Range History

Silver Lake’s past, present, and future


VIRGINIA — The Hometown Focus offices are located on Silver Lake’s northeastern shore, giving us a great view of wildlife, the giant fiberglass loon, and an underwater anomaly. Before snow accumulated last December, clearly visible within the ice was a broad arc of evenlyspaced circles that resembled frozen ice fishing holes. I have endeavored herein to answer two questions: 1) […]

Virginia Public Utilities changes bring ice back to Silver Lake



I often walk to work from my home on Northside. I weave my way along the two city lakes. It’s generally a pleasant park-like walk interrupted by a few pop cans and plastic bags. I observe the lakes and the life that they support as they go in and out of their own seasons. This winter, there were two notable […]

Early history of St. Louis County townships—part 2

An A-to-Z chronicle of the county’s rural areas as of 1921

Bassett Township The Township of Bassett now embraces four congressional townships, 58 north, range 12 and 13, and 57 north, range 12 and 13 [south of Babbitt.] The township was erected in May 1913, following petition of Victor Beck and twenty-four other residents of townships 57-12, 57-13, and 58-12, in which three townships it was then stated that not more […]

Early history of St. Louis County townships—part 1

An A-to-Z chronicle of the county’s rural areas as of 1921

Dear readers, Walter Van Brunt’s three-volume book Duluth and St. Louis County, Minnesota; Their Story and People, An Authentic Narrative of the Past, with Particular Attention to the Modern Era in the Commercial, Industrial, Educational, Civic an… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password Remember Me     Forgot Password

Iron ore gets steamed up




Infrared heaters in position at the end sheet of an ore car at the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railway’s Two Harbors yard. EDITOR’S NOTE: Robert M. Mix was the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Railway’s chief industrial engineer when this article wa… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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