Tricounty News

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.


Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago May 6-12, 1863 April 29-May 4, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, May 6, 1863

Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s victorious army cautiously advanced in the Wilderness in Virginia, only to find that Major General Joseph Hooker’s Army of the Potomac had withdrawn during the night before and early in the morning. Hooker informed Washington of his movements and President Abraham Lincoln gained further knowledge by reading Richmond newspapers. Late in the afternoon, President Lincoln and Major General Henry W. Halleck left to meet with Hooker.


Minnesota Mayhem

Breakfast Club Wednesday, May 8, at 9 a.m. presents a special speaker. Stearns History Museum and Research Center is excited to have Ben Welter, news copy chief at the Minneapolis StarTribune, discuss his book “Minnesota Mayhem: A History of Calamitous Events, Horrific Accidents, Dastardly Crimes, and Dreadful Behavior in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.” He will tell tales that range from the catastrophic to the merely curious. Ben will explore the best of the state’s worst moments. Minnesota Mayhem, based on Ben’s blog, is a great collection of Minnesota moments. His stories will surely spur memories, stories, and conversations from the audience, too.

Cost for members is free; for non-members is $5. Copies of Ben’s book will be on sale in the Museum Shop before and after the event.

“One place understood, helps us understand all places better.”
    Eudora Welty

The American Association of Museums accredits the Stearns History Museum and Research Center. It is located at 235 33rd Avenue South in St. Cloud.

Hamilton’s Mink Ranch

Operated by Ernest and Ann Hamilton

Originally published in the W-Ann-HamiltonsFarm208Tri-County News Aug. 7, 1986

The name on the mail box read “Hamilton’s Mink Ranch.” Our ranch was two miles north of Kingston in full operation from January 1960. (I remember the day, Jan. 4, when we moved. The temperature was 22 below zero) until December 1970.


Civil War digest: This week 150 years ago April 29-May 4, 1863

Major Highlights for the Week

Wednesday, April 29, 1863

In Virginia, the majority of Major General Joseph Hooker’s Army of the Potomac crossed the Rappahannock River at Kelly’s and U.S. fords, plunging into the Wilderness, clear of the left flank of General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Other actions in the area included Franklin’s Crossing (or Deep Run), just below Fredericksburg, and at Fitzhugh’s Crossing. Federals from Falmouth tried to divert the Confederates from the major effort above the city. Other skirmishing in Virginia occurred at Crook’s Run and Germanna Ford, Kellysville, Brandy Station and Stevensburg.