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Area Fire Departments Host Regional Testing

DULUTH, Minn. — For the first time, the Duluth fire department was among five fire departments participating in regional testing on Saturday for those wanting to become a firefighter. The Cloquet, Duluth, Hibbing, Virginia and Superior Fire Departments joined forces to hold the testing at the Lake Superior College Emergency Response Training Center in Gary New Duluth. The goal was…

Legacy of F and D Meats Continues Under New Ownership

The Previous Owners Left the Business in December of 2020

VIRGINIA, Minn. – After nearly 50 years in business, it can be difficult and nerve-wracking for new ownership to take over a strongly rooted establishment. “I just wanted to keep my shoulder behind the wheel and my toes out of the way,” said Joseph Walls, co-owner of F and D Meats in Virginia. Whether you’re a local, or just passing…

Optimism on the Iron Range as New Event & Convention Center Opens

The New Iron Trail Motors Event & Convention Center is a Project 20 Years in the Making

VIRGINIA, Minn. – A massive project 20 years in the making is now a reality, and standing tall in the City of Virginia. Now the City of Virginia Parks and Rec Department is proud to bring people inside the new Iron Trail Motors Event and Convention Center. “This is a game-changing facility for the entire Iron Range,” said Brian Silber,…

New Iron Range Coffee Shop Helping to Support Mental Health Wellness

Loonies Coffee Shop is Donating 10 Percent of Profits to Mental Health Wellness

VIRGINIA, Minn. – As we head into the colder months, a cup of coffee is wonderful at any time of the day. When you pair it with compassion and empathy, the customers just keep coming back. “The coffee’s good, but the pizza is even better,” said Aaron Bialke, a customer from Grand Rapids. It’s hard to pinpoint a favorite part…

Highway 53 Bridge Dedicated to Late State Rep. Tom Rukavina

On Thursday, the bridge he fought so hard to build back in 2017 was officially dedicated to him.

VIRGINIA, Minn. — “He often urged people to buy American-made products. In fact, he would tell you even his underwear was made in the U.S.A by union workers. If you didn’t believe him, he would volunteer to prove it to you,” District 6 Senator, David Tomassoni says. Former Minnesota House Representative Tom Rukavina passed away two years ago after a…

St. Louis County Rescue Squad Continuing Search for Missing Man on Sand Lake

The St. Louis County Rescue Squad is continuing to search the island and the lake for Philip.

BRITT AREA, Minn. – On Thursday around 4 p.m. the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office and Rescue Squad responded to Sand Lake in the Britt area just north of Virginia for a water emergency. A man identified as Philip Poulose, a Roseville resident, and a friend were canoeing on the lake when water started to flood their canoe due to…

Superior National Forest to Start Prescribed Fires

Officials say residents around Virginia, Ely and Grand Marais may notice some smoke and see flames.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Superior National Forest is set to start a series of prescribed fires across the forest as soon as this week. Officials say residents around Virginia, Ely and Grand Marais may notice some smoke and see flames. The planned fires protect not only plant and wildlife, but also nearby homes and buildings from hazardous fuels and even wildfires….

Drive-Thru Event Gives Back to Range Community Members

The annual community connect event is usually held in October.

VIRGINIA, Minn. – The Miners Memorial Building in Virginia held a different type of opportunity for community members to give back on Thursday.  The annual community connect event is usually held in October. Now, because of Covid-19 the event has changed to a drive-thru experience while still providing community members on the range in need of winter wear like hats,…

7-Year-Old from Virginia, MN Collects Truck-Load of Donations for Homeless at CHUM

"Because there are homeless people in the world and they had nothing, they had to dumpster dive to get food," said Grayson Zebro.

DULUTH, Minn.- With a pandemic-ravaged summer coming to an end and another cold Minnesota winter around the corner, the homeless population in Duluth is getting some help from a small but mighty source. “I’m collecting donations, for homeless people, said 7-year-old Grayson Zebro. A room fills with donations at the CHUM Shelter in downtown Duluth, gathered by the 7-year-old Iron…

Iron Range Community Honors 15-Year-Old Alaric Lamke

A Celebration of Life is Happening Saturday, Sept. 5 at Miners Memorial Building in Virginia

VIRGINIA, Minn. – The Iron Range community is mourning the loss of one of their own as they prepare to say a final farewell Saturday, Sept. 5. On Saturday, Aug. 29, in the blink of an eye, 15-year-old Alaric Lamke of Britt, Minnesota, lost his life after an accident involving a skid steer. Now Alaric’s family and friends are looking…

Businesses on Iron Range Work to Recover After Slower Summer Due to COVID-19

Businesses owners say they're keeping their heads up, while local officials say the Fall and Winter seasons look bleak.

VIRGINIA, Minn.- As it has everywhere, the pandemic has put a damper on business on the Iron Range this summer — a time when many businesses just began opening back up after three months shut down. “It’s hard to know what’s going to happen with the virus,” Brooke Forseen, an employee at Canelake’s Candies in Virginia said. “It’s really just…

Iron Range Businesses Recognized by Chamber of Commerce with Awards Ceremony

The normal awards banquet scheduled this year was canceled due to coronavirus-related restrictions, but the chamber still found a way to honor Range businesses. 

VIRGINIA, Minn.- Businesses on the Iron Range were recognized for their contributions to the community at Olcott Park in Virginia Wednesday. The Laurentian Chamber of Commerce Honored them as part of this year’s award ceremony. The normal awards banquet scheduled this year was canceled due to coronavirus-related restrictions, but the chamber still found a way to honor Range businesses. The…

City of Virginia Set to Furlough Up to 28 Employees Beginning in May

"It makes me sick to my stomach," said Mayor Larry Cuffe.

VIRGINIA, Minn.- The City of Virginia is set to furlough up to 28 employees beginning May 4th due to projected revenue losses. Mayor Larry Cuffe said a majority of the 28 employees are expected to come from Public Works, Parks and Recreation, and Golf Course staff. While they’re avoiding cutting any staff from public safety departments right now, the Mayor…

Celebrating a Heavy Halloween with Heavy on Wrestling

About 500 people packed the event.

DULUTH, Minn,- About 500 Northlanders were ready to rumble as they packed the Clyde Malting Building for the first time, for Heavy Halloween 2. “Heavy on Wrestling, Heavy on Wrestling, Heavy on Wrestling,” said wrestler The System. Crowds go crazy at the boom of wrestlers hitting the ring and the grunts of wrestlers hitting each other. “I like hurting people,”…

Craft, Vendor Expo Coming to Miners Memorial Building in Virginia

The Northern Minnesota Craft & Vendor Expo is Happening October 5 - 6 in Virginia

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Art, entertainment, food and fun is coming to the Miners Memorial Building Saturday and Sunday, October 5 – 6. Saturday hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Miners Memorial Building is located at 812 South 9th Avenue in Virginia. The Northern Minnesota Craft & Vendor Expo is set to feature…

Event on the Iron Range to Raise Awareness for Suicide Prevention

The Iron Range Walk to Remember is Happening Saturday, September 14 at the Miners Memorial Building in Virginia

VIRGINIA, Minn. – On Saturday, September 14, you’re invited to come together and help raise awareness for suicide prevention on the Iron Range. Event organizer Dano Zebro stopped by FOX 21 Local News Thursday morning to share details about the event, and how the public can get involved. Registration for the 4th annual Iron Range Walk to Remember will begin…

New Government Service Center Opens in Virginia

VIRGINIA, MN – Employees at the Northland Office Building in Virginia, Minnesota were in need of a big change. “The old building was basically a recreation hall converted to an office building, converted to a government office building,” Property Management Division Director, Tony Mancuso says. The 7,000 people a month seeking their services often had a difficult time finding their…

Anderson Furniture To Close In Lincoln Park

The Store Has Been Open For More than 100 Years

DULUTH, Minn.- Another longtime furniture store in Lincoln Park has announced it’s closing. Anderson Furniture will close its doors in the next couple of months after more than 100 years in business, according to a store employee. There’s no word on how many employees will be affected. The Anderson Furniture store in Virginia will stay open. In terms of the…

Assisted Living Facility Robbed in Virginia

Virginia Police are investigating an armed robbery at Edgewood Vista Assisted Living center

VIRGINIA, Minn.- Virginia police are investigating an armed robbery at an assisted living facility. Employees say two men came into the building in the middle of the night and stole prescription narcotics. A 9-1-1 call alerted police that two younger men entered the Edgewood Vista Assisted Living center on 17th Street through the unlocked main entrance doors shortly after 3…

St. Urho’s Legend Lives on for 44th Year

Fictional Hero Celebrated in Finland

DULUTH, Minn.- Not many celebrations can shut down a whole state highway. But then again, not many celebrations are quite like St. Urho’s Day. The festival stems from a folktale made in Virginia, MN in the 1950s. “I think it was the season of like growing grapes and there were like grasshoppers or something,” wondered one St. Urho attendee. “It’s about…

Officer and Suspect Named in Virginia Shooting

VIRGINIA, Minn.- The Virginia Police Department officer who fired his weapon during a fatal officer-involved shooting incident on Tuesday evening has been identified. Officer Nick Grivna has been with the Virginia Police Department for nearly five years. Officer Grivna is on standard administrative leave.   Courtesy: Mark Sauer/Mesabi Daily News In addition, the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the…

Steelworkers Rally for Fair Raises

After Not Getting a Raise in Over Three Years, United Steelworkers Union Had Enough

VIRGINIA, Minn.- Chants rang out filled with passion, and even anger. Members of the United Steel Workers union Local 1938 gathered in Virginia to protest what they feel is an insulting and unfair contract offer. “The CEOs shouldn’t live a life of luxury while the middle class worker struggles to eat and pay his bills,” said Steelworker Richard Poskarbiewicz. The proposed…

42nd Annual Land of the Loon Festival in Virginia

The Festival will Start Saturday in Virginia with a Parade, Craft and Food Vendors

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Happening Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17, the 42nd Annual Land of the Loon Ethnic Arts and Crafts Festival will be taking place in Virginia. The festival is hosted in Olcott Park, and organized by residents in the area. This will be organizer Luke Chopp and his wife’s ninth year coordinating the Festival. The entertainment begins at 9:00…

Several Northlanders Hospitalized from Possible Carbon Monoxide Exposure

Several Northlanders were hospitalized due to possible exposure, some were airlifted into Duluth.

VIRGINIA, Minn.- Seven Northlanders on the Iron Range are in the hospital after possible carbon monoxide exposure. The owner of the residence where this happened says three people live in the home and four others were visiting. Their condition has not been released Sunday. Fire Department Officials say it’s important for people to be educated about this silent killer. The…

7 Hospitalized After Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Virginia

First Responders evaluated for CO Exposure

Seven people were taken to the hospital Sunday morning following  carbon monoxide exposure in Virginia. It happened around 10:10 a.m. Sunday on the 1200 block of 19th Street South. Ambulance crews from Virginia, Eveleth and Biwabik were dispatched to the scene. The seven people inside were transported to a local hospital for treatment, with several airlifted to other medical facilities….

Locals Returning Home Thanks to New Job Opportunities

The job opportunities are allowing Northlanders to stay closer to home.

VIRGINIA, Minn.- The employment opportunities on the Iron Range, are allowing more Northlanders to stay where their roots are. “Everybody is employed, it’s a great thing for us and we’ve seen that economic boom,” Virginia Mayor Larry Cuffe said. The mines are in full swing, the health care industry is also providing jobs for many workers. Mayor Cuffe said part…

Thunderbird Mall Offering More Shopping Experiences

The Thunderbird Mall is undergoing more additions.

VIRGINIA, Minn.- Good news for shoppers on the Iron Range, the Thunderbird Mall is adding more stores. The newest addition is Tractor Supply Co. The store is a one stop shop for the whole family, even your pets. This is just the beginning for more shops and job opportunities at the mall. “The building or the complex here is going…

Police Hold Parent Summit in Virginia

Parents Recieve Tips On How To Deal With Social Media And Drugs

Virginia, Minn Parents are raising kids in uncharted territory, as social media is making it easier for kids to get access to drugs. Community leaders in Virginia are hoping to help parents raise their children by filling them on some valuable information they need to know. Drugs and social media go hand in hand, it’s easier and faster to get…

Families Displaced In Apartment Fire

More Than 50 Firefighters Worked To Put Out The Flames

1/3 Courtesy Virginia Fire Department Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Courtesy Virginia Fire Department Show Caption Hide Caption   VIRGINIA, Minn. – A large apartment fire in Virginia has left several people without homes Monday night. The Virginia Fire Department says more than 50 fire firefighters from eight fire departments were still working to extinguish…