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One of Two Vertical Woolen Mills

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2022/01/13Jan22-Faribault-Woollen-Mill-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)There are only two vertical woolen mills remaining in the U.S.  One has been in this town since the days…

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Buying a Century Old Business

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2022/01/12Jan22-Faribault-Woollen-Mill-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Paul Mooty says if he drove his own car one day back in 2011 down to Faribault, Minnesota, he might…

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Using a Horse-Walked Treadmill to Produce Wool Blankets

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2022/01/11Jan22-Faribault-Woollen-Mill-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Imagine a time when a horse walked a treadmill to help power the machines that produced wool blankets for early…

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An Inspiration Along I-35

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/12/22Dec21-Faribault-Christmas-Tree-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Jerry Lageson is very well known for what he does every Christmas.  He never set out to be popular or…

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Jerry’s Christmas Tree

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/12/21Dec21-Faribault-Christmas-Tree-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)On the surface it would seem Jerry has an easy Christmas lighting situation.  He puts lights on just one tree…

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History Alive!  Lanesboro, MN

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/11/29Nov21-Lanesboro-MN-History-Alive.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Jane loved history and the performing arts and when she found herself in this town of under 1000 people she…

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Sleeping in the Feed Mill

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/11/17Nov21-Lanesboro-MN-Stone-Mill-Hotel-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Most farming towns have a least one feed mill and Lanesboro, Minnesota is no exception.  However, one of those feed…

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The Tourist Town That Blossomed – A Century Later

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/11/16Nov21-Lanesboro-MN-Stone-Mill-Hotel-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)In southeastern Minnesota you’ll find a rolling landscape known as the Driftless area, and within that region there’s a town…

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Reviving Small Town Theatres

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/07/27Jul21-Fairbault-Paradise-Center-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Many small towns lost their old theatres and opera houses over the years.  It some cases they were torn down,…

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Paradise Center – Faribault

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/07/26Jul21-Fairbault-Paradise-Center-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)A theatre with a Moroccan-style courtyard may seem out of place in southern Minnesota, but this town has not only…

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The Bishop who Persuaded Lincoln

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/03/05Apr21-Fairbault-Minnesota-4.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)The situation was bad, for all involved.  But what was about to take place in Minnesota was an injustice to…

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A New Bishop For a New State

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/03/02Apr21-Fairbault-Minnesota-3.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Henry Whipple perhaps had no plans to move west as a young man.  But when he married, his wife encouraged…

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Where the Straight Cannon Rivers Unite

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/03/01Apr21-Fairbault-Minnesota-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Today the meeting of the Straight and Cannon Rivers is probably not as important as it was 200 years ago,…

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The Founder of Faribault

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/03/31Mar21-Fairbault-Minnesota-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)He was born on the frontier, and the frontier life is perhaps all he ever knew.  So it should be…

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Names Carved in Stone

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/01/22Jan21-Alexandria-MN-Veterans-Memorial.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)There is something about seeing someone’s name in stone.  That may be on a grave side marker, or in this…

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Finding a Place on the Lake

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/01/21Jan21-Alexandria-MN-Legacy-of-Lakes-2.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)A lot of people enjoy heading to the lake.  In fact, some like it so much, they buy land or…

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Home of the Lakes

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2021/01/20Jan21-Alexandria-MN-Legacy-of-Lakes-1.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)Lots of people head to the lake for summer vacation.  That’s certainly the case in this county, but unlike a…

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Working Together at Pipestone

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2018/03/26Mar18-Pipestone.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:00 — 2.1MB)This place is so important in native American culture, that even when warring tribes arrived here, they put down their…

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A Farmer on the Big Screen

http://americancountryside.com/wp-content/gems/2014/05/30Jul14-Farmland-Movie.mp3Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:01 — 2.1MB)Most farmers would not consider themselves movie stars.  This Minnesota hog farmer certainly doesn’t.  However, that hasn’t stopped him from…

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More on Lake Bemidji

Wednesday’s show featured information on the statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe, his trusty blue ox sidekick, on the shores of Lake Bemidji. That’s a…

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