Back to the underworld

Yesterday, Minnesota Public Radio’s Bob Kelleher described the highway work being done to Highway 169 by Chisholm as part of the federal stimulus bill. This part of the Iron Range had already drawn attention because of the vast “underworld” of abandoned mine shafts dug beneath the modern workings of the place. These underground mines caused great concern for nearby Ironworld, the Iron Range’s historical and interpretive center, until reinforcement work was done.

As we click on “this” and upload “that,” remember that there are places on this planet that could at any moment literally collapse into a history that involved digging with picks and shovels until the heat of the earth’s core prevented further digging. And dealing with this creates “shovel ready” jobs today. Oh, glory!

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