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Contract for Hemp Mill to be Let Soon

Mills at Bird Island, Hutchinson, Lake Lillian and Grove City are Already Assured In a communication dated at Washington, March 30, Secretary of Commerce, Jesse Jones, announced the defense plant corporation has authorized execution of eight contracts for… Read More

Only Two Renville County newspaper recognized D-Day on June 8, 1944

Only two Renville County newspapers published a headline that stated the phrase “D-Day” on June 8, 1944, this included The Franklin Tribune and the Sacred Heart News. Today, June 6, 2019, marks the 75th anniversary of this notorious… Read More

Salvation Army “Donut Lassies” June 1, 2019 National Donut Day!

Beginning in 1917, approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance during World War I to American soldiers in battle on the front lines in France. Two female Salvation Army officers, Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance had… Read More

Letter from Clarence Hassinger, Morton Enterprise, 12-27-1918

Periguiux, France,               Dec. 4, 1918 Dear Mother and All, Well, I have a little time this morning so will try and write you a few lines to let you know I am well and still feeling fine…. Read More

Letter from Lewis Dvorak, Renville Star Farmer, 12-26-1918

Dear Mother: I received your letter a few days ago and I was glad to get a letter from home. I am fine and dandy. Hope these lines will find you all the same. What are you all… Read More

Letter from Lawrence Schafer, Olivia Times, 12-26-1918

Somewhere in France November 23, 1918 Dear Folks at home: Just a line to tell you the war is over which you undoubtly already know, and I was in the last big battle with the famous 5th Division… Read More

Letter from Carl Hurtig, Olivia Times, 12-26-1918

The Buffalo Lake News received the following letter last week from Carl Hurtig who has been in active service in France for several months. November 4th, 1918 Dear Mr. Foster: You will probably be surprised to hear from… Read More

Letter from James Stadther, Olivia Times, 12-26-1918

Paris, November 19, 1918 My Dear Sister: How is everybody getting along at home? Fine, I hope I am still here in the hospital and am getting along fine, the wound on my left should is all healed… Read More

Letter from Florense Grimes, Franklin Tribune, 12-25-1918

Saumur, France, November 24, 1918 Dear Dad, Well, dad, I’m going to open up and tell some of my experiences in the A.E.F. and the trip across Powder River. We have been given the privilege to do so…. Read More

Letter from Willard Lammers, Fairfax Standard, 5 Dec 1918

France, October 22, 1918 Friend Editor and Folks at Home: Just a note which I hope reaches you still with the warmth of a good old Minnesota town in the big U.S.A., which I once left for Uncle… Read More