Erie Mining Project announces scholarship fund

Updated: September 01, 2020 06:59 PM

The Erie History Project Team had another goal, after their book was published. It was to start a scholarship fund, and help the next generation of miners.

On Tuesday, standing in front of one of their old mainline locomotives that's used by the North Shore Scenic Railroad, they handed over the $50,000 check that will start the Erie Mining Company Scholarship Fund.

The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation will manage the fund. "Our vision is to preserve the history of Erie. Part of the application process will be to write an essay about Erie," shared Ron Hein, a member of the Erie HIstory Project Team.

Dan Devaney, another member, added, "We wanted it to go to kids from the east end of the Range, and up in the Tofte area, which was also part of Erie Mining Company."

The first one will be awarded in the spring. It will be $1500, and can be used at trade school or a college. Eligible seniors must be from the Mesabi East or Cook County Schools, and plan on pursuing a career in mining. 

The book, Taconite New Life for Minnesota's Iron Range - The History of Erie Mining Company, came out in 2019.

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