Radicalism on the Iron Range is the topic of an Unlimited Learning program from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Heartwood Senior Living in Crosby.
Everyone is welcome. Cost is $5 for nonmembers, and free for students and Heartwood residents.
In 1932, Crosby elected a 26-year-old mayor who was a member of the Communist Party, the only communist mayor in U.S. history. Cuyuna Iron Range was a hotbed of radicalism. During the Depression, jobs were scarce and some banks failed. Karl Nygard’s family were Swedes who came from Finland to get work in the new Cuyuna iron ore mines.
Pam Brunfelt, instructor emerta Vermilion College, has researched and written about the political history of this area, which led the movement for safety and reform among the upper Midwest mining states. She will discuss what forces influenced this movement that grew out of Crosby and spread throughout the upper Midwest mine communities and what happened to Nygard.