Museum in the News


The following interview about the museum's new Ore to Steel exhibit aired on CBS-Duluth TV:

Save The Train Project gets Attention From Media

A variety of news media organizations have been on hand at points during the many stages of rehabilitating the train's foundation, from fundraising to completion.

Here are a few links: 
Museum of Mining Stepping Up its Campaign to Save Oldest Exhibit

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New "Iron Range Life" Exhibit to Open at MN Museum of Mining

A new exhibit, “Iron Range Life 1920s – 1950s” will open Saturday, August 13 at the Minnesota Museum of Mining in downtown Chisholm.To celebrate the event, admission will be waived, although donations are welcome.Lunch will be served starting at 11:00, and the “Ghost Players” from the movie “Field of Dreams” will be on hand from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tours of the exhibit will be given in the afternoon, and all outdoor and indoor exhibits and the museum store will be open.
The exhibit showcases Schools on the Range, Doctor Archibald Graham’s office, Mine Safety and Health, the Free Press, Shopping on the Range, the well-packed Fritz & Jitz Used Goods store, and a look at a Home on the Range. Timelines, well-known Range figures, recreation, and the Chisholm Fire of 1908 are also featured.Paul Bunyan and the school sleigh-bus, familiar to area elementary schoolchildren from their field trips to the museum, have been refurbished and showcased.

 Summer visitors to the museum have been able to watch the progress of the exhibit construction by volunteers, museum staff and Venture Exhibits of Duluth.Volunteers on the project logged over 1700 hours through June 2011. Businesses, schools, organizations and individuals generously donated artifacts and funds to make the exhibit successful. 

The project has been made possible in part by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov 4, 2008, administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.

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CN Donates $10,000 to Minnesota Museum of Mining

Pictured from left to right are Museum Directors Jesse Matthiesen, Terry Nosan, John Nelson, Chisholm Mayor Mike Jugovich, CN General Manager John Klaus, CN Director of US Government Affairs Kevin Soucie, and State Representative Tony Sertich.


CHISHOLM  -- The Minnesota Museum of Mining recently received a  $10,000 donation from CN Railway. 
Museum Board Members were joined by State Representative Tony Sertich and Chisholm Mayor Mike Jugovich to greet CN executives on the Museum grounds in Chisholm and to formally accept the donation.
"It truly is our pleasure and honor to present the Minnesota Museum of Mining with this donation" announced CN Railway General Manager John Klaus. "CN appreciates the Minnesota Museum of Mining's efforts to preserve the rich history that the mining industry represents to the community of Chisholm, the region, and to the employees of CN".

  The check presentation took place in front of the exhibit that the Museum hopes will soon benefit from the large donation. The 1907 DM&IR Steam locomotive was still fully operational in the early 1950's when it was donated and became the first exhibit on the museum's grounds. Nearly 60 years later, the 100 ton locomotive and its four cars are resting on deteriorated rail sections and sinking ground that need attention before the train is structurally damaged.
“The Locomotive exhibit is a cornerstone of the Museum's program” explains Museum Board Director Jesse Matthiesen. “It's an icon of transportation history, which is an area where CN seeks to make community investments. Our goals are very similar, and that’s led to a great connection.” Matthiesen also remarked on the key role that Museum Board Director Terry Nosan played in making the connection with CN. “His dedication to this project has been vital in making this

 “This is really the community's museum” says John Nelson, president of the Museum's Board. “We have huge exhibits that require a lot of maintenance, and we can't make things happen without help from citizens and community-minded organizations like CN. Donations like these really remind us all that our community has something to be proud of here.”
The Minnesota Museum of Mining hopes that CN’s donation will encourage others to donate to the project.


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