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Museum embraces Minnesota State Fair’s past

August 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

FALCON HEIGHTS — Linda Koutsky sounds conflicted when you ask her about the new History and Heritage Center at the Minnesota State Fair.

Koutsky wrote the book on State Fair history — “Minnesota State Fair: An Illustrated History” — with…continue reading on

Wilder memoir to give gritty view of prairie life

August 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Kevin Burbach

PIERRE (AP) — Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children’s series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted “Little House on the Prairie” fans a more realistic, grittier view of…continue reading on

Column: The high points of a visit to southwest Minnesota

August 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

I learned only last week that Al Tlam — Elvin Tlam — died two years ago. He was 88, and he lived in State of Washington for decades. An engineer for Boeing. I would be surprised if half-a-dozen people from the local area know of Al.
I knew Al be…continue reading on

A hundred years later: The Larsmont School

August 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

Ken Vogel

The historic schoolhouse in Larsmont that stood in silence over the long winter came to life suddenly with the sounds of children laughing and playing this spring, On May 29, the little red schoolhouse wa…continue reading on

Tribute to the past

August 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

PIPESTONE — Hundreds of Civil War re-enactors from the upper Midwest, New Mexico, Florida and Colorado will attend the Pipestone Civil War Days on Saturday and Sunday at the Hiawatha Avenue Park with the gates opening at 8 a.m. both days. 

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BACK IN TIME: Mitchell Fire Department 1901

July 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

Shown is members of the Mitchell Fire Department, Jan. 1, 1901, in their dress uniforms. The drill team placed first in 1901 as they had in 1893, 1894 and 1895. The banner hanging in the background had become a possession of the Mitchell team once th…continue reading on

Fulfilling a North Dakota dream: Longtime Texas history teacher moves ‘home’ to Dickinson

July 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

Dickinson may not smell as great as it once did. In years past, Brian Belden said, before intense urban and oil-industry growth, there was a strong country air that smelled like freshly mowed hay and grain.
Belden laments that many historic building…continue reading on

Benson: 20 years ago, a sobering reality hit our universe

July 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

In March 1992, three astronomers, Carolyn and Eugene Shoemaker and David Levy discovered their ninth comet, hence its name, “Shoemaker-Levy 9.” The team determined that S-L9 was orbiting Jupiter now rather than the sun. Because Jupiter is a heavy…continue reading on

25th anniversary of filming of ‘Dances With Wolves’ being commemorated in Pierre

July 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

PIERRE — Events are being planned for Pierre the weekend of July 18-20 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the first three days of filming of the Academy Award-winning movie “Dances With Wolves” in the area.

Kevin Costner, who co-produced, dir…continue reading on

BACK IN TIME: Mitchell man overseas

June 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

Pictured are some of the enlisted men in the ground crew in front of two of the DH-4 planes in the 50th Aero Squadron in World War 1. The picture was taken at the Clermont-en-Argonne Airdrome in France in 1918. Nelson Logan (1896-1977), who built Mit…continue reading on