WDSE•WRPT’s Iron Country is an epic 12-hour documentary series telling the story of Minnesota’s three Iron Ranges and the people who make this region their home. Hosted and written by well known Iron Range historian Marvin Lamppa of Babbitt, the series begins with the geological formation of the state’s three iron ranges and continues through the regions pre-history and history.
We look at the Native American people who call Iron Country their home and move through eras which include the fur trade, exploration, statehood, white settlement, introduction of the timber industry, mineral exploration, gold rush, early mining, railroad development, boom towns, company towns, mine development, labor organization, strikes, town development and much more…ending with the development of the taconite industry.
This sweeping series is the definitive television history of the Iron Range created by WDSE•WRPT’s producer/director Juli Kellner and photographer Ted Pellman. This program was made possible, in part, by an IRRRB matching grant and the financial support of area businesses.