Minnesota in the ’70s: Sigurd Olson, Reserve Mining Case, etc.

This 2013 Twin Cities Public Television documentary provides a few snippets related to the state’s northeast corner, including Duluth. The show was produced with the Minnesota Historical Society Press and inspired by the book Minnesota in the ’70s by Dave Kenney and Thomas Saylor.

Author and environmentalist Sigurd Olson, who spent much of his life around Ely and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, is covered from the 2:58 to 3:34 mark.

Arlene Lehto of the Save Lake Superior Association is interviewed in Duluth on the topic of the Reserve Mining Case, which forced the company’s processing plant at Silver Bay to stop dumping taconite tailings into Lake Superior. The subject is covered in the documentary from the 3:35 to 7:37 mark.

At 10:46 there’s a brief mention of the Minnesota Experimental City, a proposed domed community planned for the swamps of Aitkin County, about 70 miles west of Duluth.

Fitger’s Brewery is used as a visual example of “old-school industries fading out” at the 13:20 mark.

A pair of Duluth and Iron Range natives — music producer David Zimmerman and his brother Bob — get a mention at the 22:20 mark during a segment on Sound 80 Recording Studio, where some of the tracks from the Bob Dylan album Blood on the Tracks were recorded.

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