Local Newspapers

Local newspapers were once the lifeblood of a community. Communication in the first part of the 20th century was not anything like it is today. Local editors and reporters published stories and photographs daily, or weekly, and the citizens of the area were kept up-to-date of the goings on of the community. The Iron Range Historical Society is fortunate to hold many issues of local newspapers. Today these newspapers are a wealth of information for researchers. In addition to past holdings of local newspapers, the Iron Range Historical Society occasionally contributes articles and photographs to the Ely Echo, a weekly local newspaper in Ely, Minnesota; to the Mesabi Daily News, a daily local newspaper in Virginia, Minnesota; and to the weekly local newspaper, Hometown Focus, also in Virginia.

The Society is proud to announce the recent donation received from the publisher and owner of the Range Times, a now defunct weekly newspaper in Biwabik, Minnesota, of 108 years of the Times and its predecessors, Hoyt Lakes Pellet, Aurora Journal, Aurora News, and East Range Facts.

All of the Society’s local newspapers are available for research.

The holdings of the local newspaper library of the Iron Range Historical Society are as follows:

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Microfilm (IRHS owns two microfilm readers in its library)
Aurora News 1919, 1920, 1946
Aurora Journal 1955-1962
East Range Journal Facts 1962-1977 (East Mesabi Range)
Gilbert Herald* 1950-1959, 1973-2007
Range Facts 1978-1986 (East Mesabi Range)
Tower News 1900-1978
Vermilion Iron Journal 1887-1897 (Tower)
Bound Books
Aurora News 1907, 1908, 1910, 1917, 1913, 1920-1939, 1941
Aurora Journal 1955-1962
Aurora-Hoyt Lakes Range Facts 1982-2000
Biwabik Times 1900, 1901, 1908, 1909, 1918, 1923-1925, 1929, 1931-1959, 1961-1979, 1981-2000
East Range Journal 1963-1975 (partial 1976)
Eveleth Clarion 1921-1928, 1930, 1932, 1936-1939
Eveleth Clarion-News 1943-1961
Eveleth Mining News 1902-1907
Eveleth News 1907-1942, 1962-1973, 1978
Gilbert Herald* 1923-1925, 1927-1975, 1977, 1978
Hoyt Lakes News 1960, 1961
Hoyt Lakes Pellet 1962
Queen City Sun partial 1926 (Virginia)
Range Facts 1982-1987 (East Mesabi Range)
Range Scene 1978
Range Times 2000-2016 (East Mesabi Range)
*The Gilbert Herald includes an annual index from 1923 to 2007 for births, deaths, marriages, and special events.