Dewey-Radke House History Resources

An important part of the preservation of an historic site is the documentation that is kept in order to help us remember that site. This is key because we can never be sure what will bring about the destruction of a site, whether by fire, natural disaster or human action.

Last week’s demolition of the Dewey-Radke House led me on a search through the online archives of the Morrison County Record and a few other sources in order to gather further documentation for the Dewey-Radke House file we have in our archive. I thought you might appreciate seeing the list I compiled, which gives a nice summary – even if you only read the titles – of what has happened with the home over the past few years. What’s striking about the list is how long it is. The Dewey-Radke House received a lot of news coverage.

I have also included a scan (pdf file) of a brochure produced in the 1970s about the history of the home.

If you are interested in further information on the Dewey-Radke House, stop by to look at the file or to comb through the archived bound volumes of the Morrison County Record.

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Dewey-Radke pamphlet from the 1970s: http://morrisoncountyhistory.org/deweyradkepamphlet.pdf

Dewey-Radke House Demolition – Related Articles
Compiled by Mary Warner, 2011

Note: This list contains news items and guest editorials from the Morrison County Record, but not regular letters to the editor concerning the house. There are many of those to be found by searching the Record’s archive online or by looking through the bound volumes of the Record at the Morrison County Historical Society. The list is in date order.

[Morrison County Record] New tenants for Dewey-Radke house – September 30, 2003: http://archives.ecmpublishers.info/2003/09/30/new-tenants-for-dewey-radke-house/

[Morrison County Record] Fate of Dewey-Radke House discussed – March 18, 2008: http://mcrecord.com/archives/466874/

[Morrison County Record] Council discusses whether to repair Dewey-Radke house – March 21, 2008: http://mcrecord.com/archives/466815/

[Morrison County Record] About $20,000 has been set aside for the Dewey-Radke repairs – October 24, 2008: http://mcrecord.com/archives/466016/

[Morrison County Record] Friends of the Dewey-Radke home excited about property’s possibilities – February 13, 2009: http://mcrecord.com/archives/465577/

[Morrison County Record] Friends see great potential for ‘The Dewey’ – May 28, 2010: http://mcrecord.com/archives/469410/

[Morrison County Record] LF City Council needs to look at enterprises case-by-case – June 18, 2010: http://mcrecord.com/archives/431780/

[Morrison County Record] Little Falls Council needs to establish an inventory policy – June 25, 2010: http://mcrecord.com/archives/431705/

[Morrison County Record] Public invited to give input on inventory policy for LF city property – July 22, 2010: http://mcrecord.com/archives/431511/

[Morrison County Record] Friends groups have concerns about time and money needed for inventory of properties – July 29, 2010: http://mcrecord.com/archives/469177/

[Morrison County Record] Friends of the Dewey-Radke plan open house – July 30, 2010: http://mcrecord.com/archives/431445/

[Morrison County Record] Dewey-Radke home’s future may include the construction of a mini locomotive – August 12, 2010: http://mcrecord.com/archives/469132/

[Morrison County Record] Tuckpoint work has started at ‘The Dewey’ – September 16, 2010: http://mcrecord.com/archives/474396/tuckpoint-work-has-started-at-%E2%80%98the-dewey%E2%80%99/

[Morrison County Record] Decision to furnish Dewey-Radke House up in the air – September 24, 2010: http://mcrecord.com/archives/474763/decision-to-furnish-dewey-radke-house-up-in-the-air/

[Morrison County Record] Friends of Dewey-Radke House try to get train on track – November 5, 2010: http://mcrecord.com/archives/476827/friends-of-dewey-radke-house-try-to-get-train-on-track/

[Morrison County Record] Little Falls City Council votes to end agreement with Friends of Dewey-Radke House – February 25, 2011: http://mcrecord.com/archives/481096/little-falls-city-council-votes-to-end-agreement-with-friends-of-dewey-radke-house/

[Morrison County Record] Friends of Dewey-Radke House solicit support for historic home’s future – March 17, 2011: http://mcrecord.com/archives/482025/friends-of-dewey-radke-house-solicit-support-for-historic-home%E2%80%99s-future/

[Morrison County Record] Mission of Friends of Dewey-Radke remains unchanged – April 22, 2011: http://mcrecord.com/archives/484075/mission-of-friends-of-dewey-radke-remains-unchanged/

[Morrison County Record] Friends of the Dewey-Radke plan final open house – April 28, 2011: http://mcrecord.com/archives/484355/friends-of-the-dewey-radke-plan-final-open-house/

[Brainerd Dispatch] Train has left the Dewey-Radke House station in Little Falls – May 19, 2011: http://brainerddispatch.com/news/2011-05-19/train-has-left-dewey-radke-house-station-little-falls#.TmEKqmrcy1E

[Morrison County Record] Yard sale at Little Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau cancelled; temporary injunction brought by Friends of the Dewey-Radke House granted – June 3, 2011: http://mcrecord.com/archives/487190/yard-sale-at-little-falls-convention-and-visitors-bureau-cancelled-temporary-injunction-brought-by-friends-of-the-dewey-radke-house-granted/

[Morrison County Record] Friends of the Dewey-Radke to Little Falls and its Council: ‘You are being sued’ – June 10, 2011: http://mcrecord.com/archives/487565/friends-of-the-dewey-radke-to-little-falls-and-its-council-%E2%80%98you-are-being-sued%E2%80%99/

[YouTube] 11022410City of Little Falls Revokes Dewey Radke Lease – June 13, 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKBN9CGKjhw

[Morrison County Record] Hearing set for Friday: Dewey-Radke Friends vs. Little Falls – June 21, 2011: http://mcrecord.com/archives/488153/hearing-set-for-friday-dewey-radke-friends-vs-little-falls/

[Morrison County Record] Temporary injunction against Little Falls stands; judge to make final decision in Dewey-Radke Friends vs. city suit – June 27, 2011: http://mcrecord.com/archives/488529/488529/

[Morrison County Record] Judge rules in favor of the city of Little Falls in Friends of the Dewey-Radke House lawsuit – July 27, 2011: http://mcrecord.com/archives/490599/judge-rules-in-favor-of-the-city-in-friends-of-the-dewey-radke-house-lawsuit/

[Morrison County Record] Judge rules in favor of city in Dewey-Radke Friends lawsuit — Friends group plans to continue its work; Council to discuss the Dewey-Radke Monday – July 29, 2011: http://mcrecord.com/archives/490792/judge-rules-in-favor-of-city-in-dewey-radke-friends-lawsuit-%E2%80%94-friends-group-plans-to-continue-its-work-council-to-discuss-the-dewey-radke-monday/

[Morrison County Record] Passion superseded wisdom right here in Little Falls – July 29, 2011: http://mcrecord.com/archives/490799/passion-superseded-wisdom-right-here-in-little-falls/

[Morrison County Record] Little Falls Council begins process of deciding fate of the Dewey-Radke House – August 5, 2011: http://mcrecord.com/archives/491223/little-falls-council-begins-process-of-deciding-fate-of-the-dewey-radke-house/

[Morrison County Record] Crowder explains position on Dewey-Radke House – August 5, 2011: http://mcrecord.com/archives/491281/crowder-explains-position-on-the-dewey-radke-house/

[Morrison County Record] Little Falls Council votes 6-1 to demolish Dewey-Radke House – August 15, 2011: http://mcrecord.com/archives/491736/little-falls-council-votes-6-1-to-demolish-dewey-radke-house/

[YouTube] Dewey Radke House – Lakeland News at Ten – August 17, 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvJ1Jx86qfo

[Morrison County Record] Six-one vote by Little Falls City Council to demolish is next step in Dewey-Radke House history – August 19, 2011: http://mcrecord.com/archives/491909/six-one-vote-determines-next-step-in-dewey-radke-house-history/

[KSAX] Little Falls City Council Votes to Tear Down 118-Year-Old Dewey-Radke House – August 19, 2011: http://ksax.com/article/stories/S2245185.shtml?cat=10263

[KARE 11] Historic Little Falls home has date with wrecking ball – August 21, 2011: http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=934934

[Preservation Alliance of Minnesota] Letter of Concern and Interest Regarding the Dewey-Radke House – August 23, 2011: http://www.mnpreservation.org/2011/08/23/letter-of-concern-and-interest-regarding-the-dewey-radke-house/

[Morrison County Record] Chris Grams tenders resignation as president of the FDRH – August 25, 2011: http://mcrecord.com/archives/492243/chris-grams-tenders-resignation-as-president-of-the-fdrh/

[Morrison County Record] Citizens should be allowed to vote on the fate of the Dewey-Radke House – August 26, 2011: http://mcrecord.com/archives/492374/citizens-should-be-allowed-to-vote-on-the-fate-of-the-dewey-radke-house/

[Morrison County Record] The Dewey-Radke is really the ‘Botton, Gibson, McCausy, Roberts, Shaw, Dewey, Hammerbeck and Radke House – August 26, 2011: http://mcrecord.com/archives/492378/the-dewey-radke-is-really-the-%E2%80%98botton-gibson-mccausy-roberts-shaw-dewey-hammerbeck-and-radke%E2%80%99-house/

[Morrison County Record] Dewey-Radke House is no more – August 30, 2011: http://mcrecord.com/archives/492525/dewey-radke-house-is-no-more/

[Preservation Alliance of Minnesota] What just happened in Little Falls?!? – August 31, 2011: http://www.mnpreservation.org/2011/08/31/what-just-happened-in-little-falls/

[Morrison County Record] The Dewey-Radke House: Gone but not forgotten – September 2, 2011: http://mcrecord.com/archives/492525/dewey-radke-house-is-no-more/

[Morrison County Record] Dewey-Radke: It will take time, but city needs to move on – September 2, 2011: http://mcrecord.com/archives/492794/dewey-radke-it-will-take-time-but-city-needs-to-move-on/

[Morrison County Record] Let’s keep the memory of the Dewey-Radke House alive – September 2, 2011: http://mcrecord.com/archives/492801/let%E2%80%99s-keep-the-memory-of-the-dewey-radke-house-alive/

[Morrison County Record] Tuesday was a sad day in Little Falls – September 2, 2011: http://mcrecord.com/archives/492804/tuesday-was-a-sad-day-in-little-falls/

[Facebook] Dewey-Radke of Little Falls MN: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dewey-Radke-House-of-Little-Falls-MN/138322042847925

Friends of Dewey Radke House website: http://fdrh.wordpress.com/

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