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Public invited to mark 90th anniversary of Milford Mine tragedy

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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

A public gathering at the Milford Mine Memorial Park is planned Wednesday to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the underground mine collapse at the mine.

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Forty-one miners lost their lives in the underground mine collapse on Feb. 5, 1924. The Milford Mine site is four miles north of Crosby.

“This is a significant date in history on the Cuyuna Iron Range and the first event planned within the boundaries of the recently developed Milford Mine Memorial Park that recognizes that date as the worst mining disaster in Minnesota’s mining history,” said Bryan Pike, Crow Wing County natural resource manager, in a news release.

The public gathering is planned at the picnic shelter, which is located a few hundred feet from the underground mine collapse.

The gathering will begin at the park shelter at 11 a.m. School bus transportation will be provided at Crosby City Hall with the bus departing at 10:40 a.m. and returning by 12:15 p.m. Coffee and refreshments will be served at 12:15 at Crosby City Hall.

To reach the Milford Mine Memorial Park go north of Crosby on Highway 6, left on County Road 30 for 0.3 miles, then left at the park sign.

Participants will be able to learn about that tragic day in history, hear the reading of the names of the miners lost and learn about additional park development plans for 2014.

Crow Wing County reports it encourages and welcomes the public to attend this gathering.

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