Northern Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range Tour, August 14 – 16

The TRIP:  Join us for a three-day, two-night mini trip to the Mesabi Iron Range. This is an opportunity to try something different. We know that some members are no longer traveling internationally, but small three-day tours, especially in our state, might be something you would enjoy. Our state has much to offer, from both a historical and beauty aspect so, this mini tour may be just the thing for you. If all goes well, we’ll travel to a different area of Minnesota next year.

We’ll take a trip back in time to Minnesota’s Mesabi Range to learn how this region has had such a major Influence in our state. We’ll travel  back in history starting with logging at the Forest History Center in the 1800’s followed by the discovery of rich deposits of iron ore that made this part of the state one of the richest in the nation starting in the 1930’s. All that changed in the 80’s and now this area has been struggling to find its place in our modern world.

DATES: Tuesday, August 14th to Thursday, August 16th (3 full days, 2 nights)

COST: The cost of the trip is $175.00 per person, not including transportation or additional meals. This trip is limited to 22 people.  If you would like to secure your place, send a $75.00 check, made out to “Jane Norman” to the address below. The down-payment deadline is June 1.

Jane Norman (FFMNTC Activities Co-Chair)
Postal Mail: 6041 Sumter Place North, New Hope, MN 55428

You also can give a check for your down-payment to Jane at the April 10 lunch at Bachman’s.

LODGING and MEALS: We will be staying at the Timber Lake Lodge in Grand Rapids (2 nights lodging, 2 per room). This premiere hotel has many amenities including a large pool, hot tubs, attached restaurant and full hot breakfast (included). Also included: two picnic lunches, and wine and cheese party Tuesday night. Dinners are on your own.

ENTRANCE FEES INCLUDED: Forest History Center Tour, Minnesota Discovery Center, Minnesota Museum of Mining Tour, Greyhound Bus Museum, Hibbing High School, Bob Dylan’s childhood home, Hull Rust Mine and more.

TRANSPORTATION: This will be a drive-up trip and we will be asking for volunteers to drive. If you have a vehicle that can transport 4 or more people and would be willing to drive, please let me know. What we have done in the past is have passengers share the price of gas. This usually works well.