Curtain opens on new era of Iron Range performances

The ceiling of the historic Goodman Auditorium in Virginia, Minnesota (PHOTO: Discover the Range)

You may have seen my column from last weekend, “Final Goodman show marks new era on Iron Range.” I marked the end of an era with the closure of the Goodman Auditorium and the dedication of the new Rock Ridge school.

On Tuesday, I appeared on Minnesota Public Radio’s “Minnesota Now” with Cathy Wurzer to discuss a unique era in Iron Range history. (Listen)

From 1915 to 1922, a collection of small mining towns quickly built some of the most ornate public auditoriums in the country. In 1921 and again several times over the century, mining companies eventually succeeded in changing state law to close the spigots of generous tax revenue. 

You can hear the interview at the “Minnesota Now” website.

The Rock Ridge High School auditorium will officially open to the public in a grand opening ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 11. The “Farewell to the Goodman Auditorium” program will be Saturday, May 20 at 7 p.m. Read my column for information on how to attend.



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