Aaron J. Brown

Aaron J. Brown

Aaron J. Brown is an author, community college instructor and radio producer from Northern Minnesota’s Iron Range. PHOTO: Jeff Warner

On a cold December 1979 night in the heart of northern Minnesota’s Iron Range one Aaron James Brown joined the rag-tag lot of babies born in the waning operation of the old Hibbing General Hospital. The hospital would later be razed to become a senior living community where, one day, Brown endeavors to expire in the precise physical location of his birth. Meantime, since 2006, he has run MinnesotaBrown.com, the regional blog with global perspective you are now reading.

Aaron J. Brown is a writer, radio producer and college instructor living and working by choice among the pine forests, tamarack swamps and hardscrabble mining towns near where he grew up on a family owned salvage yard in the Sax-Zim peat bog.

He has written a weekly column for Hibbing Daily Tribune since 2001, serving as the paper’s editor from 2001-2003. A past radio announcer and reporter, he now writes, produces and hosts the Great Northern Radio Show on Northern Community Radio, where he is also contributing producer for several programs, including the acclaimed podcast “Dig Deep,” a friendly exploration of liberal and conservative political concepts.

Brown is the author of the book “Overburden: Modern Life on the Iron Range,” winner of the 2008 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award. He’s working on a new book about the life and political impact of former Hibbing mayor Victor L. Power (1880-1926). Related to this project, he and his research partner Karl Jacob will release a serialized podcast called “Power in the Wilderness” in Summer 2020.

An instructor of communication at Hibbing Community College by day, Brown is a raconteur and longtime Range community and arts organizer. His political commentary often appears on the public television show Almanac, Minnesota Public Radio, and other news outlets of varying sizes. He is a frequent contributor to various things you find on the internet, most notably the Minnesota Reformer, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and the Daily Yonder.

Aaron J. Brown is married to Christina Brown, an academic advisor with the TRIO program. They have three sons, Henry, Douglas and George, and live in the woods of Itasca County, home to more than 1,000 of Minnesota’s famed “10,000 lakes.”

Photo: Jeff Warner, Hibbing Daily Tribune