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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...

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Rice County Historical Society
Rice County Historical Society
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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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Police Albums Ranked Worst to Best

Most artists resist labels. The Police were one of the few bands that distanced itself from them by making music that couldn't be classified.

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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 benefited the city...

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Rice County Historical Society
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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...

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A Look Back: Owatonna’s Company I at the Mexican Border, Steele County

Barry Adams describes the conditions Owatonna’s National Guard Company I experienced during its stint fighting Pancho Villa along the Mexican border in 1916...

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After You Watch These Bill Murray Facts You Will Receive Total Consciousness

By the late 1990s, Bill Murray was one of the biggest comedy stars in the world, commanding a salary per picture of about $9 million. But did you know when Murray agreed to star in Wes Anderson’s Rushmore, he made just $9,000, and when the studio refused to give Anderson the money he needed for a crucial helicopter shot, Bill Murray wrote a check to cover the costs. That’s just one of the facts featured in the last episode of You Think You Know Movies!

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You’ll Learn More Than the Bare Necessities With These ‘Jungle Book’ Facts

Everyone knows that The Jungle Book, based on the classic Rudyard Kipling stories, is about a little boy living alone in the jungle with a bunch of animals. But did you know that Jon Favreau, director of this year’s live-action version of The Jungle Book, wanted his film to reflect man’s changing attitude toward nature? In Kipling’s time, Favreau said in an interview, “nature was something to be overcome. Now, nature is something to be protected.” That’s just one of the facts featured in the last episode of You Think You Know Movies!

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Rice County Historical Society
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A Look Back: Schimmel-Nelson Verti-Grand Piano, Rice County

The Rice County Historical Society has a rare Schimmel-Nelson Verti-Grand piano on display. Fewer than 20 of them were made in Faribault, and only four are known to remain...

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Little Theatre of Owatonna
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A Look Back: 50 Years of Little Theatre of Owatonna, Steele County

The Little Theatre of Owatonna recently wrapped up its 50th season. Jerry Ganfield shares some of the behind-the-scenes details that go into launching and sustaining a successful community theater troupe...

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