Tuesday, February 15, 2011 By Aaron Brown
MinnesotaBrown is a blog about place: specifically about the Iron Range, though generally about the idea of loving a place even though it frustrates you and has a limited functional economy. I write about modern life on the Iron Range and share this work with a community of online readers in and beyond northern Minnesota.
My book "Overburden: Modern Life on the Iron Range" won a Northeastern Minnesota Book Award in 2009 and has led to speaking appearances all over the state. I continue my ongoing quest to tell the story of the Range in a way that matters to folks beyond the confines of the Taconite Tax Relief Area. Upcoming projects include fiction and a possible radio show/podcast.
My work appears regularly in places like the Hibbing Daily Tribune, KAXE-Northern Community Radio, MinnPost and Minnesota Public Radio. I am active in the occasional Iron Range political campaign and (Bob) Dylan Days in the singer/songwriter's hometown of Hibbing. I help raise three boys in the woods of Itasca County on a hill overlooking a northern forest and a lake. At night I can see the lights of Nashwauk over the tree tops, the steam cloud over Keewatin Taconite and the dim glow of Hibbing on the horizon. Where I live and what I do allows me to observe this world and occasionally participate in its drama. It's an honor and a responsibility I take seriously, with jokes.
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