Black and white photograph of Sugar beet cultivation in the Red River Valley, ca. 1940.

Sugar beet cultivation in the Red River Valley

Sugar beet cultivation in the Red River Valley, ca. 1940.

Black and white photograph of Mexican American migrant farm-worker children playing, ca. 1960.

Children of Mexican American migrant farm-workers

Children of Mexican American migrant farm-workers, ca. 1960.

Black and white photograph of Mexican American migrant farm-worker children playing, ca. 1960.

Children of Mexican American migrant farm-workers

Children of Mexican American migrant farm-workers at play, ca. 1960.

Black and white photograph of a Mexican American migrant farm worker harvesting asparagus near Owatonna, ca. 1955.

Mexican American migrant farm worker

A Mexican American migrant farm worker harvesting asparagus near Owatonna, ca. 1955.

Migrant Workers

Throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, migrant workers, mainly from Mexico, have played a vital role in Minnesota’s economy, often working in low-wage farming and food-processing industries.

Black and white photograph of workers posed by Pillsbury “A” Mill in Minneapolis, ca. 1918.

Workers posed by Pillsbury “A” Mill

Workers posed by Pillsbury “A” Mill in Minneapolis, ca. 1918.

Origins of the University of Minnesota Extension Service

The Agricultural Extension Service of the United States (AES) began as an educational component of land-grant universities. In Minnesota as in other states, the federally funded and organized services of AES provide practical agricultural training to people outside of a university setting.

Black and white photograph of a worker at the Northern Pacific Railway Company Como Shops, St. Paul, 1970. Photograph by Joe E. B. Elliott.

Worker at Como Shops

Northern Pacific Railway Company Como Shops, St. Paul, 1970. Photograph by Joe E. B. Elliott.

Black and white photograph of employees at the Northern Pacific Como Shops, St. Paul, 1913. Photograph by Axel E. Carlson.

Employees at Northern Pacific Como Shops

Employees at Northern Pacific Como Shops, St. Paul, 1913. Photograph by Axel E. Carlson.

Black and white photograph of women handling lath machines in Northern Pacific Railway's Como Shops, ca. 1920.

Employees at work in Como Shops

Women handling lath machines in Northern Pacific Railway's Como Shops, ca. 1920.

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