miners MN Reads: "Flames of Discontent" by Gary Kaunonen By Lisa Johnson • Jan 11, 2018 Immigrants. Working-class people who feel they have no voice. Jobs. Labor historian Gary Kaunonen talks about the conversations then and now ... and why he thinks history - for everyone - should be a basic human right. Flames of Discontent: The 1916 Minnesota Iron Ore Strike is published by University of Minnesota Press. 6/18 The "town at the end of the road" rich in unique culture By Lisa Johnson • Jun 18, 2015 Transguyjay/Flickr Doug Luthanen grew up in Ely, the town "at the end of the road." He says that isolation, combined with a different kind of mining than that in the rest of the Range, created a unique culture of mines, miners and regular folks.