Night Train Red Dust: Poems of the Iron Range by Sheila Packa -- Histories of the People and the Place
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Night Train Red Dust: Poems of the Iron Range by Sheila Packa -- Histories of the People and the Place
As I worked on my new book, I posted these cool links about people, places, and things on the Iron Range. This is the "understory" of the stories in Night Train Red Dust: Poems of the Iron Range is published by Wildwood River, a confluence of the arts.  Enjoy!  For more information, go to my website: <a href="http://sheilapacka.com" rel="nofollow">http://sheilapacka.com</a> and <a href="http://wildwoodriver.com" rel="nofollow">http://wildwoodriver.com</a>
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Memento

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skull of a fawn

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Near the house was a wolf den. Wolf pups played on the driveway in spring, and then I found this at the edge of the trees. 

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The story of the Rebel Girl | SocialistWorker.org

The story of the Rebel Girl | SocialistWorker.org | Night Train Red Dust: Poems of the Iron Range by Sheila Packa -- Histories of the People and the Place | Scoop.it
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn helped lead some of the most exciting workers' struggles in early 20th century America.
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It seems some sources refer to her as Helen Gurley Flynn. She was a popular speaker for the IWW on the Iron Range.
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Island of Hope - Island of Tears (1989 documentary on Ellis Island)

From 1892-1954, Ellis Island was the port of entry for millions of European immigrants. Fascinating archival footage tells the moving story of families with ...
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History of Duluth and St. Louis County, Past and Present

History of Duluth and St. Louis County, Past and Present | Night Train Red Dust: Poems of the Iron Range by Sheila Packa -- Histories of the People and the Place | Scoop.it
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Volume II/ published in 1910

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Lorine Niedecker

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Lorine Niedecker Web site from the Friends of Lorine Niedecker in her hometown of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. The Dwight Foster Public Library was given much of Lorine's personal library after her death and maintains this research collection.
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The work of this poet from the Lake Superior region has received more recognition lately. Her "Poet's Work" poem inspired my poem "Blind Pig" in Night Train Red Dust.

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The Road to Prohibition

This episode tells the story of Prohibiton and its repeal through images from the Minnesota Historical Society's photography collection.
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Yesterday’s News » Blog Archive » Monday, Oct. 14, 1918: Hundreds die in Cloquet fire

Yesterday’s News » Blog Archive » Monday, Oct. 14, 1918: Hundreds die in Cloquet fire | Night Train Red Dust: Poems of the Iron Range by Sheila Packa -- Histories of the People and the Place | Scoop.it
Find breaking news, multimedia, reviews & opinion on Minneapolis, St. Paul, the Twin Cities metro area and Minnesota.
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v41i02p082-094.pdf

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This article provides vivid detail about the labor strife on the Iron Range. Women also walked the picket lines, and on a few occasions, were the target of abuse.  Some women in Hibbing, despite holding babies in their arms, were pushed to the ground by authorities.  One woman in Aurora was charged with property damage--cutting lines on a locomotive.  

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An Interior Ellis Island: Finns in the Keweenah Peninsula

An Interior Ellis Island: Finns in the Keweenah Peninsula | Night Train Red Dust: Poems of the Iron Range by Sheila Packa -- Histories of the People and the Place | Scoop.it

Beginning in the late 1800s, Finnish immigrants came to upper Michigan to work in the mines. They quickly developed language and literacy. Many decided farming was better and developed homesteads from the northern wilderness. 

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Iron Range mesothelioma study finds some answers | University of Minnesota

Iron Range mesothelioma study finds some answers | University of Minnesota | Night Train Red Dust: Poems of the Iron Range by Sheila Packa -- Histories of the People and the Place | Scoop.it

The Minnesota Medical Foundation helps people everywhere lead healthier lives by advancing health-related research, education, and care at the University of Minnesota.

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A link to lung cancer, mesothelioma. It turns out that mineral fibers are similar to asbestos fibers. Image is of an open pit mine on the Iron Range.

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Sermons and Essays | Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth

Sermons and Essays | Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth | Night Train Red Dust: Poems of the Iron Range by Sheila Packa -- Histories of the People and the Place | Scoop.it

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Rev Bruce Johnson of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth (UUCD) related a story of his long past work experience as a "gandy dancer" on the Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range railroad in a sermon dated April 10, 2011. You can find the link here at the UUCD website.  His story was one of the stories that fed the poem, "Derailment" in Night Train Red Dust. 

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Writings | Muriel Rukeyser

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Muriel Rukeyser writes of mines and working class towns in The Book of the Dead from US 1 (1938).  

 

"Book of the Dead," poem excerpt:

 

These roads will take you into your own country.

Seasons and maps coming where this road comes

into a landscape mirrored in these men.

 

Past all your influences, your home river,

constellations of cities, mottoes of childhood,

parents and easy cures, war, all evasion's wishes.

 

What one word must never be said?

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These are our strength, who strike against history.

These whose corrupt cells owe their new styles of weakness 

             to our diseases:

 

these carrying light for safety on their foreheads

descended deeper for richer faults of ore,

            drilling their death.

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History of Duluth and St. Louis County, Past and Present

History of Duluth and St. Louis County, Past and Present | Night Train Red Dust: Poems of the Iron Range by Sheila Packa -- Histories of the People and the Place | Scoop.it
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1910

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MN%20Min%20Resources.MESTA11.pdf

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Mineral Resources in Minnesota: Past, Present, and Future by Jim Miller, University of Minnesota Duluth. Visual images and maps. History.

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The Boundary Waters: A Place Apart | American Forests

The Boundary Waters: A Place Apart | American Forests | Night Train Red Dust: Poems of the Iron Range by Sheila Packa -- Histories of the People and the Place | Scoop.it
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Thank you to Sigurd Olson and the people of the northland who worked to protect this wilderness area.  The poem "Boundary Waters" in Night Train Red Dust reflects a camping trip I once took to the neighboring wilderness area, The Quetico. 

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Historic Mesaba Co-op Park

2012 has been designated the International Year of Co-operatives by the UN. This is the first three videos featuring historic cooperatives in Minnesota. Mesa...
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a tour of the Mesaba Co-op Park 

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Viola Turpeinen, the first recorded woman accordionist?

Viola Turpeinen, the first recorded woman accordionist? | Night Train Red Dust: Poems of the Iron Range by Sheila Packa -- Histories of the People and the Place | Scoop.it
Today is International Women’s Day, and I’ve been writing about Viola Turpeinen.  We’ll feature her on Accordion Noir’s annual women’s show tomorrow night. Viola Turpe...
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The first recorded woman accordionist.  

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Minnesota Video Vault | Iron Range: Minnesota Building America |

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Video - History of the Iron Range in Minnesota

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MPR: Finland Was a Poor Country

MPR: Finland Was a Poor Country | Night Train Red Dust: Poems of the Iron Range by Sheila Packa -- Histories of the People and the Place | Scoop.it
News from Minnesota Public Radio
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Part I : Finnish immigrants in Minnesota

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Enchanting Beasts: Contents

Enchanting Beasts: An Anthology of Modern Women Poets of Finland

edited by Kirsti Simonsuuri

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A common theme of these Finnish woman poets is the understanding of woman as landscape.   

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