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: Victorian Clothing, Rice County
Liz Kramer tells us about the Rice County Historical Society’s temporary display of Victorian-era clothing, on loan from Arlene Roberts. The exhibit also features U.S. military uniforms from World War I and World War II.
New episodes featuring Rice and Steele county history are posted…
A Look Back: KOBK July-August 1916 News, Steele County
Steve Groening presents the KOBK news for July-August 1916. Topics include a new bridge over the Straight River, the Jefferson Highway and its new logo, Owatonna’s Company I has a permanent camp on the Mexican border, selling bonds to build a new high school, and the Minnesota Women&…
A Look Back: Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, Rice County
Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, consecrated by Bishop Whipple in 1871, was moved from Cannon City to the Rice County Historical Society grounds. Take a look inside at some of the building’s details.
New episodes featuring Rice and Steele county history are posted to the KRFO-AM YouTu…
A Look Back: German POW Camp, Steele County
Did you know Owatonna was home to a German prisoner of war camp during World War II? Jerry Ganfield shares some information about the camp, which was on land held by the Cashman family, and some information about the Steele County Historical Society’s display...
A Look Back: Blacksmith Tools, Rice County
Check out some authentic blacksmithing tools and learn more about what blacksmiths did and their history in Faribault from the Rice County Historical Society’s Liz Kramer. These tools and more will be on display throughout the Rice County Fair, July 19-24...
A Look Back: Pillsbury Cannon, Steele County
Jerry Ganfield tells us how the Steele County Historical Society acquired the Pillsbury Cannon from its location at the former Pillsbury Academy at South Grove and East Main Street. It was restored and installed on the historical society grounds in Owatonna near the Dunnell House...
A Look Back: Fleck’s Truck, Rice County
Liz Kramer shares how the Rice County Historical Society acquired the Fleck’s delivery truck, which has been making appearances in many area parades. When it's not in parades, you can see it parked in front of the Historical Society Museum along Second Avenue Northwest in Fariba…
A Look Back: Sharon West Bridal Gown, Steele County
Sharon West describes her wedding gown, and her mother’s mother-of-the-bride dress, from her 1959 wedding. Both are on display as part of the Steele County Historical Society’s wedding exhibit.
New episodes featuring Rice and Steele county history are posted to the KRF…

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