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Minnesota 13: From Grain to Glass
Minnesota 13: From Grain to Glass
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News @ Noon: Documentary On ‘Minnesota 13′ Premieres Sunday

During Prohibition one of the best moonshines in the country - Minnesota 13 - was made right here in Stearns County. The premiere of a new documentary about the moonshine is showing this Sunday at the Paramount Theatre in downtown St. Cloud.

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1913 high school football, photo by WJON.com's Alex Svejkovsky
1913 high school football, photo by WJON.com's Alex Svejkovsky
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Interesting Artifact: St. Cloud High School Football From 1913 [VIDEO]

A football that's over 100 years old is one of the 'interesting artifacts' you can find at the Stearns History Museum in St. Cloud. Curator Adam Smith says it's an old high school football.

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St. Cloud Municipal Pool, photo courtesy of the Stearns History Museum
St. Cloud Municipal Pool, photo courtesy of the Stearns History Museum
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WJON In Depth: The Golden Era Of The St. Cloud Municipal Pool [VIDEO]

The Eastman Park/Lake George area in St. Cloud is probably best known for weekly Summertime By George concerts now, but for years it was the place to go to cool off on a hot summer day. For 55 years the St. Cloud Municipal pool was the crown jewel of that neighborhood.

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Canteen and Knapsack at Stearns History Museum
Canteen and Knapsack at Stearns History Museum
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Interesting Artifact: Civil War-Era Canteen, Knapsack At Stearns History Museum [VIDEO]

A couple of the more interesting artifacts that you can find at the Stearns History Museum in St. Cloud are a canteen and knapsack that were used in not one - but two - important wars in our nation's history.

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(Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)
(Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)
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A Civilian Conservation Corp Uniform An ‘Interesting Artifact’ At The Stearns History Museum [VIDEO]

A uniform worn by a member of the Civilian Conservation Corp in the 1930's can be found at the Stearns History Museum in St. Cloud. Curator Adam Smith says the CCC was created by Franklin Roosevelt during the Great Depression to help single men ages 18-25.

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Photo by WJON.com's Alex Svejkovsky
Photo by WJON.com's Alex Svejkovsky
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Interesting Artifact: A Golden Globe At The Stearns History Museum [VIDEO]

A Golden Globe with a St. Cloud connection can be found at the Stearns History Museum. The award was won by St. Cloud native Gig Young - whose original name was Byron Barr - for his role in the 1969 film "They Shoot Horses Don't They".

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Stearns History Museum CEO Jim Davis, photo by WJON.com's Jim Maurice
Stearns History Museum CEO Jim Davis, photo by WJON.com's Jim Maurice
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Interactive Children’s Exhibit ‘Healthyville’ Opening At Stearns History Museum

A new exhibit with kids in mind is opening on Friday in St. Cloud. "Healthyville" is at the Stearns History Museum. Executive Director Jim Davis says it's a traveling exhibit that they have on loan from a children's museum in Connecticut.

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Blood letter at the Stearns History Museum. Photo by WJON.com's Alex Svejkovsky
Blood letter at the Stearns History Museum. Photo by WJON.com's Alex Svejkovsky
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Interesting Artifact: Blood Letting Device At Stearns History Museum [VIDEO]

It's odd to think about now, but there once was a time when a practice called "blood letting" was common for doctors. An interesting artifact you can find at the Stearns History Museum in St. Cloud is a blood letting device that was used in the late 1700's.

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Old baseball glove from the Stearns History Museum (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)
Old baseball glove from the Stearns History Museum (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)
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1940’s Era Baseball Gloves From Avon Some ‘Interesting Artifacts’ At Stearns Museum [VIDEO]

Town team baseball has a very deep tradition in Stearns County. The Stearns History Museum is preserving that history with some interesting artifacts. Curator Adam Smith says one example is a couple of baseball gloves used in the 1940's by Avon ballplayer Ambrose Heurung.

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Avon Bank Vault Lock, photo by WJON.com's Alex Svejkovsky
Avon Bank Vault Lock, photo by WJON.com's Alex Svejkovsky
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Lock From Avon Bank Robbery Is An ‘Interesting Artifact’ At Stearns History Museum [VIDEO]

Way back in 1909 there was a bank robbery in Avon. A piece of the lock from the Avon State Bank vault is one of the more interesting artifacts you'll find at the Stearns History Museum.

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