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Black and white photograph of furniture window display, c.1920.

Furniture in window display

Furniture window display, c.1920.

Black and white photograph of David Draper Dayton, 1919.

David Draper Dayton

David Draper Dayton, 1919.

Colorized postcard image of downtown store at 700 Nicollet Ave., 1912.

The Dayton Company

Postcard image of downtown store at 700 Nicollet Ave., 1912.

Black and white photograph of George Draper Dayton, 1934.

George Draper Dayton

George Draper Dayton, 1934.

Dayton’s

Dayton’s began as a single store at Seventh Street and Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis in 1902. When the last Dayton family member retired from leadership in 1983, the company had stores nationwide and profits of over $240 million. It became Target Corporation in 2000.

Watertown Bell Foundry

For thirty years, William Bleedorn was one of only a few cow bell manufacturers in the United States. Between 1863 and 1885, his foundry in Carver County produced thousands of bells that were used by farmers across the country.

Black and white aerial view of the American Crystal Sugar factory in Chaska. Photographed by Vincent H. Mart in 1969.

Aerial view, Crystal Sugar Plant, Chaska

Aerial view of the American Crystal Sugar factory in Chaska, 1969. Photograph by Vincent H. Mart.

Black and white photograph of sacks of sugar produced by the American Crystal Sugar Company sit in a storage warehouse. Photographed by Norton & Peel on November 30, 1949

Sacks of Crystal Sugar in a warehouse

Sacks of sugar produced by the American Crystal Sugar Company sit in a storage warehouse. Photographed by Norton & Peel on November 30, 1949.

Black and white photograph of an exterior view of the American Crystal Sugar factory in Chaska. Date and photographer unknown.

American Crystal Sugar factory, Chaska

Exterior view of the American Crystal Sugar factory in Chaska. Date and photographer unknown.

American Crystal Sugar Factory, Chaska

The city of Chaska is home to a factory that has survived decades of change in the Minnesota sugar industry. Since 1934 it has been part of the American Crystal Sugar Company, one of the leading sugar producers in the United States.

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