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WJON News On-Demand – Wednesday, 4/20/11 – Morning

Here's this morning headlines on WJON:

- Gas prices go higher
- Unemployment rate goes lower
- Sauk Rapids man considers U.S. Senate run
- Trolley may be coming back
- Advice: Think before buying a bunny

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Waite Park Holds First Council Meeting – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

Official papers incorporating the Village of Waite Park were filed at 4:00 pm on March 20, 1893. 25 families were living in Waite Park at the time. The first village council meeting was held on April 17, 1893. Waite Park is named for Henry C. Waite. Waite was originally from New York, where he worked as a lawyer.

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St. Cloud Becomes An All-American City – On This Date In Central Minnesota History

St. Cloud awarded the title of All-American City on April 15th, 1974. The All-American City Award is given by the National Civic League every year to 10 select cities.

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St. Cloud railroad after the 1886 cyclone, courtesy of the Stearns History Museum
St. Cloud railroad after the 1886 cyclone, courtesy of the Stearns History Museum
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Deadly Tornado Strikes St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids – On This Date In Central Minnesota History

On April 14th, 1886 – Stearns and Benton Counties hit by what is called the deadliest tornado in history of the state. The great tornado of 1886 claimed the lives of 73 Stearns and Benton County residents, wounded many others, destroyed 109 buildings, and caused an estimated $300,000 in damage.

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1935 photo of Myra Dragoo from the Stearns History Museum
1935 photo of Myra Dragoo from the Stearns History Museum
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St. Cloud Elects Its First Woman To City Council – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

April 9, 1924 – Myra Dragoo became the first woman elected to the St. Cloud City Council.

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1969 photo of Gig Young from the film 'The Shoot Horses Don't They' courtesy of the Stearns Hisory Museum
1969 photo of Gig Young from the film 'The Shoot Horses Don't They' courtesy of the Stearns Hisory Museum
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St. Cloud Native Gig Young Won An Oscar – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’ [VIDEO]

April 7th, 1970 – St. Cloud native Byron Barr (aka: Gig Young) won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 1969 film They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

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St. Cloud Becomes One Town – On “This Date In Central Minnesota History”

ST. CLOUD -- April 2nd, 1856 – The three settlements, Upper Town, Middle Town, and Lower Town, were granted authority by the Minnesota Territorial Legislature to incorporate into the City of St. Cloud in March 1856, and on April 2nd the first town officers were chosen.

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Photo from Library of Congress
Photo from Library of Congress
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This Date In Central Minnesota History – March 28th, 1870

On this date in "Central Minnesota History" abolitionist and women's rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton visited St. Cloud. Learn all about her stop here.

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Photo of the photo out of the courthouse in 1960 courtesy of the Stearns History Museum
Photo of the photo out of the courthouse in 1960 courtesy of the Stearns History Museum
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This Date In Central Minnesota History – March 27th, 1936

March 27th, 1936 – Stearns County Historical Society organized. For seventy-five years the Stearns History Museum has been shaping (and re-shaping) itself in order to serve and supply local residents with tangible displays of our local histories.

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Swisshelm's home and office in St. Cloud in 1860
Swisshelm's home and office in St. Cloud in 1860
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This Date In Central Minnesota History – March 24th, 1858

March 24th, 1858 – Opponents of Jane Grey Swisshelm, St. Cloud’s first female publisher and feminist, broke into her newspaper office, The St. Cloud Visiter, and destroyed the press, throwing the pieces into the Mississippi River.

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