Range History

The Miners Memorial Building’s 63-year legacy

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A community recreation hub leaves many fond memories

VIRGINIA — Ladies wearing crinolines bought chicken for 39¢ per pound at Red Owl, and men’s sanforized sport shirts cost just $1.37 at Herberger’s—which was still downtown. “Volare” and “It’s Only Make Believe” blared from speakers in Starliners and Bel Airs. Minnesotans celebrated their state’s centennial, and citizens of Virginia dedicated their city’s new arena and community center. The Miners […]


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September 1 1851: Cass and Chisago Counties are created. Cass is named for Lewis Cass, governor of Michigan Territory, who explored the upper Mississippi in 1820 and negotiated several treaties with Native American nations. Chisago is named for the lake, a contraction of the Ojibwe name for the lake, Ke-chi-sago, meaning “large and lovely.” 1857: Wendelin Grimm moves to Carver […]

Clothing from flour and feed sacks

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Homemakers put practical, attractive materials to use

Jeannine Bjornrud, volunteer at the Nelimark Homestead Museum in Embarrass, models an apron she made using a flour sack with a “lovely pansy print.” After my mom died nine years ago, I came across a photograph that was taken in 1952. It shows my m… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username […]

A world- changing discovery

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Red iron ore was found on the Mesabi Range in late 1890

This map indicates the site where iron ore was discovered on the Mesabi Range. Downtown Mountain Iron is directly south of the pit in the center of the map. Submitted photo.AUTHOR’S NOTE: Sources for this article, which is an updated version of an ar… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

First ore shipped from the Mesabi Range in October 1892

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A steam shovel loads ore onto a train at the Mountain Iron Mine in 1902. Archives and Special Collections, Kathryn A. Martin Library, University of Minnesota Duluth.The first development work on the Mountain Iron mine was done in 1891- 92, by Captain… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

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