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Minnesota Becomes A State – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

UNDATED - May 11th, 1858 – Minnesota becomes a state

This great state that we live in came into existence on this date 153 years ago! First, Minnesota became a territory of the United States in 1849, then it was officially welcomed as the 32nd U.S. state on May

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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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Stephen Miller (Stearns History Museum)
Stephen Miller (Stearns History Museum)
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St. Cloud Area Men Volunteer To Fight In Civil War – on ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

ST. CLOUD - April 29th, 1861 – First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry organized at Ft. Snelling

On this date 150 years ago, the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry organized at Fr. Snelling. These

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Photo of a 1954 Weeres Pontoon courtesy of Stearns History Museum
Photo of a 1954 Weeres Pontoon courtesy of Stearns History Museum
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The Inventor Of the Pontoon Was Born In Richmond – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

Did you know that the pontoon boat was invented in Stearns County? It was, right here in Richmond, Minnesota, in 1951! Its inventor was Ambrose Weeres.

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Famed African-American Singer Marion Anderson performed in St. Cloud – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

Famed African-American contralto Marian Anderson gives concert in St. Cloud. Anderson is considered one of the most celebrated singers of the 20th Century.

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Myra Dragoo
Stearns History Museum archives
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St. Cloud Elects Its First Woman To City Council – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’

April 9, 1924 – Myra Dragoo became the first woman elected to the St. Cloud City Council.

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Gig Young
Stearns History Museum archives
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St. Cloud Native Gig Young Won An Oscar – On ‘This Date In Central Minnesota History’ [VIDEO]

April 7th, 1970 – St. Cloud native Byron Barr (aka: Gig Young) won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 1969 film They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

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St. Cloud
Stearns History Museum archives
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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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Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Library of Congress photo
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This Date In Central Minnesota History – March 28th, 1870

On this date in "Central Minnesota History" abolitionist and women's rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton visited St. Cloud. Learn all about her stop here.

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Stearns History Museum
Stearns History Museum archives
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This Date In Central Minnesota History – March 27th, 1936

March 27th, 1936 – Stearns County Historical Society organized. For seventy-five years the Stearns History Museum has been shaping (and re-shaping) itself in order to serve and supply local residents with tangible displays of our local histories.

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Stearns History Museum photo archive
Stearns History Museum photo archive
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This Date In Central Minnesota History – March 21st, 1903

It was on this date in 1903 that Stephen Tenvoorde signed an agreement making his dealership the second Ford dealership in the country. Today it is the oldest Ford dealership in the world.

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Stephen Sommers
Apollo High School yearbook photo from 1976.
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This Date In Central Minnesota History – March 20th, 1962 [VIDEO]

On today's This Date In Central Minnesota History, we feature St. Cloud native Stephen Sommers. He was born on this date, and went on to become a top Hollywood filmmaker.

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