The Ultimate Sacrifice

I wonder if modern Americans could do it.  In an era of identity politics and “choose a side” mentality, would the nation come together as a unit like it did in the 1940’s?  If the balance of a free world was in question, would Americans band together and be willing to make the sacrifices that people did so many years ago?  If it came right down to it, would the people of the nation be willing to ration their food, donate materials, or buy war bonds?  Would parents be willing to send their children off to war, would wives be willing to part with their husbands, and would children be willing to live their lives knowing that a father will never come home?  To be blunt, would the America of today be willing to make these same sacrifices that it did during the 40’s?

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A Fugitive on the Loose

The Story of George Day In a lonely plot at the Paynesville Cemetery rests a man that is unbeknownst to most.  His name and his plot do not appear in the records and his grave can be hard to find.  A lonely place it is; you will not find any mourners, and you will not […]

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The Great Bank Robbery

It was a Tuesday morning in July, the 21st day of the month.  The little rural community of Lake Henry, MN was coming to life; the sun was shining, birds were singing, and somewhere behind a house a dog was barking.  Indeed, it was shaping up to be an ordinary in Lake Henry. Commerce isn’t […]

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…And on it Rode Death.

Tout Le Monde – To all the world World War I, The War to End All War.  It’s often overshadowed by the vicious display of World War II, yet taken in context it was possibly even more horrific.  It was the first  time the world had ever seen killing on such a massive scale.  Modern […]

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An American Dream

Daniel Chisholm: Portrait of a Pioneer It was 1847, a time when millions of immigrants were swarming to America for dreams of prosperity and a new life.  They came in droves, families, adventurers, slaves, servants, and even aristocrats, most traveling across tempestuous seas in leaky ships to achieve an impossible dream, a dream that could […]

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A Historic Journey

September 13th, 1862: It was a Friday afternoon.  Though the calendar still called the season summer, two weeks of September had passed and the countryside was beginning to show signs of autumn.  The warm days of summer were coming to an end, and with it, the lush green vegetation on the frontier was beginning its […]

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Letters to Governor Ramsey

August 20th, 1862: Factions of Dakota Sioux began attacking whites in Minnesota on August 18th.  Refugees and survivors began coming to Paynesville almost immediately.  Two days later, with new comers filtering into the settlement, telling stories of horror and tragedy, there were few structures in town to house and protect them and little time to […]

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