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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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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Joseph Kalar

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Joseph Kalar, Minnesota poet. Author of Papermill, first published in 1927.  Joseph Kalar lived in Biwabik and International Falls, Minnesota.

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Depression era poet Joseph Kalar was described as a "northern Rimbaud."  He was born in Biwabik, Minnesota and his father worked in the iron mine.  He was a proletarian poet and developed short prose pieces he called sketches. The sketches were narrative, biographical poems reflecting the brutal life in the mines.  

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Compromising Positions

Compromising Positions | Night Train Red Dust: Poems of the Iron Range by Sheila Packa -- Histories of the People and the Place | Scoop.it
A story of early 20th century occupational medicine on Minnesota’s
Iron Range.
Sheila Packas insight:

This article is the source of my poem, "Medicine on the Iron Range" in Night Train Red Dust.  Dr. Charles and Dr. Mary Bray came to Biwabik, Minnesota in 1899.  Mary Bray had done a medical residency at a state insane asylum. They opened a hospital in Biwabik.  Amid eleven iron mines, they discovered they needed to treat injuries and "miner's lung."  

Gunn, Jennifer, PhD. “Compromising Positions.” Minnesota Medicine. September 2007.  Web. Retrieved 12 October 2012. http://www.minnesotamedicine.com/PastIssues/PastIssues2007/September2007/PerspectiveGunnSeptember2007.aspx

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