A Look Back

Each week, we post a new video discussing Rice and Steele county history, presented by the Rice and Steele County Historical Societies. Join us each Sunday as we take A Look Back and learn how Rice and Steele counties have evolved.

A Look Back: Dr. John McIntyre, Steele County
Longtime Owatonna doctor John McIntyre had a tumultuous early life and served on the front lines in Europe during World War I. After the war ended in 1918, he stayed in France, continuing his studies until he was discharged from the Army in 1919...
A Look Back: Plains Indian Ledger Art, Rice County
Sue Garwood shares a rare Plains Indian art ledger that is part of the Rice County Historical Society’s collection. Because of its fragile nature, this piece is not displayed and few people have seen it before.
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A Look Back: KOBK News May-June 1917, Steele County
Steve Groening recounts some of the top 1917 news from May and June. Included are National Guard war recruitment efforts and area support, a lawsuit against a man selling margarine, and Red Cross contributions in Steele, Waseca and Dodge counties rise rapidly...
A Look Back: Sand Art, Rice County
This bottle of sand art was created by Andrew Clemens of Dubuque, Iowa, for Faribault’s Lyman Tuttle, who owned Tuttle Meat Market. Clemens created these masterpieces one grain of sand at a time.
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A Look Back: Restored 1919 Dodge, Steele County
Jerry Ganfield shares some of the history behind this 1919 Dodge now on display at the Steele County Historical Society Museum as part of the Automobiles & Roads exhibit. It went from touring car, to farm truck, back to restored touring car, and is now on display.
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May Day Traditions are a Sweet Start to Spring
Monday is May Day, and it brings back memories of creating little baskets of treats to deliver to friends. This is something that I did as a child, but, have not seen this done too much since I have had children. I remember using little cups, putting candy and popcorn in them, and placing them on do…
A Look Back: Fleck’s Beer Sign, Rice County
Brian Schmidt discusses the inspiration behind one of the newest pieces of the Rice County Historical Society’s Fleck’s beer collection – a new Fleck’s Beer sign modeled after one that stood in front of the brewery years ago.
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A Look Back: Ernest Winship, Steele County Autos & Roads
Daniel Moeckly gives us a preview of the Steele County Historical Society’s coming Autos and Roads exhibit with a profile of Ernest Winship, a local leader on the Jefferson Highway project and in building engines and chassis.
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