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: 1910 History of Rice and Steele Counties
Sue Garwood explains the types of information found in the 1910 History of Rice and Steele Counties, a reference book in the Rice County Historical Society’s collection. The book also is available online through the Library of Congress.
New episodes featuring Rice and Steele county hi…
A Look Back: November-December 1916 KOBK News, Steele County
Steve Groening brings the KOBK news for November and December 1916. In discussion: Louis H. Sullivan presents building proposals for a new high school, Owatonna votes Republican in elections, $20,000 in bonds for a new bridge on Bridge Street passes, Steele County National Guard soldiers are allowed…
A Look Back: Sanborn Insurance Maps, Rice County
Sue Garwood demonstrates how to use and understand Sanborn Insurance Maps, which are on display at the Rice County Historical Society Museum. These maps include details including where doors and windows were on buildings, what style roof they had, and what materials they were built from...
A Look Back: Steele County Survives Y2K
Johnnie Jaeger recounts worries and preparations surrounding Y2K in Owatonna and Steele County, including a community celebration in Medford and extra police patrols in other communities.
New episodes featuring Rice and Steele county history are posted to the KRFO-AM YouTube channel and krforadio...

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