Local History

Range Broom Factory: 1920 – 1943

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Unique Chisholm business employed men with vision loss


CHISHOLM — Over 100 years ago, a blind woman from Duluth launched a business intended to provide jobs for blind people on the Iron Range. The Range Broom Factory in Chisholm operated until 1943 and was a unique employment opportunity previously unavailable to those with vision loss. I was first introduced to this story when I co-wrote an exhibit for […]

“A life filled with adventure”

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Swedish immigrant Abel Pearson, an early Cook settler

John Abel Pearson (1881 – 1964) was Cook’s first homesteader and knew firsthand the hardships European settlers encountered when they arrived in northern Minnesota. Abel, as he was better known, and his wife had six children, one of whom died of pneumonia on a train to Duluth. The Pearsons’ land was south of the old Cook School and extended to […]

This week in local history

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Rich Find at the Diamond Manager Temple, of the Diamond Mine, is considerably elated over a late find at that mine. For some time past, they have been sinking a new shaft, and it has been an extremely difficult task; they having had to work through … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this […]

This month in Minnesota history

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Continued from HTF’s September 10 issue. September 22 1895: Elmer A. Benson is born in Appleton. He would serve as governor from 1937 to 1939, representing the Farmer- Labor Party. Under his watch, the state’s first workers’ compensation law would … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

This week in local history

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Local and personal F. T. Bueneman and wife took Monday morning’s train for a ten day’s visit to the Columbian Exposition. A lot of our young people went to LaPrairie last Saturday evening and attended a dancing party at the Fraser house. They r… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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