Color image of a Minnesota State Grange picnic held on the Sletton Farm in Aitkin on June 13, 2015.

Minnesota Grange Picnic

Minnesota State Grange picnic held on the Sletton Farm in Aitkin on June 13, 2015. Shown are members of Sunbeam Grange #2, Oak Leaf Grange #569, Clear Lake Grange #692, Lake Hubert Grange #735, and Oliver Hudson Kelley Grange #834. Photographed by Alan Champion.

State Grange of Minnesota

For almost 150 years, the State Grange of Minnesota as an organization has thrived, faded, and regrouped in its efforts to provide farmers and their families with a unified voice. As the number of people directly engaged in farming has declined, the State Grange has shifted its focus toward recruiting a new type of member—often younger—interested in safe, healthy, and sustainable food sources.

Black and white photograph of workers threshing on the James J. Hill farm, Northcote, c.1900. Photograph by A.H. Anderson.

Threshing on the James J. Hill farm, Northcote

Threshing on the James J. Hill farm, Northcote, c.1900. Photograph by A.H. Anderson.

Black and white photograph of a threshing scene at the Lockhart farm, Norman County, Minnesota, 1885. Photograph by: Mrs. C. P. Cahoon.

Threshing scene at the Lockhart farm, Norman County

Threshing scene at the Lockhart farm, Norman County, Minnesota, 1885. Photograph by Mrs. C. P. Cahoon.

Black and white photograph of a team breaking ground along the line of the Northern Pacific Railroad at Dalrymple Farm, twenty miles west of Fargo, 1878. Photograph by Frank Jay Haynes.

Breaking ground along the line of the Northern Pacific Railroad at Dalrymple Farm

Breaking ground along the line of the Northern Pacific Railroad at Dalrymple Farm, twenty miles west of Fargo, 1878. Photograph by Frank Jay Haynes.

Black and white photograph of the Northwest Thresher Company, Stillwater, 1907. Photograph by John Runk Jr.

Northwest Thresher Company, Stillwater

Northwest Thresher Company, Stillwater, 1907. Photograph by John Runk Jr.

Black and white photograph of George W. Cass, c.1875.

George W. Cass

George W. Cass, c.1875.

Black and white photograph of Northcote Farm, Kittson County, c.1910. Photograph by William Hartvig.

Northcote Farm, in Kittson County

Northcote Farm, Kittson County, c.1910. Photograph by William Hartvig.

Black and white photograph of Northcote Farm, Kittson County, c.1910. Photograph by William Hartvig.

Northcote Farm, Kittson County

Northcote Farm, Kittson County, c.1910. Photograph by William Hartvig.

Black and white photograph of men, horses, farm implements in field, Northcote farm, Northcote, Minnesota, 1914. Photograph by William Hartvig.

Men, horses, farm implements in field, Northcote farm

Men, horses, farm implements in field, Northcote farm, Northcote, Minnesota, 1914. Photograph by William Hartvig.

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