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The Minnesota State Grange

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | March 5, 2018

On this day in 1852, farmers in Benton County formed the state's first county agricultural society. County agricultural society members shared information about stock, seeds, fruit, and farming practices. Oliver H. Kelley, who would later found the National Grange, was one of ten charter members. This ballot box was used by the Minnesota State Grange starting in 1869.

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