In honor of the Pioneer

MPR’s Bob Kelleher reports on efforts in Ely to turn the old Pioneer Mine site into a culture and heritage center.

A quasi-high-end hotel with convention facilities now sits across the street from the Pioneer Mine, the culmination of an immigrant miner’s dream. That is, provided the immigrant miner had the foresight to encourage his grandchildren to make a fortune elevating the price of commercial real estate opportunities, then selling at a massive profit. How would this have sounded in the original Slovenian?

But I digress. As with the Milford Mine site in Crow Wing County, these historic mine sites need to be recognized now while the people who can explain them still have the chance.

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