Iron Range Field Visit: Sep. 15/16

Updated – September 13, 2017


7:00 am: Departure to the Iron Range. Bus will leave from 89 Church Street (Rapson Hall, UMN School of Architecture.)

      • Note we will depart at 7am so please arrive by that time.
      • A light breakfast will be provided on the bus. We will have some coffee jugs so if you have a travel mug bring it!

10:45 am: Arrive at Cliffs Natural Resources Hibbing Taconite Mine (4950 County Rd. Hwy 5 Hibbing, MN 5574). Please wear long sleeves and closed toed shoes / no sandals

11am-1pm: All registered participants should transfer to the bus. We will have a 2 hour tour of the Hibbing Taconite Mine.

1:30 pm: Drive to the Hull-Rust Mahoning Mine Overlook. A light lunch will be provided (sandwiches, chips, cookies….)

3:00 pm: Drive to Duluth. Drive Skyline parkway and stop at Enger Tower lookout for  prospect over the port, Lake Superior and the St. Louis Estuary

4pm: Drive to Hotel (One drop off on the Canal Park Strip + Radisson)

5:45pm: Bus pickup outside the Radisson hotel for ride to Clyde Iron Works

6 9:00pm: Dinner, Drinks, Film-Screening + Pecha-Kucha at Clyde Iron Works

          • Nick Brown (Northweastern University)
          • Kathryn Yusoff (Queen Mary University )+ Bruce Braun (UMN)
          • Sarah Lewison (Southerin Illinois University)
          • Sarah Ross (SAIC) + Ryan Griffis (U. Of Illinois)
          • Claire Pentecost (School of the Art Institute of Chicago – SAIC)
          • Steve Rowell (Center for Land Use Interpretation)
    • Pizza dinner will be provided
    • Alcoholic beverages can be purchased at the bar if desired.

9:30pm: Bus returns to Hotel (Radisson drop-off and Canal Park Strip drop-off)



– Breakfast on your own (Hotel breakfast included for speakers + visiting artists staying at the Radisson)

10 – 11:45am: (Walk): Meeting at American Indian Housing Corporation (202 W. 2nd Street, Duluth, MN 55802). Discussion with Randi Omdahl (Outreach Coordinator for Sacred Hoop Coalition) + Michelle Lebeau (Executive Director of AIHCO) for a conversation on sex-trafficking, violence against Indigenous Women and resistance to various forms of settler colonialism)

Noon: Bus pick up at Hotel

Noon -1:30pm: Lunch at the Bent Paddle Brewery. Lunch covered by tour registration, drinks may be purchased individually

1:30-3:00: Port + Dredge Infrastructure Tour (Led by Sean Burkholder)

3:00-3:30pm: Energy Infrastructure Driving Tour (bus narration, Brian Holmes)

3:30pm: Depart for Minneapolis

6:00pm: Arrive in Minneapolis. Bus drops off at 89 Church Street.

        • We should be back sooner, but 6 should be the latest!

Hotels: We are holding a limited number of rooms at the Duluth Radisson for conference attendees; these are also available on a first come-first-served basis. This is a popular time to visit Minnesota’s North and we would suggest making room bookings early – as bird watchers and leaf watchers visit en-masse at this time of year.

Hotel suggestions for Duluth:

  1. The Inn on Lake Superior.
  2. Duluth Radisson (limited room block available for attendees)
  3. Pier B-Resort
  4. Canal Park Lodge
  5. Comfort Suites Canal Park

We would advise symposium participants to pack a light overnight bag for the field tour. Please check the weather beforehand and dress appropriately.  It can be much cooler on the Iron Range and on Lake Superior.  Weather should be in the low-mid 60s in Hibbing and Duluth.


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