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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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

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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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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.

Sheila Packas insight:

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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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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“We’ve been robbed long enough. It’s time to strike” : Remember the 1916 strike on Minnesota’s iron range | libcom.org

“We’ve been robbed long enough. It’s time to strike” : Remember the 1916 strike on Minnesota’s iron range | libcom.org | Night Train Red Dust: Poems of the Iron Range by Sheila Packa -- Histories of the People and the Place | Scoop.it

labor history of Minnesota's Iron Range

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Iron%20Range%20workers%20struggle%20for%20recognition.pdf

Labor History on the Iron Range

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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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v52i07p246-263.pdf

Early Labor History in Minnesota

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Early Labor Strife in Minnesota.  This article provides detail about the many fatalities and harsh working conditions on the Iron Range 1882-1906. 

Arnold R Alanen has written much about Finnish immigrant history. 

 

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