Color image of the owners of gift shop in old Crookston city hall, December 2016.

Ellen and Larry Leake

Owners of gift shop in old Crookston city hall, December 2016.

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.

Black and white photograph of a "Thor" brand electric washing machine, ca. 1930s. Photographed by Lee Brothers.

"Thor" brand electric washing machine

"Thor" brand electric washing machine, ca. 1930s. Photographed by Lee Brothers.

Black and white photograph of a Williams Electric Kitchen model, ca. 1938. Photographed by the Lee Brothers.

Williams Electric Kitchen model

Williams Electric Kitchen model, ca. 1938. Photographed by Lee Brothers.

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 Businesses near the intersection of East 38th St and 4th Ave, Minneapolis, 1975.

Businesses near the intersection of East 38th St and 4th Ave, Minneapolis

Businesses near the intersection of East 38th St and 4th Ave, Minneapolis, 1975.

Black and white photograph of 38th St Food Market, 3800 4th Ave S, Minneapolis, 1975.

38th St Food Market

38th St Food Market, 3800 4th Ave S, Minneapolis, 1975.

Black and white photograph of the Nacirema Club (“America backwards), 1975.

Nacirema Club

Nacirema Club (“America backwards), 1975.

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