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.

Photograph of Val Bjornson in front of Wadena County Farm Bureau Building with Joe Langer, Fred Miller and others, c. 1954.

Val Bjornson

Photograph of Val Bjornson in front of Wadena County Farm Bureau Building with Joe Langer, Fred Miller and others, c. 1954.

Photograph of the annual banquet of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, Insurance Division held at the Lowery Hotel in St. Paul on January 16, 1950.

Minnesota Farm Bureau banquet

Photograph of the annual banquet of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, Insurance Division held at the Lowery Hotel in St. Paul on January 16, 1950.

Photograph of the St. Louis County Farm Bureau Institute's daily news staff, 1929.

St. Louis County Farm Bureau Institute

Photograph of the St. Louis County Farm Bureau Institute's daily news staff, 1929.

Photograph of Farm Bureau parade float

Farm Bureau parade float

Photograph of a parade float decorated with produce. The float was used in a Farm Bureau picnic parade to promote farming in St. Louis County, c. 1930.

The Farm Bureau in Minnesota

When the farmers of Traverse County founded Minnesota's first Farm Bureau, it signaled a new movement in Minnesota agriculture. In the century since its founding, the Farm Bureau has worked on the local, state, and national levels to support farmers and act as the "voice of agriculture" in America.

Amblard, Emile (1840–1914)

Emile Julien Amblard, known as the "Duke of Clearwater Lake," became one of Coney Island's leading residents. He bought his first piece of land there in 1893. The western edge of the island and a building in Waconia would become his passion for the next twenty-one years.

Photograph of flour mills and grain elevators overlooking Red Wing’s crowded riverfront, c. 1900.

Red Wing riverfront scene

Flour mills and grain elevators overlook Red Wing’s crowded riverfront, c. 1900.

Late 1860s photograph showing barges along Red Wing's Mississippi River waterfront awaiting wheat for shipment to customers downriver.

Red Wing

This late 1860s photograph shows barges along Red Wing's Mississippi River waterfront awaiting wheat for shipment to customers downriver.

King Wheat in Southeastern Minnesota

Minnesota's southeastern counties held a commanding position during the second half of the nineteenth century, considered the state's King Wheat era. In these decades, many farmers throughout the state grew wheat in preference to all other crops.

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