Black and white photograph of Arthur C. Townley, founder of the Nonpartisan League, c.1915.

Arthur C. Townley, founder and President of the Nonpartisan League

Arthur C. Townley, founder of the Nonpartisan League, c.1915.

Black and white photograph of Nonpartisan League member Theodore G. Mattson, c.1918.

Theodore G. Mattson and his Nonpartisan League wagon box, Little Falls

Nonpartisan League member Theodore G. Mattson, c.1918.

The Nonpartisan League

Exploited by powerful corporate and political interests in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Midwestern farmers banded together in the early twentieth century to fight for their political and economic rights. Farmers formed the Nonpartisan League (NPL) and wrote a significant chapter of Minnesota's progressive era history.

Black and white photograph of the Wanamingo Elevator, c.1950.

Wanamingo Elevator, Wanamingo

The Wanamingo Elevator, c.1950. The community was located on early stagecoach road and wheat trail that linked Red Wing and Kenyon.

An Overview of Goodhue County History

In March 1853 Goodhue County was created by Minnesota's territorial legislature. It was formed from the original Wabasha County, which lay between the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.

The entrance to the village of Pine Island, photographed in the 1920s.

Pine Island

The entrance to the village of Pine Island, photographed in the 1920s.

Pine Cheese Mart, a retail sales operation shown here in 1971, preserved Pine Island’s reputation as a cheese-making center.

Pine Cheese Mart

Pine Cheese Mart, a retail sales operation shown here in 1971, preserved Pine Island’s reputation as a cheese-making center.

Pine Island Cheese Factory

Photograph of the Pine Island Cheese Factory. In the early twentieth century it was at the heart of Minnesota’s cheese-making industry.

Arthur W. Parkin

Photograph of Arthur W. Parkin (1872–1963) late in life.

Parkin, Arthur W. (1872–1963)

Cheese making in Minnesota took a backseat to milk and butter production during the nineteenth century. In the early 1900s, Arthur Parkin of Pine Island changed that picture.

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