Minnesota’s miners played an often-forgotten role in D-Day history

(St. Paul, MN) – Isaac Orr, Policy Fellow at Center of the American Experiment, released the following statement in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day:


“Today we remember the heroism of more than 160,000 American and Allied troops who stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, and the thousands of soldiers who sacrificed their lives to save the world from the horrors of Nazi tyranny and the Holocaust.


“Minnesota played an important and often-forgotten role in Allied victories, including D-Day. Both before and after that day, Minnesota’s miners labored tirelessly over 16-hour days to provide the iron ore that became the ships, aircraft, and rifles used win the war. This history is, in large part, why mining is a powerful sense of source of pride and regional identity on the Iron Range. Minnesotans should be proud that many of our parents and grandparents mined the iron ore that helped to make victories like the Normandy invasion possible.”


Isaac Orr is a policy fellow at Center of the American Experiment, where he writes about energy and environmental issues, including mining and electricity policy. Prior to joining Center of the America Experiment, Isaac served as a research fellow at The Heartland Institute, where he specialized in energy and environmental policy. Isaac has written extensively on hydraulic fracturing, frac sand mining and electricity policy, among other energy and environmental issues. His writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal,USA Today, the New York Post, The Hill, Orange County Register, The Washington Times, and many other publications.


Center of the American Experiment is “Minnesota’s Think Tank.” For more than 25 years, the Center has been the most impactful and effective public policy organization in Minnesota, leading the way in creating and advocating policies that make Minnesota a freer, more prosperous and better-governed state. The Center is a civic and educational 501(c)(3) organization.