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|
|East Range Journal Facts||1962-1977 (East Mesabi Range)|
|Gilbert Herald*||1950-1959, 1973-2007|
|Range Facts||1978-1986 (East Mesabi Range)|
|Vermilion Iron Journal||1887-1897 (Tower)|
|Aurora News||1907, 1908, 1910, 1917, 1913, 1920-1939, 1941|
|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 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 Times||2000-2016 (East Mesabi Range)|