This week in Hometown Focus history – Hometown Focus

This week in Hometown Focus history  Hometown Focus


Today we present our regular Health Edition, so let’s take a look at what HTF highlighted in previous years. Visit to read entire e-editions of these and all of our previous editions.

January 31, 2014

A Hibbing family fights to access medical treatment for their daughter, and editor Jean Cole looks at the use of medical marijuana. Staff Writer Cindy Kujala looks back at social welfare policies and programs on the Range for the history section: in the late 1800s, mining companies deducted small amounts from miners’ payrolls but made no contributions towards medical insurance.

January 30, 2015

Staff Writer Janna Goerdt confesses that this is one of her favorite HTF editions, though she has yet to get all her ducks in a row. Writers presented plenty of tips and ideas to begin planning for retirement, aging, and long-term care. The inspiration for this edition was the death of the Asbach family’s beloved mother,



January 29, 2016

Get moving, and get eating! Read about how what you put on your plate really does matter, and Kat Anderson offers ways to get some healthy exercise even if you don’t feel like it. Betty Pond also shares the origin of her favorite ham and egg breakfast.

January 27, 2017

We delve into the world of weird and rare medical disorders, including “Swiss cheese defect.” You know you want to learn about that one. Kirsten compiles an extensive list of warming soups for the recipe section, and we meet Gretchen Metsa, a long-distance runner with diabetes who, years later, shattered the course record for the Arrowhead 135 race.

January 26, 2018

Meet Shane Johnson of Embarrass, who sprinted back into life after a heart attack at age 42. Read the amazing story of Dave Quiser of Cook, who nearly died from hypothermia after getting his truck stuck on a remote road near Cook on a frigid December night. And Harry Lamppa looks back at the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.

January 25, 2019

Contributors share their stories of a journey no one wants to take— journeying with cancer. As Kirsten writes, “cancer sucks.” Danielle Beasy writes about caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s disease, and the recipe section is filled with nourishing recipes for healthy eating.

January 24, 2020

Physical, mental, intellectual, and emotional wellness is our topic this week, with stories of long-distance runners, and adaptive yoga practitioners, connecting with nature and life-long learning. Julie Asbach writes about finding balance in your life.

January 22, 2021

We explore the role of technology in health care, with stories of robot-assisted surgeries, the new COVID vaccine, and using light therapy to improve your mood. For the history section, contributor Kacey Hensley looks into quack remedies of the past, including water injections and an actual snake oil liniment.