Bluestem Prairie usually defers to Aaron Brown at Minnesota Brown for all things about the Range, but a letter in today's Mesabi Daily News about the Minnesota Congressional District 8 is worth mention.
In his remarkable letter to the editor, Radinovich wrongly sells himself as an Iron Ranger, one-time independent Minnesota House candidate Cory Pylkka shares heart-breaking news about the DFL nominee:
Joe Radinovich is up to no good again.
He is claiming (watch and listen to his ads) that he is an Iron Ranger. He is from Crosby which is part of the Cuyuna Range, which he and his campaign managers have twisted to call it the Cuyuna Iron Range.
You can see it on maps in certain places, but I never here anyone say "I am from the Range, Crosby that is". Iron Rangers are a proud people from the Mesabi Iron Range, or AKA Iron Rangers.
Joe, you have already shown how slick and dishonest you can be. Please move over and let Peter Stauber represent the 8th District with pride and integrity. Remember the definition of integrity — doing the right thing, even when no one is looking, Something Joe has not done and would not do.
A resident of Gilbert, Minnesota, Pylkka seems unaware that the entire Crosby area imagines that they're Rangers. Right down to the school district town name.
Even state representative Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin, who defeated Radinovich in 2014, appears to share young Joe's confused identity. In his December 12, 2016 Local issues roundup, Lueck lead with this passage:
We started the week by attending the annual meeting of the Cuyuna Iron Range Heritage Network at the Hallett Center Library in Crosby. The Network’s mission is to tell the story of the Cuyuna Iron Range and its people. The group does a wonderful job of preserving the history of our area. I take a special interest in what the Network does as my family shares that heritage and includes some of the very first iron miners that found employment in the early underground mines on the Cuyuna Range. ...
Lueck also told the public that summer:
[he] represents House District 10B, which includes all of the Cuyuna Iron Range and includes important copper, nickel, peat and other important mineral deposits in both Aitkin and Crow Wing counties.
How dare he twist that into the "Cuyuna Iron Range."
Even the Minnesota State Historical Society is in on the Radinovich conspiracy in publishing Cuyuna Iron Range by Fred Sutherland on MnOpedia.
Good Lord, won't somebody think of the children?
Speaking of location, in the same issue of the paper, Stauber’s absence noted at Steelworker rally:
Instead of standing with union workers and their families at last Thursday USW fair contract rally, Stauber stood by union busting and ‘Right to Work’ crusader Mike Pence at a Metro fundraiser.
You have to ask yourself, is Pete Stauber up for auction? Because it seems like he sold out to the highest bidder.
While Stauber was stumping for big money and special interests in the cities, congressional candidate Joe Radinovich was on the picket line supporting workers rights to a fair contract.
Well it may be neat Vice President Pence may know your name, we won’t forget who came.
Image: The Crosby-Ironton school district calls itself the Ranger. How confused is that?
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