Iron Range residents say Oberstar never forgot his roots Jim Oberstar grew up a tiny house on the Iron Range. His dad was an underground iron ore miner during an era of often brutal working conditions. But from those humblest of beginnings, he became Minnesota's longest-serving Congressman, conversant in six languages, renowned for his intellect and rambling oratory.7:25 a.m.
Duluth Mayor Don Ness remembers Oberstar as mentor There will be a funeral service on Thursday in Potomac, Maryland for former Minnesota Congressman Jim Oberstar. Oberstar, who represented the eighth district for 36 years, died Saturday. He was 79. Duluth Mayor Don Ness knew Jim Oberstar well. He served as the Congressman's campaign manager for ten years. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Mayor Ness.8:25 a.m.
In waste rock, mining companies find opportunity and create jobs Minnesota's Iron Range is littered with the legacy of 130 years of iron mining. Mine pits, enormous waste rock piles and tailings basins dot the landscape. A newfound interest in the leftover rock is leading to a resurgence of mining on the western edge of the Iron Range.8:40 a.m.
Austin, Minn. teen is a Youtube sensation The Minnesota Lynx have invited Molly Kate Kestner to sing the national anthem before their first WNBA pre-season game of the year tonight at Target Center.8:49 a.m.