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: Meet Faribault’s Burdett Haessly, Rice County
Liz Kramer introduces us to Faribault native Burdett Haessly, who graduated from West Point and served as a White House aide under Presidents Truman and Eisenhower. He also worked for the Pentagon.
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A Look Back: General Store, Rice County
Liz Kramer gives us a walk-through of a general store, and all one had to offer, from food to tools to fabric, and compares them to today’s big-box stores. Faribault’s Healy Bros. General Store was one of the first in the city.
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It’s No Lie, Beyonce Has an Owatonna Tie
Did you know pop superstar Beyonce has a connection to Owatonna? Turns out, Owatonna High School Class of ’95 alum Scott Nylund is the designer behind some of her costumes, and one of his designs, and some sketches and photos are displayed in the Steele County Historical Society...
A Look Back: KOBK News September-October 1916, Steele County
Steve Groening brings the KOBK news for September and October 1916. In the report: A bond to build a new high school, $20,000 for a new bridge over the Straight River, opposition to a meatpacking plant, the future location of the Steele County Fair, and pre-election political candidate rallies...
A Look Back: 1916 Steam Engine, Rice County
Liz Kramer takes us into the Rice County Historical Society’s Harvest Hall, which houses a 1916 steam engine and threshing machine. These big machines helped revolutionize farming and led the way for today’s tractors and combines.
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A Look Back: Railways Race to Owatonna, Steele County
It was a race between the Minneapolis and Winona rail lines. Which would get to Owatonna first and claim right-of-way? The Steele County Historical Society’s Daniel Moeckly shares the excitement of the rail lines coming to Owatonna and how the improved transportation options benefite…
A Look Back: Vintage Business Signs, Rice County
The Rice County Historical Society has an extensive and eclectic collection of vintage Rice County business signs, many of which hang in Harvest and Heritage halls. They are always looking to add to the collection, so contact them at (507) 333-1212 if you have one to donate...

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