • Habitat for Humanity community volunteers. Pictured at top (l. to r.): Cook community members enjoy lunch donated by Cook Country Store; students from Gustavus Adolphus celebrate the fun of volunteering; and Holy Spirit Catholic Church’s hospitality group provides a BBQ lunch for Habitat Care-a-Vanners. Bottom (l. to r.): members of the Hibbing Fire Department install sheetrock; and Blue Cross Blue Shield employees help prepare a foundation. Submitted photos.

  • United Taconite was a Campaign Award winner. Pictured (l. to r.) are Sheri McGregor, Dave Schneider, Michele Coldagelli, Connie Larson and Mike Norton.

  • Minnesota Power was a Campaign Award winner. Pictured (l. to r.) are Arik Forsman, Jason Fisher, Brad Oachs, Shawn Jensen, Eric Clement and Al Hodnik.

  • Hibbing Taconite and USW Local 2705 were winners of a UWNEMN Campaign Award and Leadership Giving Award. Pictured accepting the award: Standing (l. to r.) are Tim Davey, Bobbi Jo, Julie Lucas, Jeff Walters, Ed LaTendresse, Frank LaMusga, Debbie Erspamer and Ray Erspamer. Kneeling are Alan LaTendresse (left) and Debbie Randolph.

  • Debbie and Ray Erspamer Lifesaver Award winners

  • Barb and Roy Dobson Lifesaver Award winners

  • Jerry Forsberg (left) and Larry Pocrnich Lifesaver Award winners

  • Eric Clement, Lifesaver Award winner, is pictured with Stacy Hart, UWNEMN outgoing president (left) and Shelley Valentini, UWNEMN executive director.

  • Brian Maki, chairman, president and CEO of Lakehead Constructors, provided the keynote address at United Way of Northeastern Minnesota’s 51st annual Campaign Celebration. Submitted photos.

  • A wedding photographer has to be ready for just about anything, including rain. Photos by Emily Law/Flom Design and Photography.

  • Pictured (back row): Cheri High, St. Michael’s administrator/CEO, and nominee Sherry Maki, LPN. Front row: nominee Ramona Suomi, CAN; Sister Claudia Riehl Award winner Misty Jensen, CAN; and nominee Audrey Peterson, physical therapist assistant. Submitted photo.

  • Pictured (l. to r.) are Mark Anderson, LeadingAge Minnesota board chair; Ruby Alto, District Volunteer of the Year Award winner; and Gayle Kvenvold LeadingAge Minnesota president and CEO. Submitted photo.

  • Zachary Asbach was a winner at the Award of Excellence competition in Minneapolis. Submitted photo.

  • Area high school seniors and teachers were recently recognized by the Range Engineering Council for their efforts in STEM courses and activities. Submitted photo.

  • The picture GRACE was presented to Mary Kiffmeyer in 2002 when she was Secretary of State, by Brian Carlson (left) and Rep Loren Solberg (right) at the time when the photograph became Minnesota’s official state photograph. The year 2018 is the 100 year anniversary of the picture. Submitted photo.

  • Ramona Wickstrom teaches the Tiny Tigers at Range Martial Arts recently. Submitted photos.

  • County and city leaders, along with key project partners, dig into a pile of taconite tailings to celebrate the beginning of construction of the new Government Services Center North building in Virginia. Submitted photo.

  • Some of Paul Pollock’s earliest fishing memories were made with his dad Dave at their cabin on Pike Bay on Lake Vermilion. Submitted photo.

  • Fraser Bay was still socked in on May 5 but has since been reported to be wide open. Aerial photos by Karl Reichel.

  • A Saturday, May 5 flight over Lake Vermilion shows Pike Bay ice-free.

  • At Timbuktu Marina, boats are filling the slips and the navigational buoys are ready to be placed. Photo by Kirsten Reichel.

  • What’s a day at the lake without leaping in for a swim. Photo submitted.

  • Maneuvering canoes is a lesson in team effort. Photo submitted.

  • Hockey Camp was started by the coaches at Gustavus Adolphus College. Photo submitted

  • Spending time with VLM on the pristine waters of the BWCAW allows deep conversation and trust to happen as individuals become friends for a lifetime. Photo submitted

  • Campers perform a paddle salute as part of their canoeing activities. Photo submitted.

  • Campers enjoying their stay at Forkhorn Camp on Arrowhead Lake. Photo submitted.

  • Mental health practitioners and professional serve as summer camp counselors. Photos submitted.

  • The beach at Camp George E. Sigel on a serene morning. Photo by Alex Kunnari.

  • A large character created by local artists marches in the parade. Photos by Becky Smith

  • Photos by Paul Pluskwik.

  • Little Miss Gilbert 2018 candidates. Pictured (l. to r.) are Ashlyn Peterson, Amara Thompson and Samantha Zeiher. Submitted photo.

  • Jody’s daughter Savannah and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Submitted photos.

  • Jody’s daughter Savannah and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Submitted photos.

  • Savannah at the Vatican.

  • Chainsaw carver Mike Hanson starts a project.

  • Buggy rides have been a popular attraction at Timber Days for many years.

  • Participants (even the four-legged type) start the Shake-aleg 5K walk/run on a rainy morning.

  • A float sponsored by the Old Muni in Cook with the theme, “Give Peace a Chance.”

  • Wizard of Oz characters (l. to r.) Kaden Ratai, Carol Carlson, Ben Kruse and Eli Smith made an appearance thanks to the Comet Theatre.

  • Timber Days royalty candidates (l. to r.) Roger Koskovich, Jimmy Brunner, King Ryan Manick, Queen Kaylee Westin, Jessica Arjavec and Dani Huber. Photos by Becky Smith.

  • Chase Erickson with his pet goat Lucy

  • Breanna, Jeffrey, Avett and Jenna Henderson enjoyed some fun family time at the Cook Timber Days parade on Sunday, June 10. The weather was hot, so Avett cooled off with an icy treat handed out at the parade. Submitted photo.

  • “The Indian girl in the boat recognizes our Ojibwe culture and its influences on our lives today,” says artist Rebecca Koepke. Artwork by Rebecca Koepke of Eveleth, MN.

  • A float sponsored by the Old Muni in Cook with the theme, “Give Peace a Chance.”

  • Participants (even the four-legged type) start the Shake-aleg 5K walk/run on a rainy morning.

  • Buggy rides have been a popular attraction at Timber Days for many years.

  • Chainsaw carver Mike Hanson starts a project.

  • Chase Erickson with his pet goat Lucy

  • Breanna, Jeffrey, Avett and Jenna Henderson enjoyed some fun family time at the Cook Timber Days parade on Sunday, June 10. The weather was hot, so Avett cooled off with an icy treat handed out at the parade. Submitted photo.

  • Wizard of Oz characters (l. to r.) Kaden Ratai, Carol Carlson, Ben Kruse and Eli Smith made an appearance thanks to the Comet Theatre.

  • Timber Days royalty candidates (l. to r.) Roger Koskovich, Jimmy Brunner, King Ryan Manick, Queen Kaylee Westin, Jessica Arjavec and Dani Huber. Photos by Becky Smith.

  • The Land of the Loon parade will take place on Saturday, June 16, at 9 a.m. Submitted photo.

  • Many unique craft items can be found at this popular arts and crafts festival.

  • The Land of the Loon Festival Committee. Pictured (l. to r.) in front are Pam Postudensek, Brittany Chopp, Chicky Mesich, Luke Chopp, Michele Mesich and Denise Morgan. Middle row: Barb Fivecoate, Shannon Gunderson, Deb Keating-Babbini and Eleanor Anshus. Back row: Caley Westin, Jessica Kralich, John Renzaglia, John Morgan and Steve Babbini. Not pictured: Dennis Benz, Judie Kauchick, Vicky Ziegler, Tom Postudensek and Sue Staver. Submitted photos.

  • Original design for Trellis wallpaper by William Morris, 1862. Source: Wikimedia Commons/ public domain.

  • A girl holds a flag as she watches early July fireworks Monday night. Other photos are from the recent portfolio of Don Peterson of Thomas Leonard Studio in Eveleth, our featured photographer for July. Photos by Don Peterson.

  • A wide overlooking view of the Ellsworth Rock Gardens in Voyageurs National Park. Photo courtesy of National Park Service.

  • Saint John’s Bible will be available for viewing at St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia starting July 16. Submitted photo.

  • Marit Wiik, Ingrid Wiik, Norun Eimind and Olav Wiik traveled all the way from Norway to experience Eveleth’s 4th of July celebration. Olav and Marit are from Kyrkjeboe, Norway; Ingrid is from Floro, Norway; and Norun is from Svelgen, Norway. They are pictured downtown Eveleth just before the fireworks display on Tuesday evening, July 3. The Norwegians were hosted by Dale and Jean Eddy, Iron Range natives, of Willmar, MN. Although Ingrid has been to the United States several times before, it was the first trip to the states for Marit, Olav and Norun. Photo by Eveleth native Bob Eddy.

  • Vera Bryson, age 5, won the Student Award in the NWFA Take Your Best Shot photo contest with this entry,

  • Lauren Nelson (left) won the People’s Choice Award in the NWFA Take Your Best Shot photo contest with his Bird on a Stick photo of a northern saw-whet owl. Carol Bowman was the winner of the Adult Award with her Tulips photo. Submitted photos.

  • The Big Stick stands 107 feet tall and frames a new hockey mural in Eveleth. Photo by Cindy Kujala.

  • John of 1956 Olympics— The Gang Four: John Mayasich, Matchefts, Coach John Mariucci and Willard Ikola. Photo by Cindy Kujala.

  • Eveleth Golden Bears Thompson coach Cliff is pictured his (bottom Eveleth left) NHL with players, Mariucci. including Photo John by Cindy Kujala.

  • play all the took his talented John “Hockey hero Mariucci Plaza explains. this sign in The Big Stick way to the pros,” He played for the Chicago Black Hawks. Photo by Cindy Kujala.

  • The new John Big Stick Mariucci Plaza statue in Eveleth was installed artist was on July 3, in 2018. The Jeff Kreitz. Photo by The Brian statue Miller.

  • Eveleth native John Mariucci, referred to the as Godfather of Minnesota Hockey, is described as “one of the most important figures in the growth of American hockey, especially in Minnesota.” Photo by Brian Miller.

  • The fossil of a dromaeosaur claw bone was found at Hill Annex State Park in Calumet. The fossil is now part of the Science Museum of Minnesota paleontology collection. Dromaeosaurs had feathers and were a very early relative of modern-day birds.

  • Learn how scientists know when the earth was formed, when dinosaurs ruled the land, or when humans first evolved.

  • An interesting tidbit from 90 million years ago: “A large ocean called the Western Interior Seaway effectively cut North American in two. Minnesota was right at the edge of this seaway. Nearly all of the Mesabi Iron Range experienced incursions by this seaway.”

  • During the Cretaceous Period (145-65 mya), dinosaurs and other marine life roamed the Iron Range.

  • This dinosaur greets visitors to the “The Land Before Mines” temporary exhibit at Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm. Photos by Cindy Kujala

  • Sailing with the Sons of Norway

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  • photos the Clowning around with Clown Band. All by Paul Pluskwik.

  • Lighting up the sky over Eveleth. Photo by Bob Eddy.

  • Family enjoying fireworks. Photo by Matt Herberg Photography.

  • Pluskwik. Photo by Paul our Don’t rain on parade!

  • Even puppies like a parade. Photo by Paul Pluskwik.

  • Photo Honoring our heroes. by Paul Pluskwik.

  • Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson

  • Michael Zakula, D.D.S.

  • Submitted by Essentia Health. Teresa Farrell is a registeredand licensed dietician at Essentia Health.

  • George S. Patton, who gained fame in World War II as commander of the U.S. Third Army, stands at attention in front of a military tank in 1918 in France.

  • Retired Brigadier General Ronald Hein will explore the evolution of U.S. military tanks at an upcoming luncheon at the Depot. Submitted photos.

  • Pictured is a M1A1 Abrams tank in Iraq in 2003.

  • Mezzo soprano Chrystal E. Williams will sing the role of Rosina.

  • Baritone Sean Anderson, an Ohio native, will sing the role of Figaro.

  • Baritone Sean Anderson and soprano Chrystal E. Williams have major roles in Northern Lights Music Festival’s production of The Barber of Seville. Submitted photos.

  • Vicki Gornick, an Organs in Revue founder and member of the Arrowhead Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Submitted photo.

  • Dr. Preudtinart Goyadoolya, Winai’s daughter, is pictured at her graduation from medical school, surrounded by her family.

  • Winai Goyadoolya’s high school graduationpicture (1968). Submitted photos.

  • Winai’s family gathered for his son Kritdipuk’s graduation. Pictured (l. to r.) at the graduation ceremony are Winai Goyadoolya, Junya (wife), Kritdipuk Goyadoolya (son), Dr. Preudtinart Goyadoolya (daughter), and Sirutt Goyadoolya (son). Kritdipuk is an engineer, Preudtinart is a doctor, and Sirutt is an administrative officer at Administrative Court (law).

  • My sister Lizzy and I—as young children—feeding our squirrel friend near our tent!

  • My mother and I are soaking up every bit of the beautiful scenery at Gooseberry Falls State Park.

  • Gooseberry Falls State Park on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Pictured are the middle falls, the craziest area of the park where many climb, take photos, play in the river, and watch in awe as the water rushes down the rocks. Submitted photos.

  • Operation Round Up recipients are pictured receiving their community program funding at Lake Country Power’s service center in Mt. Iron. Front (l. to r.): Shawn Apel, Special Olympics Minnesota Roadrunners; Jean Collins and Joi-Lin Sanchez, Quad City Food Shelf; and Nik Sunbun and Dylan McBride, Special Olympics Minnesota Roadrunners. Second row (l. to r.): Caroline Andrican, Debbie Jarvi, Markie Skog, Joyce Guggisberg, and Pat Mattson, Grace Lutheran Quilters; Darlene Saumer, Friends of Wirtanen Pioneer Farm; Leola Hey and Roxanne McMillen, Special Olympics Minnesota Roadrunners; and April Larson and Ty Pulkkinen, Hibbing Public Library. Back row (l. to r.): Kristen Cooper, Cherry School speech/drama teams; Sonja Simonson and Lauri Oates, United in Christ Lutheran quilters; Natalie Beck, Friends of Wirtanen Pioneer Farm; Laura Moberly, Northern Lakes Arts Association; Chad Buggert, Mesabi Family YMCA, and Bobbi Maish, Operation Round Up® Trust Board member. Submitted photo.

  • Pictured in front of UWNEMN’s new building in Chisholm are (l. to r.): Erin Shay and Shelley Valentini of UWNEMN; Ed LaTendresse of Hibbing Taconite/Cleveland Cliffs; and Michelle Lampton, Elizabeth Kelly and Kaye Collier of UWNEMN. Submitted photo.

  • VFW Post 1221 of Hibbing participated in the Hibbing Jubilee Grand Parade on Saturday, July 7. Photo by Cindy Kujala

  • John Snidarich (left) is pictured with Miro Medved, honorary consul of the Slovenian Consulate in Minnesota. Submitted photos.

  • John Snidarich gives 5-month-old John Luka Heinan his first accordion lesson.

  • Winai’s family gathered for his son Kritdipuk’s graduation. Pictured (l. to r.) at the graduation ceremony are Winai Goyadoolya, Junya (wife), Kritdipuk Goyadoolya (son), Dr. Preudtinart Goyadoolya (daughter), and Sirutt Goyadoolya (son). Kritdipuk is an engineer, Preudtinart is a doctor, and Sirutt is an administrative officer at Administrative Court (law).