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Iron Range Earth Fest 2010

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To celebrate local traditions and practical resources for sustainable living on the Iron Range.


University of Minnesota partners:

Northeast Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnership
Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture

Community partners:

Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability

  • Club Mesabi Inc.
  • Natural Harvest Food Co-op
  • Laurentian Environmental Center
  • Congregations Caring for the Earth - 8 different churches
  • Virginia Sustainability Task Force
  • No St Louis Soil and Water Conservation District

North East Higher Education District

  • Hibbing Community College
  • Mesabi Range Community and Technical College

Local Public Schools

  • Mt Iron-Buhl (staff and use of building)
  • Virginia (staff)

Community Education Departments (youth entertainment)

  • Mt Iron-Buhl
  • Virginia
  • Eveleth Gilbert

Media Sponsors

  • KAXE radio - Independent public radio of Grand Rapids
  • Range 11 TV - Duluth
  • Hometown Focus Newspaper - Virginia
  • Mesabi Daily News - Virginia
  • Hibbing Tribune - Virginia
  • Grand Rapids Herald - Virginia

Other Sponsors

Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency - volunteer programs
Arrowhead Transit Authority - public transportation
Holiday Inn Express & Suites - shuttle van
Virginia Public Access TV
Iron Range Resources
Minnesota Power
Iron Range Labor Assembly
Laurentian Energy Authority
Mesabi Unitarian Universalist Church



1. Plan and present a wildly successful 2nd annual Iron Range Earth Fest.
2. Expand upon and enhance the model created by Earth Fest 2009.
3. Respond to the requests from attendees in 2009 to present more information about
energy and agriculture.
4. Expand our offerings for area youth.
5. Create an annual publication to address various issues of sustainability.
6. Expand our network of individuals, businesses and organizations interested in
7. Create the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability.


1. We nearly doubled 2009 attendance numbers - increasing from around 500 to well
over 900.
2. We attracted a larger number of speakers & exhibitors - from 69 to 98.
3. We set a goal to increase information offered in the areas of renewable energy, energy
efficiency and local sustainable agriculture. We were able to secure a number of new
speakers, exhibitors and vendors in each area.
4. We were able to offer a number of events geared toward pre-school and grand school
children which included musical concerts with an environmental theme, storytelling,
puppet shows and a jeopardy game. We engaged older grade school children with the
first annual Green Inventors Contest - a sustainability inventor fair.
5. We were able to produce the first edition of the Every Day Guide to Sustainable
Living which focused on local sustainable agriculture.
6. We were able to expand our network through the recruitment of volunteers and
committee members, develop relationships and partnerships with new businesses and
organizations through sponsorships and in-kind relationships.

7. We are moving forward with the creation of the Iron Range Partnership for
Sustainability whose mission will be to stimulate conversation and action for a
sustainable Iron Range.



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