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"Recently Mr. J. Clark Salyer II, Chief of Division of Wildlife Refuges, requested that historical and background material of the various national wildlife refuges be gathered by the refuge managers." So wrote Bartlett W. Foster in about 1944 when he was the manager of the Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Click here to read Carl Johnson's recounting of the history of the Rice Lake area from the late 1800s until the 1940s.
Much work has gone into a wonderful resource of information about Aitkin County historical sites. Click here for descriptions - print it, get out your GPS and go take a look! We also have a large map of the county pinpointing these locations. Stop in at the Depot Museum and get a free copy.
Click here to see a slide show of the model train display installed in the Depot Museum last fall. Do you have any old model trains you would like to add to our collection?
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Our long-awaited book on the Country Schools of Aitkin County is finally printed! This book documents the locations of all schools that operated in Aitkin County, with photographs. You can buy a copy at the Depot Museum.
We are looking for photos, post cards, brochures and any other information pertaining to Resorts that were or still are operating in Aitkin County. Information received will be used in a future publication. All information/photos received will be placed in files. If you would like to keep the originals, we can scan them into our system and return them to you. Please help us with this project before the information is lost.
This crew of the 392 Bomber Group, 578th Squadron based in Wendling, England had only a few missions when they ditched their aircraft in the North Sea while on a mission to bomb the heavy water plant in Kjeller, Norway on November 18, 1943. All were listed as Killed In Action. Pictured is Arvid Mehtala (far right), from Arthyde in Aitkin County. Click on the picture to see the entire crew and how they and others will be honored by the English at the Cambridge American Cemetery on Memorial Day.
Note: We like to feature a photo from the past here on a regular basis. If you have an old photo to share, we would love to see it.