Eveleth, Minnesota

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Eveleth is a city in St. Louis County, Minnesota, USA. The population was 3,865 at the 2000 census.

U.S. Highway 53 and State Highway 37 are two of the main arterial routes in the city.

The city briefly entered the news in 2002 when U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone along with seven others died in a plane crash 2 miles away from the airport of Eveleth. It was also the site of the conflict that resulted in the court case Jenson v. Eveleth Taconite Co., and the film North Country, which was based on it. It is home of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

Eveleth is part of the Quad Cities of Virginia, Gilbert, and Mountain Iron.



Eveleth is located on the Mesabi Range, one of sub-regions within Minnesota's Iron Range. The town's economy has always been tied to the iron ore mining and processing which occurs in the area. This economic activity peaked during World War II and declined through the second half of the Twentieth Century. A resurgence of demand for iron ore occurred in the 2005-7 timeframe. However, the local economies experienced only mild improvement due to improved mining productivity, which allowed demand to be met with only a modest increase in staffing levels.

Located within the city limits is the Thunderbird Mine, an iron ore mine producing crude ore processed into 5.5 million tons of iron ore "taconite" pellets per year. Opened in 1965 by Eveleth Taconite Company, a subsidiary of the Oglebay-Norton and Ford Motor Companies. The mine is now (2010) operated by United Taconite LLC, a subsidiary of Cliffs Natural Resources. The ore is magnetite-bearing iron formation of the Paleoproterozoic Biwabik Iron Formation. Ore is crushed at the mine site, and shipped by railroad to the Fairlane Plant for concentrating and pelletizing.


The United States Hockey Hall of Fame is located here (not to be confused with the Hockey Hall of Fame, in Toronto). The city has long been noted as a powerhouse of hockey talent. They have won several state championships the latest being in 1998. During the 1950s the Eveleth Bears dominated high school hockey in Minnesota, garnering a number of state records including most consecutive state championships (4: 1948–51), most consecutive championship games (5: 1948–52) and most consecutive tournament appearances (12: 1945–56) despite the district's tiny population. They also have the most successful high school hockey program in the United States.[citation needed]

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