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Photos courtesy of Stearns History Museum
Photos courtesy of Stearns History Museum
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This Date In Central Minnesota History – March 21st, 1903

It was on this date in 1903 that Stephen Tenvoorde signed an agreement making his dealership the second Ford dealership in the country. Today it is the oldest Ford dealership in the world.

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Apollo High School yearbook photo from 1976
Apollo High School yearbook photo from 1976
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This Date In Central Minnesota History – March 20th, 1962 [VIDEO]

On today's This Date In Central Minnesota History, we feature St. Cloud native Stephen Sommers. He was born on this date, and went on to become a top Hollywood filmmaker.

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Photos of early St. Cloud Girl Scouts courtesy of the Stearns History Museum
Photos of early St. Cloud Girl Scouts courtesy of the Stearns History Museum
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This Date In Central Minnesota History – March 12th, 1912

It was on this date 99 years ago that the girl scouts started. Now that first meeting was actually held down in Savannah, Georgia. But it didn't take too long before girls the in the St. Cloud area formed their own chapter of the Girl Scouts.

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Stearns County History Museum Photos
Stearns County History Museum Photos
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This Date In Central Minnesota History – March 11th, 1858

On this date in 1858 the City of Sauk Rapids was incorporated. Thanks to the Stearns History Museum for helping us with our "This Date In Central Minnesota History" series.

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Photos of June Marlowe courtesy of Stearns History Museum
Photos of June Marlowe courtesy of Stearns History Museum
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This Date In Central Minnesota History – March 10th, 1984 [VIDEO]

On this segment of our series "This Date In Central Minnesota History" we learn about St. Cloud native Gisela Goetten, who became Hollywood starlet June Marlowe. Marlowe died on this date in 1984.

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An 1860s photo of the Red River Oxcarts courtesy of the Stearns History Museum
An 1860s photo of the Red River Oxcarts courtesy of the Stearns History Museum
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This Date In Central Minnesota History – March 3rd, 1949

Today's feature on our "This Date In Central Minnesota History" is about Minnesota's centennial in 1949, and the commemoration of the famed Red River Oxcart trail that traveled through Stearns County.

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Photos courtesy of the Stearns History Museum:  James Gallagher along with his wife Mary and their daughter Katherine in the Melrose parade in his honor
Photos courtesy of the Stearns History Museum: James Gallagher along with his wife Mary and their daughter Katherine in the Melrose parade in his honor
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This Date In Central Minnesota History – March 2nd, 1949

On this date, a Melrose man became the first pilot to fly nonstop around planet Earth. And with his crew aboard the bomber Lucky Lady II, James Gallagher flew off into the history books.

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Photo of the Central House Hotel where Buffalo Bill stayed, courtesy of the Stearns History Museum
Photo of the Central House Hotel where Buffalo Bill stayed, courtesy of the Stearns History Museum
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This Date In Central Minnesota History – February 28th, 1883

It was on this date in 1883 that Buffalo Bill Cody came to St. Cloud and stayed at the Central House Hotel. But we almost never found out about Buffalo Bill's stay here except for an old tattered piece of paper stuffed in the hotel's walls.

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1940 Sherburne County Board of Commissioners
1940 Sherburne County Board of Commissioners
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This Date In Central Minnesota History – February 25th, 1856

On this date in 1856, Morrison and Sherburne Counties were created. How did that happen?

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Newspaper article mentioning Laura Ella Becker McLane, first white child born in St. Cloud
St. Cloud Times (Oct 4, 1894) via Stearns History Museum archives
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This Date In Central Minnesota History: February 24th, 1854

It was on this date in 1854 that the first white child was born in Stearns County. Our "This Date In Central Minnesota History" series is a cooperative effort between WJON and The Stearns History Museum.

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