Since the 1890s, the Mesabi has produced iron ore that boosted the national economy, contributed to the Allied victory in World War II, and cultivated a multiethnic regional culture in northeast Minnesota.
Alex Tieberg, an Iron Ranger, recently graduated from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, with a degree in American studies. His academic interests include Iron Range and American industrial history, public land policy, and economic restructuring in the American Midwest and Great Lakes regions. He is an intern at the Minnesota Historical Society for fall 2019.
3M’s developments had far-reaching impacts on various industries, including office supplies and entertainment.
The team’s twenty-nine-year residency in the state produced two trips to the Stanley Cup finals.
Identified in the late 19th century, it took the depletion of natural iron ores in Minnesota for low-iron taconite to come to the fore.