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The rough Goodhue County first home of Norwegian settler Mikkel Finnegaard is pictured in 1934. Finnegaard settled in Holden Township in the county's southwest corner, described in 1874 as a "compact mass of Norwegians."
Outdoor shot of fire truck pulling out of No. 3 Station, Pantown, St. Cloud, Minnesota. Pantown homes visible in background, c.1919.
Photograph of a memorial to fallen firefighters erected by the Board of Fire Commissioners in St. Paul’s Oakland Cemetery in 1891. Photographed by Paul Nelson on April 25, 2014.
Photograph of First Baptist Church at Fifth Street and Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis. Created by William H. Jacoby in 1878.
First Battalion, Minnesota Motor Corps Band at Camp Lakeview, Lake City, Minnesota, September, 1918. Photograph from Minnesota Historical Society Sound and Visual Collection II.4.
The first train depot, built by the Merritts at Mountain Iron was part of a larger railroad project heavily bankrolled by John D. Rockefeller, 1893.
First farmhouse, Oliver Kelley farm, Sherburne County, c.1865.
First Mayo Clinic office, Rochester, 1883.
The Merritts' first mining operation on the Mesabi, c.1892.
First mine on Mesabi Range, near Mountain Iron, c.1892.
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