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Char-Gale Plant Opened – On ‘This Date in Central Minnesota History’

During the war, Char-Gale helped contract items for the war effort, and just one week before Pearl Harbor and eight short days before the United States entered the war, Char-Gale opened a plant in St. Cloud.

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4th of July at Watkins, MN - in front of Salzl Blacksmith Bldg, 1965  Eugene McCarthy shaking hands with Bev Bates of St. Boniface High School Marching Band (Cold Spring, MN).  Others in photo include:  Bab Harris (Cold Spring - Band Director); Marcie Schroeder-Dold (Richmond); Fred Backer (Watkins); Police Chief - George Loch (Watkins) Stearns History Museum
4th of July at Watkins, MN - in front of Salzl Blacksmith Bldg, 1965 Eugene McCarthy shaking hands with Bev Bates of St. Boniface High School Marching Band (Cold Spring, MN). Others in photo include: Bab Harris (Cold Spring - Band Director); Marcie Schroeder-Dold (Richmond); Fred Backer (Watkins); Police Chief - George Loch (Watkins) Stearns History Museum
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Eugene McCarthy Runs for President – on ‘This Date in Central Minnesota History’

On November 30th, 1967 Eugene McCarthy declared he was running for president; he ran on a platform that consisted of an anti-Vietnam war platform. This was directly opposite current President Lyndon B. Johnson’s platform.

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The Soo Line between Albany and Holdingford (Stearns History Museum)
The Soo Line between Albany and Holdingford (Stearns History Museum)
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Armistice Day Blizzard – on ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

Blizzard is a word that brings fear, excitement, danger and awe to those who have experienced one. Today marks the anniversary of the Armistice Day Blizzard. This storm has been called the worst storm that this state has ever seen

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Gagliardi Becomes Winningest Coach – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

John Gagliardi began coaching collegiate football at Carroll College in Montana. In 1953, after 4 seasons at Carroll, he became the head coach at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, where he has remained ever since. Gagliardi, who turned 85 on November 1st, has had a very success head-coaching career covering more than six decades.

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The Cartwheel Saloon in 1962 (Stearns History Museum)
The Cartwheel Saloon in 1962 (Stearns History Museum)
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St. Augusta Got Its Name – on ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

The election on what to name the incorporated town was held on November 7th, 2000. There were three options on the ballot: St. Augusta, Ventura, or Augsburg (a compromise merging of the two hamlets that make up the town, St. Augusta and Luxemburg).

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June Marlowe Was Born – on ‘This Date in Central Minnesota History’

St. Cloud’s famed beauty June Marlowe captured the hearts of the world as a Hollywood film star of the 1920’s. Born November 6, 1903 to Hedwig (Hattie) and John P. Goetten, a St. Cloud meat market owner, Gisela was the oldest of five children.

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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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Jim Maurice
Jim Maurice
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Start Tracing Your Family History This Weekend

Start digging into your family history. A conference tomorrow (Saturday) called "Just the Facts: Second Annual Family History Conference" will be at the Stearns History Museum.

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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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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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