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Sartell Dam
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This Date In Central Minnesota History: March 17th, 1908

It was on this date in 1908 that the Watab Dam for the Sartell Paper Mill was finished. The Watab Pulp and Paper Company was formed by a group of investors from Wisconsin and the company began constructing the paper mill in Sartell in 1905.

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This Date In Central Minnesota History – March 11th, 1858

On this date in 1858 the City of Sauk Rapids was incorporated. Thanks to the Stearns History Museum for helping us with our "This Date In Central Minnesota History" series.

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June Marlowe
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This Date In Central Minnesota History – March 10th, 1984 [VIDEO]

It was on this date in 1984 that actress -- and St. Cloud native -- June Marlowe died. The former Gisela Goetten captured the hearts of the world as a Hollywood film star in the 1920s.

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Red River Oxcarts
Stearns History Museum archives
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This Date In Central Minnesota History – March 3rd, 1949

Today's feature on our "This Date In Central Minnesota History" is about Minnesota's centennial in 1949, and the commemoration of the famed Red River Oxcart trail that traveled through Stearns County.

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James Gallagher, his wife Mary and their daughter Katherine in the Melrose parade in his honor
Stearns History Museum archives
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This Date In Central Minnesota History – March 2nd, 1949

On this date, a Melrose man became the first pilot to fly nonstop around planet Earth. And with his crew aboard the bomber Lucky Lady II, James Gallagher flew off into the history books.

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Central House Hotel
Stearns History Museum archives
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This Date In Central Minnesota History – February 28th, 1883

It was on this date in 1883 that Buffalo Bill Cody came to St. Cloud and stayed at the Central House Hotel. But we almost never found out about Buffalo Bill's stay here except for an old tattered piece of paper stuffed in the hotel's walls.

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Newspaper Clipoping featuring Laura Ella Becker McLane
St. Cloud Times (Oct. 4, 1894) via Stearns History Museum archives
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This Date In Central Minnesota History: February 24th, 1854

It was on this date in 1854 that the first white child was born in Stearns County. Our "This Date In Central Minnesota History" series is a cooperative effort between 98 Country and The Stearns History Museum.

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Stearns County Courthouse
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This Date In Central Minnesota History – February 20th, 1855

Our "This Date In Central Minnesota History" series is a joint effort with the Stearns History Museum. Today is the anniversary of Stearns County being created.

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St. Cloud Hospital circa 1928
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This Date In Central Minnesota History: February 9th, 1928

February 9th, 1928 – St. Cloud Hospital dedicated. This magnificent modern hospital was built on 20 acres of land bordering the Mississippi River and had the impressive price tag of $2,000,000!

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This Date In Central Minnesota History: Jan. 31st And Feb. 1st, 1992

It was 19 years ago today that Hollywood came to St. Cloud. The Stearns County Courthouse served as the backdrop for the opening courtroom scenes of "The Mighty Ducks."

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