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Jerry Wright Next in Ag Lecture Series: Irrigation in Pope County

Make plans to join us on Thursday, August 12 at 6:30 pm for a presentation on the history of irrigation in the area by Jerry Wright. Wright is a retired associate professor & Extension¬† Engineer at the University of Minnesota. … Continue reading

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Agriculture Highlight – Breaking Plow

In 1876, Swedish immigrants John and Sarah Anderson purchased a sod busting plow when they moved to land they bought in Barsness Township, Pope County. They used the thick sod to build their first home on the prairie. and to … Continue reading

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Limited Hours June 15-25

Due to staffing conflicts, the Pope County Museum will be open by appointment June 15-25. Please call or e-mail to make certain that someone is available for your visit. 320-634-3293 or popecountymuseum@gmail.com We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Agriculture Highlight – Ox Yoke

This ox yoke was used by Albert Nelson on his homestead in Barsness Township in the 1860s. When Albert first arrived in Pope County, St. Cloud was the closest market to sell his produce and purchase supplies. He walked or … Continue reading

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We Are Open!

At long last, the Pope County Museum is now open to the public for our regular hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10-5. During the shutdown, we took the opportunity to create a “Pope County Agriculture” exhibit in The Shed and to redesign exhibits … Continue reading

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Is the Museum Open? A little bit…

Our research library is available by appointment. Masks are required. We are keeping the galleries closed through the winter as we build new exhibits. Look for a grand opening of the Agriculture exhibit in the new building, as well as … Continue reading

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Mitmoen Murders

This article by Steve Nestor about Pope County’s only unsolved murder appeared in the Pope County Tribune, March 30, 2015 The year was 1915. It happened in rural Pope County in Ben Wade Township. The horrific event was the lead … Continue reading

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Mamie’s Legs

In July 1948, two-year old Mamie Fischer of Villard ran toward her father as he used a power mower. She had been sent to the house with the mail, but ran back toward her dad before anyone knew what she … Continue reading

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Morning Glory Gardens

While the Pope County Museum is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be highlighting historic sites around Pope County. We hope that you can walk or drive to visit these sites while maintaining appropriate physical distancing. Morning Glory … Continue reading

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Glacial Lakes State Park

While the Pope County Museum is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be highlighting historic sites around Pope County. We hope that you can walk or drive to visit these sites while maintaining appropriate physical distancing. Glacial Lakes … Continue reading

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