Collections Carousel – Rain Gauge from La Fond Building Supplies, Inc., Circa 1970

Minnesotan’s love to talk about weather – “Did you notice how warm it was the other day?” “Man is it windy.” “I wonder when we’ll get some rain.” A premium, or giveaway, from LaFond Building Supplies, Inc. of Little Falls, this rain gauge would have been a welcome gift to…

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Collections Carousel – Postcard of Swinging Bridge at Charles A. Lindbergh State Park, Circa 1940

  On Monday, March 23, 1931, Minnesota Governor Floyd B. Olson signed the bill that created Charles A. Lindbergh State Park. A well-loved asset for the City of Little Falls and the entire state of Minnesota, the park draws visitors from across the nation and the world. This photo postcard…

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Collections Carousel – Swanville’s McRae Brothers and George W. Friedrich Park

While doing research for the Stearns History Museum on George W. Friedrich Park, a natural conservation area in southeast St. Cloud, Minnesota, that is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, I stumbled across a wonderful tidbit of information that directly ties the early history of the site to…

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#Weymu – Smoke-Free from the Beginning at the Weyerhaeuser Museum

The following three sentences in the minutes of the Morrison County Historical Society’s September 4, 1975, meeting stopped me dead in my tracks: “A discussion on non-smoker’s rights followed. Smoking will be prohibited in the building. Don Peterson will make the necessary signs.” The Historical Society dedicated The Charles A.…

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