Remembering Great Lakes’ worst labor movement tragedy

The 1913 funeral procession in South Range, Michigan. More than 73 people died, including more than 60 children. A few days ago, the 100th anniversary of a tremendous strike and one of the labor movement’s greatest American tragedies — and some still say mass-murders — was marked in northern Michigan’s Copper Country. Beginning July 23,… Read More →

Ancient campsite points to earliest humans in Minnesota

Karen Carr, image depicting ancient bison, mammoths. I found this Tom Meersman Star Tribune story to be quite interesting. Scientists discovered an ancient campsite along the Minnesota River at Chanhassen, MN. Eight thousand years ago, Minnesota was a different place — dryer and less forested. In fact, the only true forests at that time were… Read More →

Tall Ships depart from Duluth, Minnesota

Tall Ships at Bayfront Park, Duluth, MN The Tall Ships Festival¬†ends today with the tall masted ships set to depart from the Port of Duluth, Minnesota, this morning. It was a mostly cold and wet Tall Ships weekend, though yesterday was nicer. My family and I made the two-hour trip down to Duluth on Friday…. Read More →

Maps combine art, propaganda, stories

The other day I caught this 1914 Dutch political cartoon depicting the author’s perception of the great European powers at that time. Andrew Sullivan wrote about it at The Daily Dish, where he opined about the political, indeed, propaganda qualities of maps. Even without the caricatures shown here, anything from the color to the orientation… Read More →

Hail to Lake Agassiz, the mighty inland sea

This is my Sunday column for the July 21, 2013 edition of the Hibbing Daily Tribune. Hail to Lake Agassiz, the mighty inland seaBy Aaron J. Brown Living in the woods you get used to driving. You get used to complaining about gas prices, as though the 25 cent fluctuations common to any given summer… Read More →

Track the tall ships approaching Port of Duluth, MN

U.S. Brig Niagara arrives in 2010 – Dennis O’Hara, via Visit Duluth Like many in northern Minnesota, my family awaits the arrival of the “tall ships” later this month in the Port of Duluth on Lake Superior. These masted wooden ships were a huge hit in 2010 and hundreds of thousands of people are expected… Read More →

B’nai Abraham welcomes classical & down-home musicians

The B’nai Abraham Cultural Center in Virginia announces another event this Saturday, July 13 at 7 p.m. It would not be summer without a much anticipated appearance by the Northern Lights Music Festival players, under the direction of their remarkable Festival founder, Veda Zuponcic. Her musicians come from all over the world, and study for… Read More →

Celebrating midsummer night’s eve in the people’s park

I’ve written before about Mesaba Co-op Park near Cherry, the cooperative recreational facility built by Iron Range workers in the 1920s. Mesaba Park holds its annual midsummer festival this weekend. Cindy Kujala of the Hometown Focus in Virginia, Minnesota, compiled a historical column on Mesaba Park in a recent edition. You should read the whole… Read More →

Teen’s Range historical group meets today

Tucker Nelson is a pretty interesting guy. At 16, he’s a talented actor and musician at Virginia High School. He appeared in our Eveleth Great Northern Radio Show last fall. He also has an eye for history, frequently posting to popular Iron Range history pages on Facebook. Today Nelson is hosting the first meeting of… Read More →

‘Ghost’ of the Henry B. Smith found in Lake Superior

The Henry B. Smith, from If you missed it, Andrew Krueger at the Duluth News Tribune had a fascinating Sunday feature about the discovery of a century-old shipwreck on Lake Superior. Most have heard of the Edmund Fitzgerald sinking (thanks to Gordon Lightfoot’s song) in the 1970s, but a similar iron ore ship disaster… Read More →