Tricounty News

We Love Our Soldiers (present & past)

At Stearns History Museum

Stearns History Museum and Research Center welcomes all active duty military personnel and their families to visit for free between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2013.

To kick-off this program, the Stearns History Museum is mounting a special We Love Our Soldiers (present and past) Event from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 1. This free event offers tours of the museum, and will include root beer floats and an outdoor scavenger hunt on the plaza (or indoor in the gallery if it rains).

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Forest City was a town with a future

Text excerpted from The Meeker REA Pioneer, October 1975.W-Forest-City-Stockade216

Reprinted from the Tri-County News, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003.

Forest City has a rich historical background. It was first visited by the white man in 1855. The beauty of the landscape along the Crow River enticed many of the early settlers to make Forest City and the surrounding area their new home.

As the new settlers arrived in 1856, they took up claims, erected log cabins, and began clearing the land.

There are a lot of “firsts” in Forest City town and township:

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Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago MaYy 13-19, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, May 13, 1863

Two corps of Major General Ulysses S. Grant’s army moved towards Jackson, Miss., while Major General John A. McClernand’s corps headed north to Clinton. At Jackson, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston could only muster 12,000 men and knew that Grant’s army stood between him Major General John C. Pemberton’s army.

Skirmishes occurred at Mississippi Springs, along with Baldwin’s Ferry and Hall’s Ferry, all in Mississippi.

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Dr. Charles O’Connor helped Eden Valley grow in early days

Spring is the time for birth. And when it comes to births, no one in Eden Valley history probably did it more than Dr. Charles (D.C.) O’Connor, who served the city from 1911-60.

At one time Dr. O’Connor was credited for helping give birth to as many as half the residents of Eden Valley. Remember, those early years of O’Connor’s practice were times when expectant mothers did not go to the hospital to have babies; they delivered them in their homes.

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Native American canoe program May 19

At Dassel History Center

Lovers of history, archeology or Native American relics are in store for an interesting experience. A program about the ancient American Indian canoe that was found in Big Swan Lake, north of Dassel, in 1957 will be presented at the Dassel History Center at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19.

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