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Beer Caves Discovered In St. Cloud – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

“Beer Caves” found? On June 7, 1949, a sewer laying crew had been plagued with water when attempting to lay pipes between First and Second Street on Fifth Avenue North. Each time dirt was removed water would ooze up and over the pipe laying operations. The contractor then struck rock which led to the unearthing of a cave 100 feet long, 18 feet wide and 15 feet high.

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A 1923 photo of the Great Northern Car Shop workers (Stearns History Museum)
A 1923 photo of the Great Northern Car Shop workers (Stearns History Museum)
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The Waite Park Railroad Shop Opened – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

St. Cloud was a railway hub in the late 1800s. The city proved one of most important railway centers in the state with tracks spanning from Canada to the Pacific. The Minnesotan lines coincidentally converged in St. Cloud thus offering a direct connection to every mile of the 3,334 in the Great Northern system.

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Myron Hall (Photo by Stearns History Museum)
Myron Hall (Photo by Stearns History Museum)
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Photojournalist Myron Hall was born – On ‘This Date in Central Minnesota History’

Myron Hall, whose 100th year birthday would be celebrated today, chronicled events for more than 40 years as the Times’ only photojournalist and proved an influential figure in the history of Central Minnesota.

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Photo courtesy the Myron Hall Collection, Stearns History Museum
Photo courtesy the Myron Hall Collection, Stearns History Museum
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First Triplets Born At St. Cloud Hospital – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

The first triplets were born at the St. Cloud Hospital since it opened in its current location arrived on May 25th, 1953. The three boys, Bradley, Bruce, and Brian, were born to Mr. and Mrs. Everett Kranz.

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1908 photo of students and teacher from School District 89 in Millwood Township (Photo Courtesy of Stearns History Museum)
1908 photo of students and teacher from School District 89 in Millwood Township (Photo Courtesy of Stearns History Museum)
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One Room Schoolhouses Closed – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

One room school houses are an image the majority of Minnesotans are familiar with. Either visiting one on a field trip or actually having attended a similar school, the image is a fond one of our Minnesotan roots. For the single room, furnished simply with a globe, maps hung over the blackboard, desks, and a wood burning stove, was the place for students of various ages to learn.

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1927 photo of Charles Lindbergh (Stearns History Museum)
1927 photo of Charles Lindbergh (Stearns History Museum)
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Charles Lindbergh Flies Across The Atlantic Ocean – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

Lindbergh made his name in a small single engine plane with five sandwiches and a quarter of water. The twenty-five year old Charles A. Lindbergh’s historic non-stop flight from New York to Paris may have taken thirty-three hours, yet his fame is still recognized today.

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1964 photo of Francis Xavier Pierz (Stearns History Museum)
1964 photo of Francis Xavier Pierz (Stearns History Museum)
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Benedictine Monks Arrive In St. Cloud – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

After a tedious journey by steamboat down the Ohio and up the Mississippi, the fathers arrived in St. Cloud on May 20, 1856, one hundred and fifty five years ago today. This arrival inaugurated one of the more fascinating chapters in the religious history of St. Cloud.

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Stephen Miller (Stearns History Museum)
Stephen Miller (Stearns History Museum)
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St. Cloud Area Men Volunteer To Fight In Civil War – on ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

On this date 150 years ago, the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry organized at Fr. Snelling. Stephen A. Miller, who was in the mercantile and real estate business with Henry Swisshelm in St. Cloud, heard this first call for soldiers and went into action. He raised a company of local volunteers and brought them to join the First Regiment at Fort Snelling.

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Lou Brock drawing a winner of a promotion during a 1961 Rox game.   Photos courtesy of the Stearns History Museum
Lou Brock drawing a winner of a promotion during a 1961 Rox game. Photos courtesy of the Stearns History Museum
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Lou Brock Works Out With St. Cloud Rox – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

It was on this date that St. Cloud Rox player Lou Brock works out for the first time at Municipal Stadium. And that's our feature today on the "This Date In Central Minnesota History" feature.

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Photo of a 1954 Weeres Pontoon courtesy of Stearns History Museum
Photo of a 1954 Weeres Pontoon courtesy of Stearns History Museum
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The Inventor Of the Pontoon Was Born In Richmond – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

Did you know that the pontoon boat was invented in Stearns County? It was, right here in Richmond, Minnesota, in 1951! Its inventor was Ambrose Weeres.

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