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To close out the millennium, Minnesota Public Radio's All Things Considered presents a look back at Minnesota life in 1900 via a 12-part series, entitled “A Minnesota Century.” This segment profiles the Merritt brothers and their Minnesota ore discovery.

In the late 1880s, three brothers from Duluth set out to prove a rumor that the Mesabi district in northern Minnesota was rich with iron ore. In just a few months, the Merritt brothers discovered the tip of what turned out to be the most valuable ore deposit in the United States. Instead of getting rich, the brothers lost all their money, and surrendered every one of their valuable iron mines to an eastern oil tycoon named John D. Rockefeller.

This is the fifth of twelve reports.

Click links below for other reports in series:

part 1: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/01/25/a-minnesota-century-sugar-point

part 2: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/02/23/a-minnesota-century-predictions

part 3: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/03/29/a-minnesota-century-lincoln-fey

part 4: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/04/26/a-minnesota-century-the-road-to-bagley

part 6: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/06/21/a-minnesota-century-eva-mcdonald

part 7: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/07/26/a-minnesota-century-the-mayo-brothers

part 8: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/08/30/a-minnesota-century-rhoda-emery

part 9: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/09/27/a-minnesota-century-maud-hart-lovelace

part 10: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/10/28/a-minnesota-century-the-story-of-cole-younger

part 11: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/11/29/a-minnesota-century-fredrick-lamar-mcghee-an-early-leader

part 12: https://archive.mpr.org/stories/1999/12/27/a-minnesota-century-news-100-years-ago

Awarded:

2000 The Gracie Allen Award, Radio - Outstanding News Story/Series category

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