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20 Years Ago Today: The Halloween Blizzard of 1991

Last week, Jim Maurice and I wrote up a couple of stories about that storm and we asked for your comments. Here are some funny memories and harrowing stories as we remember The Halloween Blizzard of 1991. 

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Some hunters drinking beer in 1915 (Stearns History Museum)
Some hunters drinking beer in 1915 (Stearns History Museum)
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Prohibition Passed Congress – on ‘This Date in Central Minnesota History’

The National Prohibition Act, which made the production, sale, and transport of “intoxicating liquors” illegal, was passed by Congress on this date in 1919.

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St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud State University
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Beaver Islands Got Their Name – on ‘This Date in Central Minnesota History’

Pike continued north on his journey on October 1st, and on this day, October 10th, in 1805 he reached a grouping of islands just south of where downtown St. Cloud is today. In Pike’s journal he kept of his journey, he gives the reason for naming them the ‘Beaver Islands’.

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Stearns History Museum
Stearns History Museum
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5-year-Old Missing for a Week – on ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

Tommy was from Montana. He and his family were visiting O’Rourke relatives in Foley, Minnesota in the fall of 1890. On Saturday, September 27th, the men of his family were harvesting some fields near the O’Rourke home.

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Stearns History Museum archives
Stearns History Museum archives
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Minnesota Amateur Baseball Museum Opened – on ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

On this date in 1992, the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame Museum opened, allowing its guests to experience the sport that has been a large part of our culture from the beginning.

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Everett School (Stearns History Museum)
Everett School (Stearns History Museum)
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St. Cloud’s First Public School Opened – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

The first public school was opened in this building on Monday, September 20, 1858, with M.P. Noel as teacher. Thirty-three students enrolled and the school was supported entirely by taxes levied on residents of St. Cloud.

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SCSU's Old Main building in 1908 (Stearns History Museum)
SCSU's Old Main building in 1908 (Stearns History Museum)
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St. Cloud Normal School Opens on This Date in Central Minnesota History

The Third State Normal School -- the St. Cloud Normal School (preceded by schools in Winona and Mankato) opened on this day, September 13th, 1869.

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Image courtesy of Trinity Lutheran Church
Image courtesy of Trinity Lutheran Church
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Longtime St. Cloud Pastor Dies – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

On this Sunday morning Pastor August Agather of Trinity Lutheran Church went to provide service as usual. He waited in the sacristy for the finish of the organ prelude when he suddenly became ill. Within minutes, the waiting congregation was notified of his death due to stroke.

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Stearns History Museum archives
Stearns History Museum archives
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Reker Sisters Went Missing – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

Susanne and Mary Reker went missing; they were found 26 days later murdered in Quarry Park. Today, police still don’t know who murdered these two girls. They believe the killer or killers may be from the local area.

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Stearns County Courthouse (Stearns History Museum)
Stearns County Courthouse (Stearns History Museum)
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Stearns County Courthouse Dedicated – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

On September 1, 1922, St. Cloud’s new architectural masterpiece was ready to open as “A Landmark of Civic Progress and a Memorial to Sturdy Pioneers.”

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