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Dedication Ceremony in 1973 (Stearns History Museum)
Dedication Ceremony in 1973 (Stearns History Museum)
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The Large Granite Boulders In Downtown St. Cloud Were Dedicated – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

We have all seen the three large boulders on St. Germain Street in front of Herberger’s store. Have you stopped to admire this piece of art and wondered what the story is behind it? This 32 ton sculpture is called “Granite Trio” and was dedicated on this day back in 1973.

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Doris Inman and her dog in 1950 (Stearns History Museum)
Doris Inman and her dog in 1950 (Stearns History Museum)
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St. Cloud Humane Society Was Formed – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

The two women who helped form the Humane Society were Mrs. Nora T. Gause and Mrs. Cora A. Meiser, and they were organizers of Humane Societies around the country. They came into town on August 24th, and gathered with a group of St. Cloud citizens at the Grand Central Hotel to discuss forming a Humane Society.

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Photo courtesy of Stearns History Museum
Photo courtesy of Stearns History Museum
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The College Of St. Benedict Began – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

When the sisters arrived in St. Joseph they began to plan a college that girls could attend to become teachers. By 1905, the plans were finalized and the development phase began, and the first of the buildings on campus were contracted for in 1911. Then in 1913, the college opened its doors for the first time with a small but dedicated staff.

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St. Cloud Resident Stephen Miller Nominated For Governor – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

St. Cloud resident Stephen Miller nominated for Governor at the Republican State Convention. He would be elected and as the 4th Governor of Minnesota

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Myron Hall Collection, Stearns History Museum
Myron Hall Collection, Stearns History Museum
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Pearl Lake Family Was Murdered – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

The Hoskins family of rural Pearl Lake was murdered on this date back in 1967. It didn't take long for investigators to find the person responsible.

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Indian Tepee in 1880 (Stearns History Museum)
Indian Tepee in 1880 (Stearns History Museum)
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The Dakota War Started On – ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

On a bright Sunday afternoon, August 17,1862, four young Dakota hunters were passing through Acton in Western Meeker County. These young Indians came across some hen’s eggs along a fence on Robinson Jones homestead. They were acquainted with Jones and his wife as they ran a combination post office, lodging place and store in Acton, and it was obvious that Jones’ hen had laid the eggs.

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Site of early St. Cloud Post Office (Stearns History Museum)
Site of early St. Cloud Post Office (Stearns History Museum)
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St. Cloud Post Office Established On – ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

Though St. Cloud had begun to be settled in the early part of the 1850s, it wasn’t until 1855 that it got its first post office. This happened when Frank Sisson was appointed postmaster on August 16, 1855.

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Matthew Hall Lumber (Stearns History Museum)
Matthew Hall Lumber (Stearns History Museum)
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Matthew Hall Lumber Starts – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

Mathew Hall emigrated from Germany in 1882. When he arrived here he began working for Lt. Gov. Charles Gilman, who gave him in lumber in exchange for wages. Gilman encouraged Hall to open his own lumber yard. When he had a small supply, Hall rented and later purchased two lots near Seventh Avenue and Second Street North. His business continues in this same place today! The first sale, on July 29, 1889, was for $2.80.

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Clemens Gardens Named – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

When a plot of land came up for sale across the street from the home of Bill and Virginia Clemens, they purchased and donated the land to the City of St. Cloud Park Department. July 20, 1989 is the date of the approved motion for the rose garden to be name for Virginia Clemens, its muse.

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John Wilson (Stearns History Museum)
John Wilson (Stearns History Museum)
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St. Cloud’s Middle Town Started – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

John L. Wilson, the “Father of St. Cloud”, purchased a section of land in central Minnesota for $100. This is where Middle Town (St. Cloud) would develop. The first town-site location at St. Cloud, covering what came to be known as “Middle Town,” now the business center of the city, was purchased on July 19, 1853 by John L. Wilson.

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