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Common Ground visits Crosby-Ironton to explore how iron mining has impacted both the politics and culture of the Cuyuna Range.

Bemidji, Minn, February 14th 2014.

Common Ground visits Crosby-Ironton to explore how iron mining has impacted both the politics and culture of the Cuyuna Range.

The show begins by exploring what was stirring in Crosby that made the election of a Communist Mayor possible in 1932 and then steps across to Ironton to profile how a church welfare organization from Belgrade has evolved into a 21st century non-profit dedicated to preserving Iron Range culture.

Iron range historian, Pam Brunfelt, sets the scene for Karl Nygard’s victory as the first Communist Mayor in America and Laura Ukura Leir, one of the founders of the re-born Serbian Sisters, explains how Manganese from Ironton helped the Allies to victory in WWll. The show also includes authentic polka music from Rod Cerar, a visit to a Serbian Christmas party and a chat with muralist Mike Meyer about the miner whose image is depicted on the front of the Ironton Legion.

“Common Ground” will premiere February 6th 2014 at 7PM on Lakeland Prime. This episode will release concurrently on the web at lptv.org with High Definition replays available on demand.

 

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