Mnopedia Story – Sweetman Catholic Colony

Sweetman Catholic Colony In 1881, John Sweetman brought forty-three immigrant families to farms near Currie and established the Sweetman Catholic Colony. Another nineteen families joined the colony in 1882, but two unseasonably wet growing seasons made farming difficult. By the end of 1882, half of the colonists had abandoned their farms and left the colony.  Click […]

Mnopedia Story – Minnesota’s First Female Sheriff – from Murray County

Minnesota’s First Female Sheriff Anna Sheerin Lowe became Minnesota’s first female sheriff when the Murray County Commissioners appointed her to fill her husband’s unexpired term in 1923. Faced with the difficulty of enforcing Prohibition laws, Lowe fulfilled her duties as sheriff and won the respect and gratitude of the community for her three years of service.  […]

Mnopedia Story – Murray County Fair

The first Murray County Fair was held in 1880. From 1884 through 1898 there were rival fairs, one in Currie and one in Slayton. Each claimed to be the official county fair, but both were discontinued at the turn of the century. In 1912 the Murray County Fair returned and has been held annually (with two exceptions) […]

Lunchbox Series – November 9th Event

Dinehart Lunchbox Lecture Series Begins 4th Year – FIRST EVENT ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH.   The Murray County Historical Society announces a fourth season of local and regional history topics for the Dinehart Lunchbox Lecture Series. There are some familiar faces in the lineup some new ones as well.   The lecture series will meet […]

Historical Storms Presentation

HISTORICAL STORMS PRESENTATION AT THE FAIR The Murray County Historical Society and the Murray County Agricultural Society will host writer, reporter, and editor, Scott Thoma for a presentation at the Murray County Fairgrounds on Friday, August 18 at 2 PM under the tent. Thoma is the author of Out of the Blue, the true story […]

Upcoming Exhibit

Upcoming Exhibit: Out of the Clear Blue Sky: Weather in Murray County Murray County has a continental climate, with usually cold winters and hot humid summers. It is also a climate of extremes. Murray has the dubious honor of holding the state record for Minnesota’s only f-5 tornadoes. The 1968 Tracy tornado started over the […]

Cold, Hot, Windy enough for Ya?

“In 1999, the relative humidity {in Murray County} dropped to 3 %, making it as dry as the Sahara Desert for a  single day.” quote from Draining the Great Oasis, 2001. In the Upper Midwest there seems to be a Cult of the Weather. We  greet each other with a weather comment. We stay up […]

Lunch Box Lecture Series – Thursday, April 13th

Avoca Native American School History to be Explored at Next Dinehart Lunchbox Lecture On Thursday, April 13 at noon, presenters Anita Talsma Gaul and Janet Timmerman will co-present on the topic of the Avoca Native American girl’s school that operated from 1883 through 1889 under the auspices of the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus. […]

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