Hometown History

Series produced by KSRQ

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Residents of northwest Minnesota communities share nostalgic stories related to the culture and history of their hometowns. Segments feature content from county history museums along with the personal recollections of local people. Recent immigrants' stories will be featured, along with remembrances of traditional northwest Minnesota activities like farming, hunting, fishing, hockey, and snowmobiling.

Residents of northwest Minnesota communities share nostalgic stories related to the culture and history of their hometowns. Segments feature content from county history museums along with the personal recollections of local people. Recent immigrants' stories will be featured, along with remembrances of traditional northwest Minnesota activities like farming, hunting, fishing, hockey, and snowmobiling.


58 Pieces

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What effect does a huge manufacturer of snowmobiles have in a place that has snow six months out of the year? Today on Hometown History, we speak w...

  • Added: May 20, 2024
  • Length: 09:22
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Today on Hometown History, we speak with local snowmobile enthusiast Randy Adamson. Randy’s father, Vern started RV Sports, an early dealer of Arct...

  • Added: May 20, 2024
  • Length: 08:17
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Today on Hometown History, we speak with local snowmobile enthusiast Randy Adamson. Randy’s father, Vern started RV Sports, an early dealer of Arct...

  • Added: May 16, 2024
  • Length: 08:42
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Red Lake Electric Cooperative General Manager Stephanie Johnson explains who started the electric cooperative system, why it was needed, and the ea...

  • Added: May 16, 2024
  • Length: 06:53
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Red Lake Electric Cooperative General Manager Stephanie Johnson talks about the historic beginnings of the Minnkota Power Company. Minnkota is a so...

  • Added: May 15, 2024
  • Length: 08:46
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Red Lake Electric Cooperative General Manager Stephanie Johnson joins Hometown History. Johnson reflects on the challenges experienced by the coope...

  • Added: May 15, 2024
  • Length: 08:40
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The Olson Cabin at Pioneer Village in Thief River Falls is unique because of an added room and upper level that were not typical of a basic 1800s s...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2024
  • Length: 03:36
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Maintenance of the 19 buildings on the grounds of Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village is an ongoing project. Executive Director Jamie Bakken describes ...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2024
  • Length: 03:01
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Visitors can scan QR codes to hear about local history on an audio tour of Pioneer Village's 19 buildings, to give a more immersive experience of t...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2024
  • Length: 04:01
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Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village Executive Director Jamie Bakken talks about her involvement with the Pennington County Historical Society in Thief ...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2024
  • Length: 05:31
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Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village Director Jamie Bakken talks about the Inga Geving Museum, home to a collection of Native American artifacts and man...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2024
  • Length: 04:58
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Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village Director Jamie Bakken walks through a collection of Apple IIe computers that can still play Oregon Trail, along wit...

  • Added: Jan 11, 2024
  • Length: 03:56
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Jamie Bakken, director of Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, talks about an exhibit featuring vintage toys donated by...

  • Added: Nov 01, 2023
  • Length: 02:23
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Auto racing has a history in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, going back to the 1950s. Jamie Bakken, director of Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village, tal...

  • Added: Nov 01, 2023
  • Length: 02:28
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Jamie Bakken, director of Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, reviews a mural of photos showing the town in the early ...

  • Added: Nov 01, 2023
  • Length: 02:20
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Jamie Bakken, director of Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, gives an introduction to the museum's namesake.

  • Added: Nov 01, 2023
  • Length: 03:35
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Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village Director Jamie Bakken talks about the effort underway to restore a chandelier that once adorned the Thief River Fal...

  • Added: Oct 25, 2023
  • Length: 03:47
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The Christmas cookies from Gary's Rainbow Bakery were so tasty that nostalgic customers who moved from Thief River Falls to the East Coast ordered ...

  • Added: Jun 29, 2023
  • Length: 05:44
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The railroads opened up northwest Minnesota and the Midwest by transporting products from the farm fields and the deep forest. The people who produ...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2023
  • Length: 20:14
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The Steiger Tractor Company was founded in the 1950s by brothers Douglass and Maurice Steiger, who farmed near Red Lake Falls, Minnesota. The broth...

  • Added: Jun 14, 2023
  • Length: 17:45