Collections Carousel – LeBlanc Fillet Knife

Knifemaking is an art form requiring meticulous craftsmanship and a critical eye. Morrison County native and retired Brigadier General, Gary LeBlanc (1944-2016), obviously had those skills. This beautiful fillet knife was made by LeBlanc after he took up the craft as a hobby following his retirement after thirty-seven years of…

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Collections Carousel – Duck-Billed Push Pole, Circa 1955

An essential tool for wild rice harvesting, the duck-billed push pole was used to move a canoe through the thick stands of rice that grow in Minnesota waters. The hinged metal “duck-billed” end of the long wooden pole helped the poler, the person handling the pole, find leverage in the…

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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 – Triner Scale, Circa 1965

Before the electronic age, when digital scales became the preferred mechanism for measuring the weight of mail, handheld scales were often used to determine postal rates. This small (4.875″ x 2.75″) metal scale, manufactured by the Triner Scale & Manufacturing Company, Inc., of Memphis, Tennessee, was intended for home use.…

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