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The Blueberry Special

The Blueberry Special, a branch of the St. Paul and Duluth Railroad Company, ran between Rush City, Minnesota, and Grantsburg, Wisconsin, beginning in 1884. It crossed the St. Croix River at the Old Railroad Bridge, five miles east of Rush City. It made two round trips each day: one in the morning and one at […]

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Saving the Valley School, built in 1852 in south Washington County

The Valley School District 34 was built in 1852 in what was the lumbering town of Point Douglas, at the confluence of the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers in south Washington County, Minnesota. In January 2012 a small 501(c)3 organization called the Denmark Township Historical Society, signed a contract to save the school. The price […]

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Gammelgården Museum celebrates America’s immigrant story

Gammelgården Museum, located at the bottom of the hill in the town of Scandia, runs primarily on an amazing corps of volunteers and is owned, but not funded, by Elim Church. Its 5 historic buildings tell the story of immigrant life in Minnesota from 1850 to 1880. Although the settlers in Scandia were primarily Swedish, […]

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Canoe: Explore the Legacy in Spooner

When Sieur du Lhut, the first European known to have visited the valley of the St. Croix, arrived here in 1679, he would certainly not have been surprised to discover a native culture dominated by the birch bark canoe. After all, he came from the north, traveling all the way from Montreal, through wind and […]

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