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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.

Steele County Historical Society
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A Look Back: Harriet Ware, Steele County

Robyn Ladd tells us about Harriet Ware, a graduate of Owatonna’s Pillsbury Academy and a famous teacher, lecturer, composer and publisher of music in the early 1900s...

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A Look Back: Rice County Buildings on the National Register of Historic Places

Did you know that Rice County has more than 75 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places? Rice County Historical Society Executive Director Sue Garwood demonstrates how to use a website, www...

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A Look Back: Anti-Horse Thief Association, Steele County

The Steele County Historical Society’s Paul Nelson explains how the Anti-Horse Thief Association was created in Steele County in 1902. Horse thefts had been increasing, and residents needed a way to protect their stock...

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A Look Back: Township Records, Rice County

Township records can be a useful tool for people researching their genealogy. Sue Garwood shares some of the types of information found in the Rice County Historical Society’s collection, including birth and death records, road records and court proceedings...

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Steele County Historical Society
Steele County Historical Society
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A Look Back: Mule Thefts, Steele County

Just how prevalent were horse and mule thefts in the early 1900s? The Steele County Historical Society’s Paul Nelson takes a look at one such theft from the Fred Ahrens farm and how the Anti-Horse Thief Association may have been involved...

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Rice County Historical Society
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A Look Back: Dale ‘Red’ Jackson, ‘Faribault’s Lindy,’ Rice County

Fun fact: A Faribault native once set a flight endurance record, spending 17 ½ days in the air. Dale “Red” Jackson, sometimes called “Faribault’s Lindy,” a reference to Charles Lindbergh, spent 17 ½ days circling the air above St...

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A Look Back: KOBK News for January-February 1917, Steele County

Steve Groening presents the KOBK news for January-February 1917. On topic are the celebrations surrounding the return of Steele County’s Company I from Mexico, a report on the absentee rate at rural schools, and the fate of a proposed packing plant intended for Owatonna...

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A Look Back: 1910 History of Rice and Steele Counties

Sue Garwood explains the types of information found in the 1910 History of Rice and Steele Counties, a reference book in the Rice County Historical Society’s collection...

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A Look Back: November-December 1916 KOBK News, Steele County

Steve Groening brings the KOBK news for November and December 1916. In discussion: Louis H. Sullivan presents building proposals for a new high school, Owatonna votes Republican in elections, $20,000 in bonds for a new bridge on Bridge Street passes, Steele County National Guard soldiers are allowed to vote absentee, 10 acres set aside from the county farm for the Steele County Fairgrounds, and Christmas at the State School...

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Rice County Historical Society
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A Look Back: How to Make a Traditional Christmas Fruit Centerpiece, Rice County

Sharon Jensen demonstrates how to create a traditional holiday sugared fruit centerpiece at the Alexander Faribault House in Faribault using apples, a pineapple, evergreen and roses...

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