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Here is the deep dive story that came from this first round of Changemakers Alliance conversations.

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Ranae Hanson, author of Minnesota Book Award-winning “Watershed,” has organized a series of conversations as part of our Changemakers Alliance story development network. This 30-minute conversation, in a nutshell, represents the voices of four perspectives of people who are deeply invested in how northern Minnesota survives, thrives, co-creates, and reinvents itself in the coming years.

The conversation features Lacey Squire (community leader in Ely), Ranae Hanson (author), her brother Jeff Hanson (engineer from Babbitt), and Barbara Jones (retired resident who relocated to Ely after a career in astrophysics).

Aaron Brown

We also had a conversation with northern Minnesota columnist, teacher, and political historian Aaron Brown.

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Ranae Hanson Contributions