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Abby Faulkner
Abby Faulkner
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How Much are your Antiques Worth? Find Out Tonight in Melrose

The very popular Antique Treasure Roadshow is back. The Stearns History Museum and Melrose Area Historical Society will host the event tonight (Monday) beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the basement of the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose.

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Abby Faulkner
Abby Faulkner
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National Magazine Sponsoring Free Admission to Stearns History Museum Tomorrow

Subscribers to Smithsonian magazine can go to the Stearns History Museum for free tomorrow.

It's "Museum Day" at museums all over the country, sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine, and the Stearns History Museum is participating.

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Everett School (Stearns History Museum)
Everett School (Stearns History Museum)
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St. Cloud’s First Public School Opened – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

The first public school was opened in this building on Monday, September 20, 1858, with M.P. Noel as teacher. Thirty-three students enrolled and the school was supported entirely by taxes levied on residents of St. Cloud.

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SCSU's Old Main building in 1908 (Stearns History Museum)
SCSU's Old Main building in 1908 (Stearns History Museum)
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St. Cloud Normal School Opens on This Date in Central Minnesota History

The Third State Normal School -- the St. Cloud Normal School (preceded by schools in Winona and Mankato) opened on this day, September 13th, 1869.

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Stearns History Museum archives
Stearns History Museum archives
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Reker Sisters Went Missing – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

Susanne and Mary Reker went missing; they were found 26 days later murdered in Quarry Park. Today, police still don’t know who murdered these two girls. They believe the killer or killers may be from the local area.

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St. Cloud Area Had A Good Summer For Tourism [AUDIO]

With this being the Labor Day Holiday weekend, the summer tourism season is coming to an end. Julie Lunning is the Executive Director of the St. Cloud Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. She says overall it was a good summer for tourism in the area.

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Stearns County Courthouse (Stearns History Museum)
Stearns County Courthouse (Stearns History Museum)
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Stearns County Courthouse Dedicated – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

On September 1, 1922, St. Cloud’s new architectural masterpiece was ready to open as “A Landmark of Civic Progress and a Memorial to Sturdy Pioneers.”

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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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