Black and white photograph of the Hadley Farmers’ Club booth at the Murray County Fair, 1920.

Hadley Farmers’ Club booth

Hadley Farmers’ Club booth at the Murray County Fair, 1920.

Colorized postcard depicting the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton, 1912.

Postcard depicting the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton

Postcard depicting the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton, 1912. From the archives of the Murray County Historical Society.

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) since that year.

Black and white photograph of a man operating electric fanning mill, W. A. Benitt farm, Dakota County, 1939.

Man operating electric fanning mill

Man operating electric fanning mill, W. A. Benitt farm, Dakota County, 1939.

Black and white photograph of a farmer adjusting a milking machine on a Dakota County dairy farm, 1939. Photographed by Arthur Rothstein, Farm Security Administration.

Adjusting a milking machine on a Dakota County dairy farm

Adjusting a milking machine on a Dakota County dairy farm, 1939. Photographed by Arthur Rothstein, Farm Security Administration.

Black and white photograph of the Rural Cooperative Power Association Generating Plant, Maple Lake, ca. 1950.

Rural Cooperative Power Association Generating Plant, Maple Lake

Rural Cooperative Power Association Generating Plant, Maple Lake, ca. 1950.

Black and white photograph of the Rural Cooperative Power Association, Maple Lake, ca. 1950.

Rural Cooperative Power Association, Maple Lake

Rural Cooperative Power Association, Maple Lake, ca. 1950.

Black and white photograph of the Rural Cooperative Power Association at Elk River, 1960.

Rural Cooperative Power Association at Elk River

Rural Cooperative Power Association at Elk River, 1960.

Rural Electrification Administration in Minnesota

On May 11, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 7037 to create the Rural Electrification Administration (REA), a New Deal public relief program. The program provided $1 million for federal loans to bring electric service to rural areas. It revolutionized life in rural Minnesota and across the country.

Black and white photograph of a Minnesota exhibit of farm product in railway car, Great Northern Railway, Western Governors Special, ca. 1911.

Minnesota exhibit of farm product in railway car

Minnesota exhibit of farm product in railway car, Great Northern Railway, Western Governors Special, ca. 1911.

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