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The one-room schoolhouse on the Rice County Historical Society grounds. Tamara Gruhot / Townsquare Media
The one-room schoolhouse on the Rice County Historical Society grounds. Tamara Gruhot / Townsquare Media
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A Look Back: One-Room Schoolhouse, Rice County

Sue Garwood, director of the Rice County Historical Society, gives a tour of the one-room schoolhouse on the Historical Society grounds. The school retains some of its original features, including the stove, kerosene lamp and blackboard...

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George Sawyer of Medford was killed in action during the Civil War. Photo courtesy the Steele County Historical Society
George Sawyer of Medford was killed in action during the Civil War. Photo courtesy the Steele County Historical Society
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A Look Back: Civil War Soldier George Sawyer, Steele County

Barry Adams with the Steele County Historical Society takes us to Riverside Cemetery in Medford, where Civil War solider George Sawyer is buried...

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Shucking and grinding corn are just two of the activities kids can try out at the Rice County Fair. Tamara Gruhot / Townsquare Media
Shucking and grinding corn are just two of the activities kids can try out at the Rice County Fair. Tamara Gruhot / Townsquare Media
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A Look Back: Rice County Fair Activities, Rice County

Sue Garwood, director of the Rice County Historical Society, gives an overview of the various historical activities children can experience during the Rice County Fair, including mowing the lawn, washing clothes and shucking and grinding corn...

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A brick rests inside a wooden brick mold. Tamara Gruhot / Townsquare Media
A brick rests inside a wooden brick mold. Tamara Gruhot / Townsquare Media
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A Look Back: Bricks, Steel County

Larry Richie describes the methods and advancements in making brick from Steele County's yellow and gray clay, as well as how it was used to build up downtown Blooming Prairie and Owatonna...

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A Look Back: Log Cabin, Rice County

Sue Garwood, director of the Rice County Historical Society, gives a tour of the log cabin, and its contents, on the Historical Society grounds...

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Pottery shards believed to be from pieces made by Charles Cornell in Owatonna. Tamara Gruhot / Townsquare Media
Pottery shards believed to be from pieces made by Charles Cornell in Owatonna. Tamara Gruhot / Townsquare Media
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A Look Back: Charles Cornell, Steele County

Larry Richie with the Steele County Historical Society introduces us to Charles Cornell, and some of the pottery he and his family created at their Owatonna kiln along the Straight River...

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An early map of Faribault. Tamara Gruhot / Townsquare Media
An early map of Faribault. Tamara Gruhot / Townsquare Media
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A Look Back: Alexander Faribault, Rice County

Sue Garwood, director of the Rice County Historical Society, introduces Alexander Faribault, for whom the city of Faribault is named, and tells of his early life and selection of the location for Faribault...

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The gray clay found in Steele County makes cream-colored brick. Tamara Gruhot / Townsquare Media
The gray clay found in Steele County makes cream-colored brick. Tamara Gruhot / Townsquare Media
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A Look Back: Clay, Steele County

Larry Richie with the Steele County Historical Society introduces us to the different types of clay found in Steele County. He also tells of their origins and their uses...

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This map of downtown Faribault shows the Straight River after it was moved and straightened. Tamara Gruhot / Townsquare Media
This map of downtown Faribault shows the Straight River after it was moved and straightened. Tamara Gruhot / Townsquare Media
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A Look Back: Moving the Straight River, Rice County

Sue Garwood, director of the Rice County Historical Society, explains how the Chicago Rock Island Railroad straightened the Straight River through Faribault rather than build bridges over it...

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Reuben Disbrow’s commercial combined churn and butter worker, which he invented while an employee of the Owatonna Manufacturing Co. Tamara Gruhot / Townsquare Media
Reuben Disbrow’s commercial combined churn and butter worker, which he invented while an employee of the Owatonna Manufacturing Co. Tamara Gruhot / Townsquare Media
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A Look Back: Butter Capital of the World, Steele County, Part 2

More on Steele County's butter history. Jerry Ganfield tells us of Mina Holmes’ dog treadmill, which she used to churn butter, and of Reuben Disbrow’s commercial combined churn and butter worker, which he invented while an employee of the Owatonna Manufacturing Co...

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