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Strong Towns Message is Changing the Conversation

Strong Towns Message is Changing the Conversation

Recent results from a survey during Strong Towns' events on the Minnesota Iron Range show how the Strong Towns message is changing the minds of people in that community and moving the conversation in a new direction.

Leah Calgaro renovates a historic, mixed-use downtown building

Leah Calgaro renovates a historic, mixed-use downtown building

Leah Calgaro is a lifelong resident of the Iron Range. She chose a unique path for a young person and recently purchased a mixed-use building in downtown Virginia, MN. She is living in the upstairs while renovating the other floors. This is her story.

Strong Towns 101: Risk and Reward

Strong Towns 101: Risk and Reward

Not only do small downtown shops provide a higher rate of tax revenue than big box stores; they're also a much lower risk investment for the community.

Aaron Brown: Straight Talk on the Iron Range

Aaron Brown: Straight Talk on the Iron Range

Aaron J. Brown is a writer, radio producer and college instructor living and working on the Iron Range. In this interview between friends, Aaron discusses mining, education, and economics on the Iron Range. 

Today's events in the Iron Range

Today's events in the Iron Range

Today, Strong Towns is hosting several events in the East Range area of Minnesota including a walking tour, a panel discussion on collaboration, and a Curbside Chat.

Moxie, a Local Clothing Store with a Mission

Moxie, a Local Clothing Store with a Mission

Suzanne Rian is the owner of Moxie, a clothing boutique in Hibbing, MN. She started the store eight years ago, during the 2008 recession, and has since watched her store blossom into a strong local business.