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A Look Back: Blacksmithing Demonstration, Rice County
Blacksmith Lou Groth, who performs blacksmithing demonstrations near Harvest and Heritage Halls during the Rice County Fair, shows us how he creates a spoon from a nail. Groth has been a blacksmith for about 14 years and said he got into it because he wanted to “try doing something the hard wa…
A Look Back: KOBK News July-August 1917, Steele County
Steve Groening recounts the KOBK news from July-August 1917. Hot topics include World War I draft registration and Owatonna’s Company I preparing for mobilization. Automobiles also were growing in popularity. Steele County had 1,335 cars as of May 1, 1917, and increase from 980 the p…
A Look Back: Hand-Squared Logs in Log Cabin, Rice County
Check out the ceilings in the log cabin on the Rice County Historical Society grounds. The logs have been squared by hand with tools such as a broad ax and an adze. You can see the grooves left in the beams, and also some of the logs in the cabin’s corner, behind the bed...
Stand By for Stephen King Movie Secrets
You know Stephen King as one of the world’s most prolific and beloved fiction authors. But did you know King spent years writing books under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, and that several of “Bachman”s stories have been adapted to the screen too? That list includes the likes of…
A Look Back: DeLorean DMC-12, Steele County
Now on display at the Steele County Historical Society: a DeLorean DMC-12. While it doesn’t have a flux capacitor like the car made famous by the “Back to the Future” movies, and so cannot time travel, it does feature the classic stainless steel panels, gu…
Fill Your Web-Head With These ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ Facts
You know Spider-Man is one of the world’s coolest comic-book superheroes. But did you know that one of his coolest moves in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is inspired by one of the world’s first movie stars? It’s true; the moment early in the film when Spidey grabs onto a police wagon…
Watch the Most Traumatic Moments in PG-Rated Movies
July 1 marks an important anniversary in the history of movies: The day the Motion Picture Association of America introduced the PG-13 rating. Prior to the PG-13, there was no rating for films that fell in the gray area between PG (movies where parental guidance was merely suggested) and R (movies t…

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