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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.

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A Look Back: Washing Machines, Rice County

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...

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A Look Back: Hartwig Garage, Steele County

The Steele County Historical Society’s Dan Moeckly tells us about Henry “Hank” Hartwig, who owned some of Owatonna’s first auto dealerships, and this automotive mechanic’s service coat...

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A Look Back: Walking Plows, Rice County

Loren Dahle of Morristown explains the different uses and unique features of the walking plows in the Rice County Historical Society’s collection...

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A Look Back: Dr. John McIntyre, Steele County

Longtime Owatonna doctor John McIntyre had a tumultuous early life and served on the front lines in Europe during World War I. After the war ended in 1918, he stayed in France, continuing his studies until he was discharged from the Army in 1919...

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A Look Back: Plains Indian Ledger Art, Rice County

Sue Garwood shares a rare Plains Indian art ledger that is part of the Rice County Historical Society’s collection. Because of its fragile nature, this piece is not displayed and few people have seen it before...

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Steele County Historical Society
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A Look Back: KOBK News May-June 1917, Steele County

Steve Groening recounts some of the top 1917 news from May and June. Included are National Guard war recruitment efforts and area support, a lawsuit against a man selling margarine, and Red Cross contributions in Steele, Waseca and Dodge counties rise rapidly...

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A Look Back: Sand Art, Rice County

This bottle of sand art was created by Andrew Clemens of Dubuque, Iowa, for Faribault’s Lyman Tuttle, who owned Tuttle Meat Market. Clemens created these masterpieces one grain of sand at a time...

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A Look Back: Restored 1919 Dodge, Steele County

Jerry Ganfield shares some of the history behind this 1919 Dodge now on display at the Steele County Historical Society Museum as part of the Automobiles & Roads exhibit. It...

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A Look Back: Fleck’s Beer Sign, Rice County

Brian Schmidt discusses the inspiration behind one of the newest pieces of the Rice County Historical Society’s Fleck’s beer collection – a new Fleck’s Beer sign modeled after one that stood in front of the brewery years ago...

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A Look Back: Vintage Dresses from the Kinyon Family, Steele County

Jerry Ganfield tells us about some of the vintage dresses donated to the Steele County Historical Society by the Kinyon family. The dresses include the wedding gown and mother-of-the-groom dress from Florence Riddell Kinyon’s 1911 wedding, some day dresses from the 1880s, and some 1920s-era flapper dresses...

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