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Paynesville Press - April 6, 2005

County celebrating 150 years next week

Stearns County will celebrate its sesquicentennial - 150 years of history, heritage and success - in April.

On Tuesday, April 12, the Stearns County Administration Center will be buzzing with activity. Employees will be encouraged to dress in historical attire. Visitors can check out historical exhibits set up by various historical societies from around the county. And living history performers, significant characters from the county's past - such as Samuel Pandolfo, Henry Waite, Alice Whit-ney, and D.B. Searle - will be milling around and greeting visitors.

From 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Tuesday, April 12, a special county commissioner meeting will be held with history experts who will share stories about Stearns County's past. The county commissioners will also be wearing clothing from the 1850s. After the board meeting, everyone is invited to join the commissioners for cake and refreshments.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., free kettle corn will be offered. From 12 noon to 1 p.m., a barbershop quartet will sing. And from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., WJON will be broadcasting live. The county is also preparing a magazine dedicated to the county's sesquicentennial.

On Saturday, April 16, horse-drawn wagon rides will be offered at the Quarry Park from 1 to 4 p.m. And, the History Museum will open its exhibit "Crossing Stearns County," which will feature photos, memorabilia, and clothing from the past 150 years. Admission to the History Museum is free that day; hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with cake and refreshments from 1 to 3 p.m.

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