Joseph Nicollet and his map

Text excerpt from the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux permanent exhibit at the Nicollet County Historical Society-Treaty Site History Center. French scientist, geographer, and mathematician Joseph Nicollet led three important expeditions from 1836 through 1839. His Map of the Hydrographical Basin of the Upper Mississippi covered parts of what would

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Bob Looks Back: The Early Years of Nicollet County Creameries

The story of the creameries in Nicollet County revolves around the butter produced during the county’s early years.

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Fourth of July

As you celebrate today, take a moment to check out this Fourth of July photo parade. Have a happy and safe weekend!

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Nicollet County Duo Collected Rural School Stories

Nicollet County duo collected rural school stories By Bob Sandeen, NCHS Research Assistant Beginning in the 1850s, minutes of the Nicollet County Board meetings contain written descriptions and maps that defined the boundaries of the county’s school districts as they were formed. The Nicollet County Historical Society’s archives include maps

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Bob Looks Back: Early St. Peter Churches

Early St. Peter Churchesby Bob Sandeen, NCHS Research Assistant Many pioneer residents began holding religious services in the St. Peter area as soon as possible after their arrival, beginning in the first half of the 1850s.  The services were held in private homes, in rented spaces in commercial buildings, and

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The Great Storm of 1873

In the early part of this month Minnesota was swept for two days by an icy tempest, unparalled [sic] in our previous history. The storm came with unannounced suddenness, and a day that up to two o'clock in the afternoon was mild; pleasant and even thawing changed to a storm

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X Marks the Spot

Traverse des Sioux has always been a great gathering place for people in this area. Human life here dates back 9,000 years. We don’t think about this much today but, the geography of this area makes it an ideal place to live.

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Bob Looks Back: The Klossner Bank Robbery

The Klossner Bank RobberyBy Bob Sandeen Who says small towns are boring? The tiny town of Klossner, MN in Lafayette Township would certainly disagree and here’s why.  The Klossner State Bank (founded in 1919) was the scene of a bold robbery on November 6, 1923. Thanks to detailed writing at

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Asgrim K. Skaro Grand Army of the Republic Post Number 37, St. Peter, Minnesota

By Bob Sandeen Formation of the GAR After the Civil War, many communities in the United States formed posts of an organization known as the Grand Army of the Republic (often referred to as the G. A. R.).  Founded in 1866, men who had served in the Union Army, the

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