Saturday, December 05, 2009 By Aaron Brown
My opinion is short and sweet: The unique history and culture of the Iron Range demands preservation. Ironworld (by this or any other name) is in the public good and a variety of funding sources should be involved in bolstering and reorienting the facility. The funding model should keep the facility financially sustainable and focused on the core mission of Iron Range historical and cultural interpretation, especially for area students and specifically in the preservation of an irreplaceable collection of Iron Range records and archives. Anything else is good, but extra, and subject to increased financial scrutiny. I think the Iron Range gets one more chance at getting the Ironworld situation fixed and then, that's it. Let's get it right.