Iron Range mining boss wins dancing competition

Dancing with Our StarsIt’s not every day that an Iron Range mining company sends me a YouTube video showing their company president dancing to a Ray Charles song from “The Blues Brothers” as he and a professional dancer win the Reif Center’s “Dancing with Our Stars” competition. In fact, this is the first time that has happened. Might be an isolated incident, unless U.S. Steel or Cliffs steps up.

It’s funny how history repeats itself, because this is EXACTLY like what happened when Andrew Carnegie stone cold served James J. Hill in their 1914 dance-off.

Andrew Carnegie serves James J Hill in danceoff

Industrial titan Andrew Carnegie stone cold serves James J. Hill and an unnamed railroad official during their storied 1914 dance-off.

Here’s Magnetation’s Matt Lehtinen and dance partner Katja Piscitelli performing “Shake Your Tailfeather” on the stage of the Myles Reif Performing Arts Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

Is it good? It’s not bad. It’s respectable. The guy drives a dirty ore-stained pickup truck around a field most of the time. That’s what makes this special. He’s vowed to come back in 2015 to defend his title. I don’t know if it works like that, but that’s what mining bosses always say after a good year. It’s pathological.

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