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The History of Labor Unions on The Iron Range of MN

MN Discovery Center
Enough! The 1916 Mesabi Range Strike

In this month's Dig Deep we focus on labor unions.  Our commentators are Aaron Brown from  the Iron Range - he's an educator, author, blogger and host of the Great Northern Radio Show.  Aaron provides our liberal perspective on our topics while Chuck Marohn is a conservative commentator from Brainerd who is the founder and CEO of Strong Towns

Labor unions were an interesting topic to us because the Iron Range really represented the labor movement in the entire nation.  Chuck Marohn said"when unions began the idea of the American ideal of rugged independence didn't line up with the structure of capital and labor."  

As Aaron Brown said,  "About half the people who came here for jobs and a better life who didn't die went back home because the conditions and pay were terrible.  Labor unions on the range were a reaction to that  raw human experience.  " 

Listen to part 1 - the history of Labor Unions. Part 2 is Wednesday at 8:10am and part 3, what unions in the future might look like is Friday at 8:10am.   Sign up for our Dig Deep podcast here

Check out the exhibit on the 1916 mining strike at the MN Discovery Center in Chisholm!

Heidi Holtan has worked at KAXE/KBXE for over 20 years. She currently helms the Morning Show as News and Public Affairs Director. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North. In 2018 Heidi received the “Building Bridges in Media” award from the Islamic Resource Group for her work on KAXE/KBXE hosting conversations about anti-Muslim movements in rural Minnesota.