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Look Back: Blacksmithing
Look Back: Blacksmithing
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 way...
Look Back: MN License Plates
Look Back: MN License Plates
Sue Garwood reminds us to look up for this display of Minnesota license plates. Donated by the Schreyer family, the earliest plate is from 1908 and is made of leather. The collection features plates from every year through 1965. New episodes featuring Rice and Steele county history are posted to the KRFO-AM YouTube channel and krforadio...
A Look Back: Washing Machines
A Look Back: Washing Machines
If you walk through the Rice County Historical Society’s Harvest and Heritage Halls, you may notice a display on household items, including six washing machines. They range from a scrub board and tub to hand-powered washing machines to an early electric machine to a gasoline-powered machine to a more “modern” 1930s-era machine...

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