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John Moore, Getty Images
John Moore, Getty Images
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WJON Listeners Remember September 11, 2001 [AUDIO]

WJON listeners share their recollections on the attacks of September 11, 2001.

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Steven Wright
Steven Wright
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St. Cloud’s First Female Officer Hired – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

St. Cloud’s first female police officer, Ruby Danielson, began her work on this date, December 15th, in 1945.

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Sinclair Lewis (Stearns History Museum)
Sinclair Lewis (Stearns History Museum)
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Sinclair Lewis Wins Nobel Prize – on ‘This Date in Central Minnesota History’

On this date, December 10th, in 1930, Sauk Centre native Sinclair Lewis became the first American to be awarded a Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Photo from Library of Congress
Photo from Library of Congress
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Elizabeth Cady Stanton Visits St. Cloud – on ‘This Date in Central Minnesota History’

On this date, December 5th, in 1872, prominent abolitionist and women’s rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton visited St. Cloud to deliver a lecture titled “The Coming Girl.

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Stearns History Museum
Stearns History Museum
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Char-Gale Plant Opened – On ‘This Date in Central Minnesota History’

During the war, Char-Gale helped contract items for the war effort, and just one week before Pearl Harbor and eight short days before the United States entered the war, Char-Gale opened a plant in St. Cloud.

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4th of July at Watkins, MN - in front of Salzl Blacksmith Bldg, 1965  Eugene McCarthy shaking hands with Bev Bates of St. Boniface High School Marching Band (Cold Spring, MN).  Others in photo include:  Bab Harris (Cold Spring - Band Director); Marcie Schroeder-Dold (Richmond); Fred Backer (Watkins); Police Chief - George Loch (Watkins) Stearns History Museum
4th of July at Watkins, MN - in front of Salzl Blacksmith Bldg, 1965 Eugene McCarthy shaking hands with Bev Bates of St. Boniface High School Marching Band (Cold Spring, MN). Others in photo include: Bab Harris (Cold Spring - Band Director); Marcie Schroeder-Dold (Richmond); Fred Backer (Watkins); Police Chief - George Loch (Watkins) Stearns History Museum
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Eugene McCarthy Runs for President – on ‘This Date in Central Minnesota History’

On November 30th, 1967 Eugene McCarthy declared he was running for president; he ran on a platform that consisted of an anti-Vietnam war platform. This was directly opposite current President Lyndon B. Johnson’s platform.

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The Soo Line between Albany and Holdingford (Stearns History Museum)
The Soo Line between Albany and Holdingford (Stearns History Museum)
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Armistice Day Blizzard – on ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

Blizzard is a word that brings fear, excitement, danger and awe to those who have experienced one. Today marks the anniversary of the Armistice Day Blizzard. This storm has been called the worst storm that this state has ever seen

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Stearns History Museum
Stearns History Museum
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Gagliardi Becomes Winningest Coach – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

John Gagliardi began coaching collegiate football at Carroll College in Montana. In 1953, after 4 seasons at Carroll, he became the head coach at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, where he has remained ever since. Gagliardi, who turned 85 on November 1st, has had a very success head-coaching career covering more than six decades.

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The Cartwheel Saloon in 1962 (Stearns History Museum)
The Cartwheel Saloon in 1962 (Stearns History Museum)
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St. Augusta Got Its Name – on ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

The election on what to name the incorporated town was held on November 7th, 2000. There were three options on the ballot: St. Augusta, Ventura, or Augsburg (a compromise merging of the two hamlets that make up the town, St. Augusta and Luxemburg).

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June Marlowe Was Born – on ‘This Date in Central Minnesota History’

St. Cloud’s famed beauty June Marlowe captured the hearts of the world as a Hollywood film star of the 1920’s. Born November 6, 1903 to Hedwig (Hattie) and John P. Goetten, a St. Cloud meat market owner, Gisela was the oldest of five children.

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