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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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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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 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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Finnish Temperance Societies Minnesota v22i04p391-403.pdf

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The temperance movement was a powerful political force that provided leadership opportunities for women. 

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Welcome to the Meridel LeSueur Official Website - The Meridel LeSueur Official Website

Welcome to the Meridel LeSueur Official Website - The Meridel LeSueur Official Website | Night Train Red Dust: Poems of the Iron Range by Sheila Packa -- Histories of the People and the Place | Scoop.it

Meridel LeSueur traveled through northern Minnesota.

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Ojibway Culture and History

Ojibway Culture and History | Night Train Red Dust: Poems of the Iron Range by Sheila Packa -- Histories of the People and the Place | Scoop.it
An Introduction to Ojibway Culture and History covers basic information about Ojibway religion, philosophy, culture and history.
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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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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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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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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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Dr Anterro Tanner, Finnish American, 1905 A%20great%20journey.pdf

Dr Tanner founded a hospital in Ely in 1905 and later practiced medicine in Chisholm, Minnesota.

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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.
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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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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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