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1964 photo of Francis Xavier Pierz (Stearns History Museum)
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Benedictine Monks Arrive In St. Cloud – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

After a tedious journey by steamboat down the Ohio and up the Mississippi, the fathers arrived in St. Cloud on May 20, 1856, one hundred and fifty five years ago today. This arrival inaugurated one of the more fascinating chapters in the religious history of St. Cloud.

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Best Brad Paisley TV Performances – Our Top Five

Brad Paisley's onstage charm extends beyond the road and even to his performances on awards shows and TV specials. Paisley overcomes the limits of the medium, showing off his singing and powerhouse guitar playing while continuing to prove himself one of the most likable and engaging performers in country music.

We put together this list of the top five Paisley TV performances of all time. Tell us what you think.

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Brad Paisley on Carrie Underwood – ‘I Don’t Think There’s a Better Singer Than Her’

Taste of Country got an exclusive interview with Brad Paisley this week, in which, among other things, the country superstar talks about how Carrie Underwood has become his go-to duet partner.

"She’s probably pretty much my first choice to sing with when it comes to a duet with a woman like that. I mean, we just sort of share the same values and get along that well," Paisley tells Taste of Country. "I just don’t think there’s a better singer than her, so it’s sort of selfish to be able to sing with her and perform."

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Brad Paisley’s 5 Best Country Duets [VIDEO]

Brad Paisley's newest record, This is Country Music, plays like a country rock mix tape curated and orchestrated by Paisley himself. It's packed with guest appearances from the likes of coiffed guitar acrobat Marty Stuart, classic rock crooner Don Henley and, of course, Paisley's go-to duet partner these days, Carrie Underwood. Plus, Clint Eastwood whistles the melody to the instrumental 'Eastwood.' If that sounds like the most awesome thing ever, well, what can we say?

Not that it's anything new for the 'Celebrity' singer - he's put together some great collaborations in his day. Check out our list of the five best Paisley duets of all time.

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1970 Vietnam War Protest March in downtown St. Cloud (Stearns History Museum)
1970 Vietnam War Protest March in downtown St. Cloud (Stearns History Museum)
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A Vietnam War Protest was held in St. Cloud – on ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

ST. CLOUD - May 5, 1970 - When the United States first began fighting the Vietnam War, there was a lot of support from the public and Congress. But, as the war dragged on, more and more people began to question and protest U

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2011 ACM Winners: Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift Honored

Taylor Swift can add yet another trophy to her already-full mantle. The 21-year-old singer won Entertainer of the Year at the 2011 Academy of Country Music Awards, held Sunday evening in Las Vegas.

The big winner of the night, though, was Miranda Lambert, whose Grammy-winning song ÔThe House That Built MeÕ took home awards for Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year. Lambert also won Top Female Vocalist of the Year for the second year in a row.

Fresh off their success at the Grammys in February, Lady Antebellum racked up the award for Album of the Year, as well as Top Vocal Group of the Year.

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Rihanna and Jennifer Nettles at the 2011 ACM Awards
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2011 ACM Awards Performance Photos: Best Moments From the Show [PHOTOS]

Between Taylor Swift winning Entertainer of the Year and Jennifer Nettles' epic duet with R&B superstar Rihanna, the 2011 Academy of Country Music Awards was certainly a night to remember.

Just in case you missed a second of tonight's telecast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Taste of Country has put together a frame-by-frame gallery of the ceremony's best highlights.

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2011 ACM Awards Red Carpet Photos: See the Stars Arrive [PHOTOS]

The biggest stars in Hollywood and Nashville made the trip to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for the 2011 Academy of Country Music Awards.

Among the many A-listers attending were Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, 'Dancing With the Stars' beauty Julianne Hough and, of course, Entertainer of the Year winner Taylor Swift.

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St. Cloud Becomes One Town – On “This Date In Central Minnesota History”

ST. CLOUD -- April 2nd, 1856 – The three settlements, Upper Town, Middle Town, and Lower Town, were granted authority by the Minnesota Territorial Legislature to incorporate into the City of St. Cloud in March 1856, and on April 2nd the first town officers were chosen.

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